On December 15th, 1995 the Employment Equity Act received Royal Assent. The purpose of this Act is to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfillment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minority groups by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.
The Employment Equity Act requires employers to engage in proactive measures to improve employment opportunities for the groups listed above. Queen's policies on inclusion, however, go well beyond the four designated groups by including sexual and gender diversity considerations in its measures as well.
In acknowledgement of the spirit of employment equity, Queen's would like to formally appreciate exemplary efforts and progress as demonstrated by students, faculty, staff, and external community members to Queen's that create a positive impact on the University community. Established in 2011, the Queen's Employment Equity Award is given annually to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups, or organizations that through their ongoing diligence and commitment, are going above and beyond legislated requirements or their institutional mandate, thereby helping Queen's become a truly representative and inclusive workplace. There are no restrictions on how many times an individual can be nominated for the award, unless they have previously held the award.
Any member of the Queen's community including students, staff, faculty, or alumni, as well as members of the general Kingston community and surrounding area who have an interest in Queen's University may submit nominations.
The closing date for nominations submissions will be January 17th each year.Nomination Form (PDF, 228KB)
The Selection Committee will consider the following factors as it evaluates nominees for the Employment Equity Award:
Examples of efforts in advancing employment equity could include (but are not restricted to):
For the year 2012, the Employment Equity Award went to Dr. Mark Green. Learn more
For the year 2011, the Employment Equity Award went to Wendy Powley. Learn more
For more information, please contact the Equity Office.