Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Great Hall, Hart House
University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON
M5S 3H3

Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.

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Bruce Simpson, Scot of the Year 2017

The Scottish Studies Society invites you and your friends and family to a very special Tartan Day Celebration on Thursday April 20, 2017.

The venue for this year's event will be the Great Hall at the University of Toronto's historic Hart House where we will recreate the ambiance of a Scottish castle in which you will enjoy a magnificent evening of fine food, music and dance — all with a Scots-Canadian flavour.

The dress code for the evening will be business formal. However, as it is a Scottish event with an emphasis on tartan, we are looking for as much innovation as possible. This is your chance to dress up for one of the most sophisticated events in the Scots-Canadian calendar.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this memorable evening, the proceeds of which will go to support the Scottish Studies Foundation, a registered Canadian charity established to raise awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through education at the university level.

During the evening we will be presenting our 25th annual "Scot of the Year Award" which was initiated in 1993 to honour individuals who have achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society or the international community at large.

This year's recipient will be Bruce Simpson. Originally from Scotland, Bruce is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, the leading consulting firm, where he has worked for 30 years. He moved to Canada from Paris with his wife Tracy and three sons in 2000. He is a business leader deeply committed to innovation and Canadian competitiveness, and a community leader engaged in the arts, human rights, healthcare, the environment, women's advancement, and other social causes. He was awarded Canadian citizenship in 2015 for services to Canada.

Prior to moving to Canada, Bruce held various leadership roles at McKinsey in New York and Paris. He is active on the Business Council of Canada, and is a keen advocate for Canadian competitiveness in global markets, as well as increased corporate engagement in social causes. He co-authored a chapter on this in the 2016 book Reimagining Capitalism.

He currently serves on the Canadian boards of Catalyst, and the Trans-Canada Trail, where he and his wife Tracy co-chair the Governor's Program. Bruce is also on the global board of Human Rights Watch. He holds an MA and an LLM in Law from Cambridge University, and an MBA and MA in International Studies from Wharton Business School and the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce had an incredible childhood — his parents were explorers and his mother is the first woman ever to have crossed the Greenland ice cap from one side to the other, a trip she did with his father in 1966. He spent much of his childhood in Greenland and the Canadian arctic living with the Inuit. Bruce was awarded a Churchill Medallion by Her Majesty the Queen for exploration in China, was a professional ski racer and musician, and is a keen sea kayaker in the arctic. He and his wife Tracy have three sons.

So please keep your eye on this website as we get closer to April 20 for up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing as many of our supporters as possible at the event.

For more information, please contact David Hunter
by telephone at 416-699-9942 or by e-mail at:


Ordering Information

Scots of the Year

University of Toronto Parking Map (pdf)

Photographs from previous year's events