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Steam shutdown for multiple buildings on June 28, 2018

A steam shutdown is scheduled for Abramsky Hall, Biosciences Complex (and potentially Earl Hall), Cataraqui Building and the School of Medicine on Thursday, June 28 between 8 am and 6 pm (approximate timing) to permit the operating engineers at the Central Heating Plant to replace a section of steam pipe across from Botterell Hall.

During the shutdown period, there will be no new steam production for domestic hot water tanks, heating systems, commercial kitchens and steam-reliant equipment within the affected buildings.

For more information, please contact Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by email.

Botterell Hall closed on Saturday, July 7, 2018

Botterell Hall will be closed on Saturday, July 7 between 6 am and 6 pm while contractors, working on behalf of Physical Plant Services, perform work on the building’s ventilation system. 

Only those personnel performing critical research will be permitted in the building while this shutdown is in progress. No fume hood activity will be permitted after the shutdown begins and fume hoods should not be used again until flows are verified by Environmental Health & Safety once the contractor’s scope of work is completed.

Board of Trustees welcomes three new members

Marie Delorme (MBA’00), David Sharpe (Law’95) and John Stackhouse (Com’85) appointed to three-year terms.

The Queen’s Board of Trustees has appointed three new members who will bring their individual expertise and experiences to the governance of the university.

Marie Delorme (MBA’00), David Sharpe (Law’95) and John Stackhouse (Com’85) were appointed by the current Board of Trustees to three-year terms that began on June 1.

In line with the university’s overall effort to support diversity and inclusion, the Board of Trustees has actively sought to set the “tone from the top” by increasing the diversity of its membership in recent years.

Dr. Delorme is a Métis originally from Manitoba. Mr. Sharpe is Mohawk and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

“Board diversity is an important step toward fostering a culture that encourages the inclusion of a broad range of views in the governance of the university. Having board members with the necessary mix of skills and who can provide multiple perspectives results in better decisions and strong oversight,” says Don Raymond, Chair, Board of Trustees. “I am certain that the board and Queen’s University will benefit from the additions of Dr. Delorme, Mr. Sharpe, and Mr. Stackhouse. I look forward to working with each and welcome them to the Board of Trustees.”

NEW MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Marie DelormeMarie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She chairs the Chiniki Trico Board, is past chair of the RCMP Foundation Board, and serves on the River Cree Enterprises Board, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. Dr. Delorme is a Member of the Order of Canada, has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce, and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA from Queen’s, and both a PhD and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.

David SharpeDavid Sharpe is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridging Finance Inc., one of Canada's largest private debt firms. Mr. Sharpe has a particular focus on economic development for First Nations and Inuit communities. He is Chair Emeritus of First Nations University of Canada and is also a board member of the Economic Development Corporation for Eabametoong (Fort Hope) First Nation and the vice-chair of the Dean's Council for the Queen’s Faculty of Law. Mr. Sharpe is a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. He has an LLB from Queen’s, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

John StackhouseJohn Stackhouse is Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO at RBC, and is responsible for interpreting trends for the executive leadership team and Board of Directors with insights on how these are affecting RBC, its clients, and society at large. Prior to this, Mr. Stackhouse was editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail (2009-14), editor of Report on Business, and from 1992-1999, a foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, India. He has authored three books: Out of Poverty; Timbit Nation; and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution. He is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, C.D. ‎Howe Institute and on the boards of Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.

Meeting four times a year the Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of Queen’s as it relates to financial matters, property, risk, and external relations, among other items. The board is made up of 25 members – three ex-officio, 10 external, six from University Council, and two faculty, staff, and students.

To learn more about the Board of Trustees, visit the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel webpage.

Reflecting and reconciling

The annual staff barbecue marked National Indigenous Peoples Day through décor and a special art project.

