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New Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Interim Vice-Principal (Research) appointed

Karen Bertrand and Kimberly Woodhouse to begin appointments on July 1, 2018.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf announced two senior appointments today following unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees.

Karen Bertrand
Karen Bertrand (Artsci’94) has been appointed as the next Vice-Principal (Advancement). 

Karen Bertrand (Artsci’94) will serve as Vice-Principal (Advancement), succeeding Tom Harris who will be stepping down from the role he has held since 2010.

“I am delighted to welcome Karen Bertrand to Queen’s and look forward to the expertise and enthusiasm she will bring to this important role,” says Principal Woolf. “She has an incredible track record of success in post-secondary fundraising and she is well placed to work closely with our alumni, donors, and friends to ensure Queen’s remains a premier destination for students and faculty across Canada and internationally.”

Ms. Bertrand joins Queen’s from the University of Guelph where she has worked in progressively senior positions. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Bertrand led a team that successfully raised $200 million in the BetterPlanet Project campaign. In 2014, she was appointed as Associate Vice-President, Major Gift Advancement, overseeing teams for major gift fundraising, stewardship and donor relations, prospect management, and financial services. Prior to her time at Guelph, she was with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario for 11 years

“I am thrilled to be joining Queen’s University at this exciting time,” says Ms. Bertrand. “As a proud alumna of Queen’s I know the passion people feel for their alma mater and I look forward to working collaboratively to build upon the extraordinary success of the recent Initiative Campaign, and inspire life-long relationships with and unprecedented support from alumni, benefactors, and volunteers."

Ms. Bertrand says her advancement career is rooted in her experience at Queen’s as an undergraduate. In addition to serving on several senate committees as a student and being an active member of the Queen’s International Affairs Association and the Queen’s Model United Nations – serving as Secretary-General in her fourth year – she worked in the advancement call centre during her first year on campus. As a first-generation university graduate, she also benefited from student scholarships created by the extraordinary generosity of private donors.

Ms. Bertrand will begin her continuing appointment as Vice-Principal (Advancement) on July 1, 2018.

Principal Woolf also announced today that Kimberly Woodhouse has accepted a two-year appointment as Interim Vice-Principal (Research), succeeding John Fisher who has been in the  position since March 1, 2017.

Kim Woodhouse
Kimberly Woodhouse has been appointed as the next  Interim Vice-Principal (Research). 

Dr. Woodhouse is currently a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, after serving as dean of that faculty for two five-year terms from June 2007 to 2017.

“The Vice-Principal (Research) is one of the university’s most important positions and I am delighted Dr. Woodhouse has agreed to take on this challenge,” says Principal Woolf. “Thanks to her experience in her previous position, Dr. Woodhouse will provide leadership that ensures the highest standards of scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.”

Dr. Woodhouse’s appointment begins on July 1, 2018. She will work with the Principal and the Board of Trustees to define the broader research portfolio and clarify the growing relationship between research and innovation at Queen’s and the resources that will support it. Once this work is complete, the university will be in a better position to recruit for this critical vice-principal role and set the chosen candidate up for success.

“There is a growing recognition of the important role played by research and innovation on the national stage,” says Dr. Woodhouse. “I am excited to continue the work undertaken by Dr. Fisher to help Queen’s accelerate our performance in research and to help create an even stronger research culture across the campus, one that also embraces innovation.”

Dr. Woodhouse is a professional engineer, holds several patents, and co-founded a biotechnology company. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Woodhouse has almost a decade of experience in private sector manufacturing and experience with the granting councils, in particular the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), chair of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research grants panel, and the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board. She has also received numerous awards, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

“I look forward to welcoming both Karen and Kim to their new positions at Queen’s. Both are proven leaders and innovators in their fields who will help us in our efforts to deliver an outstanding student learning experience in a comprehensive research-intensive environment,” says Principal Woolf. ”At the same time, I’d like to thank John Fisher for his excellent work over the past year in, among other things, guiding the development of the next Strategic Research Plan. And I am very grateful to Tom Harris for eight and a half years of outstanding leadership of our Advancement operations, including his leadership of our successful Initiative Campaign”.

The Queen’s Board of Trustees approved both the appointments of Ms. Bertrand and Dr. Woodhouse in a special meeting on March 29, 2018.

Six budding businesses boosted

A pitch competition organized by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre resulted in cash for some innovative ideas. 

The ClimaCube team, from L-R: James Hantho (Comm'18), Leigh-Ann McKnight (Sc'18), Karina Bland (Sc'18), and Mitch Sadler (Sc'18). (University Communications)
The ClimaCube team, from L-R: James Hantho (Comm'18), Leigh-Ann McKnight (Sc'18), Karina Bland (Sc'18), and Mitch Sadler (Sc'18). (University Communications)

Queen’s students are applying their skills to tackle global challenges both small and large – from better Lyme disease testing to ensuring protection of medical samples while in transit.

