Josephine, PhD’06, served as the Branch President of the Queen’s Alumni Group in Calgary between 2010 and 2012. Alongside with her enthusiastic branch executive team and volunteers, the Calgary Branch continues to grow, greeting alumni with many exciting networking events in true tricolour style. She was awarded the Branch Marsha Lampman Award in 2011 for her dedication as a Queen’s ambassador. Now, she is thrilled to be part of the QUAA group as EVP – Branches.
Josephine’s love for Queen’s began during her co-op term in 1998, working under a Queen’s alumnus while pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary. Her mentor, Dr. Garfield Purdon, Sc’67, inspired Josephine to be a nothing-but-the-best chemist and without a doubt in her mind, Josephine “wanted to be just like Garfield when she grows up”. After spending five fruitful years under Dr. R. Stan Brown’s guidance in the Department of Chemistry, Josephine graduated with a PhD in physical organic chemistry in 2006. She and Dr. Brown’s group patented a novel solution mixture that can destroy chemical warfare agents and pesticides rapidly and safely. During her time at Queen’s, Josephine enjoyed teaching organic chemistry (aka the daunting “orgo”) to numerous 2nd year undergraduate students.
After spending a couple of years conducting post-doctoral research in the US, Josephine returned to Calgary in 2008. She began working as an environmental scientist at O’Connor Associates Environmental Inc. (now Parsons), a company founded and established by three Queen’s alumni, Dr. Mike O’Connor (Sc’68, PhD’76, DSC’92), Dr. John Agar (Sc’73, MSc’78) and Mr. Doug King (Sc’70, MSc’75). Welcoming a different set of challenges in 2013, Josephine is now the Corporate Development Manager at CFR Chemicals Inc. in Calgary.
It is public knowledge that Josephine struggles with clinical depression. She hopes that “people have to know that it is okay to have depression and it is also okay to talk about it”. When Josephine is not busy with Queen’s events or at work, you can find her spending time with her two beautiful nieces, training for her next half-marathons, traveling or taking photos.