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Principal’s commission recommends ambitious approach to public policy at Queen’s

Principal Daniel Woolf has received the final report from the Principal’s Commission on the Future of Public Policy at Queen’s University.

The commission was created in September, 2016, to determine how Queen’s can modernize its approach to public policy to reflect changes in public policy-making and public service as well as new requirements for policy leaders.

The report, entitled An Ambitious Vision for Public Policy at Queen’s, outlines the need for a ‘next generation’ of university-based public policy research and education, with a focus on education, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and incorporating public policy as a pan-university priority.

The report recommends changes in how public policy is taught and researched at Queen’s.

"Elevating public policy as a strategic priority for the university as a whole will no doubt be challenging, but it has the potential to yield great dividends,” said Michael Horgan, senior advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones LLP and chair of the commission. “It will enrich the student learning experience, advance the university's research and innovation goals, increase Queen's policy influence, and enhance its national and international reputation."

The commission followed an extensive consultation process, which included speaking with people inside and outside of government, staff, students, faculty, and alumni. The report contains a number of key recommendations to position Queen’s for maximum impact on public policy.

“Queen’s is focused on having a greater impact on the practice and execution of public policy across Canada and globally,” says Principal Woolf. “I am grateful to the members of the commission, led by Michael Horgan and Margaret Biggs, and for the input received from current School of Policy Studies’ faculty, fellows, and students, School of Policy Studies alumni, Queen’s alumni more broadly, and people involved with public affairs, both within the public and private sectors.”

The Principal will review the report in full over the coming weeks, and establish a transition and implementation working group led by the Provost to review the recommendations put forward by the commission and propose a long-term plan.

Government to launch student-focused survey on sexual violence

The Government of Ontario will soon be inviting students to participate in a survey on sexual violence.

Student Voices on Sexual ViolenceThe Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) will soon be reaching out to all full-time students attending Ontario universities, colleges and private career colleges to ask them to participate in a survey entitled “Student Voices on Sexual Violence”, from Feb. 26 to March 26, 2018.

It is an opportunity for students to provide feedback on the topic of sexual violence on and around their campuses, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation. Visit the FAQ page at www.sv-vs.ca for more information. #SexualViolence #ONPSE 

Fellowships profile new generation of Indigenous scholars

The Faculty of Arts and Science has launched a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship program to recognize outstanding scholarship among Indigenous PhD candidates.

The Faculty of Arts and Science has launched a new Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Indigenous Students. Those wishing to learn more should attend an upcoming Feb 15 webinar. (Supplied Photo)
The Faculty of Arts and Science has launched a new Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Indigenous Students. Those wishing to learn more should attend an upcoming Feb 15 webinar. (Supplied Photo)

A new program aims to bring some of Canada’s most promising Indigenous doctoral candidates to Queen’s for a year to further their learning, and allow Queen’s to learn from them.

A prestigious Pre-Doctoral Fellowship program, one of the first of its kind in Canada, has been created as a way of recognizing up and coming Indigenous scholars and enhancing their academic profile. The Faculty of Arts and Science is offering four spaces in this Fellowship program, which provides the recipients with a $34,000 annual stipend, teaching wages, and funds for research and conferences.

“We are proud of our continuing dedication to life-long learning and reconciliation efforts, and of the many academic and personal successes of our Indigenous students, faculty, staff and alumni,” says Lynda Jessup, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) with the Faculty of Arts and Science. “After working with Erin Sutherland (PhD’16), an Indigenous student who had received a pre-doctoral fellowship at another university, I was inspired to develop this program as a way of supporting culturally relevant learning opportunities both for Queen’s and for Indigenous students.”

To be eligible, students must have Indigenous heritage, must be enrolled in a doctorate program at another Canadian university, and must relocate to Kingston for the year. During the year, the PhD candidate would teach a course within the Faculty of Arts and Science, which would help Indigenize some of Queen’s curriculum, and they would engage with local Indigenous peoples and communities.