These are just a couple of the ideas that were on display at a recent pitch competition organized by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). The centre invited student entrepreneurs to present their ideas for a chance to win funding, and potentially to enter the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) bootcamp beginning in May.

“The pitches were excellent, and there was quite a remarkable diversity of technologies and ideas,” says Anton Toutov (Sc’11), chair of the Los Angeles node of the Queen’s Innovation Centre Global Network and one of the event’s judges. “These businesses were primarily in the idea stage, but the thought process and care was quite good and the quality was high. I want to congratulate all those who pitched.”

Ten teams sought funding in the competition, and in the end six of them will each be receiving between four and five thousand dollars in seed money. ClimaCube, a team which is developing portable cold storage units to maintain the quality of items such as samples or vaccinations and extend the cold lifetime (or 'cold chain') as they are in transit, was one of the successful competitors.

Successful pitches:
eBridges - A multi-vendor e-commerce platform that provides small businesses and independent merchants in developing countries with direct access to the global marketplace. Received $5,000.
Lymelight Genetech - Developing a diagnostic to provide reliable, accessible, and affordable Lyme disease testing. Received $5,000.
BearCloud Games - A digital game studio specializing in mobile and virtual reality games. Received $4,000.
ClimaCube - Developing portable cold storage units to extend the quality of products as they are in transit, such as samples or vaccinations. Received $4,000.
Leash Technologies - A small device that will alert you if you have left your phone behind at home or any public place. Received $4,000.
Sicana - A text message encyclopedia that allows students in countries with limited internet access the ability to text basic search questions and receive an answer. Received $4,000.

The ClimaCube team recently returned from a social enterprise competition in Dubai known as the Hult Prize. The team gained great experience going through that process, which helped prepare them to pitch at the QICSI competition. Both presentations were great learning experiences, says Karina Bland (Sc’18).

“This presentation was a fantastic experience for us, as the judges were highly engaged and provided helpful feedback,” says Ms. Bland, one of the team members behind ClimaCube. “We appreciated the fact that the QICSI presentations were short and there was a longer question period, which allowed us to clarify some aspects of our product. With this funding, we aim to produce a prototype of our portable active cooling system.”

Ms. Bland says, thanks to this win, she and her three co-founders will all be participating in the competitive QICSI bootcamp this summer – providing them a further leg up as they develop their business.

“As I come from a technical background, I am excited to learn a lot about business and benefit from the experience of the QICSI mentors,” she says.

The QICSI bootcamp runs from May to August and features intensive instruction designed to help student entrepreneurs build stronger businesses. The program ends with a pitch competition where the start-ups bring their best pitches to try and earn seed funding. Forty-seven students will be attending this year’s bootcamp after competing in the spring and fall pitch competitions. One team is also attending QICSI after winning the Kingston Mayor’s Innovation Challenge.

Other funded pitches at the spring competition include eBridges, Lymelight Genetech, BearCloud Games, Leash Technologies, and Sicana. For these six, and for the four who did not receive funding this time, Dr. Toutov has the same advice.

“Win or lose, successful or unsuccessful in this competition, the network available to these entrepreneurs is amazing,” he says. “Talk to people within the Queen’s community to get connected to others in your field to avoid landmines and de-risk your business. Don't hesitate to make those connections.”

For more news from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, visit queensu.ca/innovationcentre/newsandevents

Sumner, Abraham, Lloyd honoured as top varsity team athletes

[Spencer Abraham, Claire Sumner, Kainoa Lloyd]
Spencer Abraham, Claire Sumner, and Kainoa Lloyd, were named the top student-athletes at the 82nd annual Colour Awards Varsity Team athletic banquet on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

Claire Sumner of the women's cross country team and both Spencer Abraham of the men's hockey team and Kainoa Lloyd were named Queen’s University’s top student-athletes for the 2017-18 season. The three athletes were announced winners at the 82nd annual Colour Awards Varsity Team athletic banquet Wednesday night at the ARC Main Gym.

Sumner, this year's PHE '55 Alumnae Award winner, finished her cross country career at Queen's as a four-time U SPORTS All-Canadian and was also a BLG finalist in 2017.

The fifth-year life sciences student was the U SPORTS MVP in 2016 and individually raced to gold and silver at nationals. At the OUA level, she is a four-time All-Star and was the 2016 MVP and gold medalist. Last season she was named the OUA’s top female athlete across all sports and claimed the Gaels Oustanding Performance of the Year award. For her team, she helped the Gaels break the Guelph Gryphons’ OUA podium streak, capturing gold this past fall. In her four years as a Gael, she has two U SPORTS team silvers, one bronze and two OUA silvers and a bronze to go along with this year's gold. Sumner also claimed the 2017 Athletics Canada Cross Country Championship in a race at Fort Henry.

For the first time since 1992-93, the Jenkins Trophy for the top male senior student-athlete saw a tie. Both Abraham and Lloyd were announced as this year's recipients.

