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Queen’s Family Health Team a leader in patient care for the past 10 years.

For the past 10 years, the Department of Family Medicine’s Queen’s Family Health Team (QFHT) has taken a leadership role in providing health care in a timely and efficient manner to its patients. The team offers a collaboration of physicians, resident physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, a dietitian, a pharmacist, various clerks and other forms of administrative support – all working together to provide patient-centred care.

By offering such a wide range of health services, department head Glenn Brown says they are giving their patients the best care possible.

Enjoying the 10th anniversary celebrations are (l to r): Glenn Brown, Head, Department of Family Medicine; Ruth Wilson; Diane Cross, QFHT Clinic Manager; Walter Rosser; and Karen Hall Barber, QFHT physician lead.

“I truly believe in this model,” says Dr. Brown, who will soon be stepping down as department head after two five-year terms. “Queen’s University has taken a leadership role in developing the family health team model and our patients are benefitting. Our patients want a relationship with the members of our team and we are providing that.”

The department got its start in 1965. At the time, it was located in a five-room family care unit based at Kingston General Hospital. It was in 1971 that the department became an academic unit at Queen’s. In 1975, the Family Medicine Centre, on Hotel Dieu Hospital property at 220 Bagot Street, opened with a number of health professionals from various specialties, representing an approach to family medicine that would later be known as a family health team.

“We have moved far beyond the days when doctors worked in silos; they now work in professional groups,” says Dr. Brown, who uses care of diabetic patients as an example.

“Our nurse practitioners, dietitian and pharmacist work, with the physicians, nurses and other staff, to provide a collaborative approach to the care of our diabetic patient population. All members of our team are able to utilize our electronic medical records system, which ensures there is good communication among everyone involved and no duplication.”

To ensure patients are getting full support, the QFHT is always expanding and improving its services. “We have a number of different baby programs, weight-management and healthy-eating programs, and pain-management clinics, just to name a few,” says Karen Hall Barber, QFHT lead physician. “These programs allow us to focus on prevention and identify issues before they get bigger.”

With all of the positive, there is some negative.

“The government has lost some faith that the model is working, but politicians are also aware data is limited in regards to patient satisfaction. All the studies available are showing family health teams are working,” says Dr. Hall Barber. “Part of the issue is the inequality of services available from family health teams. They aren’t all the same and that can lead to dissatisfaction.”

Dr. Brown agrees and says the Queen’s model can lead others to success.

“We need to make sure all citizens have access to the services because part of the issue is the equality of services. We are trying to help by expanding our own services to show this model can work. And it does work.”

Gaels reach conference semifinals

[Men's Hockey]
Queen's Gaels goalie Kevin Bailie tracks the puck during Saturday's OUA playoffs game against the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Memorial Centre. The Gaels won 2-0 to take the series 2-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine.) 

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels teams in action over the weekend.


The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-0 in OUA men's playoff hockey action at the Memorial Centre to win the series 2-1.

The Gaels opened the scoring late in the first period frame when Spencer Abraham’s point shot was deflected by Ryan Bloom. The Gaels made it 2-0 in the second period as Peter Angelopolous fired a wrist shot over the glove of Ottawa goalie Graham Hunt.

Gaels goalie Kevin Bailie finished with 24 saves, including 13 in the third period, for the shutout.

The third-seeded Gaels now advance to the OUA East semifinal where they will meet the second-seeded Concordia Stingers.

On Friday night, the Gee-Gees forced a deciding third game with a 3-2 win in double-overtime. Bloom and Eric Ming scored for the Gaels.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (9-5-8-2) sealed a 2-1 overtime win against the Brock Badgers (8-3-9-3) on Friday afternoon as the Gaels hosted a school day game at the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee with over 500 kids in attendance from local schools.

Nadia Larocca opened the scoring in the first period and Addi Halladay scored the overtime winner.

On Saturday the Gaels came out the losers in overtime and lost 3-2 to the Western Mustangs (10-4-9-1)

The Gaels got the jump on the Mustangs early in the opening period as Bryce Desa scored her first career goal for Queen's. After the Mustangs tied it up, Halladay scored her 13th of the year to give the home side the lead. However, Western evened the score with 1:31 left in the third and scored again in overtime.


The U SPORTS No. 5-ranked Queen’s Gaels women's basketball team finished its regular season with a convincing 76-52 win over the York Lions at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on Friday.

With the victory, the Gaels clinch the top-seed in the OUA Eastern Conference and earn a bye through to the quarterfinals next weekend. Their 18-1 regular season record is the best in program history.

