Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Greg Bavington, Sc’85

Executive Director, DDQIC
Special Advisor to the Provost, Innovation and EntrepreneurshipGreg Bavington

“There is no better investment than in our future leaders,” says Greg Bavington. He should know. Greg was appointed Executive Director of the Queen’s Innovation Connector in November 2012. His latest innovation challenge follows five years as President and CEO of KN Rubber LLC and roles helping to design smelters in South Africa and GM’s modernized assembly plant in Oshawa. Greg was also exposed to several high-profile engineering projects, including the English Channel Tunnel and the SkyDome roof. He has served as an elected member of Queen’s University Council and on the Queen’s Engineering Society Board of Directors. Greg also serves on the board of several private companies, income trusts, trade associations and not-for-profit organizations.

 

Jim McLellan, Sc’81, PhD’90P James McLellan

Academic Director, DDQIC

Jim (Sc’81, PhD’90) is the Academic Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s and a co-founder of the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative. Prior to joining Queen’s in 1990, he worked for Petro-Canada as a control applications engineer. He is an active researcher and consultant in the fields of statistical model building and process control, working with major companies ranging from biomedical devices, to metals manufacturing and chemical manufacturing processes. Jim is committed to building innovation and entrepreneurship programming at Queen’s and to growing a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in the Kingston region, working with many groups in the Kingston entrepreneurship ecosystem. Jim is cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and to the Dan School of Drama and Music. He collaborates in teaching and research in innovation and pedagogy in the technology and creative arts fields.

 

Erin LeBlanc Artsci’82, MEd, LLM’12

Director, Strategic Program Development & Accreditation, Office of the Dean, Smith School
of Business
Erin LeBlanc

Specializing in leadership and law, in her 20 years working at the Smith School of Business, Ms. LeBlanc has held several leadership positions. She has been a key contributor in the creation and launch of many initiatives and new academic programs within the School, notably, the Master of International Business, Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, and Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is a member of the team responsible for the design, launch and ongoing programming for the DDQIC Summer Initiative. She has been a part of the Queen's Executive Development Centre as a team facilitator on the Queen's Leadership Program, as well as a team facilitator in both the Queen's National Executive MBA and Accelerated MBA programs. She 
also teaches International Business Law in the Master of International Business Program, focusing
on how companies enter into international markets. 

 

Sidneyeve Matrix

Associate Professor and Queen's National Scholar

Sidneyeve Matrix

Sidneyeve Matrix researches and teaches about digital communication, design thinking, and creative entrepreneurship. She designs and delivers courses on campus and online about digital media, integrated marketing and communications, and creative thinking for The Dan School of Drama and Music and The Smith School of Business. Sidneyeve’s educational technology design initiatives and research have been featured in University Affairs, Macleans, Academic Matters, Yahoo!, MSN.ca, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and elsewhere. Beyond campus, Sidneyeve consults for organizations and corporations seeking to recruit and engage young people, and delivers design thinking professional development workshops for Western University.

 

Marta Straznicky

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Marta StraznickyMarta Straznicky has been a Professor in the English Department at Queen’s since 1990. She has also been Head of Department and is now Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies. She has taught at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs at Queen’s, usually on Shakespeare and early modern print culture. Her research has focused on the publication of plays in Shakespeare’s time, and she has done groundbreaking work on the women playwrights who were Shakespeare’s contemporaries. She has a passion for archival research, using primary documents such as manuscripts and hand-printed books to figure out how writing was done in the seventeenth century, what technologies were used to disseminate ideas, how communities of readers were constituted, and what impact written texts had on their society. Marta joins QICSI in her role as Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, where her responsibilities include leading the SGS professional skills development programs. She is an ardent believer in the value of bringing science and humanities perspectives into conversation with one another at every stage and in every facet of
education.

 

Melanie Robb, Sc'14Melanie Robb

Program Manager

Melanie graduated from Chemical Engineering at Queen’s in 2014, and started her position at the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre in January 2015. In her role at DDQIC, she enjoys working at the intersection of disciplines, and supporting the diverse range of ventures that come out of DDQIC’s programs. 

Katie CreasyKatie Creasy

Financial Assistant

Katie graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2011 with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography and Environmental Management, Sustainable Local Economic Development Option. Before joining the DDQIC team, she administered the Eastern Ontario Development Program - a federally funded program aimed at advancing economic development in rural Eastern Ontario - in Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington counties. In her role at DDQIC, Katie enjoys being part of a team dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and innovation at Queen’s and in the wider community.

 

Chloe Beisheim, Artsci'16

Program CoordinatorChloe Beisheim

Chloe joined the DDQIC team after serving as the Content Manager at Station 14 Kingston, a local online news start-up. As a video journalist in Kingston, she was immediately inspired by the vibrant community of creative entrepreneurs in Kingston and wanted to tell their stories. Queen's University is a familiar setting to her as she graduated in 2016 from Stage and Screen Studies with a Certificate in Business from the Smith School of Business. She is excited to combine her passion for storytelling and entrepreneurship to celebrate the hard work, creativity, and innovation behind all the ventures supported by DDQIC's programs.

 

Joanna Tinus, Artsci'14, MA'17, GDB'17Joanna Tinus

Program Coordinator

Joanna is a recent addition to the DDQIC team who brings with her a multidisciplinary background and a passion for helping others succeed. She graduated with a Medial in Philosophy-Psychology in 2014 and went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in legal, moral and political philosophy. Her desire to pursue a career in innovation and entrepreneurship was stimulated by her experience in the Graduate Diploma in Business program at Smith.