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Recognising dedicated Kingston alumni

[Kingston Alumni Awards]
Peng-Sang Cau, left, is being honoured for her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in Kingston’s business development, while David Pattenden, right,  is being honoured for his remarkable and multifaceted contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities. (Supplied Photos)

Prominent Kingston businessperson/philanthropist Peng-Sang Cau (BCom’94) and active Queen’s board member David Pattenden (Arts'67, MA'69, LLB'71, MEd'74, LLD'03) will be honoured by the Kingston branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association for their contributions to the Kingston and Queen’s communities.

Ms. Cau is the 2014 winner of the Jim Bennett Achievement Award, which was inaugurated in 1993 and is given to a Kingstonian who has made outstanding contributions to the Kingston or Queen’s community through their career, sports, art or volunteering. 

Originally from Cambodia, Ms. Cau escaped the oppressive rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s to start a new chapter in her life and in the history books of Canadian entrepreneurship. Currently the president and chief executive officer of Transformix Engineering Inc., based in Kingston, Ms. Cau is a successful and savvy entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an outspoken advocate for Canadian manufacturing.

“Peng’s ability to excel academically and in business while adapting to a new language and culture is simply inspiring. She is making a positive impact in the Kingston business and sports communities through her involvement with KEDCO, Kingston Technology council and coaching a number of youth sports teams,” says Kingston Branch president Lee Wetherall.

Mr. Pattenden is the winner of the 2014 Padre Laverty Award. Inaugurated in 1967, the Padre Laverty Award is given to a resident of the Kingston area, for outstanding service to Queen's University or jointly to the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

As a member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees Governance and Nominating Committee, Queen’s University Council Program Committee, Chairman of Queen’s Human Mobility Research Centre, and Chairman of the Atrial Fibrillation Association of Canada, Mr. Pattenden is being honoured for his remarkable and ongoing contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities.

“David’s contribution to Queen’s has been truly exemplary of an alumni. He has been involved with Queen’s at every level, from student to Queen’s Council to the Board of Trustee. He was nominated by Padre Laverty’s nephew, which makes this a special moment in this award history,” says Ms. Wetherall.

The Padre Laverty Award and Jim Bennett Achievement Award will be presented on May 28, at Ban Righ Hall. For more information, or to register, please visit events.queensu.ca/kingstonawards.

Cycling to help cancer battle

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    Cyclists participating in the 7 Days in May met with researchers from the NCIC Clinical Trials Group on Monday.
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    Funds from the 7 Days in May cycling event go directly to research on pancreatic cancer being done at the NCIC CTG.
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    Riders participating in the 7 Days in May fundraising ride stopped at Queen's University on Monday.

Dressed in their trademark purple jerseys, a group of cyclists helping fund the battle against pancreatic cancer visited the research clinic that is benefitting from their fundraising efforts on Monday.

Funds raised by the 7 Days in May cycling are donated to the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) at Queen’s University for its ongoing clinical trial PA.6, which is targeted at improving the survival odds for pancreatic cancer patients.

“The funds raised support the PA.6 trial that if successful will improve the cure rate for patients who undergo surgery for pancreas cancer,” says Janet Dancey, director of the NCIC CTG. “It is a very important trial being conducted by the academic research community. 7 Days in May raises funds that allow the trial to be conducted and also awareness for research, for the study and for patients with pancreas cancer.”

The ride, which also aims to raise awareness around pancreatic cancer, circles around Lake Ontario and the 20 participants have already raised nearly $44,000 toward their goal of $50,000.

The stop in Kingston marked the start of Day 3 in the week-long ride that will cover just over 1,100 km.

The 7 Days in May Foundation was founded by Gord Townley, who continues to ride, in memory of his mother Lorraine Townley, who became an advocate for others by participating in clinical trials before dying in November 2011.

NCIC CTG is an academic clinical trials cooperative oncology group that conducts phase I-III trials testing anti-cancer and supportive therapies across Canada and internationally. It is one of the national programs and networks of the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute CCSRI, and is supported by the Canadian Cancer SocietyThe NCIC CTG’s Central Operations and Statistics Office is located at Queen’s University.

Proposed academic accommodations policy posted

A newly-proposed policy for academic accommodations for students with disabilities has been posted on the website of the University Secretariat for the Queen’s community to review and provide feedback. 

The community will be able to provide feedback until June 8. Feedback can be sent to policies@queensu.ca.

Power outage will affect some West Campus facilities

A planned power outage by Utilities Kingston will affect Richardson Stadium, the Coastal Engineering Laboratory, GeoEngineering Laboratory and the West Campus Storage building on Thursday, May 28, from 9 am to 7 pm. 

Questions or concerns regarding this planned work should be directed to Utilities Kingston by phone at 613-546-1181 x 2442.

This work is weather pending, and the alternate dates are June 3rd and 4th.