Fifth-year seniors Emily Hazlett , Robyn Pearson, and Gemma Bullard were honoured following the contest for the great contributions they made to the Gaels basketball program over their post-secondary tenure. Pearson finishes her regular season career as the fourth-highest rebounder in OUA women’s basketball history, and the first overall for Queen's with 866 rebounds.

Bridget Mulholland finished the game with a career-best 17 points and nine rebounds.  

"It's been a heck of a run,” head coach Dave Wilson said after the game. “When we came in the fall and put the lineup together, we knew something like this was possible. We saw the depth that we had and thought we could do some really great things and that’s what we challenged our players to do. They responded exceptionally well.”


Sukhpreet Singh had a game-high 21 points, and the Queen's Gaels men’s basketball team (7-12) picked up a crucial win in the playoff race in their final regular season match, topping the York Lions (4-15) 70-60 at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on Friday night.

With the win the 11th-seed Gaels will face the sixth-seed Nipissing Lakers (9-10) in an OUA preliminary playoff on Wednesday in North Bay.
Fifth-year seniors Singh and Richard Iheadindu were honoured before the game for their contribution to the program. Singh, the all-time points leader for Queen's, shot 9-of-13 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds and six assists. 


The Queen’s Gaels (9-7) fell in straight sets to the York Lions (12-3) at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on Saturday 26-24, 25-20, 25-22

The Gaels honoured their three graduating athletes Will Hoey, Austin Payne, and Jamie Wright prior to the match. The Gaels saw a strong effort from Dylan Hunt who finished with 11 points, picking up five blocks and eight kills in the match.

On Sunday the Gaels lost in straight sets to the Nipissing Lakers (11-5) 25-22, 25-23, 25-19. Jamie Wright finished with 35 assists.


The Queen's Gaels (9-8) swept Nipissing Lakers (8-9) in straight sets 26-24, 25-18, 25-13 on Sunday to strengthen their playoff picture heading into the final weekend of the OUA regular season.

On Saturday the Gaels took five sets to top the York Lions (7-9) 27-25, 23-25, 25-15, 16-25,15-9. Caroline Livingston led the way for the Gaels with a career high of 25 kills.


The Queen’s men’s fencing team captured sixth place in the OUA Men’s Fencing Championship hosted by Brock University on Saturday and Sunday, with rookie Kenneth West taking the bronze in the individual sabre.

The Toronto Varsity Blues took the overall title.

IT Support Centre moving to Mackintosh-Corry Hall

The IT Support Centre (ITSC) is moving from its current home in the basement of Stauffer Library to the second floor of Mackintosh-Corry Hall, across from the cafeteria and beside the vending machines.

The move started on Tuesday, Feb. 14 with Drop Off services being closed. On Friday, Feb. 17, Walk-In and Qmobile services will close. The ITSC, along with Qmobile, will reopen for Walk-In and Qmobile services in their new location on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Telephone and help form support will remain open during this time. For further information, read the story on the ITS webpage IT Support Centre – Moving to Mackintosh-Corry.


An exercise in caring

[Queen's Cares Reading Week]
Students help pack boxes of food at Good Food Box during last year's Queen’s Cares Reading Week. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

The Queen’s Cares Reading Week community service learning initiative went so well as a pilot in 2016 that organizers decided to double its size this year.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, 24 Queen’s students will be spending their winter break volunteering at Partners in Mission Food Bank, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army Thrift Store. In addition to engaging in community service, participants will be examining issues related to poverty in Kingston through workshops and presentations, and critical reflection exercises.

The participating students are from across Canada and several countries around the world, and are enrolled in a range of programs in arts and science, engineering and commerce. For the pilot, the program was offered to first-year students only, but this year it was offered to all undergraduate students.

“It’s nice to see the growth in interest in the program, and the variety of backgrounds of the participants,” says Nicole Crozier, Coordinator, New Student Transition, Student Experience Office Division of Student Affairs. “Community service learning is about bridging the gap between academic learning, and real world application. We want the students to learn about the issues involved in poverty, but to also experience them first-hand. It’s impactful when you are seeing what is happening, seeing how it is working, and engaging with the people who are affected by the issues. This first-hand experience is often important in becoming an engaged citizen, locally and globally.”

As a Queen’s Cares participant last year, arts and science student Tanya Iakobson says the program gave her new perspective and insight. This year she is back as a student facilitator.

