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Your global alumni network: May 2016

Your global alumni network: May 2016

Branch News

Hamilton-Halton Branch

An evening with Queen’s Chancellor Jim Leech: Alumni and friends from the Hamilton-Halton Branch attended a presentation by Queen’s University’s 14th Chancellor, Jim Leech, MBA ’73, at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton on April 13. Chancellor Leech gave an informative and spirited talk on his expedition to the Magnetic North Pole in 2014 in support of injured soldiers and veterans.

Toronto Branch

Inspiring young alumni to pursue their passion: Around 150 young alumni gathered at the exclusive Spoke Club in February to network and hear from some of Toronto’s most notable young alumni about where their degrees have taken them.

Speakers included:

  • Dan Jacob, Artsci’07, Co-founder, TEDx Toronto and Entrepreneur - Concept7
  • Yanique Williams, Artsci’08, Special Assistant in the Office of the Premier
  • Phil Sager, Sc’03, Manager, Bain & Company
  • Sheldon McCormick, Com'10, Senior Operations Manager at Uber
  • Lisa Mickleborough, Artsci'07, Non Profit Youth Engagement & Communications Specialist

It was a very snowy evening yet alumni braved the cold to rekindle old friendships, make some new ones and infuse the tricolour spirit into what was a dismal night in TO.  Thanks to all who attended and to the fabulous speakers who happily gave up their time for their alma mater. See photos from the Toronto Branch's Facebook event page.

Hong Kong Branch

[photo of Principal Woolf at a Hong Kong Queen's alumni reception]
Photo credit: Derek Szeto/Edmond Chan

Principal Daniel Woolf met alumni at a Hong Kong reception in March. He discussed the Queen’s Comprehensive International Plan and helped give out some tricolour swag. Learn more about the China and Hong Kong trip.

New Branch Leaders

  • OKANAGAN: Eric Isenor, Sc’07, MBA’08, is the new branch contact for the Okanagan Branch, which recently hosted a successful gathering with Queen’s Chancellor Jim Leech, MBA’73. Eric will build on the work of former presidents and long-time volunteers Kim, Artsci’73, and Paul Glen, Sc’74. okanagan_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

  • PERTH: Linda Cuthbertson, Arts’71, is the branch contact for the new Perth and Area Branch. The branch will mark its inaugural year by celebrating significant anniversary years for both Queen's (175th) and the Perth area (200th). pertharea_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

  • MONTREAL: Arlette Boghoskhan, MIR’14, takes over as president of the Montreal Branch. Thank you to Monica Dingle, Com’02, the president for the last six years. Monica continues her work on the branch executive. montreal_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

  • FORT MCMURRAY: Rohan Murti, Sc’10, has stepped down as president of the Fort McMurray Branch as he pursues further education abroad. Thank you for all your work, Rohan!  Welcome to Vincent Jiang, Com’14. fortmcmurray_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

Upcoming Events


June 16 – 26th Annual dinner: The annual dinner, hosted by Kim Sturgess, Sc'77, is a signature event for the Calgary Branch and 2016 marks a special year for both Kim and Queen’s! (See Quid Novi Honorary degree recipients) Come and mingle with the broadest demographic of Queen’s alumni that the Calgary Branch ever attracts.


October 7 – Gaels football game: Cheer on the Queen’s Gaels as they take on the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton. Check out the Queen’s Hamilton-Halton Branch on Facebook for details.


June 29 – Open house: Join us to learn more about the Kingston Branch, its mission to support students and how you can get involved. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a prize draw.

October 15 – Classics Homecoming Reception: As one of Queen’s founding departments, Queen’s Classics is celebrating its 175th anniversary during 2016 and 2017. As part of those celebrations we will be having a Homecoming Reception from 9:45-11:45 am on October 15 in Watson Hall 517. For more information, see the “Queen’s Classics at 175” Facebook page.

175 Drive: The Kingston Branch will be celebrating Queen’s 175th anniversary by continuing its mission to support students. At each event throughout the year, the branch will make a call for donations - 175 of a specific item - that will go directly to the AMS Food Bank. We will be collecting boxes of cereal at the upcoming Cha Gheill Luncheons. Not going to an event, but still want to donate? Contact kingston.branch@tricolour.queensu.ca


June 3 – Alumni reception with David Dodge: Join the Perth and Area Branch at The Stone Cellar as it welcomes Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge, Arts’65, LLD’02. Dr. Dodge will speak on key economic policy challenges facing the new federal government in Ottawa.

Prince Edward Island

Aug. 25 – Annual alumni gathering: Join us from 5 – 7 pm at Fishbones Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill (136 Richmond St.) in Charlottetown.


June 15 – Toronto Branch MiniU event:  Join us for a cocktail reception and presentation by Christian Leuprecht, Professor of Political Science at R.M.C. and Adjunct Professor in Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies.  Dr. Leuprecht will speak on a timely topic: Why bad guys cross borders and what to do about it: a talk on transnational illicit networks, terrorists and organized crime.


Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 – Germany Branch annual meeting: Join us in Berlin on this public holiday weekend. Our host will be Steffonn Chan, Sc’07, who has put together a fun program and reserved rooms in a hotel right in the centre of Berlin by Hackescher Markt/Alexanderplatz at a reasonable price. For details contact Steffonn at steffonn@gmail.com or Branch President Elke Beecken, MEd’84, at elke_beecken@t-online.de.t

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 2-2016]