2018

principal woolf speaking with student

Happy New Year, Queen's Alumni!

It was a year filled with accomplishment, commemoration, beginnings, and endings. Principal Daniel Woolf looks back on the highlights of 2018 and gives us a preview of what to expect in 2019. 

Queen's alumni 2018 year in review

The 14 Most Notable Alumni Moments from 2018

Commanding the International Space Station and winning one of the world’s top literary awards are among the many accomplishments of Queen’s graduates in 2018.

John Bates and Sue Bates

Continuing a Tradition

John Bates, Artsci’84, and Sue Bates, Artsci’91, are buying used Queen’s jackets and donating them to current students.

a group of researchers in a lab
Artist Owen Fernley, Sc'01, participated in a residency at the lab of Kevin Mumford, a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and a researcher affiliated with the Beaty Water Research Centre. From left: Matan Freedman, Owen Fernley, Nick Pease, Kevin Mumford, Caroline Wisheart, and Cole Van De Ven. (Supplied Photo)

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Art

A lab affiliated with the Beaty Water Research Centre participated in a creative collaboration with Art the Science.

Headshots of 8 alumnae on most powerful list

Eight Alumnae Among Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

List is proof that Queen’s continues to produce Canada’s next generation of leaders, says Queen’s University Alumni Association president.

Emerita Elizabeth Eisenhauer with Julie Payette
Professor Emerita Elizabeth Eisenhauer, MD'76, the former director of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, with Governor General Julie Payette after being invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Photo by Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall. © OSGG, 2018)

A National Honour

Three Queen’s faculty members, two of whom are alumni, are now invested as Officers of the Order of Canada.

Chancellor Jim Leech at Convocation with graduate
Chancellor Jim Leech congratulates a new grad during convocation.

Chancellor Honoured For His Philanthropic Leadership

Jim Leech, MBA’73, named Outstanding Volunteer by the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Katherine Keep, Artsci’81, and Gordon Keep, Artsci’79

Gordon and Katherine Keep Honoured by Vancouver Alumni Branch

Geology donors Gordon, Artsci’79, and Katherine Keep, Artsci’81, received this year’s Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award.

stephen smith at the business school
Photo Credit: Suzy Lamont/Queen's Alumni Review

Stephen Smith, Sc’72, to be Inducted into Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The engineering alumnus, who donated $50 million to Queen’s in 2015, is one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs. 

janice hill and stephanie simpson sitting side by side
(Left to right) Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Ed'99, and Stephanie Simpson, Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11.

Two Alumnae Named Associate VPs to Advance Inclusivity at Queen’s

Two new Associate Vice-Principal roles will help shape the strategic initiatives of the institution through the lens of inclusivity.

Queen's Announces Principal and Vice-Chancellor Designate

Dr. Patrick Deane to return to Queen’s University from McMaster University.

queen's campus in the fall

Queen’s to Introduce Next Principal

A special livestream will be available on Monday, Nov. 5 as the university announces the name of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor Designate.

Dean Rebecca Luce-Kapler with Hakeem Subair
Photo by Nadya Allen.

Queen’s Faculty of Education Signs an Agreement with 1 Million Teachers

The Faculty of Education formalized its partnership with 1 Million Teachers (1MT) in September. The program provides training to new and practicing teachers in Nigeria through an innovative program that combines online training, gamification, classroom-based learning, and mentorship on a massive scale.

Deborah Turnbull headshot
Photo by Smooth Studios.

Celebrating Achievement

Biology graduate and international development expert has helped people in more than 60 countries over her 35-year career.

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Engineering Alumnus Racing with Andretti Autosport

Dalton Kellett, Sc’15, says studying engineering at Queen’s makes him a better race car driver.

entrance sign for Mitchell Hall
The eastern entrance bears the name of the building's lead donor. (University Relations).

