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Queen’s University and PSAC Local 901 ratify first collective agreement for Graduate Research Assistants

Queen’s University, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Local 901 (Unit1) (“PSAC”), have successfully ratified a tentative agreement for a first collective agreement for graduate students employed as research assistants (“Graduate Research Assistants”). Read more

A unanimous choice for inaugural award

[Concurrent Education student Afsheen Chowdhury]
Afsheen Chowdhury speaks at Senate after receiving the inaugural Margaret Hooey Governance Award. (University Communications)

During her time at Queen’s, Afsheen Chowdhury (ConEd’19), like many students, has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities.

She has been a residence don for three years, serves as a Board Member for the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre (LGAC) and held several positions on the Concurrent Education Student Association (CESA), for example.

What makes her stand out from other students, however, has been her participation in the governance of the university – student Senator for the Faculty of Education; member and co-chair of the Queen’s University Board-Senate Advisory Committee; member of the Joint Board-Senate Principalship Search Committee; and, perhaps most significantly, member of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE).

For all her contributions and continuing commitment, Chowdhury is the inaugural winner of the Margaret Hooey Governance Award.

The award was established in November 2018 by the estate of Margaret Hooey (LLD’02), the long-time secretary of Queen’s who was admired for her dedication to the university as well as the welfare of her colleagues, students, friends and family. The award is given to a student enrolled in any degree program at Queen’s who has made an outstanding contribution to the good governance of the university through work with Senate or any committee of the Senate.

For Chowdhury, receiving the award has been both exciting and humbling.

“It’s a little surreal. I think it is everything that went into it and this is the end of my journey here, after everything that has happened,” she says. “Receiving an award like this is an important reminder that the work you do has a real tangible impact to the people beyond the borders of that room and beyond the Senate.”

The award committee was unanimous in selecting Chowdhury as the inaugural winner. Letters of support mentioned her “thoughtful comments and opinions,” “impressive insights,” and keen interest in Queen’s governance processes.

While she had already been actively involved in governance at Queen’s, a turning point came when she ran for rector in 2017. During the campaign week she received many messages from students – Muslim students, international students, students of colour – telling her how important it was to see someone just like them standing up and trying to make a difference in the university community.

Ultimately, her campaign was not successful but the experience set her on a new path, one that led her to become a champion for equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives at Queen’s.

“We always talk about how representation matters but then you realize that it really does matter. This is about people feeling safe and realizing they can be someone,” Chowdhury says. “That’s when I really started to take it seriously and I said even if I don’t win the election I was still a senator and I’m still going to sit on the principal selection committee. I was going to move forward and I still wanted to do the things that I promised during the campaign.”

As much as she has contributed during her time at Queen’s, Chowdhury is quick to point out all that she has gained, particularly through her various roles with Senate. In the end her time as a senator wasn’t about networking but about personal and community growth.

“I think what really went a long way for me, especially sitting on Senate, was building community and genuine connections. It’s sharing our stories with each other,” she says. “The people who nominated me for this award were my friends, they are people who I had dinner with and it is such a blessing to have friends who are in their 40s, 50s, 60s, who are giving this wisdom but also treating me as an equal and feeling that I can have some wisdom to provide for them. It’s people who genuinely pick you up and pick each other up throughout the process.”

A Pillar of the Queen’s Community

During her more than 30 years at Queen’s, Margaret Hooey, was a valued adviser to four principals and their administrations, and a trusted mentor to students, staff, faculty and trustees. She played a key role in shaping Queen’s modern governances system and was an advocate for the unique form of student government. More than her role as an administrator, she was viewed by student leaders as a mentor and friend. For her contributions and dedication Dr. Hooey received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award (1992), the John Orr Award (1998), and an honorary doctorate (2002).

Clean idea a winner

A Smith School of Business Commerce student’s idea to reinvent the car detailing business has won top prize at the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition.

[Sawyer Wildgen]
Sawyer Wildgen (Com’19) recently won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition. (Communications Staff)

Sawyer Wildgen (Com’19), the founder of Cleen Detailing, says the mobile car detailing company has netted a wide customer base, from car buffs to the “mom who wants all the Cheerios out of her vehicle.”

