Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement



Like all good engineers, Geological Science and Geological Engineering Professor Jean Hutchinson knows how to build and support. She has won awards for creating innovative courses, evaluating ground hazard risks on railways, and her restoration work at the Vimy Ridge War Memorial in France.

Her latest honour is for building and supporting philanthropy at Queen’s.

Dr. Hutchinson, who recently stepped down as department head, is this year’s recipient of the T. Geoffrey Flynn Advancement Champion Award, which is presented annually to a member of the Queen's community who has made a significant contribution to linking Queen's advancement activities with research and teaching excellence at the university.

“I am delighted to receive this award. I have seen first-hand the power of philanthropy and know that gifts from alumni and friends of Queen’s have a tremendous impact on the student learning experience. It has been a most pleasant experience understanding how passionate and committed our alumni are to supporting Queen’s,” says Dr. Hutchinson.

Dr. Hutchinson has presented her research about assessing the impact of potentially collapsing First World War tunnels around Vimy Ridge at numerous Queen’s University Alumni Association Branch events across North America. She also led a Queen’s Alumni Educational Travel group on a tour of Vimy Ridge during the official 100th anniversary ceremonies this summer.

She hosts regular gatherings of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering alumni in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto which give alumni a chance to connect with their alma mater. She regularly works with Advancement staff to meet with prospective donors.

“Dr. Hutchinson is always willing, if not proactive, in finding new ways to engage alumni. She will always say ‘yes’ to meeting with prospective benefactors and donors. She brings her departmental colleagues into strategy conversations and makes sure everyone has the latest and most useful information. She is a true team player,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Tom Harris, Sc’75.