Abraham was an All-Canadian this past season and has represented U SPORTS in an All-Star competition versus the Canadian World Juniors team for three straight years. In his first season with the Gaels he was named the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year and to the All-Rookie team. At the OUA level, Abraham is a four-time All-Star and has received four major awards including top defenceman twice and most sportsmanlike.

The first-year law student was the team captain this past season and helped to lead the Gaels to a program record 19 wins. He has been an academic All-Canadian every year and has completed a pair of National Hockey League tryouts with the Florida Panthers. A year ago he suited up for Canada at the FISU games in Kazakhstan and skated away with a bronze medal for his country.

Lloyd has been a dominant force on the rugby pitch for the Gaels in his time at Queen’s. A three-time OUA All-Star, Lloyd was named the man of the match in the gold medal game this past year where the Gaels re-claimed the Turner Trophy as Ontario champions. With Queen’s Lloyd has been a member of four OUA championship teams and also added a silver medal.

The computing student has excelled at the national and international levels representing Canada throughout his time at Queen's. He currently competes with the national senior men's program as they prepare for World Cup qualifier matches and has seen time in previous seasons with the National A team. Lloyd also finds time to give back having been active in the team's Run for the Cure, Gaels Care and other Varsity Leadership Council initiatives.

[Zane Grossinger and Sophie de Goede]
Zane Grossinger and Sophie de Goede received the Alfie Pierce Trophy as the top first-year student-athletes at Queen's University. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Alfie Pierce Trophy recipients for top male and female rookie of the year were Sophie de Goede from women's rugby/basketball and Zane Grossinger from men's volleyball.

A two-sport athlete in rugby and basketball, de Goede took the rugby scene by storm earning the U SPORTS and OUA rookie of the year honours. She performed so well at the national championships that she was named to the U SPORTS championship all-star team and also earned an OUA All-Star honour. On the hardcourt, de Goede quickly picked up the pace and finished as the Gaels leading rebounder. She led all OUA rookies in rebounding and was second in steals for OUA rookies.

Grossinger saw a tremendous season where he was honoured with a spot on the U SPORTS all-rookie team while also being named the OUA rookie of the year. Grossinger had such a strong season with the Gaels marshalling the offence from the setter position that he was also named an OUA All-Star. Statistically, he finished third in the OUA in assists per set and was fifth in digs. He helped the Gaels get to the OUA finals and U SPORTS national championship.

With many standout performances by individual athletes in 2017-18, the Outstanding Performance of the Year (OPY) honour was awarded to McKinley Hunt of women's rugby. 

Hunt had a truly remarkable year at many different levels of competition. With the Gaels, she was named a first-team U SPORTS All-Canadian and OUA All-Star helping the Tricolour get to the national championship as the OUA silver medalists. Her accolades didn't stop there however as she captained the Canadian U20 team to a pair of victories in a series against the United States then was named to the Canadian Senior women’s team where she donned the maple leaf to face off against England in a three-game series in Wickenham.

The Jim Tait Trophy, presented to the top performing Varsity Team, went to the OUA champion men's rugby team.

It was a dominant performance by the Gaels from start to finish under the leadership of first-year head coach David Butcher. 

The Gaels completed a season that was about as close to perfect as a team could get. Not only did they run the table to go 10-0, at no point during the year did the team trail on the scoreboard. They hosted the reigning champions Guelph at Nixon Field and easily defeated the Gryphons to claim the Turner Trophy. Queen's finished with six OUA All-Stars and two major award winners.

Not only did they Gaels find success on the field of play but they continue to be a program that leads the way in the community. The rugby team raised an astounding $24,200 in the Run for the Cure and also contributed to other charitable initiatives such as Soul Foods, Martha's Table, Movember, Extra Awesome/Happy Soul and various rugby outreach programs in the Kingston community.

The Micahel J. Rodden Award, which recognizes an individual generous support and goodwill towards the Queen's University Athletic Programs, was presented to the Office of Advancement’s Chief Development Officer Tom Hewitt.

[Men's Rugby Team]
The OUA champion Gaels men's rugby team received the Jim Tait Trophy as the top performing varsity team. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)


Kamal and Baum lead the way at varsity clubs awards

Nora Kamal of women's squash and Zachary Baum of sailing, were named the top graduating student-athletes at the 82nd annual Colour Awards Varsity Club athletic banquet on Tuesday night at the ARC Main Gym.

Kamal and Braun
Nora Kamal of women's squash and Zachary Baum of sailing, were named the top graduating student-athletes at the 82nd annual Colour Awards Varsity Club Athletic Banquet. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

Kamal was awarded the Marion Ross Trophy, which is given to the top Varsity Club female student-athlete. Kamal was an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star this season and played as the Gaels No. 1 on their championship squad. At Queen’s, she went undefeated in three consecutive seasons from 2015 through to 2017. Along with her success at the university level, she has also been successful at the national level claiming gold in the women’s A division of the 2017 Canadian Senior National Squash Championships.

