2020

Jane Philpott, Anne Duffy, Brooke Linden, Heather Stuart
Jane Philpott, Anne Duffy, Brooke Linden, and Heather Stuart.

Mental Health in the Era of COVID-19

For months now, tuning in to the news has meant unleashing a deluge of coverage about the coronavirus pandemic.

Jayevan Foster, President of Empire MGNT

Jayevan Foster Artsci’13 Celebrates His Sport Agency’s Five-Year Milestone

Jayevan Foster, Artsci’13 is helping football players get to the CFL and helping them navigate life after football with his sports agency, Empire MGNT.

Homecoming October 17. United by moments.

Rogers, Garcia to co-host Queen’s 2020 virtual Homecoming

Two Queen’s alumni have agreed to co-host the first ever Queen’s virtual Homecoming.  

Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Artsci'11

Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Artsci'11, Talks about his Career and Queen's Progress in Equity

Elamin joined us to talk about his childhood in Kingston, how his Queen’s education has influenced his career, and details on his upcoming book, Son of Elsewhere.

Aaron Bains, Malcolm Ruby, and Justice David Stratas.
Aaron Bains, Malcolm Ruby, and Justice David Stratas.

Three Law Grads Named to Most Influential List

One of the Canada’s most influential intermediate appellate court judges, a young lawyer focusing on issues facing minorities, and a partner representing disabled Canadian veterans in a successful class action lawsuit are honoured.

Ashley Maracle, Artsci’09

Inspiring the Next Generation of Indigenous Story Tellers

Ashley Maracle, Artsci’09, hopes a horror movie contest encourages Indigenous filmmakers to tell their own stories.

Norman Musengimana

Helping to Reduce Unemployment through Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Norman Musengimana, MMIE'18, brings a lifetime's worth of insight to his company, BizSkills Academy, a virtual incubation platform that aims to make entrepreneurship accessible to everyone.

Dr. Jamaica Cass

Getting ready for impact

Dr. Jamaica Cass, PhD’13, has spent the last decade preparing herself to make an impact on her Ontario Indigenous community.

Immigration lawyer Heather Segal, Law’94

Helping Refugees and Canadian Businesses

Immigration lawyer Heather Segal, Law’94, helps highly skilled refugees come to Canada and work for businesses.

Author Iain Reid, Artsci'04.
Author Iain Reid, Artsci'04.

Canada’s Next Big Author is a Queen’s Grad

The hype is building for writer Iain Reid, Artsci’04, who is garnering his share of awards and critical acclaim. Now a movie adaption of his book, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, debuts on Netflix on Sept. 4.

Schulich Leader Scholarships Awarded to 10 Queen’s Students

Canada’s most prestigious STEM scholarships, worth up to $100,000, supports the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded, technology innovators.

Race car driver Dalton Kellett
Dalton Kellett finished 31st at this year's Indy 500. (Credit LAT Photo)

Engineering Grad Races in the Indy 500

Professional race car driver Dalton Kellett, Sc’15, says his engineering physics degree makes him a better driver. 

Justice Hugh Fraser

Justice Hugh Fraser Carries on his Father's Legacy

Alumnus Justice Hugh Fraser reflects on his career as a judge and shares what it means to him to have a bursary founded in his father’s name with the goal of increasing diversity in the faculty of law.

Taylor Berdell and Matt Urichuk in their masks

Helping the Hard-of-Hearing Community

Wearing a cloth face mask is a great way to slow the spread of COVID-19, but it’s not good for members of the hard-of-hearing community who rely on reading lips and facial expressions. 

Circles drawn in grass in a city park
Some cities officials are drawing circles in the grass at parks to ensure physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Redesigning Canada for Physical Distancing and COVID-19

As cities slowly re-open, Geography and Planning Professor John Meligrana, MPL’91, is researching physical distancing guidelines because keeping people two metres apart is one of the best ways to save lives.  

Queen’s data safe following ransomware attack in May

No personal data held by Queen’s was at risk in Blackbaud ransomware attack.

Alice Simniceanu, MPH’15
Alice Simniceanu, MPH’15, at the World Health Organization in Switzerland.

Helping Health-Care Workers Around the Globe

The World Health Organization’s Alice Simniceanu, MPH’15, creates COVID-19 guidelines and online courses used by medical professionals all over the world.