Customers make an appointment online; then one of the company’s car detailing experts shows up at their home or work to clean their vehicle.

“Our customers appreciate the simplicity – the ability to book online, our reasonable prices and friendly service,” he says.

That service includes what the company calls “little big things” that are meant to delight customers. For example, the company’s own branded essential-oil scent is placed in every car. Cleen postcards placed in the vehicle tell the story of the company and allow customers to learn more about the student who cleaned their vehicle.

A Cleen Detailing bag is also left behind, filled with stray objects found during the clean. (Loose change is left in another bag.)

Wildgen started Cleen Detailing three years ago in Ottawa as a way to create a summer job for himself. Last summer, the company employed 25 student car detailers and one full-time manager.

Wildgen hopes to grow Cleen Detailing through franchising to other university students across Canada.

The Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition promotes entrepreneurship among commerce students. It was established in 2008 by Tom Kinnear (Com’66, LLD’02). Teams must have at least one Smith Commerce student as a member. The winner receives $5,000 to further develop their business.

Wildgen intends to use his prize money to write a franchise agreement, develop franchisee-network software, and for online advertising.

The final phase of this year’s Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition took place March 28 at Goodes Hall and saw four teams vie for the top prize.

The other three finalists were:

Lunar is a local shopping rewards program. Members earn points for buying at participating stores in their community. The team: Sam Shore (Com’20), Copeland Lucas (Com’20), and Connor Crowe (Sc’20).

SitterNextDoor aims to modernize the babysitting business. An online platform allows parents to find babysitters in their neighbourhood who fit the parents’ specific needs. The team: Jenny Hua (Com’22), Andrea Hersovich (University of Ottawa), and Jenny Shen (Carleton University).

The Positivity Project lets people send handwritten cards around the world. Cards are created, handwritten, and shipped through the Positivity Project’s website. The team: Aaliyan Khan (Com’22), Claire Mikuska (Com’22), Grace McColl (Com’22), Matt Joyce (Com’22), Lily Irwin (Artsci’22), Randy Shao (Comp’22), Zion Oginni (Comp’22), and Emilie Leneveu (Memorial University).

Finalists were evaluated by a four-person jury: John Arvanitis (Com’93), founder and president of Most Favoured Network; Chuck Dickison, owner of St. Lawrence Pools; David Scrymgeour, adjunct professor and executive-in-residence at Rotman School of Management and advisor with MaRS Discovery District; and JP Shearer, associate director of the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing at Smith School of Business. 

An ‘innovative and collaborative’ educator

Throughout her career at Queen’s University Heather Murray, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has won a number of teaching awards.

[Heather Murray]
Heather Murray (Emergency Medicine) is the winner of the 2019 Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.

Described by her colleagues as a “passionate, dedicated, innovative and collaborative,” educator it is perhaps no surprise that Dr. Murray is this year’s recipient of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award, which recognizes undergraduate, graduate or professional teaching that has had an outstanding influence on the quality of student learning at Queen’s.

While Dr. Murray is honoured to receive the award, she is quick to highlight that many fellow faculty and staff members have contributed to her teaching achievements.

“I'm thrilled to be included in the list of stellar educators at Queen’s who have been recognized with this award – it's a huge honour,” Dr. Murray says. “At the same time, I recognize that it takes the collective work of a team to deliver excellent teaching. I'm able to create high quality learning events because of a large amount of background effort from both the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Undergraduate School of Medicine. The environment in my department and at the medical school encourages innovation and excellence. I'm fortunate to work here. It is clear that the learning experience of students is paramount.”

As a faculty member, Dr. Murray has been heavily engaged in teaching, curriculum development and leadership within the Undergraduate Medical Education program at the School of Medicine and has played a significant role in almost every aspect of the curriculum.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“The adjudication committee was particularly impressed with the energy and imagination Dr. Murray brings to educational innovations and her fearless and relentless approach to improving student learning through educational change,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “Dr. Murray is an exemplar for scholarly approaches to educational leadership with her tireless efforts to include clinical reasoning into the medical school curriculum.”

