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Initiative Campaign

A Letter from the Principal

Principal Daniel Woolf
Photo credit: Tim Forbes

In 2006, at a critical juncture in our history, Queen’s embarked upon the Initiative Campaign with a vision for the future of the university.

This vision called on all of us to look to our illustrious past for inspiration and build on Queen’s 175-year legacy. In extraordinary ways, you answered this call and took the initiative to enhance the positive impact of Queen’s scholars, students, and graduates on our changing world.

You committed to helping Queen’s build on its enduring strengths – a reputation for quality, a history of producing outstanding graduates at all levels, and the initiative that fuels Queen’s researchers, students and alumni every day. 

The Initiative Campaign focused on four priorities: to become the destination for exceptional people, to enhance our students’ learning experiences, to secure our global reputation in discovery and inquiry, and to nurture a supportive community.

The commitment from our alumni and the Queen’s community has proven powerful. Ignited by the leadership of our campaign chair, Gord Nixon, Com'79, LLD'03, your dedication and loyalty brought us together and took us well beyond the initial ambitious goal of $500 million to a historic $640-million total.

The impact of your contributions can be seen throughout the university, across Canada, and around the world. Here at home, the creation of new scholarships and bursaries has reduced barriers and increased the accessibility of a Queen’s education to a wider pool of talented students. 

Of course, it is not enough just to welcome new students; we must also provide the learning experiences that will unlock their potential and unleash their passions. Thanks to your generosity, the Queen’s experience will now include new learning spaces and enhancements to our existing classrooms, libraries, and labs to create an unprecedented opportunity for dynamic learning, collaboration, innovation, and discovery.

As our campus has grown over the last decade, so too have the possibilities within it, including the creation of 23 new research chairs and professorships, helping to ensure that Queen’s will continue to be home to ground-breaking research and scholarship and new achievements in the performing arts for many years to come.

The future of Queen’s students and faculty has also been brightened with an enhanced ability to support the people who live, work, and study at Queen’s. From the redeveloped Richardson Stadium to our new “embedded” counsellors to our innovative programs designed to help students cope with the stresses that can make the transition to university especially challenging, together we have elevated our support to the Queen’s community.

As I reflect on all that has been achieved and look ahead with confidence for the future, I am filled with profound gratitude for your commitment and generosity. Together, we have initiated a new chapter for Queen’s, building on the wisdom of the past, compelled by the urgency of the present, and inspired by the possibilities of the future.

Thank you for your incredible initiative.  

Cha Gheill!


Daniel R. Woolf, Artsci’80
Principal and Vice-Chancellor