Yolande James, Law’03

Compromise, Consensus, and Conflict Resolution

Yolande James, Law’03, who became the youngest woman to serve in the Quebec National Assembly cabinet in 2007, now uses her special skills as a mediator, moderator, and speaker.

New Queen's University Council members
TOP ROW: Opiyo Oloya, Samantha Cheung, Kofi Adow, Sari Ohsada, and Richard Baugh. BOTTOM ROW: Nosa O. Egiebor, Abdul-Aziz Garuba, Bittu George, Precious Nyarko-Antwi, and Kasmet Niyongabo.

10 New Members Elected to University Council

Equity, diversity, and inclusion top of mind for alumni voters.

Scott Palmer in front of a Google sign.

Keeping the Internet Safe as You Search

From Singapore, Scott Palmer, Law’07, manages a Google ecosystem responsible for protecting global users from harm.

Kelsey Houston, Artsci'16

Controlling COVID-19

Kelsey Houston, Artsci’16, is using her infection control skills to stop COVID-19 outbreaks at a Toronto hospital and keep staff and patients safe.

Timeline of Gift of Art donations

The Gift of Art

Philanthropic investments of more than $60 million in the arts will enable Queen’s students and researchers to better protect and understand the world’s cultural treasures.

Visitors walk around the Agnes Etherington

$40-Million Gift for the Agnes and New Home for the Bader Collection

A $40-million (USD) gift from Bader Philanthropies, Inc., will revitalize and expand the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and has the potential to create one of the largest university art museums in Canada. 

Conversations Confronting COVID-19 Virtual Event Series

Since the global pandemic hit in winter 2020, Canadians and global citizens have been confronted with a myriad of questions — from how to understand and treat the virus to how to cope with life in

Bishop Jenny Andison

Supporting Community During COVID-19

Bishop Jenny Andison, Artsci’94, shares three ways the Anglican church is helping the community through COVID-19.

A photo of Scott Mason

Alumni-Led Company Offers Solution to the COVID-19 Sanitization Problem

Cleanslate UV provides a device that sanitizes items like cellphones, stethoscopes using ultraviolet light instead of chemicals.

The Gift of Art: A photo of performers on stage at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts

Gift to Help the Isabel Foster a More Inclusive Community

A $3.5-million gift in honour of the late Jennifer Velva Bernstein, Artsci’89, will help the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts host more world class performers and emerging artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

New Bader Chair to Help Queen’s Become a World Leader in Art Conservation

University to recruit a top scholar to the university to work in imaging science, an emerging field that is revolutionizing art conservation. 

Million Dollar Gift Will Revolutionize Art Conservation at Queen’s

Donation from The Jarislowsky Foundation allows Queen’s to acquire leading-edge technology that will be the only of its kind in Canada.

The Gift of Art: A closeup of a musician playing the cello

Fostering the Next Generation of Artists

Queen's, the CBC, and Bader Philanthropies, Inc., are teaming up to put a spotlight on future classical music stars in Canada.

Drone shot of Queen's campus

Alumni have one thing to tell the Class of 2024

There's a lot of uncertainty right now. We can't say for sure what will happen in the fall, but we can tell you one thing: you belong here.

Ontario Hospital Association CEO Anthony Dale

Keeping Ontarians Safe During COVID-19

Ontario Hospital Association CEO Anthony Dale, Artsci’92, MPA’95, is advising the government and helping prevent the provincial health-care system from being overwhelmed.

Jordan Bast, NSc'20

Answering a Calling to Help Others

New nursing graduate Jordan Bast, NSc’20, says signing up to work in a group home going through a COVID-19 outbreak “felt like a calling.”

People exercising
Exercise during isolation is important for people living with physical disabilities.

Living with a Physical Disability During the Pandemic

Queen’s researchers and alumnae working to support people living with physical disabilities.

A photo of the Feed the Frontlines team on a zoom call
The Feed the Frontlines team shares a message with health-care workers.

Feeding Frontline Workers, Supporting Small Businesses

Adair Roberts, Com’89, has launched Feed the Frontlines TO, an initiative that donates meals from local restaurants to frontline health-care workers in Toronto.