In winning the award several achievements were highlighted.

The first was the development, implementation and evaluation of a new curriculum enhancing the medical student learning of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and critical appraisal of scientific literature. The curriculum has had a lasting impact on student confidence and ability to interpret and apply emerging medical science long after they have graduated from Queen’s.

Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award recipients:
2018 Erik Knutsen, Faculty of Law
2017 Catherine Donnelly, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
2016 Jill Atkinson, Department of Psychology
2015 James Fraser, Physics, Physics Engineering and Astronomy
2014 Stephen Lougheed, Biology
2013 Anne Godlewska, Geography
2012 Lindsay Davidson, Surgery
2011 Brian Frank, Electrical and Computer Engineering
2010 Mark Weisberg, Law
2009 Richard Ascough, Theology/Religious Studies
2008 Bill Newstead, Chemistry
2007 Ron Easteal, Anatomy and Cell Biology
2006 John Smol, Biology

For this work, Dr. Murray was recognized with the inaugural Principal’s Education Award for Curriculum Development.

With the support of a number of Emergency Medicine colleagues Dr. Murray also created a series of Diagnostic Reasoning teaching sessions embedded in the second-year Clinical Skills course. Beyond the lessons, this intervention displayed a vision to realign the clinical skills teaching activities of physicians with educational encounters that are authentic to their clinical practice experience, enhancing the impact of the experience for both student and faculty.

She also designed a new course in the second year of Medical School (Case of the Month) which uses patient illness stories to not only teach fundamental clinical knowledge, but also incorporate complex elements such as legal issues, professionalism, and complex communication.

Dr. Murray says that she works hard to ensure her students understand what she is teaching and, when complete, they will have an appreciation of how these challenging concepts apply to the practice of medicine on a practical level.

“The volume of information medical students receive and are expected to understand is daunting; creating relevance by drawing a line between content and the real world applications is really important,” she says. “I strive to make my learning events engaging. Although I love adding humour whenever possible, more often engagement means adding patient perspectives to the content. At the end of the day, I want my students to become excellent physicians incorporating the best possible evidence while sharing care decisions with their patients. Everything I do works towards that goal.”

Dr. Murray will be recognized during Spring Convocation and will be the featured speaker at the annual teaching awards ceremony in January 2020.

More information about the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award, including eligibility requirements, is available on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

Queen’s remembers Smith Professor Bob Crandall

Bob Crandall
Bob Crandall

Members of the Queen’s community are remembering Bob Crandall, an alumnus and retired professor of the Smith School of Business, who died Saturday, April 4 at the age of 89, in Kingston.

Dr. Crandall graduated from the commerce program in 1951, before earning an MBA and PhD at UC Berkeley. After returning to Queen’s he served as University Bursar in the late 1950s, and was an accounting faculty member at Smith for nearly 30 years until his retirement. In 2016 he was inducted into the Smith Faculty Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 14 at the Donald Gordon Centre from 1 pm until 4 pm.  

More information is available in his online obituary.

For The Record: April 4, 2019

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, April 18. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, April 16. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.

APPOINTMENT

Dr. Scott Berry appointed as Head, Department of Oncology

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed Dr. Scott Berry as Head of the Department of Oncology for the Faculty of Health Sciences. His appointment will be for a five-year term beginning on April 1, 2019.

Dean Reznick would also like to thank Dr. Jim Biagi for his leadership as Interim Head of the Department of Oncology. During his time in the position, Dr. Biagi continued to push the agenda in the department, furthering its tripartite mission of clinical care, research, and education.

Dr. Berry earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Toronto, followed by postgraduate specialty training there, where he completed residencies in general internal medicine and medical oncology. Since completing his training in 1997, Dr. Berry has worked as a clinician, researcher, and educator at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, where he is currently an associate professor. He completed a Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2001.