The Calgary native has been an academic all-star three times and has helped the Gaels claim four consecutive OUA championships along with three straight Jesters titles. A co-captain this past season, she always finds time to give back helping to pilot junior programs in the Kingston community.

Baum, a computing student at Queen's, was named the winner of the Jack Jarvis Trophy which is awarded to the top Varsity Club male student-athlete.

Baum has been an instrumental figure in the success of the Queen's Sailing program over his time as a Gael. He was honoured as the 2017 male Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association (CICSA) skipper of the year and volunteer of the year and in 2016 was a member of the CICSA team of the year. A specialist in the 420 Dinghy Class, he claimed 15 first places since 2013. In 2017 he was also first overall at the Olsen 30 North Americans hosted in Kingston.

An academic all-star three times, his success has helped the Gaels be crowned CICSA champions for five straight years. Along with the successes on the water, he has been a key figure in the sailing leadership group serving as co-president and team development officer for the CICSA board of directors.

On Tuesday, the Award of Merit Trophy was presented to the Queen's women's squash team who won OUA championship on home soil at the Queen's Athletics and Recreation Centre. 

Led by OUA all-star Kamal, the Gaels were able to defend their title holding off Toronto for their fourth straight championship. Queen's won all five of their games while earning a 41-4 record in matches, which was four better than second-place Toronto. The Gaels and Varsity Blues closed out the championship in a contest that saw Queen's take the title when the Gaels’ Alysha Anzik defeated Toronto's Rhead Dhar in a thrilling match. The Gaels also finished their Jesters season as the competition finalists and had strong ties with the VLC and student-athlete led events.

[Top varsity club rookies]
Kiah Shanks from women's lacrosse and Alex Collins from men's squash received the Alfie Pierce award as the top club rookies of the year. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Alfie Pierce award recipients for the top club rookies of the year were Kiah Shanks from women's lacrosse and Alex Collins from men's squash. Shanks proved to be not just one of the top rookies in the conference but one of its best players. She proved her worth on the Gaels finishing as the team’s leading goal scorer and helping the Tricolour to an OUA silver medal. She was named the team’s rookie of the year and was the only rookie to claim a spot on the OUA all-star first team.

Collins played a pivotal role in the Gaels taking home their first Jesters League Championship and picking up a bronze medal at the OUA championship hosted at Queen’s. He was the Gaels No. 1 at the Jesters and No. 2 at the OUA championship. After his strong performance, he was named the top freshman in the province as the OUA rookie of the year.

The Varsity Support Service Awards are presented each year to recognize the individuals who have demonstrated dedication and leadership while making a significant contribution to the success of the Queen's Varsity Sports Program in Athletic Therapy (Hal Dunlop Shield), Athlete Services, Home Events, Strength and Conditioning and Varsity Club Leadership. This year's Varsity Club Leadership winner was Erin Lee.

Throughout the evening, each Varsity Club also honoured their team award winners and this season’s champions were recognized for their successes throughout the year.

Women's Squash Team
The women's squash team received the Award of Merit Trophy at the 82nd annual Colour Awards Varsity Club Athletic Banquet Tuesday night. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

Students answer the prime minister’s reconciliation challenge

A joint class of Arts and Science students examined the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and settler communities through a social justice exposition.

  • Penny Cornwall (Artsci’18) speaks with Madeline Heinke (Artsci'18) in front of their team's exhibit, Maanamaji'o. The word means "the community (or the person) is sick." (University Communications)
    Penny Cornwall (Artsci’18) speaks with Madeline Heinke (Artsci'18) in front of their team's exhibit, Maanamaji'o. The word means "the community (or the person) is sick." (University Communications)
  • The Maanamaji'o exhibit includes items gathered from Pikangikum. The First Nations community has "an alarmingly high suicide rate", says Ms. Cornwall. (University Communications)
    The Maanamaji'o exhibit includes items gathered from Pikangikum. The First Nations community has "an alarmingly high suicide rate", says Ms. Cornwall. (University Communications)
  • Other topics explored by the joint class include "The Monstrous Other" in pop culture - demonstrating unfair portrayals of, among others, Indigenous Peoples. (University Communications)
    Other topics explored by the joint class include "The Monstrous Other" in pop culture - demonstrating unfair portrayals of, among others, Indigenous Peoples. (University Communications)
  • Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre performs an honour song to open the expo. (University Communications)
    Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre performs an honour song to open the expo. (University Communications)
  • Thohahoken (Michael Doxtater) and student Cosimo Morin (Artsci'18) lead the joint class in an Indigenous song the class rehearsed in anticipation of the event. (University Communications)
    Thohahoken (Michael Doxtater) and student Cosimo Morin (Artsci'18) lead the joint class in an Indigenous song the class rehearsed in anticipation of the event. (University Communications)

Students in a Global Development Studies course and a Languages, Literatures, and Cultures course have come together to spark a dialogue around the issues identified in the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.