Washroom closure - Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Washroom Closure

The following washrooms within Mackintosh-Corry Hall will be closed for minor renovations (flooring replacement and painting) beginning on Monday, May 25:

  • 3rd floor north (B-Wing) and south (D-Wing)
  • 2nd floor south (D-Wing)
  • 1st floor north (B-Wing)

All other washrooms in the building will remain available to occupants and visitors while this work is completed. A separate notice will be issued when the above-referenced washrooms are re-opened for use.

Any questions or concerns regarding this project work should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

A plan tailored for success

Talon Lloyd
Talon Lloyd (Comm’15) recently won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Queen’s School of Business, for his business Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring. (Supplied photo)

As Talon Lloyd (Comm’15) explains it, his company – Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring – is a meeting of an old world business with 21st century technology.

In a time when so many young entrepreneurs are focused on apps, Mr. Lloyd has taken a different tack, introducing bespoke tailoring – where garments are custom-made – to the needs of today’s consumer – a quality product without a lengthy wait.

Like apps, however, the key to the startup is the use of the Internet along with understanding the needs and wants of the market, in particular young professionals in the financial district of Toronto.

The premise is simple. He has taken a specialized industry and put it in the hands of the consumer. Forget the traditional visit to the tailor in his shop.

“What I am doing is utilizing technology so that it optimizes this business for today’s consumer,” he says. “The way we run online appointments, the way that we use our mobile POS (point of sale) system that allows me to go into offices and collect payments locally, the way that we can take measurements through our online system where we actually teach somebody how to measure themselves and then they can submit their own measurements.”

With a supplier in Hong Kong, where expert tailoring is still available and affordable, Mr. Lloyd is able to provide a high-quality product quicker and cheaper compared to the traditional model.

This meshing of old and new recently earned him the $5,000 top prize at the annual Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Queen’s School of Business.

With Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring successfully up and running for two years now, Mr. Lloyd’s business plan for the competition was based on improving the delivery system and more suited to the customer. The money will now be put to adding QR codes to the product so the customer can track exactly where their orders are, from the measurements up to delivery.

“The approach that I took in my presentation was how do we optimize the customer relationship, specifically looking at after somebody places their order, how can I not only track that order from manufacturing to delivery, but how can a customer maintain an understanding of where their order is,” he says. “Right now we send everything off to our supplier and then it arrives in a box a few weeks later. Then, when I have it in my hand, I can reach out to the customer and say I have your product. In the meantime I don’t know whether the product is in the air or if it is in the cutting stage, the sewing stage.”

Today’s customers, he explains, aren’t willing to merely sit back and wait for their orders to show up. They want to know exactly where it is and what is going on. The other benefit to the QR code system is that he will also be able to keep track of the orders and deal with any delay-causing issues as they arise, such as a fabric being out of stock.

The other key is the minimal overhead required for his concept. Owning or renting a store in downtown Toronto means a massive initial investment, while a “pop-up” shop that sets up temporarily at a hotel lacks the image his clientele are looking for.

So Mr. Lloyd is using a shared-office model, where another company that owns the entire floor of a building at Bay and Wellington streets in Toronto’s financial district, segments out offices to smaller businesses, such as Lloyd and Company.

There’s also a shared reception, providing the professionalism he wants and his customers demand.

As for the future Mr. Lloyd has big plans, including expanding to other financial centres around the world and taking on more of a management role.

“Ultimately, I’m a business student. I would like to see this operated and use what I’ve learned at school to advance the business end as opposed to being the salesperson,” he says. “You can only be in one place at a time as a salesperson. But the way that we’ve started this business it can be leveraged and scaled. I can’t be in every financial centre selling at the same time so ideally I would like to remain as involved as I can on the sales side but I’ d like to be in a position where this business can run on its own without me involved day-to-day.”

FIT TIPS: Plan to be more active

Here are 10 tips to help you aim for 150 minutes of physical activity in a week, and to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See how many you can do in one week:

1. Pack healthy snacks to eat throughout the day and to curb cravings
2. Find ways to laugh more, laughing reduces stress
3. Floss more, it improves oral hygiene and studies show it adds about three years on to your life!
4. Avoid eating late
5. Go for frozen yogurt instead of ice cream
6. Focus on good posture when sitting at your desk
7. At the beginning of the week plan how you’re going to get your 150 minutes of physical activity
8. Include an item from each food group in every meal
9. Don’t focus on what the scale says, pay more attention to how you feel
10. Use an agenda to better manage your time, and reduce stress

City council approves exemption extension

On May 19, Kingston City Council approved the university’s application for a one-year extension to its noise bylaw exemption for two West Campus sports fields and Richardson Stadium.

“We are very pleased with the decision, and with the recognition from the mayor and several members of council of the work we’ve done to date to limit the sound emanating from the sports fields and to work with local residents to find solutions when issues arise,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation.

The exemption permits the use of game whistles at the sports fields between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm Monday to Sunday, until June 30, 2016. Limited amplified sound for game-related announcements and playing the national anthem is also permitted on a limited basis.