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    It all starts with a plate, and in some cases with a bun, expertly served by Hospitality Services staff and university leaders such as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) Jill Scott. (University Communications)
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    From there, staff added their choice of burger, eggplant parmesan, or other entree options, along with side salad. (University Communications)
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    What meal would be complete without dessert? Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, with assistance from Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), hands a slice of cake to Nour Mazloum of he Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). (University Communications)
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    Hundreds of employees packed Grant Hall and the surrounding area as part of the annual Staff BBQ. (University Communications)
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    Prior to entering Grant Hall, guests had the opportunity to fill out a leaf as part of a 'reconciliation tree', sharing their hopes for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Among those who added their thoughts to the tree: Principal Woolf. (University Communications)

Grant Hall was all decked out in black, red, yellow, and white – the colours of the medicine wheel – for the annual Staff Barbecue, which this year coincided with National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Hundreds of staff and faculty packed the hall to celebrate and look back on the year past and enjoy burgers, eggplant parmesan, coleslaw, pasta salad, cookies, brownies, and other barbecue favourites.

There were several tributes to Indigenous Peoples throughout the lunch, including a special art project. Indigenous students and employees who are members of the Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) brought in a ‘reconciliation tree’ which employees could contribute to.

Inspired by a similar Ontario government initiative, the tree is designed to encourage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to share their hopes for reconciliation. Attendees at the barbecue were asked to complete the sentence, “My hope for reconciliation is…”, write their answer on a leaf, and add it to the tree.

Along with the décor in Grant Hall, the cake featured an Indigenous-inspired design. It included three symbols: a feather, which is considered sacred within First Nations culture; an infinity symbol, which represents the dual identity of Métis people as both European and First Nations; and an Inukshuk, which is an important symbol in Inuit culture.

In addition to being an opportunity for staff and faculty to catch up and look ahead to the summer, the annual Staff Barbecue also serves as an opportunity to gather non-perishable food items for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Food Bank.

After the event, Hospitality Services assisted the Principal’s Office in donating all of the themed balloon bouquets and leftover unused slab cakes to the City of Kingston’s National Indigenous People’s Day event, which was still continuing for a couple of more hours at Confederation Park.

National Indigenous Peoples Day was established by the Canadian federal government to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. To learn more, visit the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website.

Innovation and wellness come together

Construction crews are working to bring the Innovation and Wellness Centre to life.

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    Work continues outside, with landscaping, paving, and other finishing touches well underway. (University Communications)
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    The atrium will be the first stop for many Queen’s students visiting the Innovation and Wellness Centre this fall. (University Communications)
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    This feature staircase, located in the middle of the IWC, provides views into much of the building. (University Communications)
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    The Innovation Hub, located in the southern half of the building, will feature meeting and event space along with other creative resources. (University Communications)
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    The northern end of the IWC will allow students easy passage between the building and the Athletics and Recreation Complex (ARC). (University Communications)
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    The gym floors from the three gyms which resided within the Physical Education Centre (PEC) are being repurposed as a third-floor feature wall. (University Communications)
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    Major work on the basement will commence this fall. This section will be part of the high performance training centre for varsity student athletes. (University Communications)

Work continues at a steady pace on the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) site, with some key areas of the building taking shape.

“It is exciting to see how far this ambitious and highly complex facility has come, and we eagerly look forward to its opening later this year,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “We are adopting a phased approach to the opening to help us best meet the needs of the Queen’s community and our obligations to our government supporters.”

The university is scheduled to open phases of the building this fall, including the atrium, Innovation Hub, some classrooms, and some of the Athletics and Recreation spaces. 

The final sections, including the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre and most of the upper floors, will open starting in January 2019.

The creation of the IWC was made possible through $50 million in philanthropic support, and an additional $22 million contributed by the federal and Ontario governments.

To learn more about the Innovation and Wellness Centre, visit queensu.ca/connect/innovationandwellness.

Building inclusion into the workplace

Physical Plant Services organized a one-hour lunch and learn to help their employees interact with those who are Deaf.

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One of Llynwen Osborne’s (left) inspirations for hosting the sign language lunch and learn was James Bailey (right), a Deaf employee with PPS. (University Communications)

Don’t be surprised if you see Physical Plant Services (PPS) employees using more sign language in their work.