Under the guidance of Thohahoken (Michael Doxtater), Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices, the students have organized the “Treaty Peoples Social Justice Expo”, a poster fair in Stirling Hall. The event was aimed at increasing awareness of Indigenous Peoples issues and honour their cultures and languages. The idea to host a poster fair was Dr. Doxtater’s, as a way to foster his students’ learning while also providing them an opportunity to find topics that relate to their interests.

“The aim was to engage these young people in the prime minister’s challenge to ‘move towards a nation-to-nation relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership’,” says Dr. Doxtater. “I am proud of the students’ efforts, and pleased that we were able to engage two distinct classes in this multidisciplinary look at contemporary Indigenous issues.”

To help create a respectful and inclusive environment, Wednesday’s event opened with greetings from Elder Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. Then, guests were welcome to explore the room and learn about 13 topics related to the well-being of Indigenous Peoples.

“The poster fair included examinations of issues such as environmental resistance and the impact of development on Indigenous health, incarceration of Indigenous peoples, and even portrayals of Indigenous Peoples in sports,” says Penny Cornwall (Artsci’18), one of the organizers. “My team’s project, Maanamanji’o, focused on suicide and mental health in Pikangikum First Nation – a community with an alarmingly high suicide rate.”

Ms. Cornwall notes one of her peers has a personal connection to the Pikangikum community, and this student’s passion led the team to explore that topic.

Dr. Doxtater was hired in 2017 as part of the Principal’s faculty renewal efforts. He is a Queen’s National Scholar cross-appointed to the Departments of Global Development Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Learn more about Dr. Doxtater here.

Introducing our new faculty members: Anne Duffy

Anne Duffy (Psychiatry) is a new member of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

This profile is part of a series highlighting some of the new faculty members who have recently joined the Queen's community as part of the principal's faculty renewal plans, which will see 200 new faculty members hired over the next five years.

Anne Duffy (Psychiatry) sat down with the Gazette to talk about her experience so far. Dr. Duffy is a clinician-researcher who is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to continue a two-decades-long study of young people at familial risk of developing mood disorders.

In addition to research, she sees students in psychiatry consultation at Student Wellness Services and helps with some of the clinical teaching for undergraduate medical students and psychiatry residents (graduate level and specialty level). Dr. Duffy is also the current vice president of research for the International Society of Bipolar Disorders.

Anne Duffy (Psychiatry) is a new member of the Faculty of Health Sciences. (University Communications)
Anne Duffy (Psychiatry) is a new member of the Faculty of Health Sciences. (University Communications)

Fast facts about Dr. Duffy

  Department: Psychiatry

  Hometown: Toronto

  Alma mater: University of Victoria (neuropsychology), University of Calgary (medicine), University of Ottawa (psychiatry residency)

  Research area: Youth mental health

  Unwinds with: Spin classes, yoga, down-hill skiing, and laughter

  Dr. Duffy's website

What made you decide to make the move to Kingston?
I have had a two decades-long research project with families living between Ottawa and Toronto. Queen's is geographically well-suited to support this study and the Department of Psychiatry has provided protected time for me to dedicate to this work. With these advantages, I can consolidate my effort with these families and really move this world-renowned research forward.
In addition, Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Psychiatry have made student mental health a priority. I am well-placed to help advance research and best practice to improve the health and academic outcomes for students. So, I thought the position at Queen’s was a good fit and an exciting opportunity.
Tell us about this two-decades-long research project.
During residency training in Ottawa, in my research elective, I worked with faculty in the Department of Psychiatry who were conducting genetic studies in families trying to identify the genetic underpinnings of recurrent major depression and bipolar disorder.
Genetic studies were focused on adults who had already progressed through the risk period. Yet, as a training adolescent psychiatrist, my interest was in describing the early developmental course and onset of illness. Questions arose in my mind including: Are there any early antecedents and precursors we could pick up before the full-blown illness develops?
This was the start of the Canadian ‘high-risk study’ – a first in the field for research of children of bipolar parents. Bipolar disorder is a highly-heritable form of recurrent mood disorder with a high suicide risk.
When the study started, 22 years ago, I thought I would be staying in Ottawa for a year or two and then head back out west, where I completed medical school. I ended up staying and developing the research further as it was so fascinating and informative.
The project has been a huge success in terms of offering a collaborative multidisciplinary training platform for new, young researchers and graduate students. As a physician, the research has taught us a lot about how to recognize these illnesses earlier on.
It has also generated a whole other set of research questions. So, we have just been funded again for an additional five years of peer-reviewed, competitive funding.
We are still interested in looking at epigenetic markers – which is the idea that we are born with our genes, and the function of our genes changes over time and with exposure. We are also working with people in public health, epidemiology, and mathematics to do modelling work so we can mitigate and target the risk exposures in these at-risk kids.
I regularly go abroad to talk about this Canadian grassroots study. It has been really well-received and addressed a number of unknowns and controversies in the field.
So what’s the next step?
I have just led a successful CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research grant – the first of its kind to my knowledge in student mental health at Queen’s. It involves a number of faculty and trainees across departments including Psychology, Public Health Sciences, and Student Wellness Services. The grant received matching funds from the Rossy Family Foundation, and it will be conducted in collaboration with my colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University.
This study will examine how we can support students to be academically successful, while also establishing a healthy lifestyle and maintaining their mental health. We are looking to answer why some first-year students flourish while others do not – that’s a huge question. I have spent two decades looking at risk for illness – now I am moving into resiliency, risk mitigation, and student health.