The candidates would also have the chance to broaden their scholarly network by working with Queen’s faculty members and researchers, thereby improving their career opportunities. Most importantly, the Fellowship would support the successful completion of their doctoral studies.

“The pre-doctoral fellowship I received gave me time, space, and support to finish my dissertation, and it gave me a new community to share my ideas with, to learn from, to be with,” says Dr. Sutherland. “The community helped me to develop ideas which ended up being central to my dissertation. Specifically, my time spent with community – both at the University and outside of it – supported my learning and discussion of Indigenous methodologies. Most importantly, it better prepared me to deal with change and how to work in and adapt to a new academic and community environment.”

Applications are being accepted to this pilot program until Sunday, Apr. 1. A webinar is planned for Thursday, Feb. 15 to share more information about the program with potential applicants. For more information on this new program, visit the Faculty of Arts and Science’s website.

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) page launched, reports available

Meet Teri Shearer, and find out about her work to foster diversity and inclusivity within the Queen's community.

Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), has launched a webpage as part of the Provost’s website.

Through this webpage, visitors can learn more about Dr. Shearer, access reports and resources regarding diversity and inclusion at Queen’s, stay up to date on the latest news regarding her portfolio, and find contact information for the Deputy Provost. Visit the Provost’s website to find Dr. Shearer’s page.

Additionally, the Deputy Provost’s reports to Senate have now been posted to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report webpage. Going forward, these reports will continue to be posted to this page once they are available.

UCARE announces first co-chairs

Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11) and Mona Rahman (Sc’93, PhD’01) will co-chair the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity.

The inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity. The group met for the first time in late January to organize for the year ahead. (University Communications)
The inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity. The group met for the first time in late January to organize for the year ahead. (University Communications)

At a special planning meeting, the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) named its first-ever co-chairs.

Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11), Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights; and Mona Rahman (Sc’93, PhD’01), Coordinator, Research Activities and Communications, Office of the VP (Research), were appointed to the leadership roles on this new council.

“With the co-chairs installed, we have the right resources in place to shape our next steps on the path to becoming a more inclusive community,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “We are focused on creating a safe and inclusive living and learning environment, and we are committed to two-way dialogue with all members of the community on this issue. The work that UCARE will be doing represents a critical part of these commitments.”

Both Ms. Simpson and Dr. Rahman have deep roots in the Queen’s community, and they have worked together on equity causes in the past. While they were Queen’s students, Ms. Simpson was president of African Caribbean Students’ Association and Dr. Rahman was president of the Queen’s Muslim Students’ Association. The pair frequently discussed matters of equity and diversity at Queen’s.

“I’m delighted after all of these years to once again be working with Mona to advance equity issues on campus,” says Ms. Simpson. “When Mona and I were students, the university’s human rights and equity mandate was in its infancy. With the establishment of UCARE we are seeing two important developments – increased direct involvement in anti-racism and equity from our administration, and stronger connections between senior leaders and justice-seeking community members. I’m looking forward to seeing the work of the group unfold.”

For her part, Dr. Rahman says she was interested in joining UCARE and taking on co-chair responsibilities because she wants to see the recommendations made through the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusivity (PICRDI) final report put into action.

“I grew up at Queen’s, and have seen both progress and setbacks over that time,” says Dr. Rahman. “We have many great programs to support diversity and inclusivity at Queen’s – what is needed now is something sustainable, continuous, and proactive. Rather than allowing the conversation to be shaped by whomever is present at the time, we need stable and ongoing infrastructure to address inclusivity matters.”

Ms. Simpson and Dr. Rahman’s terms as co-chair will last until September, providing the committee with the opportunity to determine how new co-chairs will be elected going forward.

The next UCARE meeting will be held on Monday, Mar. 5 from 5 – 6:30 pm. in Robert Sutherland Room 202. All members of the Queen’s community are welcome to attend. For more information on UCARE, please visit the Provost’s website.

Mapping out life after law school

Queen’s Law students get help with customized career planning through the Career Development Office.