“This program has been a fundamental part of my university program, and that’s why I chose to become a facilitator,” she says. “This program changed my perspectives, helped me grow as an individual, and hopefully I was able to make even a small impact within the community. I hope that as a facilitator I can do that again this year.” 

Also returning to the program as a facilitator is second-year arts and science student Mikela Page. Before taking part last year, she knew little about the surrounding community.  

“It is important for me to be involved in the community I live in and to be aware of local issues,” she says. “A program like this is important because it uses experiential learning, which combines an academic context with community service learning. This allows students to apply what they are learning, not only from the program but from their classes too, in a real world context.”

Visit the Queen’s Cares Reading Week website for more information.

Tackling issues in the community

[University District Summit]
Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky discusses the lessons learned from the town-gown relationship between his city and its two universities – University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University – at the University District Summit on Saturday, Feb. 11. (University Communications)

On Feb. 11, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) at Queen’s University hosted its first University District Summit. The event brought together students, university staff, landlords, local politicians, city staff, and residents to address and share perspectives on a number of topics of mutual concern.

“This was a unique opportunity for stakeholders of the University District and other near-campus neighbourhoods to come together and discuss issues of mutual concern,” says Francis Campbell (Artsci’17), Municipal Affairs Commissioner for the AMS. “We had some excellent discussion to focus on issues and begin to work out potential solutions or recommendations moving forward.”

The summit sought to shed light on a number of issues facing students, local residents and the community at large. Mayor Bryan Paterson was in attendance with City councillors Peter Stroud (Sydenham), Liz Schell (Portsmouth) and Jim Neill (Williamsville), along with senior city staff. In addition, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky addressed the summit, offering lessons learned from the town-gown relationship between his city and its two universities.

The AMS aims to develop a report highlighting the feedback received during the summit to help guide future discussions on improving quality of life for all district residents.

“I think a lot of people, including myself, are learning a lot about the perspectives of other people; trying to learn or understand the other side of the story,” says Mr. Campbell.

For more information on the Commission of Municipal Affairs, visit the website.

Current issue of For the Record

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, March 2. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Feb. 28. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Senior Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma


2018 Honorary Degrees

The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites nominations for the award of an Honorary Degree at the 2018 convocation ceremonies.

Nominations should be submitted to the University Secretariat by March 1, 2017 using the form available on the Secretariat’s website.

If you are a faculty member hoping to submit a nomination, it should be coordinated with other nominations from your faculty by sending it to your department head, who will send it to the dean of your faculty.

Please take a few moments to read the nomination requirements on the University Secretariat’s website. A completed nomination form is essential for the information of the committee, and the committee places particular emphasis on the section of the form that focuses on reasons for awarding the degree. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Secretariat at senate@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095.

Human Resources

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At the top of the class

Queen’s physicist James Fraser receives prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

  • Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes attendees to the celebration in honour of Dr. James Fraser's receipt of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
    Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes attendees to the celebration in honour of Dr. James Fraser's receipt of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
  • Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, discusses how Dr. Fraser's teaching has inspired students and colleagues alike.
    Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, discusses how Dr. Fraser's teaching has inspired students and colleagues alike.
  • James Fraser thanks his past and present students and teaching assistants for inspiring him to continue improving as an educator.
    James Fraser thanks his past and present students and teaching assistants for inspiring him to continue improving as an educator.
  • Students - past and present - as well as colleagues and supporters packed the foyer of Stirling Hall to celebrate Dr. James Fraser receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
    Students - past and present - as well as colleagues and supporters packed the foyer of Stirling Hall to celebrate Dr. James Fraser receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Queen’s professor James Fraser (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) has received the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Dr. Fraser is the eighth Queen’s professor to be made a 3M Fellow, with the most recent being John Smol (Biology) in 2009.

“The 3M National Teaching Fellowship recognizes exceptional academics who go above and beyond to foster a stimulating educational experience for their students,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s. “Dr. Fraser works tirelessly to instill an appreciation and understanding of physics in his students – encouraging them to participate as active partners in the exchange of knowledge. On behalf of the entire Queen’s community, I wish him our most sincere congratulations on this distinguished award.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Fraser has received praise and recognition for his unique, student-driven approach to teaching. As opposed to the traditional lecture format, in which students are presented with information to absorb, Dr. Fraser uses the assigned readings and the questions that they raise to guide the teaching process. By encouraging small group collaboration and discussion, the students are able to apply what they have learned and work through questions in a way that promotes a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

“It is a tremendous honour to be named a 3M National Teaching Fellow,” says Dr. Fraser “I am truly grateful for the immense support and encouragement I’ve received during my teaching career from my departmental colleagues, my teaching assistants and the students themselves.”