It has been a great way to start at Queen’s. It has allowed me to meet my colleagues across disciplines and to work with them, and to really pioneer student mental health research which can be informed by the more specific psychiatric research that I have been doing.

-Dr. Anne Duffy on a new research project starting this fall
What got you interested in the topic of mental health in children? In youth?
I had applied to train in pediatrics as a specialist originally, but I was terrible in my pediatrics rotations because I was an asthmatic and always getting sick, which would exacerbate my breathing troubles. Yet, being an asthmatic is what originally got me interested in medicine in the first place.
I also found it difficult to do procedures on children – like stitching them up or cutting them open. What I was good at, however, was talking with children and families, so I decided to go into adolescent psychiatry.
Very little was known at the time about the early signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness in children, and so it was a wide-open field for clinical research. It was a perfect marriage of interest, opportunity, and skill set.
To me, adolescence is the most interesting period of time in development. There is so much changing at such a rapid rate. Plus, if you can get in there and help young people, you set them on a trajectory for lifelong happiness and success.


When she is doing her clinical work, Dr. Duffy shares an office in the Student Wellness Services building. (University Communications)
When she is doing her clinical work, Dr. Duffy shares an office in the Student Wellness Services building. (University Communications)
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
I love helping people. That is why you get into helping professions. Even if I am tired, I am happy to be here because a student is going to come through the door who is distressed, and I can potentially make a difference for that student.
I also have the opportunity to train and mentor fantastic students. Graduate students across disciplines are so stimulating and make the work so much better than it would be if I was doing it on my own. It’s a huge privilege to be practicing medicine and to be in part of the university campus. I have always been incredibly grateful for that opportunity.
Your resume suggests you like to travel. Any places you want to see in particular?
You might know by my name that I have an Irish background. My father was Irish but he grew up in Scotland. I grew up knowing my Scottish family, but I have never actually been to Ireland or learned about my own Irish roots.
I would also really like to go to Iceland. My husband and I are big outdoor sports enthusiasts. We would love to go skiing and hiking there, and see the volcanoes. We had fantastic neighbours from Iceland and loved hearing their stories about life in their homeland.
Anything you hope to see and do in and around Kingston this summer?
I am getting a fat tire bike this summer to do some more cycling around town with the family. I am a spin class addict. I love cardio – it's a great stress reliever, helps with mood and well-being and reduces many health risks.
Meet other new faculty members
Kristy Timmons
Felicia Magpantay
My son is in his first year in the arts program at Queen’s. He is also a newly-recruited kicker and punter for the Gaels men’s football team and he loves the training and conditioning program.
My daughter recently graduated with a Master of Arts in English and is applying to Queen’s Law School. My husband is a past Queen’s student and supports us all in our individual pursuits – especially in striking a good work-life balance. So it seems Queen’s is central to our family life.

Faculty Renewal

Principal Daniel Woolf has identified faculty renewal as a high priority for reinvestment by the university in support of the academic mission. The five-year renewal plan will see 200 new faculty hired, which nearly doubles the hiring pace of the past six years.

Faculty renewal supports Queen’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by giving the university the opportunity to seek, proactively, representation from equity-seeking groups such as women, people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and racialized individuals. It will also build on Queen’s current areas of research strength.

To learn more about the Principal’s faculty renewal plans, read this Gazette article. Stay tuned for additional new faculty profiles in the Gazette.

University Council seeks new members

Nominations are being sought from alumni to fill 10 four-year term (Sept. 1, 2018-Aug. 31, 2022) positions on University Council.

Nomination forms and information about the process are available at the University Council webpage, or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095 or by email.

Candidates must be nominated in writing by at least two alumni. Nominations must be received at the University Secretariat, Suite F300 Mackintosh-Corry Hall by 4 pm EST on Monday, April 9, 2018.

University Council seeks members who have been actively engaged in the Queen’s community as students and/or alumni; who have a variety of skill sets arising from professional, volunteer, and life experiences; and who are both willing and able to fully engage and participate in Council’s deliberations.

In order to help the university achieve the goal of reflecting the diversity of Canadian society, alumni are encouraged to consider individuals from equity-seeking groups such as women, racialized group members, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, and persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community when nominating a candidate.

