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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.

Queen’s recognizes exemplary careers with honorary degrees

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Among those receiving honorary degrees from Queen's University at spring convocation are, clockwise from top left, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier; Lyse Doucet; Jim Cuddy; David John Mullan; John MacGregor; and Alexander McComber. 

Queen’s University revealed today 10 new honorary degree recipients who will be honoured at the spring 2015 convocation ceremonies. Recipients include James Cuddy, Eric Windeler and Alan Broadbent.

For 157 years Queen’s has been conferring honorary degrees to people who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people throughout the world in academia, business, politics, science and the arts.

The following is a brief description of the first six honorary degree recipients at this spring convocation.

Jean-Robert Bernier

Originally from Sarnia, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier graduated from the Royal Military College in 1982 and studied medicine at McMaster University. He was appointed Surgeon General, Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Commander of CF Health Services Group, and Honorary Physician to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. He is the first person from outside continental Europe elected as Chair of the committee of Surgeons General of NATO and partner nations (COMEDS) beginning in November 2015.

Brigadier-General Bernier will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Thursday, May 21 at 2:30 pm.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet OBE is a Canadian journalist and the BBC's Chief International Correspondent and an occasional contributing editor to the BBC. She presents on BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television, and reports for BBC Radio 4 and BBC News in the UK, including presenting and reporting for Newsnight.

Ms. Doucet will receive her honorary degree (LL.D) Wednesday, June 3 at 10 am.

James Cuddy

With sales of more than four million records and eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands. Founded in 1984 by lead singers, guitarists and songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the band’s success and longevity are widely attributed to their love of touring, their active connection with their fans, and their unwavering commitment to pushing their creative limits.

Mr. Cuddy will receive his honorary degree (LL.D) Wednesday, June 3 at 2:30 pm.

Alexander McComber

Mr. McComber is a Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) member of the bear clan living in Kahnawake Territory. For the past 35 years, he has worked to enhance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities across Canada. After starting as a teacher, Mr. McComber worked his way up to becoming a principal and during that time, met many families living with Type 2 diabetes, a common disease in First Nation communities. Since then, he has worked with a number of national diabetes organizations including Health Canada’s Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative.

Mr. McComber will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm.

John MacGregor

Dr. MacGregor has made major contributions to the development and practice of advanced control techniques in industry including the Canadian technology sector. He hold the title of Distinguished University Professor, the highest honour awarded to faculty at McMaster University.

Dr. MacGregor will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Thursday, June 4 at 10 am.

David John Mullan

David Mullan is a long-serving law professor at Queen’s University, a prolific writer and an often-called upon consultant. Brought up and educated in New Zealand, Professor Mullan has taught and lectured at universities across Canada and in Australia and New Zealand. His major areas of interest are Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Contract, and Remedies.

Mr. Mullan will receive his honorary degree (LL.D) Friday, June 5 at 2:30 pm.

The remaining four bios will be posted at a later date.

Steam Shutdown - Botterell Hall

A steam shutdown is scheduled for the Cancer Research Institute on Thursday, May 21st between 3 -5 pm.

A steam shutdown is scheduled for the Cancer Research Institute on Thursday, May 21st between 3 pm and 5 pm while a Physical Plant Services steamfitter repairs a steam leak. During the shutdown period, there will be no steam available to the autoclave on the B2 level of Botterell and there will be no heat in the MRI unit (fans will be shutdown).

Any questions about this shutdown should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Heading back to class boosts managers' skillset

The most recent cohort of Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program officially ended last week, but the relationships the participants forged over the past 16 months will continue well into the future.

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Team members Nicole Fowler, Carole Morrison, Tom Herra, Sandra Brooks and David Crabb present their project to the panel including Steven Liss, Caroline Davis, Ann Tierney and Mary Elms during the graduation ceremony on May 15.

“I found it really beneficial getting to know managers across different units,” says Sandra Brooks, Manager, User Support Specialists, ITServices, and one of 28 program participants. “By working with other people, I saw the similarities in our managerial experiences, as well as some of the challenges others face.”

The comprehensive program helps managers develop their leadership and management skills through 14 full-day classroom sessions. Applying the skills they develop in class, the participants form teams and develop a project that supports an aspect of the university’s strategic framework. They presented their work to a panel of senior university administrators during their graduation event on May 15.

Mary Elms, Manager, Organizational Development and Learning, Human Resources, is continually impressed by the hard work and effort the participants dedicate to the program. The three cohorts of the program have produced managers who are more confident in their capabilities, according to Ms. Elms.

“We are really focused on leadership development as one aspect of our strategic approach to managing talent at the university,” she says. “Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program is one of our most successful programs, bringing about transformational change in many of our managers.”

After earning his certificate, Matt Simpson looked back fondly on the mad scramble he often performed before the leadership classes.

“The funny part about this pre-class anxiety ritual, personally, was that not a day went by that I didn’t end up feeling great about myself, the skills I was introduced to, or the personal connections I made with my peers,” says Mr. Simpson, Manager, Education Technology Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences. “We all have busy lives, both professionally and personally. We have been fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take some time for personal development and invest in ourselves.”

Visit the Human Resources website to learn more about the Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program.

Flags lowered for Stanley Corbett

Flags on campus are currently lowered for Adjunct Assistant Professor Stanley Corbett (BA’66, MA’72, PhD’82, Law’95), Associate Dean, (Academic), for the Faculty of Law. He passed away on Monday, May 18.

Stanley Corbett

With links to Queen’s University stretching over five decades, Dr. Corbett began his studies in mathematics before moving to philosophy for his post-graduate degrees. After several years at Acadia University, he returned to Queen’s to earn a law degree and worked as an adjunct professor in philosophy and law before becoming a full-time member of the Faculty of Law in 1997.

Dr. Corbett was the faculty’s longest serving associate dean, initially taking up the position in 2008. He was also the academic director of the faculty’s Global Law Programs at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England, where he taught a course in Public International Law.

He was a member of the affiliated faculty with the Queen's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and taught courses in the School of Policy Studies.

Dr. Corbett was a three-time winner of the Law Students’ Society teaching award.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer.

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