Putting the Final Touches on Mitchell Hall

Students, staff, and faculty will get access to the newest building on campus in time for exams.

students in tricolour

Creating Lasting Ties Through Homecoming

Homecoming connects returning alumni with Queen's, classmates, faculty, staff, and current students.

lyse doucet photo in syria
Lyse Doucet, Artsci’80, LLD’15, reporting from Syria for the BBC.

The Trailblazing Women of Queen’s

In honour of Persons Day and Women’s History Month, we look at some Queen’s alumnae who inspire others.

the Gord Vogt screening room
The new Gordon Vogt Screening Room at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo by Bernard Clark.

Tribute Event Honours Alumnus

Gordon Vogt Film Screening Room dedication on Oct. 2 featured a silent film screening with a live musical soundtrack. 

Yinka Adegbusi and Asha Gordon
Yinka Adegbusi and Asha Gordon

Connecting Queen’s Black Alumni

Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter and mentorship program to launch at Homecoming.

headshots of dr. stephen archer, dr. heather stuart, dr. rena upitis and dr. ahmen hassan
(Left to right) Dr. Rena Upitis, Dr. Ahmed Hassan, Dr. Heather Stuart, and Dr. Stephen Archer have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

The Royal Round-up

Four Queen's University researchers have been elected to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada.

a group of alumni at spirit corner

Five Must-Attend Events at Queen’s Homecoming this October

Dust off your tartan and tams and prepare for an exciting return to campus this October.  

rembrant paintings, baptism of the eunuch and head of an old man in a cap
Two works featured in upcoming Leiden circa 1960 Rembrant Emerges exhibition: Jan Georg van Vliet (after Rembrandt van Rijn), The Baptism of the Eunuch (detail) 1631 (L), and Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of an Old Man in a Cap, around 1630 (R).

An Artful Donation

The most prolific donors in Queen’s history have added to their legacy with a gift of just over $1 million (US).

students on campus

Schulich Leader Scholarships Awarded to Four Queen’s Students

The scholarships – worth $80,000 or $100,000 – are among Canada’s largest and most prestigious awards for science, technology, engineering, and math students.

Esi Codjoe, Frank Walwyn, and Thomas Cromwell
Esi Codjoe, Frank Walwyn, and Thomas Cromwell.

Three Law Alumni Among Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Legal Influencers

Esi Codjoe, Frank Walwyn, and Thomas Cromwell make the list because of their level of respect, and ability to influence public opinion and help shape the laws of Canada.

photo of eleni fortis
Eleni Fortis, B.Ed'18, is a student in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program.

Elder-in-Residence Position Empowers Education Students

Donor-funded position helps students learn and teach Indigenous studies.

karen bertrand photo
Photos by Tim Forbes.

Seven Questions with the New VP Advancement

We caught up with the new Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand, Artsci'94, to talk about her new role, her connection to Queen’s, and the value of the alumni network.

Class of Sc’82 Makes $70,000 Gift to The Tea Room

“If The Tea Room is important to students, it is important to my classmates,” says Class President Don MacDiarmid.

Brain Toda speaks
Brian Toda speaks during the bench ceremony.

Queen’s Gave Japanese-Canadian Internment Camp Survivor a Second Chance

“Queen’s did not judge him by his family heritage … only by his capabilities and potential,” says son of Howie (Hisao) Toda, Sc’52, during memorial bench ceremony.

Jordan Nussbaum, Law’15
Photo by Jeopardy! Productions Inc.

Law Grad Becomes Jeopardy! Champion

Jordan Nussbaum, Law’15, wins $17,800 on popular TV quiz show.

the innovation and wellness centre under construction
The Innovation and Wellness Centre at the corner of Union and Division streets will soon be named Mitchell Hall.

Innovation & Wellness Centre Gets a New Name

New building signs will be going up at the corner of Union and Division next month.

sue charlesworth at pond inlet
Susan Charlesworth in 2015 in Nunavut. "My job at Queen's Legal Aid has really prepared me for this role," she says.