Queen’s University Accessibility Policy posted for review and feedback

Members of the Queen’s community can review and offer feedback on the updated Queen’s University Accessibility Policy, which is available at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

Feedback can be sent via email to policies@queensu.ca

The comment period will close on April 6, 2018 at 4 pm.


Advancing Queen’s in the digital world

Digital technology is reshaping many aspects of society, including higher education and research. Queen’s University is considering how digitalization can best support our mission of teaching, learning, research, and knowledge-sharing, and looking for community input on how to do it.

Digital planning looks at the university’s vision for its core missions through a digital lens. Queen’s is developing the first phase of a comprehensive digital strategy, in a process initiated by Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration).

The Digital Planning Project Group, co-chaired by Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian, and Jennifer Doyle, Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology) and Chief Information Officer, is facilitating engagement with the Queen’s community in this planning.

In late March and early April, a series of discussion groups will be held to hear from our campus community about the ways changes in digital technology affect universities globally, and specifically impact our work here at Queen’s. Groups will also discuss what principles should guide Queen’s in developing an institutional digital strategy, the processes we should undertake in the development of the strategy, and where our attention and emphasis should be directed first.

The first phase aims to stimulate conversations across campus about the principles, processes, and priorities that should frame Queen’s digital strategy. Later phases will develop strategic priorities to support the digital learning ecosystem and digital research infrastructure, as well as enable other infrastructures such as administrative systems.

Queen’s digital planning recognizes that one of our university’s key strengths is its strong sense of community and its close alignment and collaboration with Kingston, regional and national partners, and the international community.

“This is a journey we’ve been on for some time and the task at hand now is to capitalize on the enormous opportunities from the digital world and to ensure we have a clear view of where we want to go next,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research) and a member of the planning group. “These discussions are critical, as Queen’s future research successes are intimately linked to how effectively we plan for the future of digitalization.”

The development of the strategy will be built on Queen’s current digital strengths.

“This is about enhancing human interactions and experiences,” says Barbara Crow, Dean of Arts and Science and another member of the planning team. “We have enormous opportunities at Queen’s to be leaders in shaping the digital society.”

All members of the Queen’s community are invited to contribute their thoughts in this conversation and shape the future of Queen’s. Not sure where to start? Check out the planning team’s Environmental Scan, which summarizes insights from digital strategies from other institutions and other reports on digitalization’s impact on higher education.

For more information on digital planning at Queen’s University, including updates on the discussion groups, visit www.queensu.ca/strategicplanning/digital or contact the planning group at digital.planning@queensu.ca.

Students recognized for peer and community leadership, commitment to equity and diversity

  • Peer Leadership Award - Atul Jaiswal
    After receiving the Peer Leadership Award on Wednesday Atul Jaiswal was congratulated by staff from the Queen’s University International Centre, including Director Jyoti Kotecha, fifth from right, and Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, fourth from right.
  • Peer Leadership Award - Jennifer Williams
    Jennifer Williams, centre, received the Peer Leadership Award from the Division of Student Affairs. With her are Beth Blackett, Health Promotion Coordinator, Student Wellness Services, left, and Schuyler Schmidt, Peer Health Outreach Coordinator.
  • Peer Leadership Award - Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Trainers
    Trainers from the Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention program were recognized with a Peer Leadership Award. Clockwise from top left: Adam Grotsky, SGPS President; Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning), Division of Student Affairs; Dave Walker; Cisca Rolleston Fuentes; Nadia Mahdi; Ally Bilenkey; Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs; Charlotte Johnston; Lea Keren; and Cam Yung.
  • Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award - Emilio Frometta
    Emilio Frometta, left, received the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award for his work creating and managing the Queen’s Autism Mentorship Program. With him are Jennifer Dee, coordinator of the Master of Industrial Relations program, and former Queen's chaplain Brian Yealland.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award - Aniqa Mazumder
    Aniqa Mazumder, left, received the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award during Wednesday's event at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. At right is Vanessa Yzaguirre, Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs.
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award - Xin Sun
    Xin Sun, second from right, was one of two recipients of the inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award. From left: Hanna Stanbury, Programs Coordinator, QUIC ; Erin Clow, Ban Righ Foundation co-chair; Carole Morrison, Director, Ban Righ Centre; Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs; and Nancy Butler, Ban Righ Foundation co-chair
  • Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award - Kennedy Everitt
    Kennedy Everitt, left, was recognized with the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award for her work with Immigrant Services Kingston and Area’s Multicultural Youth Group. From left: Brian Yealland, Ahmad Sourani , a member of the Multicultural Youth Group, and Brittany Guindon Program Secretary and Youth Settlement Worker, Immigrant Services Kingston and Area.

Queen’s students demonstrate leadership in many ways across campus and in the local community. Each spring, the Division of Student Affairs recognizes leadership excellence with a suite of awards that has been expanded this year to include contributions that specifically promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Students who work and volunteer across the division were joined by staff, faculty, and Kingston community members at a reception on Wednesday, March 21 to celebrate the important role that students play in fostering a supportive and inclusive campus and community.  

