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Equity tool and frameworks receive federal award

Award recipients at the federal government's Employment Equity Achievement Awards, including Heidi Penning from the Human Rights Office. (Photo via Employment and Social Development Canada Minister Patty Hajdu on Twitter)
Award recipients at the federal government's Employment Equity Achievement Awards, including Heidi Penning from the Human Rights Office, back row, right. (Photo via Employment and Social Development Canada Minister Patty Hajdu on Twitter)

The university’s efforts to foster a climate of inclusion and equity were recognized by the federal government last night.

Queen’s received an Employment Equity Achievement Award in the Innovation category, acknowledging the university’s guiding Accessibility Framework and the Employment Equity Framework, and initiatives such as the Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) Tool.

“This award is a significant recognition of the effort we have placed into establishing a more inclusive environment in order to attract excellence within the global and ever diversifying Canadian workforce,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), who accepted the award on behalf of Queen's. “Becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution is not only the right thing to do as a socially responsible employer, it is also essential to our success as we aim to recruit the top emerging academic talent and grow our international reputation. We know the work we are doing today will shape and grow the Queen’s of tomorrow.”

The Innovation award recognizes employers who have been innovative in the implementation of employment equity. This can include creativity in the design and implementation of measures to remove barriers, adoption of special measures, the establishment of positive policies or practices, forward-thinking in human resources practices and/or development of new or unique initiatives. Queen’s was one of four employers recognized in this category.

The Accessibility Framework and Employment Equity Framework, which were first drafted in 2010 and 2015 respectively, were designed to raise awareness and allow all community members to engage in taking down barriers to access and equity in the workplace, and to foster support for an active, ongoing, and intentional effort towards equity at Queen’s.

The DEAP Tool, meanwhile, was launched in 2015 to assist deans and department heads as they assess equity and diversity in their areas and set targets for improvement. This online program was developed by the Equity Office in collaboration with the Senate Educational Equity Committee. It provides faculties and departments with greater insights into the demographic profile of their staff, faculty, and students; helps managers assess progress on promoting equity and diversity and reflect on areas that require improvement; and assists them in developing an action plan and timeline for their future vision. Other institutions have contacted Queen’s to explore how the two frameworks may apply in their own environments, and some have licensed the DEAP tool for their own use through the Office of Partnerships and Innovation.

“These efforts are helping Queen’s recognize the significant advantages of becoming a more diverse and inclusive community, and helping us move beyond compliance on equity,” says Irène Bujara, University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights. “This award is gratifying because of the significant work that has gone into developing both the tool and these frameworks.”

Launched in 2016, the Employment Equity Achievement Award is an annual awards program that publicly recognizes Canadian employers for outstanding achievement in employment equity in their workplaces for four designated groups: women; Indigenous peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities. Awards are celebrated at an annual event hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in Ottawa. To learn more about this year's winners visit ESDC's website.

For The Record: Oct. 5

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, Oct. 19. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Oct. 17. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.

COMMITTEES

Advisory Review Committee, Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP), School of Policy Studies

In accordance with the Senate Policy on Procedures Governing the Establishment, Reporting and Review of Research Centres, Institutes and other entities at Queen’s University, David Walker, Executive Director, School of Policy Studies, is pleased to announce the membership of the Advisory Review Committee for the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) School of Policy Studies five-year review. The committee comprises:

  • Stéphanie Bélanger, Co-chair of the Advisory Review Committee; the associate director of the CIMVHR and associate professor, French Department, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Margaret Biggs, Co-chair of the Advisory Review Committee; Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, School of Policy Studies
  • Colin Farrelly, Professor and Queen’s National Scholar, Department of Political Studies
  • Thomas Hughes, PhD Student, Department of Political Studies
  • ​Rachel Laforest, Associate Director and MPA Program Director, School of Policy Studies

To assist with the review, faculty, staff, students and members of the University community are invited to submit their comments to be shared with the committee to CIDP Advisory Review Committee, c/o Celia Russell russellc@queensu.ca, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, by Oct. 23, 2017. For more information on CIDP, please visit the website: http://www.queensu.ca/cidp/home

Submissions will be shared only with the members of the Review Committee and will become part of the review process; anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

Selection Committee to find new Head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Christopher Mechefske’s term as Acting Head in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering ends Dec. 31, 2017.

