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Queen’s welcomes new director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Kandice Baptiste joins the university community next month.


Kandice Baptiste
Kandice Baptiste has been appointed as the director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. She will take up the position in February. (Supplied Photo) 

Kandice Baptiste is looking forward to “returning home” after years in the post-secondary education sector in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. Ms. Baptiste, who is originally from Tyendinaga, will succeed Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) as the new director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s in February, now that Ms. Hill has become the university’s inaugural director, Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

"I’m humbled to have the opportunity to work on my own territory,” says Ms. Baptiste. "It’s exciting to join such a prestigious university that has taken a leadership role on reconciliation work. I look forward to continuing the work of Kanonhsyonne and the amazing staff and students at Four Directions, building a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse Indigenous community on campus.”

Ms. Baptiste most recently worked as manager, Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University, where her responsibilities included managing the Indigenous Student Centre and its staff at the Brantford campus. She was previously senior project coordinator at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) in Toronto, where she guided the development of the “Future Further” campaign. 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wilfrid Laurier, during which time she founded the Indigenous Students' Association, played varsity basketball, served as the university’s first Indigenous student intern, and was the driving student force as Laurier developed and launched its Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Ms. Baptiste began her professional career at Laurier as the institution’s first Indigenous student recruiter and retention officer. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Kandice to Queen’s and to the Student Affairs team,” says Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, Division of Student Affairs. “It’s an exciting time in Four Directions, as they continue to build upon the extensive work done under Jan’s leadership. In addition to her strong focus on students, Kandice brings with her a broad perspective from across the sector through her work with at the COU, and a thoughtful management style established in her time at Laurier.”

In the fall, Four Directions also welcomed Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) in a new role as an elder-in-residence and cultural counsellor. The centre has also expanded outreach initiatives in local elementary schools and, in partnership with Queen’s Residence Life, launched the Bimaadiziwin Ka’nikonhriyo Indigenous and Allies Living and Learning Community. 

The centre will be doubling in size this year; planning is underway for renovations to the existing building at 146 Barrie St., and to the building next door. The current plan is for one building to be used for gatherings and activities, including feasts and cultural programming, while the other will be offices, where students will meet one-on-one with staff, and student study spaces including a first-floor library.

Visit the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre  website to learn more.

Vegan options at Queen’s expand

Hospitality Services offers more vegetarian and vegan options across campus.

For a variety of reasons, students, staff, and faculty have been inquiring about more vegetarian and vegan food options on campus. In response, Queen’s Hospitality Services is continuing to expand vegan and vegetarian menu items in its dining halls and retail food outlets.

Vegan and vegetarian food options
Queen’s Hospitality Services is continuing to expand vegan and vegetarian menu items in its dining halls and retail food outlets. (University Communications)

New options this year include campus-made bakery items, “Loco” bread at Location 21 in the David C. Smith House residence, vegan butter in the dining halls, and a vegan soup now offered every day at Leonard Hall, along with daily vegan entrees, and vegan-friendly yogurt and noodles. Retail outlets across campus also offer a wide range of vegan menu items. For example, if you fancy a vegan burger you can check out the black bean patty at the Canadian Grilling Company in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, and add a vegan milkshakes on the side. Signs are posted at each location to help people find these foods.

Hospitality Services' Dietitian and Wellness Manager Jessica Bertrand says that a low-meat or vegan/vegetarian diet is growing in popularity, as many view it as being a healthier option that is also more environmentally friendly.

“Our dining hall menus are always evolving to meet the needs of our diners,” says Ms. Bertrand. “We love to get input and ideas, and we are thrilled to have recently been ranked third in Ontario by students in a new report card for the availability of locally-grown foods on campus.”

The report card was created by an organization called Meal Exchange. It surveyed over 2,600 students on how well their university supported locally-grown, sustainable, healthy and accessible food.

At Queen’s, the Hospitality Services website features a list of vegan items on campus, and Ms. Bertrand has also published a blog post for those who want to learn more about vegan and vegetarian diets. She is also available to consult with students one-on-one about their diets, as well as any other restrictions or allergies, as is Executive Chef Colin Johnson.