At the time of the original exemption approval, city council placed a number of conditions on the exemption, including:

  • Communicating with internal and external field users on the importance of keeping noise levels to a minimum;
  • Posting field signs with the same message, and ongoing communication with the community;
  • Establishing a call-in line and response protocol to address any neighbourhood concerns; and
  • Limiting the volume, frequency, duration and type of amplified sound permitted.

The university will continue to comply with each of these conditions. Queen’s will also continue to report field usage statistics and neighbourhood feedback to the city of Kingston.

Last year, HGC Engineering conducted a noise impact assessment that led to several recommendations for noise reduction in the area. The university began making a number of adjustments to field usage prior to receiving the original exemption, and has since implemented all of the consultant’s recommendations.

As planning for the revitalization of Richardson Stadium moves forward, the university will continue to consult with West Campus neighbours and community members regarding a variety of stadium-related subjects, including noise.

Research support units seek input on communications

University Research Services (URS) and Industry Partnerships want to hear from the people they support on a daily basis.

The units are looking to improve their communication with members of the research community at Queen’s. They have kicked off the process by distributing a survey to researchers, research administrators, other service-oriented administrators, as well as graduate students.

“Effective communication is essential in our efforts to help people achieve excellence in research and scholarship at Queen’s,” says Karina McInnis, Executive Director, URS. “We hope members of the research community take a few moments out of their busy day to tell us what they like and don’t like, and offer suggestions on preferred communication mechanisms.”

Quick Link
Research Administration Communications Survey
May 26 is the deadline for completing the survey

The survey asks members of the research communication to identify:

  • The content they are looking for on the website.
  • The content that is currently missing and should be added to the website.
  • The information that’s hard to find on the current website.
  • The content that should be featured on the home page/quick links of the redesigned website.
  • New tools/sections they would like added to the redesigned website.

The deadline for completing the online survey is May 26. Contact URS by email if you have any questions or concerns about the survey.

URS offers advice and administrative support services for Queen’s University research teams. Industry Partnerships provides contract negotiation and research legal services, and is a responsive institutional “front door” for industry partners seeking to collaborate with researchers.

Spring Convocation a time for celebration

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    A new graduate is 'hooded' during the first ceremony of Spring Convocation 2015 at Queen's University's Grant Hall on Thursday.
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    A graduate points to her family as she poses for a photo with Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving her degree at Grant hall.
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    Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Brenda Brouwer sits alongside Chancellor Jim Leech and Rector Mike Young.
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    Graduands enter Grant Hall to receive their degrees at the first ceremony of Spring Convocation 2015.
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    Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier speaks after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Thursday afternoon.
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    Family and friends gather to take photos of graduates of the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, at Queen's University.
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    A member of the crowd at Grant Hall points out her husband to her daughter as he prepares to receive a Queen's MBA on Friday.
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    Graduands of the Queen's MBA program wait to receive their degrees during Friday morning's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall

History and tradition are key parts of life at Queen’s University and they are never more prevalent than during the convocation ceremonies.

This year’s Spring Convocation ceremonies start on Thursday, May 21, and will continue through to Thursday, June 11, with a total of 21 ceremonies being held – all but one at Grant Hall.

In honour of convocation here’s a quick look at some of the history and tradition that will be seen over the coming weeks:

  • The first convocation ceremony at Queen’s took place on June 2, 1847, when the Senate awarded degrees to the university’s first three graduates and was likely held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Subsequent venues have included the Old Medical Building (1858), Convocation Hall in Theological Hall (1878) and Grant Hall (1905).
  • As Queen’s continued to grow, convocation moved to the Jock Harty Arena in the early 1970s while fall ceremonies continued to be held at Grant Hall. With the dismantling of Jock Harty Arena in 2007, Grant Hall once again became the primary host location for spring ceremonies, along with the Queen’s Centre.
  • The main features of each convocation ceremony are a speech to the graduands by the principal, or a senior administrator, a speech by the honorary graduate or guest speaker – a tradition that dates from the granting of the first honorary degree in 1858 – and the granting of degrees by the chancellor. Traditional music includes “Flourish for the Chancellor,” an organ composition written specially for convocation by Queen’s music professor Fred Clarke.
  • Convocations are organized by the Office of the University Registrar. The Office is responsible for the main logistical arrangements and coordinates the work of other departments involved in the ceremony. The Registrar’s Office also compiles the list of graduands and award winners. The Senate Academic Procedures Committee has authority for approving the list of graduands. The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee makes recommendations to the Senate for the award of honorary degrees.
  • At convocation, graduands don the traditional outfit of a gown and hood. At Queen’s, the design and colour scheme of the hood differs depending on the degree earned, e.g. Red-Gold-Blue for Doctor of Philosophy; Queen's Blue-White for Bachelor of Laws; Black-Red for Bachelor of Arts.


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