In accordance with the Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee has been formed to assist the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) in the selection of a department head. The Selection Committee has the following membership:

  • Elected faculty: Ron Anderson, Claire Davies, Mark Daymond, Michael Rainbow, and David Rival.
  • Appointed Members: Natalie Tanczak (undergraduate student), Mark Kellenberger (PhD candidate), Andrew Bryson (staff member), Kent Novakowski, Head, Civil Engineering.
  • Non-Voting Member: Kimberley McAuley, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies.
  • Chair: Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Recording Secretary: Dayna Smith, Engineering and Applied Science.

Members of the university community are invited to comment on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and to submit names of possible candidates for the headship to Dean Kevin J. Deluzio (Chair), c/o Dayna Smith (dayna.smith@queensu.ca) Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by October 27, 2017.  Letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Job Title: Manager, Career Education and Coaching Services
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0717-0218
Successful Candidate: Sophie Turner

Job Title: Relationship Manager
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0617-0151
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Gift Services Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Gift Services, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0817-0058
Successful Candidate: Lauren Moloney (Annaul Giving, Office of Advancement)

Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J0817-0250
Successful Candidate: Nicole Pennell (Smith Development & AR)

Job Title: Network Specialist (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J0917-0381
Successful Candidate: John Fisher

Job Title: Gift Administrator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Gift Services, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0817-0055
Successful Candidate: Shelaine Chapple

Job Title: Student Conduct Case Manager
Department: Student Affairs
Competition: J0617-1091
Successful Candidate: Andrea Pape

Job Title: Director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives
Department: Office of Indigenous Initiatives
Competition: J0617-0479
Successful Candidate: Janice Hill

Job Title: An Clachan Community Coordinator
Department: Residences (Housing and Ancillary Services)
Competition: J0617-0590
Successful Candidate: Amy Case

Job Title: Manager, Recruitment & Admissions
Department: Smith School of Business
Competition: J0817-0603
Successful Candidate: Maryann Young (Professional Graduate Program Services)

Job Title: Electrician (CUPE Local 229)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0617-0817
Successful Candidate: Andrew Richmond

Job Title: Academic Compensation Analyst
Department: Faculty Relations, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Competition: J0617-0198
Successful Candidate: Craig Braund (Human Resources)

Job Title: Aboriginal Community Engagement Coordinator
Department: Aboriginal Community Engagement Coordinator
Competition: J0817-0389
Successful Candidate: Michelle Kennedy

Job Title: Coordinator, Facility Operations (USW Local 2010)
Department: Athletics and Recreation Facilities
Competition: J0617-0810
Successful Candidate: Kennedy Kay

Job Title: Research Coordinator
Department: Medicine - Gastroenterology
Competition: J0617-0254
Successful Candidate: Sherri Nicol

Job Title: Marketing, Communications and Events Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Nursing
Competition: J0817-0079
Successful Candidate: Justine Mayhew

World Link celebrates diversity at Queen’s

'World Link Participants'
The World Link program is helping international students at Queen's  make an easier transition through workshops and social activities on and off campus. Front, from left: Mofiyinfoluwa Badmos, Qihui Chen, Julie Yaqi Hao, Lucie Ma, Sarah Sinaga, Jing Wang. Back, from left: Isabella Asselstine, Elaine Sandness, Hanna Stanbury. (Communications Staff) 

It can be tough adjusting to a new campus, community and country all at once, but that is the reality for many international students.

The World Link program aims to ease what can be a significant transition, with workshops and social activities on and off campus; it also works to create a sense of belonging among all participants.

Facilitated by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), in partnership with Student Wellness Services, the Student Experience Office, and the Human Rights Office, the semester-long transition program will be offered in the fall and winter terms. It connects students with other transition programs, including Q Success, and has been enhanced to focus on the appreciation of diverse cultures, intercultural communication skills and competencies, resiliency, and the links between academic and personal success. All events are co-led by students.

Julie Yaqi Hao is in her second year of a Master of Education degree. She is an international student from China who is volunteering with World Link because she says peer support can play a significant role in helping new students adjust.

“I first had to conquer my fear of the unknown and re-establish my confidence,” she says. “Then I created my social network. I received support from the QUIC and the World Link program, which is so inclusive. People respect each other. Other students can feel our passion and learn our personal stories. This is the most powerful influence to help new students move forward.”

World Link invites undergraduate, graduate and exchange students in all years and programs, both international and domestic, to participate.

Jing Wang is a teacher candidate in the concurrent education program. She grew up in Toronto, went to high school in Shanghai, and spent a semester on exchange in Germany. This is her second year volunteering with World Link.

“Many international students experience cultural shock and homesickness, and talking with other students can help,” she says. “We really want Canadian students to come to World Link, because they can support their peers’ transition, and they get to make friends with people with really interesting backgrounds! This kind of program really brings our community together.”