Queen's Legal Aid Director and Alumna Appointed to Nunavut Court of Justice

Former Director of Queen's Legal Aid is now a judge in the Nunavut Court of Justice. 

photo of Adam Grotsky
Adam Grotsky, Law’19, who received a top Queen’s University award for community service, says, “Queen’s Law is littered with future leaders of our society – a diverse group of motivated and caring individuals.”

Bettering the Student Experience for His Peers Earns Law’19 Student Top Queen’s Award

Queen's Law student Adam Grotsky, Law'19, Artsci'16, is the newest inductee into the Tricolour Society. 

Marijuana infographic

Legalizing & Regulating Marijuana

Law alumni share their perspectives on different aspects of legalizing recreational marijuana.

headshots of David Sharpe, Marie Delorme and John Stackhouse
(L-R) David Sharpe, Law’95, Marie Delorme, MBA’00, and John Stackhouse, Com’85.

Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members

Marie Delorme, MBA’00, David Sharpe, Law’95, and John Stackhouse, Com’85, appointed to three-year terms.

portrait of alumnus justin wu
Photographer Justin Wu, Artsci’08, has worked with everyone from Bella Hadid to Jay-Z and Jeremy Irons.

Filmmaker and Photographer’s Career Is Clicking

Justin Wu, Artsci’08, has worked with everyone from Bella Hadid to Jay-Z and Jeremy Irons.

Indigenous frontlet mask made of wood, pain, abalone shell, metal and hide
Kwakwaka'wakw or Ts’msyan (Tsimshian) artist, Frontlet, undated, wood, paint, abalone shell, metal and hide. Gift of Dr. Archibald Malloch, 1910.

New Fund to Support Indigenous Art at the Agnes

A new fund will help the Agnes Etherington Art Centre discover the history behind some of its most important artifacts. 

Jaimie Lickers, Artsci’03, Law’07
Photo by Sandra Mulder

Alumna Called the “Best Lawyer for Aboriginal Law in Canada.”

Jaimie Lickers, Artsci’03, Law’07, has argued several precedent-setting cases in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.

A Minute in History

Queen's University professor and alumnus Steven Maynard, MA'87, consults on first-ever LGBTQ Heritage Minute.

David Pattenden speaking
David Pattenden speaks at the June 1 fellowship announcement.

Tragic Loss Inspires New Fellowship at Queen’s

Henderson Foundation donates $1 million to fight interstitial lung disease in honour of Ruth Pattenden.

Blaine Favel photo
Blaine Favel, Law'90, former chief and current CEO, has worked for over 25 years to exonerate Cree Chief Pîhtokahanapiwiyin ("Poundmaker") of wrongful treason.

Indigenous Alumnus Helps Right a 133-Year-Old Wrong

Blaine Favel, Law'90, has led a 25-year campaign to exonerate a wrongfully accused Cree Chief. 

Jane Dantes

“Literally the Only Thing Keeping Me Alive Was Being in School”

A car accident in 2010 ended Jane van de Ven-Dantes’ bedside nursing career, but “life-changing” support from Queen’s gives her story a happy ending.

Sharry Aiken headshot
Queen's law professor Sharry Aiken is the keynote speaker at the upcoming Montreal branch dinner on May 15th.

Refugee Expert to Headline Montreal Alumni Branch Dinner

Queen’s Law Professor Sharry Aiken’s keynote address will clear up misconceptions about refugees.  

Jeremy Mosher with wife Andrea & son Joshua
Jeremy Mosher, with wife Andrea & son Joshua

New Alumni Association President Focused on Helping Volunteers

Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08, wants to bring volunteers together to share and learn from each other.

Kathleen Macmillan

‘Queen’s is a Place of Service’ says Agnes Benidickson Award Recipient

Former Queen’s Board of Trustee member Kathleen Macmillan, Artsci’78, to receive the highest honour bestowed by the Ottawa Alumni Branch.

