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

Dear fellow alumni and friends,

Queen’s University is closely monitoring the spread of the novel 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 during this time of uncertainty.

The public health guidance we are receiving continues to emphasize not only good personal hygiene practices, but also minimizing close contact among groups of people to restrain the spread of COVID-19. Our events routinely draw people from across Canada and around the world.

For those reasons, all Queen’s-associated discretionary events are cancelled effective immediately, including all public Queen’s alumni and Branch events that have been scheduled through to the end of May of this year.

This includes some of our most beloved annual on-campus events, including the QUAA Awards Gala, the Alumni Volunteer Summit, and off-campus events in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, and the U.K.

These events will be postponed, although no new dates have been scheduled yet. We are making full refunds available to everyone who has purchased a ticket. If you have purchased a ticket, you will automatically receive a refund and a confirmation invoice by email.

We realize that this is an inconvenience for many of you, and I want to assure you that we only took this step after thoughtful consideration.

We are now in the process of exploring opportunities to transition to virtual events where possible.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to keep you informed of our decisions and plans.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to alumni@queensu.ca or call 1-800-267-7837 or 613-533-2060.


Karen Bertrand, Artsci’94

Vice-Principal, Advancement, Queen’s University