Applying for jobs and finding a career can be a daunting process. To help students manage this stress, the Queen’s Law Career Development Office (CDO) offers a Career Management Plan (CMP) program. Through this program, students receive individually-tailored advice such as steps they should take to stay on track and long-term skills for career planning once they leave Queen’s. The results are impressive: over 95 per cent of Law’17 students who were actively seeking articling opportunities had secured one as of last September. 

An unlimited number of individual career counselling sessions to help students build on their skills and refine their customized career plan is one standout feature.

“We pride ourselves on how accessible we are to our students,” says Julie Banting, Director of Career Development. “In 2016-17, we held over 1,200 counselling appointments. The average student feedback rating was 4.8 out of 5, and 98 per cent of students indicated that they would recommend this service to peers.”

The CDO holds workshops for students introducing career development and job search fundamentals. It also has a comprehensive software platform, Career Services Manager, where students can view job postings, sign up for counselling sessions and events, and access a document library full of helpful tip sheets.

“The dedication of the office’s coordinator, Jenny DeBruyn, has been integral to building and maintaining strong relationships with employers, which has contributed to an overall increase in the number and variety of job postings accessible to students,” Ms. Banting says.  
Furthermore, through the CDO, students can access networking opportunities and events.

“We are proud of the strong relationship we have with our corporate partners and alumni and hold many events throughout the year that enable students to build their network,” Ms. Banting explains.

Students may have the opportunity to shadow a practitioner for a day, or contact alumni who have made themselves available for informational interviews on the CDO’s ProNet listing. 

This year, the CDO is excited about developing a formal program for a more structured mentoring experience.

“The CMP allowed me to explore many different career options, from small firms in rural communities to large Bay Street firms,” explains Maggie Carmichael (Law’18). “Through the CDO I had the opportunity to attend information sessions and networking events, as well as one-on-one meetings with career counsellor Michael Molas to discuss my options and prepare a job application package that would allow me to achieve my goals.”  
Richard Glennie (Law’19) says that he met with the CDO weekly after his first year.

“I was unsure of what I wanted to do, and working with the CDO on a self-assessment before the Toronto recruit helped me find the areas that I wanted to work in,” he says. “From there, I had weekly appointments to tailor my job search, fine-tune my resume, develop a cover letter, and polish my interview skills. Julie provided support from start to finish, including being available throughout in-firm interviews to answer questions and give advice, helping me secure a position that I’m thrilled with.”

This article was first published on the Faculty of Law website.

Gaels stun No. 6 Marauders in women's volleyball

Gaels Women's Volleyball
Players of the Queen's Gaels women's volleyball team celebrate a point during Sunday's game against the McMaster Marauders. The Gaels knocked off the No. 6 ranked team in the country in straight sets. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

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


The Queen’s Gaels (11-4) swept the No. 6 McMaster Marauders (13-2) in straight sets 25-18, 25-20 and 25-23 on Sunday, handing the powerhouse Marauders their first loss since October.

The Gaels got up early on the Marauders and never let up, with a potent attack and stingy defence throughout.

Shannon Neville had an outstanding match with five aces, 10 kills and 12 digs. Julia Wiercigroch had 12 kills and eight digs.

On Saturday, the Gaels took a four-set battle against the Brock Badgers (4-9) 25-19, 25-16, 17-25 and 25-16.

Queen’s got off to another quick start, with a light stumble in the third set.

Neville finished with 15 kills and four aces. Makayla Keith added five aces.


The Queen’s Gaels (6-8) lost to the No. 6 McMaster Marauders (12-1) in four sets on Sunday afternoon 25-19, 22-25, 15-15 and 13-25.

The hosts took the first set but the Marauders roared back to take control of the match over the final three set.

Mitchell Neuert had 14 kills while Markus Trence had 12.

On Saturday, the Gaels lost a tough five-set match against the Brock Badgers (4-9) 25-18, 26-28, 25-22, 19-25 and 17-19.

Trence had an outstanding game, leading the Gaels with 17 kills, two aces, four blocks and 12 digs.


The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels (18-5-3) continued their wild week with a crazy come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over the Carleton Ravens (16-6-4) on Saturday night.