Recently, PPS held a ‘Lunch and Learn’ that educated employees about Deaf culture, proper etiquette when interacting with those who are Deaf, and American Sign Language (ASL). The workshop was facilitated by a pair of presenters from the Canadian Hearing Society. 

“This training was identified as something PPS employees would benefit from in working with Deaf colleagues and clients,” says Llynwen Osborne, who organized the workshop on behalf of PPS. “It is important to demonstrate our support and respect for the challenges that Deaf people face in the workplace.”

There was an interesting twist for participants, as one of the presenters was herself Deaf. She signed her portion of the presentation to the group while an ASL interpreter orated to the class. The group experienced first-hand what it is like to rely on an interpreter to participate in an information session.

Deaf staff members also participated in the workshop, sharing their experience and explaining their communications preferences.

Communication Tips from the Canadian Hearing Society

• To get the person’s attention, tap them on the shoulder or wave your hand.

• Maintain eye contact with the person

• If the person can read lips, talk at a moderate pace and keep your hands away from your face

• Engage in written communication (text, email, or hand written notes)

• Talk TO the person, not at the person

• Use body language (within reason) to help communicate what you are trying to say

“The workshop taught me about proper etiquette and a few simple signs, and it has changed the way I work,” says Jesse Bambrick, another PPS employee. “It’s a hard habit to break, but I know now when I am in meetings I need to look at my Deaf colleagues so they have a chance to pick up on what I am saying. This has opened the door for me to ask more questions, and I am interested in learning more in the future.”

The presentation covered topics such as appropriate terminology to use when referring to Deaf people; polite ways to get the attention of a Deaf person; different modes of communication such as writing, signals, and signing; and some introductory ASL, including general phrases like “hello” and “goodbye” along with more job-specific words such as “plumber” and “grounds”.

“It was nice to have such a good turnout for this session because it shows support for our Deaf colleagues,” says Ms. Osborne. “Both have exceptional skills in communicating with hearing people so it was nice for them to see us trying as well.”

As a follow-up to this session, an additional lunch and learn session focused on work-specific signs could be organized for PPS staff in the future. 

Four Directions moves out

An expansion is underway at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, with a planned re-opening this fall.

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    144 Barrie – the new addition to Four Directions – will feature a large main floor room dedicated to ceremonies. (University Communications)
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    The ground floor of 144 Barrie will include a library, meeting space, and a cultural and ceremonial room. (Supplied Photo
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    The upper floor of 144 Barrie features some programming and quiet space, along with Four Directions office staff space. (Supplied Photo)
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    The former kitchen at Four Directions Aboriginal Student centre has been gutted, and will be expanded and moved to the front of the building. This area will become part of a meeting and multi-purpose room. (University Communications)
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    The ground floor of 146 Barrie will include an expanded kitchen and meeting space. (Supplied Photo)
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    146 Barrie's upper floor features more office and programming room. (Supplied Photo)
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    When opening up the walls at 144 and 146 Barrie, workers found an old newspaper ad from 1893. (Supplied Photo)

Back in the fall, it was announced that Four Directions would expand from its home in 146 Barrie to include the neighbouring house.

Now, with the insides of both 144 and 146 Barrie Street torn down to the plaster, work will soon begin on putting the expanded and renovated Four Directions back together in time for the fall.

Once work is complete, the two houses will feature a cultural and ceremonial room, a library, a larger kitchen, multiple meeting rooms, and programming space, along with added office space for staff.

This expansion of Four Directions aligns with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation task force, which called on Queen’s to develop centralized space for Indigenous activities and the celebration of Indigenous traditions, and to enhance the visibility of Indigenous communities at Queen’s and promote inclusive learning and community spaces on campus. 

Recommendation 13 specifically called on Queen's to "Expand Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and ensure that it is appropriately staffed and resourced to adequately support expanding enrolment of Aboriginal students".

While workers were prepared for anything when they began work up the 19th-century homes, you never quite know what you will find when you open up the walls of older buildings.

Contractors working on 144 and 146 Barrie got an interesting lead on a furniture supplier, albeit over a century too late. An ad from 1893 was found during demolition work.