Dr. Berry’s major academic focus has been education. He chaired the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee for Medical Oncology from 2010 to 2016 and was the program director for the Medical Oncology Training Program at the University of Toronto from 2005 to 2017. He built the training program into one of the largest in Canada. During his tenure as chair, the Medical Oncology Specialty Committee was selected as one of the first specialties in the country to move forward with the Royal College’s Competence By Design (CBD) initiative and Dr. Berry helped lead the implementation of CBD for medical oncology in Canada. Strongly committed to making education more accessible, Dr. Berry is the co-leader of OncologyEducation.com, which is the leading website for oncology continuing medical education in Canada.

A respected researcher on colorectal cancer, Dr. Berry has authored or co-authored more than 45 peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Annals of Oncology. He co-chairs the Gastrointestinal Disease Site Group for the Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence Based Care. Dr Berry has also been an invited speaker internationally in the U.S., Asia, and Africa.

His other academic interest is the bioethical issues surrounding the care of people with cancer, in particular the ethical issues related to funding new cancer medications. He was an inaugural member and ethics advisor for the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review Expert Review Committee and has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Ethics Committee.

NOMINATIONS

Distinguished Service Awards

Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions.

Recipients will be presented with their awards on Nov. 2, 2019.

Guidelines, the nomination form, and additional information are available at the University Secretariat website.

Please submit nominations to the University Council Executive Committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4 pm.

Contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Awards or the nomination process.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Job Title: Manager, International Programs Office
Department: Office of the Associate Vice-Principal
Competition: J0119-1062
Successful Candidate: Thomas Gallini (Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment)

Job Title: Cancer Research Study Coordinator
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0818-0951
Successful Candidate: James Hutchenreuther

Job Title: Program Manager, Research and Post-Professional Programs
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0119-0666
Successful Candidate: Tim Rosillo (Professional Graduate Program Services)

Job Title: Professional Programs Manager
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0119-0476
Successful Candidate: Christianne Wojcik

Job Title: Research Technician
Department: Medicine
Competition: J0818-0391
Successful Candidate: Megan Hinds

Job Title: Continuous Service Improvement Manager
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J1118-0631
Successful Candidate: Andrew Gissing

Job Title: Manager, Infrastructure Services
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J1018-0779
Successful Candidate: Jason Neufeld

Job Title: Academic Advisor (International)
Department: Student Services - Faculty Arts and Science
Competition: J1218-0942
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Recruitment and Admissions Assistant (USW - Local 2010)
Department: Professional Graduate Program Services - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0219-0823
Successful Candidate: Lauren Zylstra

Job Title: Manager, Student Services
Department: Faculty of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Competition: J0119-1087
Successful Candidate: Micheline Johnston (Faculty of Engineering & Applied Sciences)

Job Title: Production Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Marketing and Communications - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0219-0875
Successful Candidate: Roxann Sadowski

Job Title: Program Manager, GDA & GDB (USW Local 2010)
Department: Graduate Diploma in Business - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0319-0311
Successful Candidate: Christine Melling (Professional Graduate Program Services - Smith School of Business)

Job Title: Director, Systems and Analytics
Department: Undergraduate Admissions
Competition: J0918-1115
Successful Candidate: Dominic Antony

Job Title: Program Manager, EMBA Americas (USW Local 2010)
Department: Professional Graduate Program Services - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0219-0607
Successful Candidate: Lesley McClement

Job Title: Office and Admissions Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J1118-0873
Successful Candidate: Kathleen Iley (Faculty of Education)

Job Title: Recruitment Advisor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Professional Graduate Program Services - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0219-0784
Successful Candidate: Ryan Hill (Centre for International Management - Smith School of Business)

Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE Local 229)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J1118-0344
Successful Candidate: James Cyr, Paul Homer, Kianna Johnson, Barry Olmstead, James Strang, Kyle Kish, Stacey Harpell, Ruth Wilkinson, Ryan Whan, Amanada Thruston, Jennifer McCormack, Kyle Hartlen

Job Title: On-Site Program Assistant
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0119-0360
Successful Candidate: Beverly Presley

Job Title: Faculty Assistant
Department: Faculty Support - Smith School of Business
Competition: J0219-0315
Successful Candidate: Laurie Pond

Job Title: Senior Web Developer
Department: University Relations
Competition: J1118-1116
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Creating connections and providing support

A special event is aiming to build a foundation of connections and support for faculty and staff at Queen’s University who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC).