Just two days after winning a barn-burner against RMC in the Carr-Harris Cup, the Gaels were able to tie the game late against the Ravens and pull out the victory in the extra frame. Slater Doggett played the role of hero by not only tying the game with one second left but also scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Gaels home with their sixth straight victory.

Luke Edwards and Darcy Greenaway put the Gaels up early but the Ravens would move ahead 3-2 in the third period. In the dying seconds, Doggett was able to beat a defender to the net and get a shot off to beat Ravens goalie Francois Brassard with one second remaining on the clock.Just over a minute into overtime Doggett scored his 17th goal of the season. The win puts the Gaels in the driver's seat for the second seed in the OUA East standings, sitting three points ahead of Carleton. Kevin Bailie picked up the win in net for the Gaels, making 31 saves.


The No. 7 Queen’s Gaels (13-3-3-3) saw their three-game shutout win streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to the Waterloo Warriors (8-3-9-0) on Saturday.

It was senior night for the Gaels as the graduating class – Claire Warren, Amber Sealey, Emily Gervais, Micaela Smith, Clare McKellar and Jessica Wakefield – was honoured prior to puck drop.

Emily Gervais scored the lone goal for the Gaels.

On Friday, the scored a 3-0 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-1-13-3)

Michele Knecht opened the scoring early and Abby Lafreniere doubled the lead in the second period. Knecht added an empty-netter for her second of the game. Mackenzy Aresenault made 22 saves for the shutout win.


The No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (16-3) stretched their win streak to five with a big 73-53 victory over the York Lions (10-9) on the road Friday night.

The Gaels got off to a slow start and were trailing 20-9 after the first quarter. But the team would find their groove in the second and went into the break leading 53-43.

The Lions couldn’t muster much of a counter in the second half and the Gaels cruied the rest of the way for the 20-point win.

Abby Dixon and Veronika Lavergne finished with 16 points each while Sophie de Goede recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.


The Queen’s Gaels (11-8) defeated the York Lions (2-17) 93-68 on the road with veteran Jesse Graham scoring a career-best 26 points.

The Gaels got off to a strong start and were ahead 25-9 after the first quarter on the strength of 10 points from Graham. 

The Gaels kept up the pressure on both ends of the court heading into the second half and played it safe in the final quarter, maintaining a healthy lead.

Tanner Graham had 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Bringing Queen’s engineering students together

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will be home to a range of engineering facilities, including labs, teaching studios, and a common room.

Engineering and Applied Science students will be spending a lot of time in the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) when it opens next academic year.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will feature a common lounge for undergraduate mechanical and materials engineering students, something that they have not had before. (Supplied Photo)
The Innovation and Wellness Centre will feature a common lounge for undergraduate mechanical and materials engineering students, something that they have not had before. (Supplied Photo)

The new facility will bring together several mechanical and materials engineering program areas on campus into one new and modern space. It will also add new resources for undergraduate engineering students.

“This leading-edge facility will uniquely bring together innovative undergraduate teaching facilities, world-leading research facilities, and innovation programming in one space,” says Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “New undergraduate teaching and design studios, interdisciplinary research clusters, and flexible innovation space within the IWC will bring together professors, undergraduate, and graduate students in a way that builds community and fosters new ideas.”

The engineering facilities will be located on the second and third floors of the IWC. The second floor will feature an interdisciplinary mechatronics laboratory where mechanical and electrical engineers will be able to work together, an undergraduate common room, a rapid prototyping lab, and three engineering teaching studios. Rather than individual seating, the studios emphasize collaboration by grouping students in tables of four to eight. Each studio will accommodate about 80 students, and the walls can be moved to create one large studio.

On the third floor, you will find the IWC’s research labs. The Beaty Water Research Centre will include four wet labs, where chemical and civil engineering students and faculty will handle hazardous materials and conduct research. The facility will bring together water researchers from across the university, supporting 40 graduate students and 12 faculty members.