While construction is underway, Four Directions staff will still be available. They are currently located in Victoria Hall. To learn more, visit queensu.ca/fdasc

Maintaining Mohawk identity

Queen’s University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na are partnering to deliver a certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture.

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Callie Hill, Director of Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Culture Centre, looks on as Nathan Brinklow, Lecturer in the Mohawk Language and Culture certificate program, speaks at the launch event. (Photo by Katherine Kopiak)

Language forms a critical part of identity. Canada’s Indigenous languages form not only part of the country’s cultural mosaic but also carry history and meaning for millions of people from coast to coast to coast.

Yet, of the 60 unique Indigenous languages recognized by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Canada, all but one (Inuktitut) are considered critically endangered. A 2009 report from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) found that dozens of Indigenous languages in Canada were ‘near death’, and that Canada had the fifth highest number of endangered languages in the world.

In 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission called on the government and the higher education sector to increase their support for Indigenous language revitalization. The intent was to ensure the languages would be passed onto the next generation, and that credentialed programs would be created to educate others in these languages.

On National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018, Queen’s University announced a partnership with Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na which would see the two organizations work together to deliver a certificate program in Mohawk Language and Culture in the community of Tyendinaga.

“To move forward in a good way, it is imperative that we forge strong alliances – such as this partnership – to ensure that we as an institution are responding appropriately to the recommendations of the TRC and to the needs of local Indigenous communities,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “This certificate is distinctive in the way it provides training in both Mohawk language and culture directly to members of the Tyendinaga community, and I am proud that Queen’s is a part of this important initiative.”

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na is based in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and is dedicated to the revitalization of the Mohawk language, culture, and worldviews.

“We have been delivering Mohawk language and culture courses in the Tyendinaga community since 2004,” says Callie Hill, Director of Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Culture. “What is new and unique about this certificate is our partnership with Queen’s University and fact that students who complete the certificate will be able to apply their credits towards a degree at Queen’s. These university credits are definitely an added bonus for our students.”

The courses will be delivered by Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This certificate will provide students knowledge of the Mohawk language while embedding the students in culturally rich learning experiences. Courses will introduce students to the many traditions, histories, and worldviews of the Mohawk people.

The certificate is intended to be completed over two years. Completing the course will involve both in-person instruction along with homework and some online learning.

Thanyehténhas (Nathan Brinklow) is Turtle Clan from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and will be one of the certificate’s instructors. Mr. Brinklow also teaches Mohawk language courses at Queen’s, but he grew up without speaking or understanding Mohawk.

“I did sing hymns with my grandmother, which sparked my interest in the language leading to me learning Mohawk as an adult,” he says. “In my experience, language and culture are inseparable. Mohawk is a vivid language that allows the speaker to see how previous generations encountered and interacted with the world.”

This launch follows the creation of an on-campus Indigenous Languages and Cultures certificate program, focused on Mohawk, Anishinaabemowin, and Inuktitut languages and cultures.

For more information on this new program, visit queensu.ca/artsci/mohawk

New fund to support Indigenous art at the Agnes

The Dodge Family Foundation is helping the Agnes Etherington Art Centre learn more about its Indigenous art collection.

A new fund will help the Agnes Etherington Art Centre discover the history behind some of its most important artifacts in order to guide future collection building.

The Dodge Family Indigenous Art Collection Research Fund has been established with a generous donation from Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge (Arts’65, LLD’02) and his wife, Christiane (Arts’65), to support the gallery in developing a strategy to grow its Indigenous art collection as a powerful asset for research and learning at the university and to encourage fellow alumni, friends, and faculty to support Indigenous arts at Queen’s.

“Our Indigenous art collection has accrued over a long period, and as a result, it’s quite eclectic,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. “Our knowledge about the collection is uneven. Some of the pieces we know a lot about, others very little. Research must be done to ascertain cultures of origin and materials.”

