February 28, 2020
The 8th Annual Toronto Acadia Alumni Business Breakfast is taking place at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Albany Club, 91 King Street East, in Toronto. Join Chancellor Bruce Galloway (’68, ’03); President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Ricketts; Campaign for Acadia Chair Nancy McCain (’82); Vice-President, Advancement Dr. Rod Morrison; Director of Philanthropy Nancy Handrigan (’92); Manager, Alumni Affairs (Acting) Oonagh Proudfoot (’93, ’06); and fellow alumni and friends for this landmark Acadia event. Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach and Acadia alumnus Paul McFarland (’10) is this year’s guest speaker.
McFarland will share his thoughts on the business of hockey: what it takes to compete at a high level; the leadership skills required to get the best from those around you; and how to successfully meet your personal and professional goals. He graduated from Acadia with a BBA in 2010 and worked previously as an accountant and teacher. He was named assistant coach of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals in 2012 and the rest, of course, is history.
In addition to Paul, special guests will include Acadia Chancellor Bruce Galloway ('68, '03) and Campaign for Acadia Chair Nancy McCain ('82).
In May 2019, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that McFarland had been hired as an assistant coach. Prior to that, the Richmond Hill native, 34, had spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers, building on an impressive resume that included three seasons as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs (2014-17) and two seasons as an assistant with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
McFarland played four seasons in the OHL, recording 113 points (50-63-113) in 246 games between the Kitchener Rangers (2002-04) and Windsor Spitfires (2005-06). The left-winger won an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship with Kitchener in 2003 and in his final season with Windsor, he served as captain. Following his OHL career, McFarland played four seasons for Acadia University and was captain for three (2007-10).
A leader on and off the ice, McFarland is a three-time Academic All-Canadian, S.M.I.L.E. volunteer and was twice named Acadia University’s Male Citizen of the Year. The Paul McFarland Award, established in 2010 and named in his honour, recognizes the combination of athletics, academics and community involvement at Acadia.
McFarland’s wife Kelly is also an Acadia graduate, having earned a BA in 2008 and Bachelor of Education in 2010. They have two sons, Cooper and Keaton.
Join Chancellor Bruce Galloway (’68, ’03), Campaign for Acadia Chair Nancy McCain (’82), Vice-President, Advancement Dr. Rod Morrison, Director of Philanthropy Nancy Handrigan (’92), Manager, Alumni Affairs (Acting) Oonagh Proudfoot (’93, ’06) and fellow alumni and friends at the Albany Club on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. for this landmark Acadia event.
Cost is $20 per person. To reserve your tickets, please click here.