Promoting intercultural dialogue is a theme that runs through all World Link activities.

“We are very excited to offer more opportunities for students to get together and talk about their cultures, their experiences, and their goals,” says Mofiyinfoluwa Badmos, QUIC International Programs Assistant. “We have designed the program this year to provide more opportunities for discussion and skill development that will promote an inclusive campus environment.”

For more information, go to http://quic.queensu.ca/world-link-upcoming-events-workshops/

World Link events are drop-in. Registration is not required.

Check out all QUIC events at http://quic.queensu.ca/events/

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

Lifelines October 2017
Read the October online 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 October edition, entitled Mindfulness: Meditation and Everyday Practice, provides information on the benefits of meditation, and how to begin practicing mindfulness meditation.

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). 

Honorary degrees recognize leaders

Four honorary degree recipients to be celebrated at fall convocation for outstanding contributions on a national or international scale.

Queen’s University has revealed its honorary degree recipients for fall convocation and the list includes an author, a health educator, a businessman and a world-renowned pianist.

To receive an honorary degree, the recipient must have made an outstanding contribution on a national or international scale. The contribution may have advanced the recipient’s field of work or discipline, or been to the benefit of community, society, or the university.

The honorary degree recipients this year include:

John Rae

John A. Rae, Doctor of Laws LLD - Mr. Rae studied politics and economics at Queen’s, was the editor of the Queen's Journal, and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Queen's University. Mr. Rae has made significant contributions to Canadian politics. He served as executive assistant to the Right Hon. Jean Chrétien from 1967 to 1971. Mr. Chrétien entered the Cabinet in 1967, becoming Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1968. Mr. Rae was also the national campaign chairman for Mr. Chrétien and coordinated several of the Liberal Party’s federal leadership campaigns. In 1971, he joined the Power Corporation of Canada and in 1991 became its executive vice-president.   Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 10 am.

Oliver Jones

Oliver Theophilus Jones, Doctor of Laws LLD - A Juno award winner, Mr. Jones made his debut as a pianist at age five and made his first night club appearance at nine. In his 77-year career, he has released an impressive 25 albums and has been recognized with numerous awards including the Order of Quebec, the Order of Canada, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. He also received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 pm.

Debbie Docherty

Debbie Docherty, Doctor of Science DSc -  Debbie Docherty studied at McMaster University and spent much of her career at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Late in her career she completed her Master of Social Work degree at McGill University. The experience of living with multiple sclerosis from age 38 and retirement at 55 allowed more time to engage in mentoring Queen’s students in occupational therapy, nursing, medicine and physiotherapy. The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice included Debbie in the planning and delivery of a wide range of significant educational events for all Faculty of Health Science students. Dr. Docherty also worked internationally with the Queen’s International Center for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 pm.

David Bouchard

David Bouchard, Doctor of Laws LLD - As a Métis, Mr. Bouchard knew nothing of his roots growing up but through the process of writing, learned more about his heritage. Many of his books center around Indigenous issues and the journey of discovery. The recipient of numerous national and international literary accolades, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Silver Birch Award, and whose iconic work “If You’re Not From The Prairie” has been included in Maclean's Magazine’s list of the top 20 children’s books in the history of Canada. Mr. Bouchard’s love of reading and writing fills his daily life. He writes wherever he happens to be at the time. Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 pm.

Committed to food sustainability

Sustainability is a long-standing core value at Queen’s Hospitality Services, and the staff’s commitment to environmentalism and the local food movement has been part of operations for several years.

Across all menu offerings, the university’s team of chefs considers seasonality, food trends, and student demand, while looking to minimize food waste and reducing the university’s carbon footprint.

Sustainability Week
Queen's University is marking Sustainability Week Oct. 1-5.

“We prepare a large majority of our soups, sauces and entrees from scratch,” says Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Queen’s Housing and Ancillary Services. “Our culinary team integrates sustainable seafood, locally grown produce, as well as entirely Ontario/Quebec raised meats into our menus. This has been a focus for some time. For example at the Canadian Grilling Company in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, we only serve the  finest Ontario beef and chicken, as well as fresh produce from nearby farms, and the Canadian Red Fife flour buns from our campus bake shop.”

Hospitality Services makes a variety of freshly baked breads, breakfast pastries and decadent deserts from scratch, right on campus. This allows Hospitality Services to ensure that 100 per cent of the eggs used are from cage-free sources, and that local produce can be highlighted in every retail location and dining halls.