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Kwakwaka'wakw or Ts’msyan (Tsimshian) artist, Frontlet, undated, wood, paint, abalone shell, metal and hide. Gift of Dr. Archibald Malloch, 1910. This frontlet was used in a stirring performance by Mike and Mique’l Dangeli, of the internationally renowned Northwest Coast Git Hayetsk Dancers, at The Isabel in 2016. (Supplied Photo)

Alicia Boutilier, Chief Curator and Curator of Canadian Historical Art, says the fund will allow the Agnes to connect with communities where objects originated, including Inupiaq, Yupik, and Athabascan communities of the northwestern subarctic region.

“We are inviting knowledge keepers from that region to work with us to review and engage with the objects to give us a better understanding of what we have that’s beyond a typical museum record,” says Ms. Boutilier. “With that knowledge, we’ll have a better sense of how to move forward — what we can exhibit, how we can expand it, how we can display it, how we can even store it.”

An example of the knowledge the gallery is aiming to expand upon was realized when the internationally renowned Northwest Coast Git Hayetsk Dancers visited the collection prior to their performance at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in 2016.

During their visit, one of the artists, Mique’l Dangeli, discovered a frontlet — a headpiece made from wood, paint, abalone shell, metal, and hide — made by a Kwakwaka'wakw or Ts’msyan (Tsimshian) artist she believed originated from her people. She shared that, in her culture, a frontlet is used in ceremonial dance and worked with the gallery to incorporate it into their performance. With the help of conservator Amandina Anastassiades, students in the Master of Art Conservation program constructed a cradle to ensure the piece would be protected during the event.

“We were especially interested in Mique’l Dangeli’s knowledge about the traditional use of the piece — which she described as a cultural being — given we had very little information,” says Ms. Allen.

In addition to cultural insights, the Agnes will consult with a range of experts to define its goals in relation to its Indigenous art collection. This will include developing a strategy to assess potential acquisitions with research and learning in mind.

“The addition of this fund will bring us access to extraordinary expertise to advance our collection in tandem with the growth across campus of Indigenous studies and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Implementation,” says Ms. Allen. “We need to discern where these welcome resources will be placed to ensure our work is sensitive and well-informed.”

The Dodges say their intention is to support that growing knowledge with the creation of the fund.

“Other Canadian, European and, to some extent, Inuit art has been looked at more closely and the knowledge about it has been developed over time,” says Christiane Dodge. “But, as far as I know, not that much knowledge is available about Indigenous art. It’s about time the University and the rest of the world looked at that. We hope that others will join in supporting this fund.”

Ms. Allen says the creation of a fund is timely.

“A gift like the Dodges’ is especially exciting because it meets the demands of the moment,” she says. “We’re at a time where, in order to move ahead, we need to cultivate the knowledge and participation of specific communities and there’s a cost associated with that. This is a visionary gift.”

For more information on The Dodge Family Indigenous Art Collection Research Fund or to donate, visit givetoqueens.ca

This article originally appeared on the Queen's Alumni website.

Introducing our new faculty members: Mohamed Khimji

Mohamed Khimji joins the Faculty of Law as the David Allgood Professor in Business Law.

This profile is part of a series highlighting some of the new faculty members who have recently joined the Queen's community as part of the principal's faculty renewal plans, which will see 200 new faculty members hired between 2017-18 and 2022-23.

Mohamed Khimji (Law) sat down with the Gazette to talk about his experience so far. Mr. Khimji is the David Allgood Professor in Business Law.

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Mohamed Khimji joined Queen's as the David Allgood Professor in Business Law. (Supplied Photo)
Fast Facts About Mr. Khimji

Department: Law

Hometown: Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Alma mater: London School of Econonmics and Political Science (LL.M.)

Research areas: Shareholder democracy, business law

Hobbies include: Champions League football (soccer), listening to Indie pop music, cooking