Army of Masks' Tonya Dickenson

Flattening the Curve One Mask at a Time

Army of Masks director and country lead for Canada Tonya Dickenson, Artsci’89, EMBA’05, has helped distribute more than 14,000 free cloth face masks across North America.

A photo of The team's ventilator unit design. (Photo by Mechanical Ventilator Milano)
The team's ventilator unit design. (Photo by Mechanical Ventilator Milano)

Philanthropists back ventilator project led by Queen's Nobel Laureate

Canadian donors are supporting Professor Emeritus Art McDonald as he leads the development of a ventilator that could help people affected by COVID-19.

Stacy Kelly

Helping the LGBTQ Community Cope with COVID-19

Stacy Kelly, Artsci’93, moves from the office to handing out food on the frontlines to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laura Tamblyn Watts, Artsci’94

Queen’s Partners with Elder Law Expert to Combat Social Isolation

Queen’s partners with Laura Tamblyn Watts, Artsci’94, to launch a new initiative to check in on most vulnerable alumni.

Lauren McGuire, MBA'20

A Good Neighbour

Lauren McGuire, MBA’20, has co-launched the Community Helpers online platform to help at-risk individuals connect with volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis. 

A photo of University Avenue on Queen's Campus

Emergency Funding for Students

Queen’s University has provided $2.18 million and counting in bursaries in response to COVID-19.

Peter Bearse in a collared shirt and tie, and Peter Bearse in outlandish tricolour costume

SuperFan takes on COVID-19

How Peter Bearse, Artsci’06, Ed’07, NSc’11, also known as “the SuperFan,” is contributing to the fight against COVID-19.

Epidemic Curve Graph

Modelling the spread of COVID-19

Queen’s professor Troy Day, PhD'98, is helping Ontario develop models to predict the future of the virus in the province.

Department of Chemistry graduate student Hailey Poole takes samples from a prototype batch of sanitizer.

Lending a helping hand

An interdisciplinary team of Queen’s researchers and industry partners have mobilized to formulate hand sanitizer for Kingston hospitals

A photo of a woman wearing a face shield made using 3D printers

Alumni Use 3D Printing Expertise to Protect Front-line Workers

Companies founded by Queen’s alumni use 3D printers to produce face shields for front-line workers.

Christine Chen, Com’07

Helping Canadians Cope with Anxiety

Christine Chen, Com’07, partners with Anxiety Canada to create monthly webinars to help people deal with COVID-19 stress.

Image of Daft Brewing Facility

Alumni Brew up a Contribution to Kingston Health-Care Workers

Shan Jhamandas, MBA’05, and Greg McLeod, Sc’09 are using the resources of their brand new brewery, Daft Brewing, to help frontline workers in need of hand sanitizer.

Grocery Hero co-founder Matthew Lombardi, Artsci’10.
Grocery Hero co-founder Matthew Lombardi, Artsci’10.

Hungry to Help

A conversation between two Artsci alumni inspires Grocery Hero, an online platform that is helping to feed health-care workers across Canada.

Town Hall Discussion Addresses Queen’s and Community Response to COVID-19

Watch as Principal Patrick Deane and former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and special advisor on Queen’s response to COVID-19, Dr. David Walker, Meds’71, answer questions during a virtual town hall.

Queen's Code Life Ventilator Challenge entry
The team's device is comprised of easily-sourced components.

Racing for Air

Multi-disciplinary team designs and builds life-sustaining ventilator in only 14 days.

Man wiping his nose
With COVID-19, allergy sufferers have some new concerns to deal with. (Unsplash/Brittany Collette)

Allergy Season Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Queen's allergy researcher Anne Ellis, Meds’99, explains the best way to deal with springtime allergies.

Professor Emeritus Art McDonald.
Professor Emeritus Art McDonald.

Nobel Prize Recipient Trying to Create Easy-to-Build Ventilators

A team of Canadian physicists, led by Queen’s Nobel Laureate Art McDonald, is part of an international effort to design a ventilator to help in the treatment of COVID-19.

Queen's buildings along University Avenue

Inspiring the Future of Queen's

Thank you to alumni who shared their vision for advancement at Queen’s.

Person collects flowers.

