Jeff Brown graduated from Queen’s University with a BA in Religious Studies in 2008. Jeff remembers working at Walkhome and the Queen’s Pubfondly. While at Queen’s Jeff was active in Arts and Science Orientation Week, the Women’s Issues Committee, and eventually took on the role of Social Issues Commissioner (SIC) with the AMS. Upon graduation, Jeff moved to Halifax to complete his Masters of Public Administration at Dalhousie University; he also acted as the Vice President of Student Life – Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students.
Upon graduation Jeff moved home to Toronto and started his career with BMO Financial Group. Starting in Diversity & Inclusion, Jeff saw many parallels in his SIC role to his job at BMO; he worked closely with Employee Resource Groups, supported training & development, and helped lead public relations programs. Jeff then deepened his experience in Human Resources by becoming an HR Business Partner for BMO’s retail branch network in Toronto and then was hired into his current role as Senior Advisor to the Chief HR Officer for BMO Financial Group.
In his free time Jeff has joined forces with friends to raise money for Ontario based LGBT charities. Jeff also volunteers for Cycle Toronto, an organization seeking to create a safe cycle network in the city.
Paul Chaput is Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. Like his mother, he attended Dubuc, a Roman Catholic residential school in the village of St. Adolphe operated by the francophone Sisters of the Cross. Fortunately, students living in the village returned home each day.
Paul was the Aboriginal consultant, for the creation and the delivery of the curriculum to train 37 former judges and lawyers as adjudicators for the Canada’s Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, an alternative to the Indian Residential School’s litigation process. Paul facilitated all sessions in which former students recounted their experiences of abuse while attending residential schools.
Paul recently completed his PhD at Queen’s researching the use of film to return academic findings to the Six Nations community. His film: Planting Stories, Feeding Communities, can be viewed at http://www.plantingstories.ca/ The password is: PlantingStories
Precia Darshan is a third-year Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration student with the Faculty of Law and Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.
Precia has an immense passion for business and law, and aspires to practise corporate law. She completed her undergraduate degree in Finance at the University of Toronto, and has worked at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Mercer and TD Canada Trust. As a Student Caseworker for the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, Precia provided pro bono legal assistance to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
In the Queen’s community, Precia volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Queen’s Law Journal and the Queen’s Senate Educational Equity Committee. She also served as the Sponsorship Chair for the Law Students’ Society Orientation Committee and as an Events Coordinator for the Law Students’ Society Equity and Diversity Committee. She is a Women in Leadership club member, a Student Ambassador and a Teaching Assistant at the Smith School of Business.
Apart from work and school, Precia enjoys competitive sport, plays three instruments and is the proud owner of a 10-year old Border Collie, Maybelle.
Adam Gaudry is Métis and currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Adam’s research explores nineteenth-century Métis political thought, the formation of a Metis-Canada treaty relationship in 1870, and the subsequent non-implementation of that agreement. This project argues for the ongoing existence a “Manitoba treaty” between the Métis people and Canada necessitates the maintenance of a respectful and bilateral political relationship between the treaty partners. This work is being revised into a book for publication.
Adam received his Ph.D. from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and his MA ’09 in Sociology and BAH ’07 in Political Studies from Queen’s University. For his doctoral research on historic Métis-Canada relations, Adam received the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship at Yale University. He is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Métis Treaties Project.
Adam has published articles in Native American and Indigenous Studies, The Wicazo Sa Review, aboriginal policy studies, and the Canadian Journal of Native Education along with chapters in edited collections on Métis identity, research ethics, and methodology.
Melanie Gray is an alumni of Queen’s University (16′) who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Honours in Art History and a minor in Indigenous studies who currently resides in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Throughout her time at Queen’s she was a member, and for two terms President, of the Queen’s Native Student Association. She is currently attending the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Her hope is to be able to take this knowledge and combine it with traditional Indigenous arts and mediums to promote healing in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.