Dr. Fraser was previously awarded the 2016 Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Queen’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He is also a recipient of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.

Dr. Fraser’s receipt of the 3M Fellowship is the latest major achievement for the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy – which has helped Queen’s cement its reputation as a world leader in research and education in the field. Queen’s is home to 2015 Nobel Prize recipient Art McDonald, as well as Gilles Gerbier, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics. In 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund provided Queen’s with a significant investment to support the creation of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC).

"I can't think of a more deserving recipient of this award than James,” says Marc Dignam, head of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. “Since his arrival in the Department, he has been a driving force behind the continual innovation and renewal of our courses.  His impact on the first year physics course, in particular, cannot be overstated.  I firmly believe that his innovative, student-focused approach has not only improved the learning outcomes and student satisfaction in this key course, but has also resulted in significant growth in physics majors at Queen's."

Queen’s recognizes the importance of promoting active learning and student engagement to enhancing the student learning experience. Experiential learning activities help students apply what they have learned inside the classroom and allow them to deepen their knowledge and skills. This commitment to experiential learning is exemplified through a wide range of practical, hands-on learning opportunities embedded in academic programs – such as such as internships, practica and service learning.

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is amongst the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in educational leadership and teaching in the post-secondary sector. Founded in 1986 through a partnership between the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada, up to ten Canadian academics annually are named fellows. Fellows become life members of the society – taking part in its annual meeting and working to create new ways to foster academic excellence.

For more information on the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, please visit the website.


From accident to advocacy, alumna leaves mark on Queen's

In honour of Queen’s 175th anniversary, the Equity Office and the Human Rights Office will bestow their Human Rights Initiative, Steve Cutway Accessibility, and Employment Equity awards on alumni.

Ahead of the ceremony on Feb. 27, the Gazette is profiling the winners, including Katie Charboneau, Artsci’11, who worked as an accessibility advocate and ambassador during her studies at Queen’s.

Ask many alumni about their first visit to Queen’s, and they will likely talk about falling in love with the natural beauty and historic limestone buildings.

Katie Charboneau’s first campus tour also made a significant impression, even if it didn’t quite live up to expectations.

[Katie Charboneau]
Katie Charboneau, Artsci’11, the first quadriplegic student to live on campus in residence, will receive the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award for her advocacy work at Queen’s and beyond. Michele Chittenden, who nominated Ms. Charboneau for the award, says the alumna's enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious. (Submitted photo)

“At the time, the campus tour office was in Stauffer Library. I ended up spending 90 per cent of the tour trapped with the tour guide in the elevator after it broke down,” says Ms. Charboneau (Artsci’11), a quadriplegic who uses a motorized wheelchair. “By the time I got out, I had to go back to St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital.”

Ms. Charboneau didn’t let that negative experience or the barriers she encountered at Queen’s derail her education. During her studies from 2006-2013, she advocated extensively for herself and others – work that has earned her the 2016 Steve Cutway Accessibility Award.

“I am someone who rolls with the punches, pun intended,” she says. “I am really into problem solving. I don’t panic and I try to find humour in difficult situations."

Michele Chittenden, Coordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilities, nominated Ms. Charboneau for the award.  

“Katie is a remarkable person and one of the most thoughtful people I know," Ms. Chittenden says. "Her enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious. Katie’s initiatives and strong advocacy skills have made a significant, long-lasting impact for persons with disabilities both on the Queen's campus and in the Kingston community. The Queen’s and Kingston communities are fortunate to have such a hard-working, creative, caring, and enthusiastic advocate.”

Overcoming obstacles

Ms. Charboneau had planned to attend Carleton University, but changed after she was involved in a car accident in June 2005 near her hometown of Gananoque, Ont. She spent five weeks in the intensive care unit at Kingston General Hospital and five months at St. Mary’s of the Lake recovering from injuries.

During her recovery, Ms. Charboneau applied to Queen’s and was accepted. She began her studies just over a year after the accident, knowing that she would encounter challenges along the way.

“I was the first quadriplegic to live on campus in residence. In a way, I was the guinea pig, but I loved doing it,” she says. “It was scary and I knew there were going to be problems. But, as I’ve always said, what Queen’s lacked in accessibility, it made up in accommodations. Staff and faculty worked to solve issues as fast and efficiently as possible.”

With every problem she encountered, Ms. Charboneau advocated for herself. She says she followed the example set by her mom. “She really stuck up for me, starting immediately after the accident. She was my advocate, and that’s where I get it from.”

