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Football Gaels hang on for win over Gryphons

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in competition over the weekend:


The Queen’s Gaels (3-2) squeezed out a 33-32 victory over the Guelph Gryphons (2-3) in the final seconds of their OUA football game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph on Saturday.

With the Gaels ahead 33-31, the hosts had a chance to win the game with less than 10 seconds left but the Gryphons’ kicker missed from 32 yards out, with the ball going through the endzone for a single point.

The Gaels jumped out to a 14-0 lead with touchdowns by Jake Puskas and Matteo Del Brocco. After the Gryphons got a major back Hobbs punched in another for a 21-7 lead.

Another touchdown from Puskas and a field goal by Nick Liberatore put the visitors up 33-7, but the Gryphons would roar back in the second half to give themselves a chance to win, only to fall just short.


The Queen's Gaels men’s rugby Team (4-0) continued their dominant OUA play with a 109-0 shutout against the Brock Badgers (1-3). 

A total of 12 Gaels scored a try or more in the rout. Cully Quirke opened the scoring in the first minute and Queen’s never looked back.

With forwards Nicholas DeLallo and Ruairidh MacPhail running wild, the Gaels captured a 52-0 lead at the half and continued their torrid try scoring pace even after substituting almost a full squad. First-year player Connor Weyell finished with three tries after the break.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s cross country team finished second and the men’s team was third overall at the Western Invitational in London on Saturday morning.

On the women’s side, the OUA No. 1 Gaels were led by third- and fourth-place finishes from Makenna Fitzgerald and Taylor Sills. Fitzgerald ran the 6km course in a time of 21:17 while Sills crossed at 21:28.

The Gaels women finished with 58 points coming in second to the Guelph Gryphons who won with 39 points. Western’s Kristina Popadich set a new course record in a time of 20:28 breaking the mark set last year by Queen’s Branna MacDougall who did not race this year in London.

On the men’s side, the Gaels totalled 80 points for third overall in the race behind McMaster and winners Guelph.

Queen’s was led by Mitchell de Lange who finished third overall in a time of 24:21 for the 8km race. Brett Crowley, Matt Flood, Nathan Dehghan and Mitchell Kirby finished 11th, 19th, 21st and 26th respectively.


The Queen's Women’s soccer team (5-2-1) stumbled a bit as they lost 2-0 against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (7-1-1) on Saturday and followed with a scoreless draw Sunday against the Carleton Ravens (4-3-3).

Saturday’s game was a battle between the OUA’s No. 7 (Queen’s) and No. 8 (Ottawa) teams. In a tightly-contested match the Gee-Gees made the breakthrough off a free kick just before the half and doubled the lead in the 74th minute through a penalty shot.

On Sunday, the Gaels dominated possession throughout much of the match but were not able to capitalize on their chances against the Ravens.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s soccer team (6-2-0) earned a weekend split with a 3-0 win over the Trent Excalibur (0-8-0) on Saturday and 2-1 loss against the Carleton Ravens (9-0-1) on Sunday.

The Gaels dominated the Excalibur with goals coming from Michael Chang, Nicholas Theodorakakis, and Nick Alie Day.

On Sunday the OUA No. 5 Ravens got out to an early 2-0 with goals in the sixth and 25th minutes.

The Gaels battled back and James Michaelis struck back with a header in the 65th minute. However, the Gaels were unable to find the equalizer.

Queen’s Cares expands internationally

[Queen's Cares students at Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and KFLA]
A team of students from the 2018 Queen’s Cares Alternative Reading Week helped out at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area. From left: Bertug Yoruk; Cordelia Staffieri; Megan Clemens; Kori Cembal, Manager, Volunteer Services and Special Events, Boys and Girls Club; and Yonie Ye. (University Communications)


Queen’s Cares, the university’s alternative reading week program, continues to grow and this year it’s moving beyond the Kingston community.

