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News Release - Calgary volunteer and business leader Leslie O'Donoghue to be honoured

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

CALGARY – The Calgary Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association will honour community leader and dedicated volunteer Leslie O’Donoghue during an event in Calgary Thursday.

O’Donoghue, who graduated from the Queen’s Faculty of Law in 1988, is receiving the Johnson Award, the highest honour given by the Calgary Branch for both her service to the university and the city.

“When we are making a positive impact in the community, we pay it forward” said O’Donoghue when asked why she chooses to volunteer in the Calgary community. “We gain perspective, empathy, and a sense of purpose; critical in today’s challenging economic times.”

O’Donoghue is currently the Executive Vice President of the multibillion-dollar agriculture company Nutrien. Outside of her career, she is a former Director of the United Way of Calgary and Area and was co-chair of its 2012 annual campaign that raised more than $55 million. She also served on many advisory boards and committees with organizations such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, YWCA, and Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

O’Donoghue is passionate about helping women advance their careers. She established a network at Agrium (now Nutrien) to provide mentoring and developmental opportunities for women within the company. She has also been named to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada list numerous times.

While living in Calgary, Leslie has maintained ties to Queen’s University, serving on the Faculty of Law’s Dean’s Council and the Queen’s Law Alberta Alumni Committee, as well as supporting the university philanthropically.

About the Calgary Branch Johnson Award

The Johnson Award was established in 2001 and is given to a Queen’s graduate who is based in Calgary and has made lifelong contributors to Queen’s, the alumni association, and the Calgary community. Previous recipients include Michael Casey, Joe Lougheed, Mike Rose, and Sue Riddell Rose.

Event Details

What: Johnson Award Celebration in honour of Leslie O’Donoghue

When: 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7

Where: The Commons, 1206 20 Ave. SE, Calgary

Website: www.queensu.ca/alumni/events/2019-09-19/johnson-award-celebration

Photos are available upon request. For more information, contact Queen’s University Advancement Marketing and Communications Officer Michael Onesi (613-533-6000 ext. 78063 or Michael.Onesi@Queensu.ca).