Soon after starting her studies, Ms. Charboneau felt compelled to help others at Queen’s. She volunteered with Accessibility Queen’s in her first year. For the next five years, she co-chaired the group, which is part of the Alma Mater Society’s Social Issues Commission.

“Becoming an activist on these issues was just a natural progression,” she says. “I was advocating for myself, but I soon realized that others might not be comfortable doing that or have the desire to come forward in the same way.”

Ms. Charboneau worked to change attitudes on campus, in addition to bringing attention to physical barriers. She spearheaded the creation of a Queen’s Accessibility Awareness Month as well as a specialized library, two initiatives that raised awareness of accessibility issues and helped to educate the Queen’s community.

Read the profile of Diane Kelly, Law’83, winner of the 2016 Human Rights Initiative Award.

Accessibility Queen’s also hosted an information awareness fair each year, which connected students with groups, committees, and organizations on campus and within the broader Kingston community. Ms. Charboneau is currently doing similar work as the administrative manager with All In. The Kingston-based organization provides expert information, education, support, and opportunity for all individuals and organizations, in the area of mobility impairments.

Ms. Chittenden says Ms. Charboneau’s continued work in the area of accessibility made the alumna a deserving recipient of the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award, which is named in honour of a long-serving employee who also gave his time to advance accessibility for students and employees with disabilities.

“I was surprised when I found out, and I thought it was just an honour to be nominated,” Ms. Charboneau says. “As much as I don’t do this for the recognition, it feels good knowing that I am making a difference.”

Visit the Queen’s Accessibility Hub website for more information about the Steve Cutway Accessibility Award.

New website details work of racism, diversity, and inclusion committee

Committee members: (top row, l-r) student Dev Aransevia, staff member Rosie LaLande (Executive Assistant to the Principal and committee secretary), staff member Tim Tang, Professor Laeeque Daneshmend. Bottom row, l-r: Professor Yolande Chan, staff member Nilani Loganathan, and student Hana Chaudhury.
Principal's statement
Principal Daniel Woolf issued a statement Feb.16 regarding the committee's work and the university's commitment to addressing the issues of racism, diversity, and inclusion. The statement is available on the principal's website.

A new website that details the work and processes of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion is now available at queeensu.ca/implementationrdi.

The website is meant to inform the Queen’s community of the committee’s ongoing work and will be updated with new information, including dates for community forums, as it arises.

Convened by Principal Daniel Woolf in early 2017, the committee is tasked with expeditiously reviewing past reports on issues of racism, diversity, and inclusion at Queen’s. The group will submit to the principal by March 31, 2017 a list of actions to be implemented that identify priorities, timelines, and measures to evaluate the success of implementation.

“We are looking for input from the Queen’s community on the implementation priorities of past report recommendations,” says Yolande Chan, Professor, Smith School of Business, and committee co-chair. “We want to hear from students, faculty, and staff at community forums in March and via email (implementationrdi@queensu.ca). If you have expertise or suggestions, please get in touch.”

For more information, please visit queensu.ca/implementationrdi


Art McDonald among 2017 Queen's honorary degree recipients

Queen’s University has unveiled its honorary degree recipients for 2017, and the list includes Nobel Prize Laureate and Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Art McDonald.

Fifteen other people will join Dr. McDonald in accepting an honorary degree in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the fields of academia, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.

The university will present the honorary degrees during 2017 convocation ceremonies.

Spring 2017

[James Rutka]
James Rutka

James Rutka (Meds’81) is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a pediatric neurosurgeon with a clinical practice at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Rutka’s primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumours and epilepsy. He has more than 450 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Rutka is an Officer of the Order of Canada. During his studies at Queen’s, he was quarterback for the Gaels, leading the football team a Vanier Cup victory in 1978.

Dr. Rutka will receive his honorary degree on Thursday, May 25 at 2:30 pm.

[Stephen Smith]
Stephen J.R. Smith

Stephen J.R. Smith (Sc’72) is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs in the financial services industry. He is renowned for innovation in information technology and financial structuring in the Canadian mortgage industry. Mr. Smith is an avid supporter of post-secondary education. In 2015, he made a $50-million investment in business education at Queen’s in order to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the skills to sustain Canada’s business, economic, and social development.

Mr. Smith will receive his honorary degree on Tuesday, May 30 at 2:30 pm.

