Kingston Branch - Cha Gheill Luncheon with Jean Hutchinson

Jean Hutchinson
Photo by Greg Black for Queen's Alumni Review
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

Learn about Vimy Ridge over a delicious lunch at the Donald Gordon Centre. Dr. Jean Hutchinson, from Queen's Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering will be discussing the history and restoration of the famed memorial site.

Under Vimy Ridge: A Geological Exploration of WWI Excavation Stability

Vimy Ridge, in northern France, was once the site of one of WWI's pivotal battles. It is now home to the publicly accessible Vimy memorial site, consisting of the memorial itself, an Interpretive Centre, restored Allied and German trenches, a section of rehabilitated tunnel, and two cemeteries. Occasionally, the ground surface falls into some of the many kilometers of hidden and lost tunnels and excavations which remain from the war. Between 2001 and 2010, Dr. Jean Hutchinson worked on a series of projects to understand this problem in order to protect public safety at the site. Dr. Hutchinson was privileged to join the Queen’s Alumni Association tour to this and other battle sites on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge last year. Learn about rock engineering, the use of geological knowledge in First World War military strategy, and Canadian history directly from the Queen's expert who is ensuring that the Vimy Ridge Memorial Site is preserved for future generations.


  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Asiago Croutons
  • Slow Roasted Sirloin with Dauphinoise Potato and Candied Carrot Batons
  • Chocolate Lava Cake


Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Unions St. W
Kingston, ON


$32.00 per person - $35.00 per person after November 8


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Event Contacts

Tim Packulak, Sc'14, MASc'18