Flowers from Herstmonceux Donated to Health-Care Workers in England

Bader International Study Centre hopes to lift the spirits of people during COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Emergency Student Fund

Alumni Support Students Affected by COVID-19

The Queen's community comes together to support students facing unanticipated costs related to the coronavirus. 

Karen Bertrand, Artsci'94, Vice Principal (Advancement)

A Message to Alumni

As physical distancing forces us apart from our loved ones, community remains at the heart of the Queen’s experience.

Dr. Husein Moloo
Dr. Husein Moloo is the co-founder of PurposeMed.

Doctor Helping Hundreds Thanks to New Medical Website

Dr. Husein Moloo, Artsci’06, launched PurposeMed, which is keeping hundreds of people out of emergency rooms by allowing doctors to connect virtually with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boxes of personal protection equipment

Queen’s Donates Personal Protection Equipment

Donations from faculty, labs, students, and alumni delivered to Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

Knixwear founder Joanna Griffiths, Com’05

Commerce Grad Working to Protect Frontline Health-Care Providers

Inspired by a conversation with her brother, Joanna Griffiths, Com’05, has raised more than $200,000 and is ordering and distributing masks, gloves, and gowns across the country.

Queen's Cancels Alumni Events Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Queen’s has decided to cancel public alumni and Branch events scheduled through to the end of May due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Mark Green receives a special ribbon shirt.
Mark Green receives a ribbon shirt from Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill).

Queen’s Celebrates First Indigenous Provost

New Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green, Sc’87, surprised with ceremony of celebration and recognition.

Awards Gala Celebrates Queen’s Most Accomplished Alumni

Ten graduates — including an employment law pioneer and dedicated Indigenous leader — and one organization will be honoured by the Queen’s University Alumni Association on April 4.

Stephanie Dickey, Professor of Art History
Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art.

Going for Baroque

Late philanthropist Alfred Bader’s passion for the artistic style has helped Queen’s experts to thrive.

Three books donated by Seymour Schulich

Gift Enhances Library’s Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection

Philanthropist Seymour Schulich donates three books, including one printed in 1477.

Michael Coleman, Law'17

A Life Transformed, Black Awareness Heightened

Michael Coleman, Law’17, the co-founder of the Queen’s chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, continues to mentor students while balancing a thriving legal career.

Jane Philpott

Jane Philpott named Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's

Accomplished physician, educator, and politician will assume the role in July 2020.

Heather Stuart

Working to Improve Canada's Mental Health

Heather Stuart, the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Chair at Queen’s, has increased her focus on connecting people with resources.

Tributes Pour In for Beloved Alumna Shirley Purkis

The proud Queen’s supporter and decades-long volunteer passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 100.

Anne-Marie Hourigan, Law'84

Law’84 Alumna Wants to Improve Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Retired judge Anne-Marie Hourigan is now working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to help both lawyers and inmates. 

More Students Eligible To Attend Queen’s Through Canada’s Most Prestigious Scholarship

The number of available Schulich Leader Scholarships is increasing – helping up to 10 Queen’s students develop into the next generation of technology innovators each year.

Flowers and photo of Amir Moradi
Student Amir Moradi died in a plane crash in Iran on Jan. 8. (University Relations)

Queen’s Launches Memorial Fund to Honour Iranian Plane Crash Victims

Faculty of Arts and Science student Amir Moradi among the 176 people (including 57 Canadians) who perished on Jan. 8 near Tehran.

Assistant Professor Wendy Powley
Assistant Professor Wendy Powley speaks during the conference. (Photo by Doug Martin/Queen's School of Computing)

Women in Computing Conference Comes Full Circle

A Queen’s professor and alumnae help inspire and bring together leaders in research, education, and industry at one of Canada’s top computer conferences for women in technology.

Design rendering of the revitalized JDUC
Rendering courtesy HDR + MJMA.

Proposed Student Centre Design Wins National Architecture Award

John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) recognized with 2019 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine for revitalization plans.

Brian Osborne, Duncan Sinclair, Peter Harrison
Professors emeriti Brian Osborne, Duncan Sinclair, PhD’63, LLD’00, and Peter Harrison.

Seven Alumni and Professors Emeriti Appointed to Order of Canada

Governor General recognizes members of the Queen's community for their contributions ranging from health care reform to advancing women and minorities in the banking industry.