[Gurujai and Jaishree Deshpande]
Gurujai and Jaishree Deshpande

Gurujai (PhD’79) and Jaishree Deshpande, entrepreneurs and philanthropists

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande are trustees of the Deshpande Foundation, which strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Their joint gift along with the Dunin Foundation in 2016 is allowing Queen’s to expand its innovation programming for students through the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He was involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies. Ms. Deshpande earned a Master of Science in Physics in 1975 from the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) and a Master in Computer Science in 1989 from Boston University. She currently serves as a trustee for the Museum of Science in Boston and is involved with HESTIA Fund – a fund established to support after-school programs for low-income children in Massachusetts. 

The Deshpandes will receive their honorary degrees on Wednesday, May 31 at 10 am.

[David Skegg]
David Skegg

Sir David Skegg is an epidemiologist and public health physician based at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His research focuses mainly on the causes and control of cancers, especially breast and cervical cancer, and the use of epidemiological methods to study benefits and risks of medicines. As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago from 2004 to 2011, he took a strong interest in opportunities for international collaboration. He promoted discussions that led to the establishment of the Matariki Network of Universities, of which Queen’s and the University of Otago are founding members.

Dr. Skegg will receive his honorary degree on Friday, June 2 at 10 am.

[John Alderdice]
John Alderdice

John Alderdice, Baron Alderdice, played a significant role in the development of the Irish peace process and the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement as leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. He then stepped down as Alliance Leader and accepted an appointment as Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly. He retired as Speaker and Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2004. For many years, he served as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Queen’s University Belfast. He established the Centre for Psychotherapy in Belfast. He continues as an active member of the House of Lords, but has stepped back from front-line party politics to focus on his academic and practical involvement in situations of violent political conflict. 

Lord John Alderdice will receive his honorary degree on Monday, June 5 at 10 am.

[Otto Naumann]
Otto Naumann

Otto Naumann is the leading name in Old Master paintings in the United States and is one of the most respected figures in the international art scene. Dr. Naumann is renowned for his exceptional “eye” for quality and for his skills in connoisseurship.  Having made a name for himself specializing in Dutch and Flemish art, Dr. Naumann has handled more Rembrandts than any other living dealer and is the only dealer alive who has sold a painting by Vermeer.

Dr. Naumann will receive his honorary degree on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 am.

[Frank McKenna]
Frank McKenna

Frank McKenna has held numerous leadership positions in both the public and private sector. From 1987–1997 he was Premier of New Brunswick. He served as Canadian Ambassador to the United States from 2005-2006. He is currently Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group, Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management, and is on the board of Canadian Natural Resources. 

Mr. McKenna will receive his honorary degree on Thursday, June 6 at 2:30 pm.

[Art McDonald]
Art McDonald

Art McDonald is a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. Dr. McDonald shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his longtime research and groundbreaking findings into neutrinos – sub-atomic particles considered the basic building blocks of the universe. He continues research on neutrinos and dark matter at the SNOLAB underground laboratory and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

Dr. McDonald will receive his honorary degree on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am.

[Fredy Peccerelli]
Fredy Peccerelli

Fredy Peccerelli has dedicated his life to upholding human rights and dignity through the application of forensic sciences. He is an internationally renowned and recognized human rights defender and forensic anthropologist, and founding member of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG). As FAFG’s executive director, Mr. Peccerelli leads the development and implementation of a system that applies victim investigation, forensic-archaeology, forensic-anthropology, and forensic-genetics to uncover the identity of victims of mass human rights abuses, and the truth behind their disappearance.

Mr. Peccerelli will receive his honorary degree on Thursday, June 8 at 10 am.

[Donald Bayne]
Donald Bayne

Donald Bayne (Arts’66, Law’69, EMBA’01) is a partner with Bayne, Sellar, Boxall, a firm practising exclusively criminal law in Ottawa. Mr. Bayne has practised criminal law exclusively for the past 45 years.  He has been designated a specialist in criminal litigation by the Law Society and has conducted trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of courts in Canada and at public inquiries around the world. 

Mr. Bayne will receive his honorary degree on Friday, June 9 at 2:30 pm.

Justice Kin Kee Pang (Arts’70), a member of Hong Kong’s senior judiciary, will receive his honorary degree on May 20 in Hong Kong.

Fall 2017

Please note, Queen’s has not yet confirmed the Fall 2017 convocation schedule.

Debbie Docherty, educator, social worker, and community volunteer

Oliver Jones, jazz pianist

John Rae, Arts’67, active political participant and businessman

David Bouchard, author and educator

The Gazette will publish full biographies of the honorary degree recipients before the spring and fall convocation ceremonies. 


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