The Innovation and Wellness Centre will be a place where every aspect of campus life intersects. It will be a place where students from all programs come to access wellness services and learn about entrepreneurship supports on campus, and it will also be a place that supports leading-edge engineering education and research.
“We are incredibly grateful to the federal and provincial governments, as well as the countless generous donors who have made this investment in the future of Queen’s. Their investments will enhance innovation programming at Queen’s and strengthen the university’s position in world-leading research.”
Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
The new facility will be home to expanded engineering facilities, collaboration and experiential learning spaces, and state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research laboratories exploring emerging topics such as human-machine collaboration.
The Innovation Hub, home to facilities and programs that are integral to Queen’s Campus-Linked Accelerator such as the SparQ Studios and the highly successful Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, will drive innovation and entrepreneurship activity in our community by providing students with the resources, mentors, and networks that will help transform ideas into products and services.
A Wellness Centre, funded through philanthropy, will be co-located in the revitalized building to provide Queen’s with the flexibility to meet the rising demand across the spectrum of wellness services including for health, counselling, sexual assault, and mental health-related services.
The co-location of innovation and wellness services, a recommendation of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, will blend academic, recreational and other student life activities, and will emphasize to our students the important relationships that connect mental health, physical well-being, and academic success.
The Innovation and Wellness Centre is built upon the former physical footprint of the Physical Education Centre (PEC). The PEC was always a place where students, staff, and faculty came to together to pursue their extracurricular interests and their health and fitness; the IWC continues this tradition.
This centre will have a profound and meaningful impact on the entrepreneurial ambitions of Queen’s students, on their overall health and well-being, and on the university’s research prominence. The university wishes to thank all the benefactors, as well as the federal and provincial governments, for their investment in Queen’s University students which made this cutting-edge centre a reality.
Planning is underway for the formal opening of the Innovation and Wellness Centre in the fall of 2018, and you are invited to check back regularly to this website for progress updates.