Queen’s Hospitality Services always looks to engage with the university and broader communities. Projects, such as ‘Field to Fork’ and ‘Soul Food,’ are just a few of the student clubs and charities that are longstanding partners. And through the Queen’s Farmer’s Market, held Wednesdays at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue, Hospitality Services is further expanding the inclusion of locally-grown produce in the campus dining halls.

Queen’s recently became the first Canadian university to adopt the Simple Servings program. By providing additional support to students with dietary restrictions and food allergies, this service offers meals that are custom made and fit to each student’s needs. At each Simple Servings station on campus, dishes are made without the use of Canada’s top allergens.

Going hand-in-hand with this initiative is our chefs’ commitment to develop more vegan and vegetarian options across each campus dining location. As a direct result of student demand, meals that include different milk alternatives will soon be added to the menu rotation, including vegan pizza and a number of other vegan entrees.

“Our team’s goal will always be to support student wellness, while still balancing sustainability and integrity in everything that we do,” says Ms. Pete. “Queen’s Hospitality Services is excited to continue to find innovative ways of supporting our students now, and for years to come.”

 

Premium football seats available for staff and faculty

Queen's Athletics and Recreation invites all Queen's staff and faculty to cheer on the Gaels during our first ever night game at Richardson Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Staff and faculty can purchase a premium east side gold seat for only $20 ($50 value).

To take advantage of this exclusive offer, visit the customer service desk in the ARC with a valid staff/faculty ID. (While quantities last)

Come watch football under the lights on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm. 

Visit gogaelsgo.com for more information on Gaels football.

Discussing drinking culture at Queen’s

Talking about the drinking culture on university campuses can help foster change, and the #RethinkTheDrink Talkback Tour is helping to support these conversations.

Queen’s was the first stop on a national tour, that is giving students the opportunity to discuss alcohol consumption and misuse, with Queen’s alumna and best-selling author Ann Dowsett Johnston (Artsci’75), and Catherine Paradis, senior research and policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA).

"Catherine Paradis speaks at Rethink the Drink"
Catherine Paradis speaks to Queen's students at the #RethinkTheDrink Talkback Tour, while Ann Dowsett Johnston looks on. (Supplied photo) 

Ms. Johnson and Dr. Paradis were joined by Hannah Billinger (Artsci’18) and Alex Hillyer (Artsci’18), co-chairs of Queen’s For The Boys, a campus group that focus on education surrounding unhealthy substance use that includes elements of toxic masculinity and mental health. Rector Cam Yung moderated the panel, which aims to increase awareness of campus party culture, alcohol marketing, alcohol in pop culture and alcohol harm reduction.

Developed in partnership with the AMS Social Issues Commission and Student Wellness Services, the panel brought out students from all over campus to discuss the drinking culture on campuses, including Queen’s. The discussion included attitudes towards drinking, the dangers of binge-drinking, and ways to drink responsibly and within ones’ limits.

“In your first year, you’re thrown into a big drinking culture where you feel the need to keep up with everyone else to fit in,” says Billinger and Hillyer. “There is a process of learning to casually drink as you go through each year. The learning curve helps students realize how to enjoy casual drinking without the need to binge.”

Seventy-nine per cent of Queen’s respondents to the 2016 National College Health Assessment survey of student health and wellness reported having drunk alcohol within the previous 30 days. The panel stressed the importance of being able to enjoy yourself without crossing the line, and understanding others’ reasons for choosing to abstain.

“I think respect is something we generally forget,” said Ramna Safeer, AMS Social Issues Commissioner. “When a friend tells us they do not want to drink, we should accept their decision and not push the issue further.”

#RethinkTheDrink is an initiative of the CCSA and the Post-Secondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), of which Queen’s is a member. PEP-AH is a national network of institutions, Universities Canada and the CCSA. Members collaborate to share strategies and best practices specific to alcohol issues on campuses, and work with an evidence-based strategic framework for action to support campus teams that aim to reduce harms related to alcohol consumption on campus. At Queen’s the PEP-AH campus team is the Alcohol Working Group.

To learn more, go to http://pepah.ca.

Gaels top Lancers to give head coach Sheahan his 150th win

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:

FOOTBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (1-4) got head coach Pat Sheahan his 150th career win as a head coach in U Sports as the Tricolour defeated Windsor 54-10 on Saturday.

In Windsor, quarterback Nate Hobbs threw for 486 yards and four touchdowns and added another score on the ground while receiver Chris Osei-Kusi hauled in 226 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jake Puskas topped 100 yards in his second straight start, finishing with 135 on 20 rushes.

After a slow start the Gaels finally got on the board as Hobbs found Osei-Kusi for a 22-yard touchdown. Queen’s then picked up two points on a safety and Hobbs punched in a quarterback sneak in the second quarter to give the Gaels a 16-3 lead at the half.