Organized by a working group comprised of Queen’s faculty and staff, Claiming Our Spaces, Together is a social gathering that will help foster ties and provide support for each other in living well within the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

Two of the organizers who helped bring the idea forward are professors Shobhana Xavier (School of Religion) and Kristin Moriah (Department of English Language and Literature).

“Dr. Xavier and I initially envisioned this event as a way to bring diverse faculty and staff from across campus together, as was typical at the institutions at which we have worked in the past,” Dr. Moriah says. “Aside from being a great way to unwind at the end of the semester, this event has the potential to foster a greater sense of community among BIPOC faculty and staff here at Queen’s. There can never be too many spaces of welcoming and inclusion on this campus. Events like this can also underscore the university’s commitment to diversity while supporting the institution's academic mission.”

Claiming Our Spaces, Together is taking place Thursday, April 11 4-7 pm in the atrium of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Set out as an end-of-term celebration, this social gathering is an informal meet and greet for those looking to connect with colleagues from across campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with other BIPOC colleagues, share knowledges and experiences, and help establish community moving forward.

“Queen’s and Kingston can be challenging spaces to navigate as a person of colour. By hosting this event for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, we hope to share in being in community together, and get to know who is on campus and in Kingston,” says Lavie Williams, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor for the Human Rights and Equity Office. “It’s an opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues who share a deeper understanding of your own experiences and perspectives.”

Doors open at 4 pm, with opening remarks and words of welcome commencing at 4:30 pm. Attendees will then have the opportunity to start or join conversations with a few experienced colleagues from different areas of the university. Closing remarks will be at 6 pm; however, attendees are encouraged to continue enjoying the good conversation, finger foods, and atmosphere for a further hour.

Those looking to participate in related events, initiatives, and resources at Queen’s in support of racialized and Indigenous faculty and staff experiences on campus, can provide input through a dedicated webpage. All responses are anonymous and may be used to inform future planning.

Accommodation or special dietary requirement request can be sent to equity@queensu.ca.

Building pathways to success

[Pathways to Education and Queen's Athletics and Recreation]
Pathways to Education students and Queen’s student-athletes have some fun together during an event hosted by Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and the Varsity Leadership Council. (Supplied photo) 

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and the Varsity Leadership Council (VLC), held their second annual Pathways to Education mentorship day on Saturday, March 23, bringing together Pathways to Education students and Queen’s student-athletes for an afternoon of listening to speakers and participating in games, activities and discussions on resilience, goal setting, and mental health awareness.

Guest speakers included past and current Queen’s student-athletes, including former CFL linebacker Andrew Lue, Olympian Megan Lukan, Queen’s men’s volleyball assistant coach and former varsity athlete Tom Ellison, Queen’s men’s hockey forward Jaden Lindo, and a video from Canadian speedskater Lauren McGuire.

“This was my first time participating in the Pathways to Education mentorship day, and it was a very special and meaningful experience,” says Harry Range (Com’20), student-athlete and co-president of VLC. “It was amazing to see how engaged and outgoing these kids are, and we all had such a fun time playing games and listening to the various speakers.”

Pathways to Education is a community-based program, run through Kingston Community Health Centres, designed to improve high school completion rates in the Rideau Heights and Inner Harbour neighborhoods of Kingston. Since 2010, Pathways to Education has been providing the resources and network of support to help students graduate from high school and build the foundation for a successful future.

The partnership between Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and Pathways started in 2017, as a way to give students insight into the recreational opportunities on campus. It builds on the university’s longstanding outreach and recruitment-focused work with the local Pathways to Education program, and Pathways programs in the Greater Toronto Area. Queen’s staff visit Pathways to talk about post-secondary education, generally, host prospective applicants at on-campus events, and assist applicants during the admissions process. Queen’s recently implemented a First-Generation Admission Pathway, and has expanded available bursaries, to help further promote access among first generation students.