Queen’s Cares is a community-engaged learning initiative, run by the Student Experience Office (SEO) in the Division of Student Affairs. This year, for the first time, students will have opportunities to connect with and learn from communities outside of Kingston. In addition to the local program, experiences will be offered in London, Ont., and internationally in New Orleans and in Ecuador. The program expansion is partially funded by the provincial Career Ready Fund.

“Queen’s Cares is about partnerships, collaboration, leadership, personal growth and skill development,” says Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Community-Engaged Learning. “Students are encouraged to make connections between what they are bringing to the project and what they learn, and think about how they can apply their new skills and community experience to their studies and to their career path or journey.” 

In partnership with Western University, some Queen’s Cares participants will work with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and Operation Groundswell in Ecuador. There is also a new opportunity for students from both universities to participate in a group exchange and experience local programs in Kingston and London.

Informed by Fair Trade Learning Principles, Queen’s Cares aims to support communities by ensuring they are involved in every step of the project planning process. Community-identified initiatives are the main focus of these experiential learning opportunities.

Applications for leaders and participants are now open. For more information, go to https://www.queensu.ca/studentexperience/queens-cares

Up close and personal with a deputy minister

The Fall Policy Talks series opens with a personal look at the balancing act of a deputy minister.

Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister of Public Safety, speaks to a packed room of School of Policy Studies graduate students and Queen’s and Kingston community members. (Photo: University Communications)
Malcolm Brown, Deputy Minister of Public Safety, speaks to a packed room of School of Policy Studies graduate students and Queen’s and Kingston community members. (Photo: University Communications)

A packed room of School of Policy Studies graduate students and members of the Queen’s and Kingston community listened keenly to the stories and advice of Deputy Minister of Public Safety Malcolm Brown, the first speaker of the Fall 2018 School of Policy Studies “Policy Talks” Series.

“At the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, we make decisions that impact Canadians’ physical safety and environments. For example, at the Canadian Border Security Agency, 300 to 400 decisions are made every day on who to allow into the country,” says Mr. Brown. “In an emergency preparedness capacity, we’re responsible for planning for what we hope never happens, from natural disasters to threats to the continuity of government.”

A Queen’s alumnus, Mr. Brown (Artsci’82) holds the most senior public service position at Public Safety, advising the Minister and acting as the connection between bureaucracy and politics. The department covers a large portfolio, including Correctional Services Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA), Parole Board of Canada and the RCMP. Mr. Brown spoke about the role he plays in public policy and the relationships he manages to keep the portfolio running efficiently.

The School of Policy Studies hosts Policy Talks, a weekly series that covers a broad range of policy topics. Mr. Brown’s opening talk for the series gave the audience a look behind the scenes of one of Canada’s most high security departments.

“I report directly to the Clerk of the Privy Council Office and support the Minister, and I manage the relationship between the Minister and the department,” says Mr. Brown. “Deputy Ministers need to understand their Ministers to make this work. Figuring out how my Minister works and takes in information is crucial. If you don’t work together properly, you both operate in a vacuum.

“It’s essential that I, as the Deputy Minister, am the most trusted public service advisor to the Minister. Transparency and respect between other leaders in the portfolio departments keeps stakeholders in the loop, while also allowing me to manage those relationships.”

Audience members peppered the Deputy Minister with questions after his speech, including what it takes to be a leader in federal government.

“Impatience,” he says. “You can’t be satisfied with how things always are. You need to politely, and with respect, challenge the ways we’ve always done things.”

Many of the talks will be livestreamed this year. For details on this and upcoming Policy Talks, visit the School of Policy Studies website.

Helping interest in STEM take root

A graduate student’s passion project is opening up opportunities for dozens of Kingston-area grade school students.

[Queen's University Kathryn Hong Awesome Foundation Girl SySTEM Garrett Elliott]
Kathryn Hong introduces speakers during an event called the STEMist Fair held in June. (Supplied Photo)

Women accounted for 39 percent of university graduates aged 25 to 34 with a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree according to a recent Statistics Canada National Household Survey.