Freddy Moller: 1932-2017

Freddy Moller

Freddy Moller, a former professor and renowned researcher in biochemistry, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28. He was 85.

Flags on campus will be lowered on Thursday, Jan. 11, in his memory.

Dr. Moller was best known for his work with isozymes, which he introduced to the world in 1959, along with his colleague Clement Markert, a discovery of immense biological and clinical significance.

A brief obituary is available online.

A private family celebration of life will take place at a later date. 

Jan. 9 edition of the Gazette now available

Jan. 9, 2018 cover of the Gazette
Read the online edition of the Gazette.

The Jan. 9 edition of the Gazette, the first for 2018, is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • An article introducing two new staff members who are providing increased support for Indigenous students at Queen’s.
  • A Q&A with Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (academic Operations and Inclusion) on her role and plans for the university moving forward.
  • Articles highlighting the inaugural members of the University Council on Anti_Racism and Equity (UCARE), as well as this year’s Order of Canada recipients.
  • A feature on a coat-sharing program at Queen’s for a second straight winter.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Jan. 23, 2018. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

A home for innovation

The Innovation and Wellness Centre will provide innovators and entrepreneurs on campus with something they have been lacking. 

When helping student entrepreneurs get their start, one common piece of advice is to start small and lean. Once you have proven the model for your new business, then you can take on liabilities like leasing your own office space. 

Innovation leaders at Queen’s have practiced what they preached, and are now getting ready to reap the rewards when the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) opens its doors next fall. 

The Innovation Hub will feature an event space for programming and student-led conferences.
The Innovation Hub will feature an event space for programming and student-led conferences. (Rendering)

“The IWC will bring our innovation resources on campus out of the bootstrapping phase,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “The facility will provide a focal point for innovation and entrepreneurship activities at Queen’s, and forge important cross-campus connections across our programs.” 

Located within the IWC, the Innovation Hub will unite some existing resources and programs and add a few new ones. It will include an event space, touch down tables for easy collaboration, and a maker space – a well-equipped work space where student entrepreneurs can create, experiment, and refine their ideas. Students helped shape the final design of the Hub. 

“We work with 2,000 students a year, and I expect that number will double in the next couple of years,” says Greg Bavington (Sc’85), Executive Director, Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). “The Innovation Hub will play a key role in supporting existing demand and future growth for innovation on campus.” 

Once it opens, the DDQIC is planning to expand its programming, with a focus on social enterprise – creating more organizations with a mission to both make money and do social good.  

Most importantly, the IWC will give the DDQIC the one thing they have been lacking: common space. 

“We toured other schools when making decisions on what needed to be in our Innovation Hub, and we found that Queen’s did a pretty good job at supporting innovation on campus,” says Mr. Bavington. “The final box we had to tick was to gather it all under one roof, allowing students to scale their business in a straightforward way without leaving campus.” 

The belief is that having everything located side-by-side will not only boost collaboration, it will also increase the visibility of innovation resources and programs. For example, students led 13 conferences and events linked to innovation this year and it was a challenge for each group to find space.  

“Locating the Innovation Hub within a multi-function building like the IWC is a strategic choice – one which is meant to show that everyone is welcome,” he says. “It can take many different people and different skillsets to make a successful business. We’re hoping to bend and weld the academic disciplines to get the sparks flying.” 

The Innovation Hub will not merely connect students to resources on campus – it is expected to build the links between the campus, Innovation Park, and the community. While the Hub will focus on current students, Innovation Park offers a “long runway” as students graduate and look to grow their businesses. Likewise, the Hub will complement what Innovation Park does in supporting community entrepreneurs in southeastern Ontario. 

The creation of the IWC was made possible through $55 million in philanthropic support, including $40 million to revitalize the facility. In addition, the federal and Ontario governments contributed a combined total of nearly $22 million to this facility. 

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

Stephanie Simpson named next equity and human rights head

The current Director of the Queen's Human Rights Office will assume leadership of both the Equity and Human Rights Offices in February.

Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11) has been named the Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights effective Feb. 1.

Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11). (University Communications)
Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11). (University Communications)

“Stephanie has been a leader on equity, diversity, and inclusivity at Queen’s for many years, and her appointment reflects the important role she plays in the Queen’s community,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “She brings deep knowledge, experience, and commitment to this new position, and her appointment will be a significant gain for the cause of creating a more welcoming Queen’s.”

