Alumni Awards Gala

The Queen’s University Alumni Association is proud to recognize the achievements of outstanding alumni at the annual Alumni Awards Gala.

UPDATE: Queen's is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across Canada and around the world.

While there are no confirmed cases at Queen's, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, both on-campus and off and we are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ease anxiety among our community. 

For this reason, this event has been cancelled indefinitely. If you have registered for this event you will be automatically refunded and sent an invoice to confirm by email.

Please email any questions to or call 1-800-267-7837 or (613) 533-2060. 


The Alumni Awards Gala is a celebration of Queen’s spirit – the passion to make a difference in our communities and the selfless contribution to the Queen’s community and the world.

Award recipients are made up of alumni, faculty, students, and volunteers, many of whom are leaders in their own communities and pioneers in their field. Past recipients include:

  • NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, PhD’95
  • Former Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman, Arts’68, DSc’02
  • MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi, Artsci'94, LLD'16
  • Former Member of Parliament and “father of the Canadian flag” John Matheson, Arts’40, LLD’84

Congratulations to our 2020 Alumni Awards Recipients

Hugh Christie

Hugh Christie,
Artsci’78, Law’81
Alumni Achievement

Blaine Favel

Blaine Favel, Law’90
Alumni Humanitarian

John Armitage

John Armitage,
Alumni Mentorship

Holly Ogden

Holly Ogden, Ed'02
MEd'08, PhD'13
Alumni Award for
Excellence in Teaching
(Faculty of Education)

Elke Beecken

Elke Beecken,
Herbert J. Hamilton
Volunteer Service Award

Idrees Ali

Idrees Ali,
One to Watch Award

Rebecca Maciver

Rebecca Maciver,
Artsci'12, PhD'20
Student Award

Allan McGavin

Allan McGavin,
Com'08, Law'12
Marsha Lampman Branch
Volunteer Award

Jacklyn Lewis

Jacklyn Lewis,
Rising Star
Volunteer Award

Queen's Black Alumni Chapter

Queen's Black Alumni
Chapter (QBAC)–
Launch Event
Initiative of the Year

Gillian Baker,

Gillian Baker,
QSAA Volunteer of
Distinction Award

To submit a nomination for 2020 please visit the Awards & Fellowships page.