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Your global alumni network: November 2019 issue

Your global alumni network: November 2019 issue

Upcoming events


Curling on the Cape. The tradition returns to the Cape Cod Curling Club on March 7. Curlers of all ages and abilities are welcome, as are family and friends.


QMP alumni reception. All alumni are invited to attend this annual tradition on Jan. 14. Network with current students participating in the annual Queen’s Model Parliament.  


Gael Force Dinner. Join us at the Fairmont Royal York on March 28 for Queen’s football’s biggest event of the year. All proceeds from the dinner support athletic financial awards for the football program.

SmithConnect Live @ Steam Whistle. Smith MBA and master’s students and alumni are invited to the historic Steam Whistle Brewery for an evening of networking and reminiscing over refreshments at this sixth annual event on June 23. Register in the new year on SmithConnect.com.

Branch event updates


The Germany Branch enjoyed its annual meeting in Aachen, Sept. 20–22. Again, we were spoiled with unbelievably sunny and warm weather. Our host Sebastian Gocht, MSc’86, led us to an original Printenbakery, where we learned everything about the distinctive character of Printen (not to be confused with the well-known Christmas Lebkuchen). After a guided walking tour we were ready for a break in a cozy tearoom. It was so warm that on Saturday night we could even have our dinner outside! We decided to meet for our 2020 get-together in Celle, a small town just north of Hanover in Northern Germany on Sept. 18–20. Details to follow later this year! 

[photo of German alumni at their Aachen get-together]
Members of the Germany Branch in Aachen

Welcome new branch presidents

The Queen’s University Alumni Association would like to extend a warm welcome to our new branch leaders:

Sebastian Escagues,;Sc’09 – Paris Branch

John Hindess, Artsci’05 – Bermuda Branch

Jennifer Speer, Artsci’95 – Okanagan Branch

Rich Wall, Com’15 – Kingston Branch

Queen’s alumni are active in regional branches around the world. Find contact information for a branch or chapter near you:queensu.ca/alumni.

Branch awards

Call for nominations 
Nominations are now open for both the Toronto Branch Award and the Vancouver Branch Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award.

The Toronto Branch Award is presented to Toronto-area alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers, in their volunteer work, in the arts, or in other ways they have contributed to society.

The Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award is presented to an individual in British Columbia who best exemplifies Katie’s outstanding service, passionate advocacy, dedicated support, and contributions to the betterment of our university and our country.

Submit your nominations online by Feb. 21 at queensu.ca/alumni/awards.

Correction:We misidentified one of the alumni volunteers with the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter in the last issue. Our apologies to Elorm Vowotor.

[photo of alumni at a Queen's Black Alumni Chapter event
n the photo above are Yinka Adegbusi, Artsci’13 (Chapter co-president];Sophia Solomon, OT’18 (Chapter communications manager);Elorm Vowotor,Artsci’18,Abas Ibekwe, Artsci’13;Osasuyi Omorogbe, MBA’19;Asha Gordon, Artsci’18 (Chapter co-president); and Hazel Claxton, Com’83 (Chapter mentor). Photo:Kiah O’Flanagan-Tasse, Artsci’19

Queen’s Connects online mentors

[logo for Queen's Connects LinkedIn community]

Queen’s Connects Career Network is a LinkedIn group that connects Queen’s students, staff, faculty, and alumni to start conversations, ask questions, and provide encouragement about career development. Through Queen’s Connects, Queen’s students, new grads, or alumni thinking about switching careers can get advice from other members of the Queen’s community.

To get those connections started, young alumni mentors lead the online discussions, talking about their career paths, networking tips, and answering questions. Here are the mentors for the next six months.

December: Rebecca Rolfe, Artsci’15, MA’16 (Development Studies). Rebecca is the student success facilitator at First Nations Technical Institute in Deseronto.

January: Graeme Matichuk, Artsci’16 (Life Sciences). Graeme is an architectural technologist in Edmonton.

February: Max Garcia, Comp’18. Max is a computer consultant in Toronto.

March: Alex Laidlaw, Artsci’13 (Economics). Alex is a fundraiser for the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation in Calgary.

April: Zoe St. John, Com’02, and Ashley Kelleher, Artsci’12 (Art History), CINTS’12. Zoe is a buyer for T.J. Maxx and Ashley is the digital lead for the British Museum. Both are in London, U.K.

May: Jasmit Kaur De Saffel, Artsci’17 (Politics), CINTS’17. Jasmit is in law school in Toronto.

If you’re not yet a member of Queen’s Connects yet, you can ask to join this Queen’s-only community






[cover illustration of The language issue of the Queen's Alumni Review]