In this role, Ms. Simpson will lead the Equity and Human Rights Offices and will continue to play a key role in fostering both competence and legislative compliance around matters such as inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, human rights, and equity on campus.

“I have always had a passion for issues of social justice and I have committed to strengthening my knowledge and skillset in order to bring my best to this work,” says Ms. Simpson. “There is a sense of renewed energy and purpose on campus in relation to equity right now. I’m very much looking forward to the role the Equity and Human Rights Offices will play in supporting the vision for inclusion clearly articulated in our formal reports, and by community members.”

She will also provide guidance to senior administration, governance bodies, and units on achieving equity within the institution’s strategic priorities. As a member of the Office of the Provost team, Ms. Simpson will work in concert with the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) in developing initiatives that support the creation of a welcoming campus in collaboration with equity-seeking communities. 

Ms. Simpson has been a member of the Human Rights Office since 1996, starting in the portfolios of anti-racism advisor and education coordinator and increasing in responsibility since. She was most recently the office’s director.

“I want to acknowledge the contributions of Equity Office staff, Human Rights Office staff, and community members I’ve been fortunate to work with over so many years,” she says. “The accomplishment of which I feel we can be most proud is an approach to institutional change work that is respectful and appreciative while also being challenging. Being viewed by community members and colleagues as a trusted resource is our first priority, so we know when we’ve achieved this we have done our job well.”

Ms. Simpson has also supported inclusivity and equity efforts in the Kingston community through her roles with the Black Inmates and Friends group; her consultation and education services efforts with organizations such as Interval House, Limestone District School Board and Kingston General Hospital; and her role on the Kingston Immigration Partnership Operations Committee where she represents Queen’s.

Gaels double up on Ridgebacks

Gaels top Ridgebacks
Alex Stothart celebrates after teammate Slater Doggett scored one of his two goals in Friday's OUA men's hockey game agains the UOIT Ridgebacks in Oshawa.

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels team’s in action over the weekend:


The Queen’s Gaels (11-4-3) scored a pair of victories over the UOIT Ridgebacks (10-7-1) to get the new year off to a solid start.

At the Memorial Centre on Saturday the Gaels topped the visitors 3-0. Duncan Campbell and Francesco Vilardi opened the scoring with goals in the first period. Ryan Bloom added the third in the second period while Jacob Brennan made 17 saves for the shutout.

On Friday, the Gaels edged out the Ridgebacks 3-2 in Oshawa with Slater Doggett netting a pair of goals. Spencer Abraham also scored and Kevin Bailie made 22 saves to secure the win.


The No. 7 Queen's Gaels (8-3-1-2) dropped both their games over the weekend, falling 5-2 to the Laurentian Voyageurs (4-1-5-3) on Saturday and 1-0 in overtime Friday against the Nipissing Lakers (7-1-4-1).

Saturday’s result marked the first time this season the Gaels have lost in regulation. Clare McKellar and Abby Lafreniere scored for the Gaels.

On Friday, the teams were unable to find the back of the net until overtime when Maria Dominico scored for the hosts. Goalie Stephanie Pascal made 19 saves. 


The No. 9 Queen's Gaels (11-1) finished off the Laurentian Voyageurs 90-58 on Saturday night in Sudbury to sweep their northern Ontario road trip.

Marianne Alarie led the Gaels with 21 points and Sophie De Goede added 17. Playing in her hometown, Veronika Lavergne netted 14 points with five rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels crushed the Nipissing Lakers (2-8) 68-24 with some stifling defense. Lavergne was the top scorer with 19 points and Andrea Priamo added 15.


The Queen's Gaels (8-4), fell just short in overtime on Saturday, losing to the No. 7 Laurentian Voyageurs (10-1) 71-70 on a last second three-pointer.

Jaz Bains led the Gaels with 29 points and added four steals, while Tanner Graham added 16 points and 18 rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels beat the Nipissing Lakers 74-61.

The Gaels controlled the game throughout with Bains once again recording 29 points and Tanner Graham contributing 16 points with 14 rebounds.