Six individuals and one group were honoured with Peer Leadership Awards, Brian Yealland Community Leadership Awards, and the new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Impact Awards.

“This year’s award recipients are undergraduate and graduate students whose contributions have strengthened our community in many significant ways,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney. “We are delighted to highlight their initiative and accomplishments, as part of our annual leadership program. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all students who are involved in the delivery of programs and services on campus and in the Kingston community.”

The division’s Peer Leadership Award is presented to students who, through their commitment, skill, dedication, and interest in helping others, have exemplified excellence in peer-to-peer assistance and outreach. The 2017-18 award recipients are:

Atul Jaiswal (PhD candidate, RHBS) volunteers at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) where he has created and delivered several peer-led transition support programs and workshops to support an effective social and academic transition for international and racialized graduate students, and has raised awareness about the work opportunities on campus. He goes out of his way to engage with his peers, and provides leadership, advocacy, and support through his work at QUIC, and with the Society for Graduate and Professional Students and the School of Graduate Studies.

Jennifer Williams (Artsci’16, MSc'18) Kinesiology and Health Studies) has been involved as a Peer Health Educator (PHE) in Student Wellness Services for the past five years, and has provided mentorship for the newly-created PHE program at the Bader International Student Centre in England. She was also instrumental in the creation of the annual Majors Night event for first-year Faculty of Arts and Science students, and has worked as a campus tour guide; she has held positions with the Alma Mater Society, and is currently serving as Speaker for the Society of Graduate and Professional Students.

Sexual Violence Bystander Intervention Trainers: Lea Keren, Nicolas Agius, Ally Bilenkey, Mackenzie Crawford, Cisca Rolleston Fuentes, Charlotte Johnston, Nadia Mahdi, Ramna Safeer, Frannie Sobcov, Dave Walker, Landon Wilcock, Cam Yung. This team of undergraduate and graduate students deliver a program that is one of a few of its kind in Canada. Using an intersectional, community-based approach, the training gives students tools to help them recognize and respond to sexual violence. Team members lead discussions about how to navigate difficult conversations, how to recognize situations where they can safely intervene, and how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence. The training also explores the convergence of sexual violence with race, gender, and sexuality. Over the past year, these students have trained thousands of peers and student leaders. They are also involved in the campus community through student clubs, student governments, residence life, orientation and other sexual violence-related work.

Named in honour of Brian Yealland, Queen’s chaplain for 32 years, the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award is presented to students who work with and encourage youth who are experiencing social, behavioral, economic or other challenges by helping them realize their worth as individuals and their potential to achieve. The 2017-18 award recipients are:

Kennedy Everitt (Artsci'18) In her weekly role as a volunteer with Immigrant Services Kingston and Area’s Multicultural Youth Group, Ms. Everitt always meets the youth “where they are at,” quickly building a strong rapport. Many are described as attending the program each week specifically to see her. Although her main role is to help with homework, and language and life skills, she helps with anything that’s needed: cooking a healthy meal, playing sports, and simply connecting with these young people.

Emilio Frometa (Artsci’17, MIR’18) is the founder and executive director of Queen’s Autism Mentorship Program, which pairs varsity athletes with local youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Built from his one-on-one experience with a local youth, the program has already paired over 40 student-athletes with 80 youth, and it continues to grow. The student-athletes and youth spend about three hours together per week playing sports or other activities, and doing school work. The program facilitates friendships and relationships that help the youth develop social and motor skills, and it gives the student athletes the opportunity to act as a role model on and off the field of play. The program also brings the youth to varsity games to expose them to campus and the Gaels community.

The division’s new Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Impact Award recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated involvement in, and a commitment to, social justice causes that impact the Queen’s community on a broad or small scale; their contributions reflect efforts to furthering an understanding of the interplay and intersections among different identities on campus. The 2017-18 recipients are:

Aniqa Mazumder (Artsci'18) has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to making Queen’s a more equitable space. She has been involved with multiple groups and initiatives, including the Queen’s Coalition Against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion, and OPIRG Kingston; she was the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Equity Commission intern in her first year at Queen’s, and has since served as co-chair of the ASUS Social Justice Committee, and as AMS deputy social issues commissioner. She recognizes that equity and anti-racism work is a continuous process, and has built partnerships and networks to strengthen social justice activism at Queen’s.

Xin Sun (Artsci’18) is dedicated to helping to build a more open and inclusive culture at Queen’s. She has been candid about her challenges with feelings and incidents of alienation and exclusion, and puts her personal experiences as a student living with a disability at the centre of her advocacy. She volunteers both with the Ban Righ Centre and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and takes every opportunity – from making a tactile dress to writing a book review – to raise awareness across the Queen’s community about the lives of students with disabilities.


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