Employment Equity at Queen's University

Employment Equity is a program designed to ensure that all individuals have a fair chance in the areas of recruitment, hiring, remuneration, promotion and training. It is a program that strives for:

  • A diverse workforce
  • Equitable and fair employment systems

Employment Equity is needed to remove systemic discrimination that has historically disadvantaged particular groups in the area of employment. These groups include Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, women and racialized/visible minority groups. Systemic discrimination includes policies and practices that unintentionally exclude individuals for reasons that are not job-related; not related to ability; and not related to the safe operation of an organization. Equity Services provides a number of services related to Employment Equity, including equity training workshops, data analysis and reporting.


 Employment Equity Facts

Employment Equity Framework

A Comprehensive Strategic Framework for Employment Equity will serve the university in the following ways:

  • Consult community on employment equity matters
  • Develop plans to address employment equity in priority areas
  • Establish shared accountability and responsibility for the recruitment, professional development, and retention of designated equity groups at Queen’s University
  • Strategically prioritize measures to address the goals and requirements of FCP
  • Provide educational opportunities about employment equity to improve understanding of equity issues and the university obligations in federal contractors program compliance

Annual Reports

Terms of Reference

To foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce by: Identifying priorities for actionable changes to eliminate barriers to the hiring, selection, promotion and training of equity deserving group members, reviewing data on the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff from underrepresented groups, Ensuring the implementation of special measures and actions to support the achievement of a representative workforce and monitoring progress on the implementation of PICRDI recommendations relevant to the mandate of the sub-council.


The FSRRS UCARE Sub-Council's work is focused on action items for the Queen’s Employment Equity Plan. The Employment Equity Plan outlines actions under three distinct areas: Recruitment, Retention and Professional Development.


Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Retention and Support Sub-Council Members 2022/2023




Vanessa Yzaguirre

Associate Director

Human Rights and Equity Office

Heather Cole

Senior Advisor and Executive Director

Principal’s Office

Kandice Baptiste

Interim Associate Director

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

Paul Kerekes

Manager, Talent Acquisition

Human Resources

Amanda LaRose

University Faculty Staffing Coordinator

Faculty Relations

Steve Millan

AVP Human Resources

Human Resources

Melissa Morrison 

Acting Senior Director

Human Resources

Nick Mosey

Deputy Provost

Provost Office

Lavonne Hood

AVP Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Human Rights and Equity Office

Lori Stewart

Executive Director

Provost Office

The EELC was created in 2021 with the objective of providing additional support and resources to those on campus that participate in hiring committees, especially in the capacity of Employment Equity Representative.

The EELC will meet three times per year (once per term) and each meeting will explore different topics relevant to the landscape of Employment Equity at the University and across the province. All Employment Equity Representatives will be invited to the event and time will be allocated to answer questions and foster conversation.

The EELC is chaired by Lavonne Hood (AVP Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion) and discuss issues related to legislation such as the Federal Contractors Program, data collection-related processes and equity intervention to address representation gaps. The EELC also support the work of the Faculty and Staff, Recruitment, Retention and Support (FSRRS) UCARE Sub-Council.

Interested individuals should email equity@queensu.ca for information on attending the meetings or for access to resources.


  • Meeting 1: Special Programs - February 1, 2021
  • Meeting 2: Targeted Hiring - March 27, 2023

Employment Equity Listserv

Queen's in committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are deliberately working at creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that enables people to do their best. Some benefits of subscribing to the Listserv are access to:

  • a forum for members to share ideas on how Queen's can attract and retain the best employees
  • opportunities to inform Queen's on employment equity issues
  • updates from Equity Services regarding employment equity

Everyone is welcome to participate! To join, please email equity@queensu.ca.