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Your global alumni network: February 2016 edition

Your global alumni network: February 2016 edition

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Connecting in Hong Kong: Kellogg Ngai, Artsci’97, sent us this photo from an Ontario University alumni luncheon in Hong Kong in November. Seen here, Conrad Chan, Artsci’'92, Ontario Premier
Kathleen Wynne, Artsci’77, Edith Law, Sc’96, and Ian Burchett, Artsci’82, and Canada’s consul general to Hong Kong. Premier Wynne was in Hong Kong for a trade mission.

Branch Awards

Kingston Branch

The Kingston Branch is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Padre Laverty and Jim Bennett Awards. John Meisel, CC, LLD’96, and Leslee Thompson, NSc’84, are being honoured on May 26 at Queen’s University. Dr. Meisel will receive the Padre Laverty Award for his iconic spirit and inspiring contributions to Queen’s and Canada. Dr. Meisel, Professor Emeritus (Political Studies), is a well-known member of the Queen’s family. He is recognized nationally as a former chair of the CRTC, fellow and former chair of the Royal Society of Canada and a companion of the Order of Canada. Ms. Thompson will receive the Jim Bennett Achievement Award for her innovative and transformative leadership in the delivery of health care in Kingston and beyond. As president and CEO of the Kingston General Hospital, she has led critically important changes to further modernize the hospital. Registration will be available online at events.queensu.ca.

Ottawa Branch

The Ottawa Branch is pleased to announce Hugh Winsor, Arts’64, as the recipient of the 2016 Agnes Benidickson Award. The award, the branch’s highest honour, is being presented to Mr. Winsor for his contributions to Canada’s political landscape as a national journalist, his commitment to the protection of the freedom of the press, and his ongoing dedication to, and mentorship of, Queen’s students. Join us for a reception in Mr. Winsor’s honour in April at the Rideau Club. Register online at events.queensu.ca.

New branch presidents

Jenn Pelley, MPA’09, is taking on the role of president of the Ottawa Branch of the QUAA. Jenn is taking over from Jeff Bird, Sc’01, who served as both branch contact and president for the last two years. Thanks to Jeff for his contributions to the Ottawa Branch and our global alumni network, and welcome to Jenn! To volunteer or connect with the Ottawa Branch, contact ottawa_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

Nicholas Godwin, Artsci’11, is the president-elect for the Calgary Branch. Nick has a long track record of great initiatives within the branch and has revolutionized the way it engages its volunteers. Nick takes over from Adam Shetler, Sc’08, in April. The Calgary Branch looks forward to an exciting and successful 2016!

Upcoming events



April 18 – Semi-annual luncheon: The Brockville Branch and the Rotary Clubs of Brockville are pleased to welcome David Walker, Meds’71, to speak at their luncheon at the Brockville Country Club. Tickets are $20. Contact Cheryl Johnston at 613-342-8688 or email brockville_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca for more details. Register by April 15.


March to the Pole with Chancellor Leech: Join us April 13 at 7 pm at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton. Queen’s University Chancellor Jim Leech, MBA’73, will give a presentation to local alumni about his trip with the True Patriot Love Foundation to the North Pole. Get ready to be inspired!


March 22-24 and 30 – Three-minute thesis: 3MT® is a university-wide competition for Queen’s graduate students in which participants discuss their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students. Heats will take place March 22 - 24 in B176 Mackintosh Corry Hall (lecture theatre). The final will take place March 30, starting at 4:30 pm, venue TBD. Updates: www.queensu.ca/3mt.

April 11 – Cha Gheill luncheon: Join us for a talk by John Smol, PhD’82 (School of Environmental Studies). Dr. Smol will speak on Arctic environments, lake mud and climate change: a window on the past and a view to the future.


May 11 – Over 50s luncheon: Tricia Baldwin, Director, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, will speak to the semi-annual luncheon of the Over 50s group of the Ottawa Branch. Her topic will be Queen’s House of Dreams: the Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts. Come join us in a most pleasant locale for an authoritative and lively presentation about the latest major addition to the Queen’s campus.



March 19 – Alumni funspiel: Try your hand at curling! Join us at the Cape Cod Curling Club from 12:30 to 3 pm. No matter your skill level, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to play the game, and the hospitality of the Cape Cod Curling Club in beautiful Falmouth, Mass. Family and friends are welcome. Registration fees will include instruction, equipment and time for some games.

Las Vegas

March 2-4 – Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA reunion: Celebrate 10 years of the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program in Las Vegas with a mix of networking, learning and reconnecting. Reminisce on the MBA experience and take advantage of keynote presentations from Cornell and Queen’s professors.



March 15 and 17 – Principal’s receptions: Join Principal Daniel Woolf for a reception in Hong Kong (March 15) and Beijing (March 17). In true Queen’s fashion, we will gather for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to reconnect, reminisce and discover what is happening at Queen’s.

London, U.K.

Tricolour reception: Watch the alumni events calendar to be in the know about an early March visit by Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison to the U.K., including a special reception in London.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1-2016]