Photo of Jim Craig accepting his ontario volunteer service award

Alumni Volunteer Recognized for 65 Years of Service

Jim Craig is one of nine alumni & student recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

Queen's teacher candidates with a group of students from Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
A group of Queen's teacher-candidates visited the Iqrah International Model Kiddies College in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire as part of the collaboration with 1 Million Teachers, a startup created by Queen's alumnus Hakeem Subair, MMIE'17. (Supplied Photo)

Building Teacher Networks Across Borders

A group of teacher-candidates travels to Africa in support of 1 Million Teachers, a startup created by a Queen's alumnus.

Gala 2018 award recipients
Master of Ceremonies Rico Garcia & Principal Daniel Woolf with the 2018 QUAA Award Recipients. Photos by Stephen Wild.

Alumni Association Honours its Best at Gala

11 awards handed out to some of Queen’s most dedicated and successful alumni.

The Côté Sharp Family
The Côté Sharp Family (left to right), Catherine Sharp, Hélène Côté Sharp, Dennis Sharp, Sc'60, and Geneviève Sharp. The family has donated 5M in support of student wellness.

The Perfect Fit

Celebrated alumnus Dennis Sharp, Sc'60, and Hélène Côté Sharp have donated $5 million to the newly named Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre in support of student mental health.

Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Ed’99

Giving Direction to Queen’s Indigenous Community

Director of Indigenous Initiatives Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Ed’99, to receive Alumni Mentorship Award from QUAA.

Inuit prints
Mattiusie Manakudluk (QC 1911-Puvirnituq QC 1968), In Summer They Went Camping, In Winter They Went for Seals, 1968, stone-cut on paper, 27/30. Gift of Margaret McGowan Artsci’78, 2017. Photo by Bernard Clark

Indigenous Art Collection Grows with Generous Donation

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre has received a gift of Inuit prints and a bequest from Margaret McGowan, Artsci’78, and her husband.

The Path to NASA

Astronaut Dr. Andrew Feustel, PhD'95, DSc'16, will serve as flight engineer and later as commander of the ISS. Learn more about his journey from Queen's University to NASA.  

Black Law Students’ Association speed mentoring event

Black Law Students’ Association Hosts Alumni Speed Mentoring Event

“We not only want to help current students succeed, but also want these students to know they have experienced alumni in their corner rooting them on,” says BSLA–Queen’s co-founder.

Professor Emeritus George Ewan with his late wife Maureen
Professor Emeritus George Ewan, DSc'05, with his late wife Maureen Ewan at the Ewan Lecture Series event. Photos by Greg Black.

The Ewan Lecture Series: Accessible Astrophysics

Professor Emeritus Dr. George Ewan wants to ensure that particle astrophysics research is understandable to all and credits his late wife Maureen as his inspiration. 

Marlene Brant Castellano

Indigenous Studies Pioneer to be Honoured by Alumni Association

Marlene Brant Castellano, Arts’55, LLD’91, to receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the QUAA.

Eric Windeler, Com'82, LLD15

Tragedy Leads to a National Movement

After losing his son Jack to suicide, Alumni Humanitarian Award recipient Eric Windeler, Com'82, LLD'15, focused his life on making a difference in youth mental health.

Alumni taking a photo together at the Hong Kong reception
Alumni gather at a reception in Hong Kong

Queen's Innovators in Hong Kong: Alumni Spotlight

As Queen’s works to expand international partnerships and programs of innovation, members of the Hong Kong branch are forging their own path. Four alumni share their entrepreneurial stories and how Queen’s contributed to their success. 

Jasmit De Saffel
(Photo by Greg Kolz)

New Graduate Goes from Queen's Senate to Canada's Senate

For four years, Jasmit De Saffel, Artsci’17, saw talented students – such as former rectors Mike Young, Artsci’16, and Nick Francis, Artsci’14 – cross the stage to receive the

Principal Woolf speaks at AVS
Principal Woolf speaks at AVS in 2016.