A free start for fitness

If you are looking to get a healthy start to the new year Queen’s Athletics and Recreation is offering all of its group fitness programs for free Jan. 8-14.

Cycling at the ARC
Group fitness programs at the ARC are free during the week of Jan. 8-14. (University Communications)

During the Fitness Free-For-All, students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public, can try the group fitness programs at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) for free.  

The event provides an ideal opportunity to try out the ARC facilities as well as explore some of the 53 classes that are available. Queen’s Athletics and Recreation offers a wide range of programs including Sunrise Cycle, Sculpt & Ab Blast, 50/50 Step, Zumba, and much more.

For current ARC members visit the Free-For-All info table located in front of the ARC to get a “free class” sticker for your student/membership card.

Non-members must also visit the Free-For-All info table located in front of the ARC to pick up a “Free-For-All” bracelet. You must wear the bracelet to gain access to the classes offered.

All classes are first-come, first-serve. Visit the Queen’s Recreation and Services website for more.

Homecoming 2018 dates set

Weekend of football and other events to take place Oct. 19-21.

The dates have been set for Homecoming 2018 at Queen's, with events being hosted Oct.19-21. (University Communications)

The date has now been set and planning is about to get underway for the next Queen’s Homecoming weekend. It will officially take place Oct. 19-21.

This year, Queen’s will be welcoming alumni from classes ending in 3 or 8, as well as all Queen’s Tricolour Guard who are celebrating 50 or more years since their graduation.

Over the coming months, the university will work with alumni, students, staff, faculty, and city partners to confirm all of the programming and event details. As always, the busy fall weekend will also feature a football game at Richardson Stadium where the Gaels will play the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

“We are looking forward to Homecoming weekend as it brings together past and present students, friends, and supporters to celebrate Queen’s and what it means to be part of such a great community,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “To help prepare for its many events we will also be collaborating closely with our community partners to find ways to mitigate potential problems, such as unsanctioned street parties, and to ensure that a safe and fun-filled weekend is had by all.”

To learn more about the Homecoming weekend, visit its webpage for event updates, contact the Reunions Office by email, or call 1-800-267-7837. 

Queen’s faculty members named among most influential Hispanic Canadians

Two Queen’s faculty members were recently named among TD Bank's 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians by the Hispanic Business Alliance in cooperation with the Canadian Hispanic Congress.

Receiving the awards were Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Professor of History of Education and former dean of the Faculty of Education, and Carlos Prado, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy.

The awards recognize Hispanic Canadians who demonstrate influence in education, achievements, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré

Rosa Bruno-JofreArriving in Canada from Argentina in 1977 with a degree from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Dr. Rosa Bruno-Jofré was appointed Associate Dean of Education at the University of Manitoba (1996-2000) and then Dean of Education at Queen’s University (2000-2010), while building an influential international research program that, today, is at the forefront of thought on educational theory and history of education.

Dr. Bruno-Jofré has authored and co-authored numerous books that have also been translated into French, Spanish, and Chinese. She is co-founding senior editor of Encounters in Theory and History of Education since 2000. She has been recently a keynote at Cambridge University for a special celebration of the 100th anniversary of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education.

She is recognized by colleagues for her academic brilliance, entrepreneurial initiative, and tireless passion.

Carlos Gonzales Prado

Carlos PradoA native of Guatemala, Dr. Carlos Prado immigrated to Canada in 1965. After completing his PhD in 1970, he began his career in teaching, research, and service in philosophy at Queen’s University.

In 2013, Dr. Prado was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the nation’s highest recognition for achievements in arts and humanities. Dr. Prado is author or co-author of 15 books and editor of four anthologies. He continues to have an extraordinary impact in the fields of medical ethics and epistemology (the theory of knowledge). Also, his research on French philosopher Michel Foucault has built bridges between Anglo-American analytical philosophy and Continental European philosophy.

Dr. Prado has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students and junior colleagues at Queen’s and in the broader international philosophy community. He is also the sponsor of the annual “Prado Philosophy Prize” for the best PhD thesis in philosophy and the “Prado Music Prize” at Queen’s.

For more information about the award visit the website


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