Queen's University Alumni Association

“To reach out and foster a lifelong association with Queen's, to engage our members in the life and work of the university, and to serve the alumni community in all its diversity."

All graduates of Queen's University, as well as students who have completed one full academic year, are automatically members of the QUAA. We work to unite our diverse alumni community and celebrate our many contributions and achievements. Together, we advance the reputation of Queen’s as an exceptional research-based institution of higher learning. 

The 2024 director applications are now closed.

Thank you to all who applied. The Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications and making selections. All applicants who submitted a complete application, including resume, will receive an email from the QUAA Board providing additional timelines and selection details. Please contact the QUAA Board if you have any questions. 


A member of the Queen’s University Alumni Association is an individual who has received a degree or diploma from the University or has registered and attended classes for at least one full session (academic year or equivalent) and whose class has graduated.


The Alumni Assembly is the voting body of the QUAA - it is comprised of:

  • All members of the Queen's University Alumni Association Board of Directors and its Executive Committee
  • The President or delegate from each branch with a Signature Award (Calgary, Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver).
  • Up to six additional Presidents or delegates from other branches.
  • Up to four Reunion Volunteers (0-10 year Reunion Volunteer, 10-25 year Reunion Volunteer, 25-50 year Reunion Volunteer, 50+ year Reunion Volunteer).
  • Up to two representatives from an official QUAA Chapter.
  • One representative from an Alumni Booster Club or Team.
  • One representative from a Giving Society or Committee.
  • When necessary, up to two additional representatives from Faculties or Alumni Groups that are not otherwise represented in other positions (when necessary).
  • The President or delegate of the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
  • The President or delegate of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)
  • The President or delegate of the Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA).
  • The Queen's University Rector or delegate.
  • One representative from the Varsity Council.
  • The Principal of Queen's University or a delegate
  • The University Council of Queen's University may appoint two Alumni Councillors.

QUAA Board of Directors

Allison Williams, Artsci ’09, President QUAA, Chair of the Board of Directors

Allison Williams smiling wearing a red sweater

Allison Williams, is a practicing lawyer at one of the province of Ontario's specialty community legal clinics, Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY). Originally from small-town Northwestern Ontario, Allison threw herself into student life while attending Queen’s. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with a minor in Women's Studies (2009); however is most proud of being honoured with the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award upon convocation for her distinguished service to the University in non-academic extracurricular activities. Allison went on to obtain her Masters of Arts from the University of Toronto (2011), before getting her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School (2015). Allison was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. Prior to taking up the QUAA President's role, Allison served for four years as the QUAA Board's Director of Giving, promoting alumni philanthropy and giving through Queen's. 

Leigh Kalin, Artsci ’92, Ex-Officio, Associate VP (Strategic Engagement)

Leigh Kalin

Before her role as Acting Associate Vice-Principal (Strategic Engagement), Leigh was a member of Queen’s Office of Advancement executive team and played a leadership role in the university’s successful Initiative Campaign. Leigh was a key strategist and major gift fundraiser (leading the central development team) directly contributing to the $640M Queen’s Initiative Campaign.  

During her six years at the University of Toronto, Leigh was involved in the $1B Great Minds Campaign — the largest campaign in Canadian history at that time — and subsequently serving as a major gifts officer at Upper Canada College.

She holds a BAH, Political Science, Queen’s University, 1992.

Galvin Niu, Sc ’19, Director

photo of Galvin Niu

Galvin graduated from Queen's with an Electrical Engineering degree in 2019 with a specialization in the innovation stream. He was part of the inaugural class. During his time at Queen's, Galvin was involved in a number of clubs. Starting as a first-year representative at the engineering society council. And then holding roles such as the engineering external relations committee chair, and Queen's Global Innovation Conference Co-chair. 

After graduation, Galvin did a 6-week backpacking trip before moving to Toronto for his full-time job with IBM. His professional career has allowed him to fine-tune his communication, long-term strategy, event planning, and relationship management skills. Ensuring the success of the portfolio. 

With roots in Manitoba, Galvin loves the outdoors. When he's not working or helping out others, he's can be found enjoying nature. 

Learn more about the QUAA

Learn more about QUAA membership, governance and it's voting body - the Assembly.

Learn more about the Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association.

Volunteers are representatives of the university. Learn more about the QUAA standards of behaviour.