An electric vehicle advocate and a former politician who is trying to create more affordable housing through 3D printing construction technology are among the five members of the Queen’s community who made the Maclean’s 2023 Power List, which ranks 100 Canadians shaping our country.
The recipients were divided into 10 categories including political back-roomers, health-care innovators, and electric-vehicle entrepreneurs.
Here is a look at the five Queen’s community members who made the magazine's list and the impact they are making on Canada.
Ian Arthur, MPA'21, Co-Founder, Nidus3d
Category: Real Estate Reformers
Arthur is the former NDP MPP for Kingston and the Islands. He chose not to run for re-election in 2022 and is now the co-founder of Nidus3D, a startup specializing in 3D printing of construction materials, which offers a quick and affordable way to build a home.
John Brodhead, Artsci’00, Director of Policy for the Prime Minister’s Office
Category: Political Back-Roomers
Broadhead leads the prime minister’s team of policy advisers, who work on major issues such as creating more housing supply and the $196-billion health-care funding agreement between the federal and provincial governments.
Cara Clairman, Artsci’88, President & CEO, Plug'n Drive
Category: EV (Electric Vehicle) Entrepreneurs
Clairman is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the not-for-profit Plug’n Drive, a leader in Canada’s electric vehicle industry, which encourages commuters to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of driving electric. Plug’n Drive now has a location in Toronto where visitors can test-drive an electric vehicle.
Ted Fleming, Sc’01, Artsci’02, Founder & CEO, Partake Brewing
Category: Food Titans
After making dietary changes because of a Crohn’s disease diagnosis in 2005, Fleming realized what he missed most was the social connections of going out with friends for a drink. Switching to non-alcoholic beer introduced him to a retail space that had been neglected by brewers and the hospitality industry. Partake Brewing launched six years ago and now 5,000 stores in North America offer Fleming’s brew and Partake is one of the bestselling non-alcoholic beer brands in Canada. Fleming was profiled in a 2022 Queen’s Alumni Review magazine article.
Diana Matheson, current EMBA student, Co-Founder & CEO, Project 8
Category: Sports Stars
Matheson is a soccer player who represented Canada at three Summer Olympics, earning two bronze medals. Now she and fellow Canadian soccer player Christine Sinclair are planning to launch an eight-team women’s soccer league in Canada by 2025.