Initiative Campaign

Report of Contributions

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When Queen's was founded back in 1841, it was housed in a small, wood-frame building on the edge of the city. There were two professors (one of whom served as Principal) and 13 students.

Well, things have changed. Now more than 140,000 alumni around the world celebrate their ties to Queen's. It is an amazing network of people who want to learn and discover, think and do – people who understand the importance of community, who push the limits of what can be achieved, and who dare to imagine what the future could be. In supporting Queen's, you share in that vision.

This report features just a few of the remarkable acts of generosity that will help to ensure that Queen’s continues to be a destination for exceptional people. They will help secure our global reputation in discovery and inquiry, while enhancing our students’ learning experiences.

Though we have come a long way since our humble beginnings, one thing has remained steadfast among Queen’s people: the desire to make a difference in the world.

Thank you for your belief in the Spirit of Initiative.

Daniel R. Woolf
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Queen’s University


The $500-million Initiative Campaign is about investing in the people of Queen’s who – like the generations before them – will not waver in their pursuit of excellence. It’s about unleashing the potential of our thinkers and doers. It’s about bolstering our reputation nationally and internationally by focusing on what we do best.

Our goal is to provide an environment where opportunity meets excellence. To do this, we will:

Be the destination for exceptional people

Queen’s has long been a destination for people with initiative. Our students and faculty are more than just bright, they want to push the limits of what can be achieved. Through the Initiative Campaign, we will secure our place as the destination of choice for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, and for faculty from across Canada and around the world.

Enhance our students' learning experiences

Engaged students are more successful. That’s why we are transforming our courses to focus on active learning, which involves not only listening, but talking, reading, writing, working and reflecting together. Our students will leave prepared for the workplace, for leadership and for life; prepared to make a difference in whatever path they choose.

Secure a global reputation in discovery and inquiry

No other university in Canada offers Queen's combination of a rich, residential experience embedded in one of the country’s top research-intensive universities. Research is the backbone of the learning experience for our graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, providing undergraduates with experiential learning opportunities and the chance to work among the top researchers in the world.

Nurture a supportive community:

Queen's students, faculty and staff personify potential. But in order for these exceptional people to accomplish all they set out to do, we must strengthen the supportive aspects of our living and learning environment for all members of our community. We believe physical and mental wellness are interconnected, and that both are essential for academic and personal success.