Alumni Speaker Events

QSAA believes that connecting students to their alumni network can help facilitate opportunities for professional development and connections with their futures upon graduation. When we bring back alumni speakers students have a chance to hear, network, and connect with prominent professionals while alumni have a chance to hear the student perspective on current campus events and development. 

Our signature Alumni Speaker Events usually occur once a year, when we bring back an alumnus who has made contributions to the Queen’s alumni community and Queen’s legacy. 


Past Alumni Speakers

John Curtis, Artsci'90, Law'95

Mr. Curtis is a negotiation and mediation skills trainer, specializing in conflict coaching in the workplace, and presented on the topic of channelling your passion. As a member of the Canadian Sailing Team, he competed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Attendees at this session learned how to channel passion and skill to pursue the best version of success.

BuzzFeed Canada's Social Media Editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud, ArtSci'11

BuzzFeed Canada's Social Media Editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud came back to campus to talk to students about his incredible career in the media industry. During his time at Queen's, Elamin was a News Director at CFRC and he also served students as the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) President in 2007-08. Upon graduation, Elamin worked at the CBC and then made his way to BuzzFeed Canada, where he is the Social Media Editor and Editor of News Curation.

Actor Greg Bryk, ArtSci'94

Greg Bryk, 1992 Vanier Cup-winning Gael, has had a remarkable career as an actor. He has been in more than 65 movies and TV shows, including Book of Negros, The Incredible Hulk, Saw V, Shoot ‘Em Up, and A History of Violence. Greg came back to campus on Oct. 24, 2016 to talk to students about his career as an award-winning actor.

Astronaut Dr. Drew Feustel, PhD'95

Dr. Feustel is a NASA astronaut who has been involved in the NASA Space Shuttle program. He came back to campus in April 2015, when he received the Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Feustel spoke to students about his path to becoming a NASA Astronaut, as well as his experience being in space for extended periods of time.

Dragon Michele Romanow, Sc'07, MBA'08

Michele Romanow, the 2016 “One to Watch” award recipient, spoke to students about perseverance and hard work. She shared her fascinating journey from trying to open The Tea Room at Queen’s to being a caviar dealer to eventually becoming a Dragon.

Justice Hugh Fraser, Artsci'76

The Honourable Justice Hugh Fraser came back as part of Queen’s Black History Month in 2014. Justice Fraser was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1993 and a Regional Senior Justice in 2013. Justice Fraser shared his journey with students, to reinforce his belief that anyone has the power to reach their personal goals.

Entrepreneur Lauren Long, Cmp'13

Lauren Long came back as part of a Gaels of the Last Decade Science Panel in 2015. Lauren co-founded Boxit during the 2013 cohort of The Next 36. She also became the first Product Manager at Nymi — the maker of the world's first wristband that knows who you are based on your heart rhythm. Her recent departure from Queen’s made her story and achievements relatable to students.

To learn more about Alumni Speaker Events or any QSAA event, email VP Student Transitions Brooke Girdwood.