Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

Portrait of our Vice-President Tom Harris

Office of the VP

Our Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Karen Bertrand


Karen Bertrand, Artsci'94, began her term as Vice-Principal (Advancement) in July 2018.

A first-generation university graduate, Vice-Principal Bertrand attended Queen’s with the aid of scholarships created through the generosity of donors. She graduated in 1994 with an honours degree in Canadian Studies.

Vice-Principal Bertrand got a taste of advancement in her first year at Queen’s, when she worked as a student caller in the Queen's call centre. After graduation, she returned to her native Guelph and began an 11-year career at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

In 2006, she moved to the University of Guelph, where she held progressively senior positions in Alumni Affairs and Development. Beginning in 2012, she led the team that raised $200-million for the BetterPlanet Project campaign, and was appointed Associate Vice-President, Major Gift Advancement in 2014.

Vice-Principal Bertrand now leads the Office of Advancement at Queen’s which is focused on fostering relationships that advance Queen’s and contribute to a better world. Specifically, Queen’s Advancement oversees all university fundraising and development activities, as well as alumni relations, and advancement services.

Deanna Bennett
Deanna Bennett

Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal
Phone: 613-533-6000 x78011
Cell: 613-331-2455

Lesley KellyLesley Kelly

Associate Director, Finance
Phone: 613-533-6000 x79657

Michelle White
Michelle White

Finance Assistant
Phone: 613-533-6000 x78707

Kate BearseKate Bearse

Executive Assistant
Phone: 613-533-6000 x74138
Cell: 613-483-5385

Carla Ferreira RodriguesCarla Ferreira Rodrigues

Associate Director, Human Resources
Phone: 613-533-6000 x79371
Cell: 613-531-3673

Kacey McCuenKacey McCuen

Human Resources Advisor
Phone: 613-533-6000 x79112