Following the break, Puskas ran in a five-yard score and the Gaels recovered a fumble off the ensuing kick-off. Two plays later Jeremy Pendergast pulled in his first career touchdown. Nelkas Kwemo added and interception and the turnover led to a second score for Osei-Kusi.

The Gaels added another 10 points in the fourth, and the Lancers picked up their first major of the game to bring the score to a final of 54-10.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The No. 10 Queen's Gaels (7-2-1) recorded a pair of wins on the weekend, scoring six goals in each game.

On Sunday, the host Gaels topped the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-5-1) 6-2 with a pair of goals from Jenny Wolever, and singles from Jamie Foot, Laura Callender, Matija Skoko and Sarah Nixon

On Saturday Callender led the way with a hat-trick as the Gaels crushed the Ryerson Rams (5-5-2) 6-1. Wolever, Alexandra Doane, and Jamie Foot rounded out the scoring.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels (3-4-3) finished the weekend with a draw and a loss.

On Sunday the Gaels tied the No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues (7-0-4) 1-1 at Richardson Stadium, as Michael Chang scored in the 86th minute shortly after the Blues had opened the scoring.

On Saturday, the Gaels tumbled 3-0 to the Ryerson Rams (4-6-1).

MEN’S RUGBY

In a rematch of the 2016 OUA final the Queen’s Gaels (5-0) took down the reigning champion Guelph Gryphons (4-1) 34-26 to stay undefeated in regular season play.

The Gaels quickly got on the board and pushed the score to 21-0 and finished the first half with a 26-17 lead.

The Gryphons battled back but the Gaels held on with another try and a penalty goal from Alex Colborne.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Queen's Gaels cross country teams traveled to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 44th annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University.

The women’s team, ranked No. 1 in Canada, took part in the gold 6km race which featured some of the best collegiate teams in the United States, and came away with a fourth overall finish with a team score of 226 behind only Utah State, Villanova and Georgia respectively.

Individually the Gaels were led by the duo of Branna MacDougall and Claire Sumner who finished fourth and sixth. MacDougall finished in a time of 19:52, just four seconds off the winning pace, while Sumner crossed at 20:03.  

Not far behind were teammates Amy Stephenson in 15th and Shannen Murray who was 78th.

On the men’s side, Queen’s finished in first place in the Brown 8km race which featured NCAA Division II and III programs. Eric Wynands paced the Queen's runners finishing third in a time of 24:40. He was followed by Mark Schmidt in sixth and Rob Kanko in eighth.

Former OUA champion Alex Wilkie  took part in his first race since returning from injury and finished 22nd. Former five-time All-Canadian Gael Julie-Anne Staehli, who also serves as an assistant coach for Queen’s, competed in the open category and placed second overall in a time of 20:11.

ROWING

The Queen’s women’s and men’s rowing teams were in Peterborough for the Head of the Trent on Saturday and saw first-place performances from Louise Munro in the women’s single race and the duo of Nick Grubic and Alex Bernst in the lightweight men’s double races. Gavin stone placed third in the men’s single and Evan Notley matched him in the lightweight men’s single. Greta Chase added another third-place finish in the lightweight women’s single.

A bigger and better Sustainability Week

Sustainability Week has arrived at Queen’s University (Oct. 1-5) and is devoted to celebrating sustainable initiatives that take place on and off campus.

This is the sixth year that Queen’s has hosted this series of events and it is shaping up to be the best one yet. This year’s week is being put on by more than 30 collaborating partners, from student groups to university administration to several sustainable-minded groups from the Kingston community.

“Sustainability Week is all about bringing together our campus sustainability leaders,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager.  “We could not run this event without the great contributions from our students.”

Sustainability week features five sustainability-themed days: Explore, Act, Conserve, Eat, Learn. Each day will include events offering students the opportunity to learn how to act more sustainably in their daily lives.

Highlights for this year include a panel discussion from sustainability leaders and professionals, as well as a tour of the Queen’s Solar Education Centre on west campus and a Sustainability Career Networking Event. Also returning are some fan favourites such as the Oxfam LOFT (Local, Organic and Fair Trade) Food Challenge, alternative transportation-themed booths and a food-themed day in collaboration with the Queen’s Farmer’s Market.

“Sustainability Week has become an important annual event on campus,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration).  “It is a great opportunity for our community to get out and learn more about the great sustainability initiatives at Queen’s.”  

Check out our events calendar at Queen’s Sustainability or the Facebook event page for more details. 

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