“Close to half of our students are first-generation learners, meaning they will be the first in their family to receive a post-secondary education,” says Roger Romero, Coordinator at Kingston Pathways to Education. “The mentorship day helps Pathways students see themselves as post-secondary students, and show them that through hard work and determination, they can accomplish their goals.”

This event was made possible by generous donations from McCoy Bus, Pita Pit, and Freedom 55.

To learn more, visit the Pathways to Education website.

Campus target of racist graffiti

In the early hours of Friday, April 5, Queen's University experienced multiple instances of spray-painted graffiti on campus, which was racist and hateful in nature.

The university reminds everyone that it cannot speculate as to who may be responsible, and notes that Campus Security and Emergency Services is actively cooperating with the Kingston Police to investigate the crime.

“There is no place at Queen’s for vandalism like this, nor for the hateful and racist messaging contained in the graffiti,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “The defaced areas have been documented and the university is working to have the damage removed or cleaned immediately.”

Anyone with information on these incidents or suspects is asked to contact Campus Security and Emergency Services (613-533-6111) or Kingston Police (613-549-4660).

Persons who may be affected by these criminal acts and require support are encouraged to reach out to the support services available on campus or the Faith and Spiritual Life.

Alumni Association to honour ‘world’s most admired central banker’

[Chancellor David Dodge presides over spring convocation 2014]
David Dodge served as chancellor from 2008 to 2014. On April 6 he will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

David Dodge (Arts'65, LLD’02) faced many challenges when he was the Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2008. He steered Canada’s economy through the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the financial problems following the burst of the dot-com tech bubble, and the U.S. housing market crisis that triggered a worldwide recession.

Keeping Canada’s economy strong while many other countries struggled during the final few years of his tenure is one of the reasons he was called “the world's most admired central banker” in a 2007 Toronto Star article.

“We had to be careful,” says Dr. Dodge, who worked with the central banks of other countries to fight the snowballing effects of the U.S. housing market collapse. “I spent a lot of time dealing with the financial problems building during 2005 and 2006. Growth was strong in Canada through 2007 and the first half of 2008. But the rest of the world was going down.”

Dr. Dodge feels his most important decision during his Bank of Canada tenure was to recruit Mark Carney as the next governor. Mr. Carney was so successful that he was dubbed a “banking rock star” and named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for helping Canada out of the recession faster than any other G7 nation.  

“I worked hard to recruit Mark (a former Goldman Sachs economist) to join the bank so we would have somebody with real financial experience in the bank,” Dr. Dodge says. “That proved to be one of the most important things I did.”

Queen’s School of Policy Studies adjunct professor and former chief economist at the Toronto Dominion Bank Don Drummond (MA’77, LLD’10) describes Dr. Dodge as a governor who provided steady-handed leadership. He has known Dr. Dodge for more than 40 years, and says he is one of the “rare breeds” who combines a deep understanding of economic theory with the ability to apply it to real-world issues. 

After leaving the bank in 2008, Dr. Dodge returned to Queen’s to take up the volunteer position of chancellor because he wanted to give back to the community that gave him so much. One of his favourite duties was presiding over convocation. He says he loved personally congratulating each graduate who crossed the stage, playing a small part in one of the happiest moments of a student’s life.

His five decades of public service and support of the university are the reasons he is receiving the Alumni Achievement Award on April 6, the highest honour bestowed by the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA). The award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna who has made significant lifetime contributions to society and is recognized as a leader in their community or field of work.

Dr. Dodge is honoured to receive the award and join an impressive list of recipients that includes NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (PhD’95); Peter Milliken (Arts’68), the longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons; and former Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman (Arts'68, DSc'02).

Former chair of the Queen’s Board of Trustees Barb Palk (Arts’73), is happy the QUAA is honouring Dr. Dodge.

“David adds to the impressive legacy at Queen’s of developing leaders who go on to help shape Canada,” she says. “He deserves the Alumni Achievement Award. He has always been close to the professoriate, gregarious with the students, and he’s a great prof who taught me a lot.”

Dr. Dodge is one of 12 people and one organization being honoured at the Awards Gala on April 6 in Kingston at Ban Righ Hall. 

This story originally appeared on the Queen’s Alumni website.

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