Julie Harmgardt is a recent graduate of Queen’s University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in French Literature (2012), graduating with Distinction and Juris Doctor (2016). Volunteerism has always been an integral part of Julie’s life. Demonstrating her passion for volunteering, Julie has extensive experience in a broad range of long term volunteer initiatives involving senior citizens, environmental promotion, equity, and diversity and inclusion. In 2009, in her desire to foster inclusive communities, Julie founded InvisAbilities, an organization dedicated to promoting awareness, education and support of young adults living with hidden, chronic illness (www.invisabilities.org). InvisAbilities deconstructs misconceptions associated with “invisible” conditions (e.g. arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, etc.). In 2014, Julie worked as a legal intern in New Delhi, India, at the Human Rights Law Network, a non-governmental organization that provides free legal aid to marginalized groups.
Julie’s commitment to volunteering has been acknowledged with the Queen’s Faculty of Law Dean’s Council Diversity Award, Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund Award, GenNext Top 20 Under 40 Award, Queen’s University Steve Cutway Accessibility Award, YMCA Peace Medal and the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers.
In her spare time Julie loves to travel the world, meeting new people, learning about other cultures and making new friends.
Maria Aurora Nunez holds a first-class honours degree in psychology from the University of Calgary and a Juris Doctor law degree from Queen’s University. While at the University of Calgary, she also studied in a Master of Architecture program, where she proved to be a successful student advocate, before making a move to law.
Maria has received repeated recognition for her advocacy and leadership including: an Ontario Bar Association Foundation Writing Award, Women’s Law Association of Ontario/ Aird & Berlis LLP Advocacy Award, Calgary Herald Class Act Award, Queen’s Law Diversity Award, publication in the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review, and even a psychology publication in the Journal of Neuropharmacology. Maria founded the Queen’s Disability and Mental Heath Law Club and has worked with various organizations, ranging from the Ontario Human Rights Commission to the Law Commission of Ontario.
Maria is also an artist – a poet, song writer, and oil painter. She helped to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Queen’s Human Rights Office by contributing to the “Woman Recreated Mosaic Project.” Her artwork has been published by the Calgary Herald and the First Calgary Bank, and can occasionally be seen on display at the Passionate Artisans Gallery in Kingston.
Coming from a family of political refugees, Maria believes that it is important to stay true to yourself and to do your best, despite adversity. The brave person is not the one who does not have fear, but is the one who continues to dream despite it, and if you can try to improve the community in the process, all the better! Maria loves meeting new people and welcomes getting connected at: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/marianunezart
Beckham Ronaghan is the LGBTQ+ Youth Coordinator for the Positive Space Network in the Halton Region (Burlington, Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills). They coordinate LGBTQ+ youth programming, support and education services. Beckham has worked with queer and trans/gender non-conforming youth and families in various capacities for the past 8 years. They graduated from Queen’s University in 2012 with a BAH in Gender Studies and a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. In their spare time Beckham loves to hang out with their partner and their pooch Mathilda on the trails around Guelph, Ontario where they live.
Theresa (Randolph) Yamson is the Regional Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) Champion responsible for continuous improvement within Nestlé Central & West Africa.
She is a Chemical Engineer graduate of Queen’s University ( Sci ’95) and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley College UK, as well as a Masters in Process Technology & Management from Strathclyde University, Scotland.
She started her career with Unilever Ghana Ltd, working in various roles in the Foods Business at home in Ghana, then later, South Africa & UK. She was expatriated to South Africa in 2005 to the Regional Innovation Centre, focusing on process development in Culinary, Fats & Oils.
In 2010 she joined Nestlé Central West Africa Region (CWAR) handling Innovation for MAGGI, a major brand in the Nestlé portfolio in the region. She moved on to head Category Management for MAGGI for francophone West Africa (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo & Benin) and then later assisting the Market Head of CWAR to develop Strategy for the Region. Thereafter she increased her commercial exposure working with the Sales Department, in Nestlé Ghana, helping the team to establish the full potential of Modern Trade in a developing market.
For her, her family and friends are a constant fount of support amidst the chaos of life, and she loves to go on evening walks just to dream and unwind.
Images for Paul, Precia and Julie by Greg Black Photography