Comedy Group Founder is Serious About Working with Volunteers

Peter Higgins of Queen’s Players Toronto says Alumni Volunteer Summit is great way to hone volunteer management skills.

spectra plasmonics founders
Queen’s students Yusuf Ahmed, Tyler Whitney, Christian Baldwin, Malcolm Eade, and Ryan Picard are the founders of Spectra Plasmonics.

Queen's Research and Queen's Students: A Winning Combination

Queen’s student, researcher are set to share the story of their stunning victory with Northern California alumni.

Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Rising Media Star Generating a lot of ‘Buzz’

BuzzFeed Canada editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Artsci’11, to receive One To Watch Award at the QUAA Awards Gala.

Chaudhury, Frometa, Garcia, Gordon, Grotsky, Palmeri

Six Students Inducted Into Tricolour Society

This year’s Tricolour Award recipients are among the “best of the best” students at Queen’s, says Rector Cam Yung, Artsci’17.

Students and alumni at the Life After Artsci event

Life After ArtSci: One Faculty, Two Alumni Stories

Not all successful entrepreneurs are necessarily business grads. Scott Megginson, Artsci'89, and Sharon D'Acre, Artsci'96, took part in the inaugural Life After ArtSci Summit and shared just how their Arts and Science degree prepared them for successful careers in this Q&A.

Members of the university council on anti racism and equity at queen's
The inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity. The group met for the first time in late January to organize for the year ahead. (University Communications)

UCARE Announces First Co-Chairs

Two alumnae have been selected as the first co-chairs for the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE), which works to build an inclusive campus community and learning environment for students.  

Innovation and Wellness Centre study spaces

Bringing Queen's Engineering Students Together

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will be home to a range of engineering facilities, including labs, teaching studios, and a common room.

Edward Thomas photo

Celebrating a History of Resilience

Edward Thomas, Sc'06, MASc'12, has been investigating the expulsion of black medical students 100 years ago at Queen's and how this history has impacted the community. 

Leslie Galbraith and Rob Baker
Leslie Galbraith, Artsci’90, MAC’93, and Rob Baker, BFA’86, LLD’16

Queen's Love Stories

Whether they met in class, through participating in student activities, or by simple happenstance, these couples are proof that love is definitely in the air at Queen's this Valentine's Day. 

Students studying in the library

New Bursaries to Support Racialized & First-Generation Students

An estate gift will create new bursaries for first-year Black Canadian students, first-year visible minority and racialized students, and first-year first-generation students.

Heather Stuart & Mike Young Interview
Dr. Heather Stuart, Queen's Professor & Bell Canada Mental Health & Anti-Stigma Research Chair speaking with Mike Young, Artsci'16

Stop the Stigma: Q&A with Bell Mental Health Research Chair Dr. Heather Stuart

In honour of Bell Let's Talk Day, former rector Mike Young, Artsci'16 sat down for a Q&A with Dr. Heather Stuart, Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. Watch Dr. Stuart share her 5 tips to learn how you can help. 

The Laser Depth Dynamics Team

Queen's Grads' Business Becomes International Product Development Centre

Laser Depth Dynamics, founded by Paul Webster (Sc'06, PhD'13) and Roger Bowes (Sc’92) in 2012, has been acquired by a leading developer of high-performance fibre lasers and amplifiers.

Marie Delorme, Thomas Cromwell, Mary Law
(L-R) Marie Delorme, Thomas Cromwell, Mary Law

Nine Alumni Among Order of Canada Appointments

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell, Mus'73, LLB'76, among the appointees. 

Principal Wolfe Message

Principal's New Year's Message to Alumni

It was a year filled with accomplishment, commemoration, beginnings, and endings.  Principal Daniel Woolf looks back on the highlights of 2017 and gives us a preview of what to expect in 2018. 

David Sharpe, Law'95
Mohawk innovator David Sharpe, Law’95, donor of a new award for Indigenous law students.

David Sharpe's Gift Creates Award for Indigenous Law Students

David Sharpe, Law’95, has been helping Queen’s Law reach out to Indigenous JD prospects for the past four years as a volunteer ambassador.