Mr. Khimji's web bio
Why did you decide to join Queen’s Faculty of Law?
I have been in academia for a while now. I started at Dalhousie University in the Law school there, and later taught at the University of Western Ontario where I became a chair in corporate finance during my last year. Then the opportunity came up at Queen’s to take on the David Allgood professorship, which struck me as a very interesting and exciting opportunity.
For this role, the Faculty of Law was looking for someone to provide leadership to the business law program and increase its research profile. The opportunity to drive this initiative was very appealing. As an academic, it is an opportunity to go beyond teaching and research and to get involved in administration.
If you look at the major areas of practice, Queen’s is very strong in all of them. This is about taking the business law program a step further.
What got you interested in business law?
Like a lot of law students, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. Business law is the default thing to do. It’s easy to default into it because the business law firms tend to have a very structured hiring program – if you just flow through it, you get a job and you get into it.
I happened to like it, so I stayed in it and I went to graduate school. I got a bit lucky…I took a leave of absence from my firm to do a master’s with a plan to leave my firm and do a PhD later. Once I published my LLM thesis, Dalhousie offered me a job – I didn’t need to obtain my PhD.
It made no sense to move to Nova Scotia, but when you’re young and naïve you make bolder decisions. So I packed up my car, moved to Halifax, and that started my teaching career.
How has teaching been at Queen’s?
I very much enjoy teaching at Queen’s and I like the students. They’re very smart and engaged. I think Queen’s students are especially nice to deal with as people. I get along with them very well, and part of that might be my leadership role in the business law department.
One thing I want to do is help the students to be more successful here. I want more of them to get the big business law jobs, I want more of them to be successful when they get those jobs. The learning curve is quite steep and I want them to be as prepared as possible, so I engage with them in terms of where we might improve.
Tell us about your research.
Last year I won a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development grant for a five-year empirical study on shareholder democracy.
This is a big corporate governance issue right now – the extent to which we allocate power to shareholders and management. There are different opinions about what is best for society, what is best for capital markets.
I want to find out why shareholders engage and how shareholders engage, and the extent to which they engage.
What I am working on now is a qualitative study where I am interviewing the different players in the shareholder democracy infrastructure. The interviews are necessary to find out information that is not publicly available.
After this, I want to combine some quantitative analysis with the publicly available information and make some policy recommendations.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I have been in academia long enough where some of my earliest students are now quite senior in the profession. My proudest moment is when I had one of my former students come back to my class to deliver a guest lecture.
This student was a partner in a transactional law practice and he gave a lecture in my mergers and acquisitions class. That was a very proud moment – the student coming back to teach the teacher.
How are you settling in?
My family and I have been living in Toronto. We enjoy the time we spend in Kingston, however. I like the small town community feel. I like bumping into people on my way to work and on my way home from work – I like knowing who my neighbours are.
I find I don’t bump into my students as much as you might think in a city this size – which means I don’t see them in compromising situations and they don’t see me in compromising situations!
The Faculty of Law is great and has been very welcoming. It’s an exciting time to be here with the hiring of seven new faculty members starting in July. We have become more diverse in terms of subject matters and methodologies.
I am also looking forward to working with Robert Yalden again. We will be working closely together as he was appointed the inaugural Stephen Sigurdson Professor in Corporate Law and Finance.
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Walking the halls of the Faculty of Law building, Mr. Khimji's office is not hard to spot. (University Communications)
Any hobbies or interests?
I love football (or soccer as Canadians like to call it) and I cheer for Liverpool in the Champions League.
When I was growing up in Tanzania, you could support one of two football teams. It was either Liverpool or Manchester United. My family happened to frequent this teashop that supported Liverpool, so they became my team. It has been an exciting season – Liverpool reached the final, but then lost quite badly in the final.
I also really enjoy cooking. Right now I am interested in Sichuan cuisine and I am a huge Fuchsia Dunlop fan. She is a food writer who went to the famous Sichuan cooking school for a year. I use her books…I love the spice.
And, of course, taking care of my son who is five months old!

Faculty Renewal

Principal Daniel Woolf has identified faculty renewal as a high priority for reinvestment by the university in support of the academic mission. The five-year renewal plan, launched in 2017, will see 200 new faculty hired, which nearly doubles the hiring pace of the previous six years.

Faculty renewal supports Queen’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by giving the university the opportunity to seek, proactively, representation from equity-seeking groups such as women, people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and racialized individuals. It will also build on Queen’s current areas of research strength.

To learn more about the Principal’s faculty renewal plans, read this Gazette article. Stay tuned for additional new faculty profiles in the Gazette.

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