One to Watch Award

Presented annually to a recent alumnus/alumna (who graduated less than 10 years ago) from either an undergraduate or graduate program who is making significant contributions in their field of endeavour, setting an example for future Queen’s alumni to follow.

Award Eligibility & Criteria

Candidates should be:

  • A Queen’s alumnus/alumna who graduated less than 10 years ago
  • Someone who has accomplished early success in one or more fields of endeavor which augurs well for future leadership and accomplishment
  • An inspiration to the Queen’s community

2022 Recipient

Heather Evans

Heather Evans

Since graduating from Queen's in 2016, Heather's impressive accolades include leading the Canadian delegation at the G7 Youth Summit, launching a technology diplomacy program at the Asia Society, and graduating from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. Heather launched startup companies through the Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC) and Canada’s Next36 Program. She then joined the Government of Ontario as a senior adviser in advanced technology strategy, where she focused on artificial intelligence and quantum technologies. Early in the pandemic, Heather joined Canada’s COVID-19 response as a supply chain manager for rapid antigen test distribution across the country. Most recently she transitioned to JP Morgan as a vice president in data and analytics. Heather has had the privilege and challenge of wearing many hats professionally. She has been an entrepreneur, a researcher, a diplomat, and a supply chain manager. Heather’s impact exemplifies Queen’s mission to educate the world’s future leaders and to think creatively.