Our Community

Our Alumni

The unofficial motto amongst TFS alumni is "friends for life"

By the time they graduate from TFS, most of our alumni classes have been together as classmates and friends since Kindergarten. Among the things they have in common is a world-class education, an insatiable love of learning and a wider perspective on the complex world we live in.
While each graduating class at TFS is unique, they all demonstrate academic ambition and achievement. Each year, 100% are Ontario Scholars (averages of 80% and above), with, on average, 80% of the class having an average of 90% or above.
All members of the graduating class receive university offers of choice, and garner impressive scholarship opportunities. They attend universities across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and beyond, and study within some of the most sought-after and selective programs.
TFS alumni number more than 2,900, and they live all over the world, work in hundreds of different industries and speak many different languages.
Maintaining the bonds between alumni and the school is important at TFS. Each year, the TFS Alumni Association and the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations work together to plan networking and social events, from downtown Toronto to London, UK.
What’s more, our alumni often come back to the school to offer career advice, advise on life at university and beyond, and mentor our students.

Just like when they were students, TFS wants its alumni to consider the school their forever home away from home.
To learn more about TFS’ Alumni Association, please contact: Verle Thompson, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at vthompson@tfs.ca, or 416-484-6533, ext. 4246.

Alumni of Distinction

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  • Julia Rucklidge '88, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2017

    "At TFS, the teachers always encouraged us to understand the principles we studied rather than memorize content. It was a challenging and inspiring way to learn."
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  • Dalton Kellett '11, Young Alumni Award Recipient 2017

    “There were 20 or 30 of us who went all the way through TFS together. That sense of community was incredible and gave me an appreciation for the importance of cultivating relationships."
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  • Gabriela Maj '99, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2016

    "The collective focus at TFS on hard work and achievement, and the innovative and integrated curriculum laid a strong foundation for future chapters in my life."
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  • Julia Ivonoffski '05, Young Alumni Award Recipient 2016

    "TFS encourages you to aspire. Being surrounded by people with tremendous drive means that striving to excel becomes the norm."
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  • Leigh Salsberg '94, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2015

    "I think it is important to appreciate what we have and try to turn it into actions somehow. Even if the actions seem small, they can make a real difference, as they are actions that otherwise wouldn't have been done. Incorporate your TFS education into your life in a meaningful way."
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  • Cara Cheung '06, Young Alumni Award Recipient 2015

    “I really enjoyed my IB art show experience. It affirmed my love for fashion because it gave me the opportunity to explore my interest through a structured environment, with an end goal that allowed others to connect with my work."
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  • Dr. Ian D'Agata '80, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2014

    "TFS gave me the opportunity to learn French, write it well and learn more about France. To this day, France is still my home away from home. TFS also allowed for the establishment of some pretty amazing friendships and bonds. There is no doubt that what I am today is in part due to TFS and the way it modeled and shaped me."
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  • Emily Cole '04, Young Alumni Award Recipient 2014

    "I was always between science and arts, but I had teachers who were 100% supportive and accepted my diverse interests. I would encourage students to pursue whatever major they feel suits their curiosity coming out of high school."
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  • Steven Shehori '89, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "I was really honoured to be asked to host TFS' 50th Anniversary Gala. It was especially flattering because I wasn't the best student. It was only later that I realized TFS helped me develop the skills that are the foundation for everything I've done."
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  • Molly Shoichet '83, PhD, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "I get to work with some of the world's best neuroscientists, neurosurgeons and cancer biologists. We must have superb science and then the backing of the business world to translate it to peoples' lives. That's the dream."
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  • Walter Dorn '79, PhD, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "Dad put a huge value on education. He'd heard great things about TFS and was keen to give his son the best education. I'm so grateful for what I've experienced in life, in the field and in Canada, including the preparation I received through TFS."
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  • Lara Brady '01, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "I had such tremendous teachers. Across the board, our teachers pushed us and did a great deal to cultivate a real confidence in us as students."
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  • Justin Poy '87, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "TFS taught me to have a strong passion and work ethic for doing things I really liked to do. During high school I was there seven days a week, setting up art exhibits, building sets and rehearsing for plays. Those were some of the best years of my life. It has greatly influenced who I am today."
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  • Dr. Kristen Davidge '97, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "The beauty of the school is the relationships you forge with your teachers. It was something very special and unique. They opened our eyes to so much more than the subject at hand.”
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  • Christina Piovesan '94, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "Being a first-generation Canadian at TFS had a big impact on me. Everyone in my close circle of friends was also first-generation. It was a great experience to share culture and tradition."
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  • Dr. Michael Dan '78, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "Canada's First Nations form the bedrock for this country and we never really explored their story well enough. By giving them better business opportunities through Gemini Power, I want to change the paradigm of how large corporations do business with First Nations."
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  • Rita Leistner '82, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "I want to help tell people's stories, especially those who have suffered most from war, and I am constantly exploring new ways to do this. My job is putting together the pieces of the puzzle that show what is going on in the world. One story at a time, we try to educate ourselves and others through that."
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  • Albert Haldemann '84, PHD, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2013

    "There's something innate in human beings about wanting to climb a mountain, not because it's there, but to simply explore, push boundaries, learn new things. Space is our next mountain. Learning about it teaches us about ourselves and our place in the universe. If I'm contributing to that, I think it's worthwhile."
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  • Dr. Karandeep Sonu Gaind '86, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2012

    "I believe what TFS has taught is the philosophy that education is not just about passively receiving information and it does not end in the classroom. Real scholarship and education is about learning even as we teach. It's about integrating diverse ideas, sometimes from different areas, in unique ways to impact the world... I use to this day the principles I learned at TFS."
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  • Dr. Samantha Nutt '87, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2011

    "Upon accepting the honour, Dr. Nutt reflected on the role her bilingual education has played, not only in the advocacy that has been a trademark of her career, but in her ability to listen to the children and families for whom she is so passionate."
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  • Martha Baillie '77, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2010

    “Toronto French School, I feel, has stated unequivocally that it values those who labour precariously in the arts. It tells me the TFS values determination and openness to the unexpected as truly as it did when I was one of its students."
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  • Carole Piovesan '95, Alumni of Distinction Award Recipient 2009

    "TFS is a school that delivers an international perspective. ...Carole would agree that the uniquely international education we received at this school has been pivotal to her success."
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