The Beaty Water Research Centre will be located on the third floor, featuring labs and meeting space. (Supplied Photo)
The Beaty Water Research Centre will be located on the third floor, featuring labs and meeting space. (Supplied Photo)

The third floor will also include brand new labs dedicated to studying human-machine collaboration. A dozen faculty members will be based out of this space, along with up to 40 graduate students. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is currently recruiting five new academics specializing in disciplines such as machine learning, data mining, and smart prosthetics, aligning with the Principal’s faculty renewal plans.  

What's in the IWC?
A holistic view of wellness
A home for innovation
● Learn more on the Innovation and Wellness Centre website

“This focus on human-machine collaboration will provide an opportunity for Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science to lead the country in this increasingly important field,” says Brian Surgenor, a professor in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department who is helping to coordinate the design of the IWC’s engineering space. “Coupled with the renovated spaces for our undergraduate students, the IWC will provide a significant enhancement to the student experience and our Faculty’s research leadership.”

The creation of the IWC was made possible through $55 million in philanthropic support, with a significant portion donated by Queen’s engineering alumni. In addition, the federal and Ontario governments contributed a combined total of nearly $22 million to this facility.

To learn more about the Innovation and Wellness Centre, visit the centre’s website. The centre is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.

Gaels edge Paladins in overtime to claim Carr-Harris Cup

Queen's Gaels men's hockey team celebrate
The Queen's Gaels men's hockey team celebrate after Darcy Greenaway scored in overtime for a 6-5 victory over the RMC Paladins in the Carr-Harris Cup, Thursday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. (Photo by Jason Scourse)

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (17-5-3) defeated the RMC Paladins (6-14-5) in the 32nd installment of the Carr-Harris Cup at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Thursday.

The teams treated the record crowd of 3,524 to an offensive explosion but Darcy Greenaway ended the game with a beautiful end-to-end rush at 1:21 of overtime to send the Gaels home with their third Carr-Harris win in the last four years.

Queen’s jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by Ryan Bloom, Luke Edwards and Slater Doggett, while Riley Brandt netted his OUA-leading 18th goal of the season for RMC.

The Paladins would tie the score in the second period with goals from David Savery and Brandt, but as period closed out Alex Stothart found the back of the net to put the Gaels up 4-3.

RMC replied quickly after the restart through Rhett Wilcox to even the score. Doggett put Queen’s ahead once again only to see Dylan Giberson send the game to overtime

In a game that saw plenty of scoring chances, the overtime period did not disappoint as both teams were gunning for the game-winning goal. About a minute in, Greenaway took the puck behind his own net and darted up the ice. After skating past one Paladins defender and beating another with a nice move, he was able to score a spinning shot past Austin Hannaford to send the Gaels home with their 20th Carr-Harris Cup.

“It sure was great to watch for the fans. It wasn’t our prettiest effort, but this team never gives up, so we really showed that tonight and fortunately enough we were able to pull out the win,” Greenaway said after the game. “We want to solidify home ice, we also want to be peaking at the right time, and we have three more games to get ready for playoffs.”

Kevin Bailie earned the win in net for the Gaels, making 29 saves while Hannaford took the loss for the Paladins, recording 22 saves.

Doggett was named the Gaels MVP for his two-goal performance while Brandt earned the nod for the Paladins with his three-point effort.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup was initiated in 1986 by the International Hockey Hall of Fame in celebration of the oldest rivalry in hockey, now at 132 years.

The game is named in honour of the Carr-Harris family, which has a long-standing connection with both Kingston universities. Robert Carr-Harris was professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College of Canada in 1879 and afterward a professor of general engineering at Queen’s. All of his sons and two of his cousins were cadets at RMC.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup trophy features the “Lennie” sculpture by Kingston native Joan Belch.

It depicts Lennox Irving, the Queen’s player who scored the lone goal in the March 10, 1886 inaugural game between RMC and Queen’s.

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes February edition of ‘Lifelines’

Read the February edition of Lifelines.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The February edition, entitled Learning about Eating Disorders, provides information on factors that contribute to eating disorders, what different eating disorders exist, and methods to minimize an eating disorder from forming.  

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French). 


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