This is despite the fact women represent the majority of young university graduates, and despite the increasing importance of STEM programs and a growing demand for tech talent in Canada.

There are a few reasons for this gap – and the simplest one may be a lack of opportunity and exposure. Research shows that students may not necessarily grasp the importance of science and math at a young age, and yet exposure to these activities is critical so they can make future career choices.

Enter the Girls SySTEM program – a pilot project getting underway in Kingston thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The program has also attracted private funding from local supporters such as The Awesome Foundation – Kingston, and multinational organizations including Novelis and Abbott Laboratories Limited.

This not-for-profit project aims to connect grade school mentees in grades 7-12 with professional mentors and learning opportunities in the STEM workforce. Since launching in April, the program has been able to facilitate 20 pairings, with a number of new mentees to be added in November through a new partnership to be announced.

A team of four leads the Girls SySTEM program, including one Queen’s graduate and three Queen’s students.

Kathryn Hong founded the program as a way of connecting others with the same opportunities she has had. Ms. Hong, a Masters student in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, first became interested in cardiology in grade 11. She says the mentorship she received at that time was instrumental in her academic journey and career path.

“With the help of my mentors, I have gained insight into the diverse avenues of medicine and in doing so, have acquired the confidence, support, and resources to excel,” says Ms. Hong. “I designed this program with the belief that we need to empower young students through first-hand experiences in their desired professional field and intervene at an early point of their academic career to effect substantial change.”

Working alongside Ms. Hong are Caleigh Matheson (Artsci’19), Girls SySTEM’s community director; Christina Yan (Artsci’19), the group’s mentorship coordinator; and Jelena Petrovic (MSc’18), who is working to engage the Kingston community with the organization.

Together, the group is recruiting mentees and mentors; hosting free monthly events focusing on building technical skills, professional development, and gaining leadership and career advice; solidifying their model here in Kingston ahead of a planned province-wide expansion; and growing their network of corporations, benefactors, and supporters to assist with future expansion.

[Queen's University Kathryn Hong Girl SySTEM]
Girl SySTEM mentees participate in an interactive science-based workshop provided by Science Quest, teaching students about changes in properties of matter. (Supplied Photo) 

Their first monthly event is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 30, where the mentees and mentors will gather for their first formal in-person group meeting. In October, program participants will be provided with a personalized tour from a manufacturer that happens to be one of the organization’s leading sponsors.

“Among our goals, we want to raise awareness of the diversity of women holding STEM positions so that we may attempt to alter the belief that STEM roles are solitary or genetically predisposed,” Ms. Hong adds. “We also hope to sustain girls’ interest in STEM throughout their high school careers and provide aspiring young girls with positive role models who will empower, support, and guide them towards career decision making.”

Ms. Hong adds that the Girls SySTEM program is currently seeking professionals working in a STEM field to sign up as mentors, as well as Queen’s student volunteers who can help in running the program. Queen’s faculty are also invited to join the growing mentorship network. 

Mentors, mentees, or volunteers seeking to join the Girls SySTEM program or learn more can visit girlsystemmentorship.com.

The World Remembers: A century of memories

Queen's University is participating in an international expression of remembrance marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

[Queen's Remembers]
During the First World War, 189 members of the Queen's community were killed. Among those who lost their lives in 1918 were, from left, Loring Brooks Adams; Wilson Harold Stinson; William Rutherford Dunlop; and Charles Allen Goodwillie. (Queen's University Archives)

The First World War left an indelible mark on the world.

Death on a scale never seen before, years scarred by tragedy, futility, and devastation.

Queen’s University would not be untouched. Thousands of Queen’s men and women would be involved – enlisting as soldiers, serving as doctors and nurses, supporting the war effort in any way possible.

This Nov. 11, Remembrance Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of that war, yet, a century on, the memories linger.

Leading up to the centenary, Queen’s University is participating in The World Remembers, a powerful and timely expression of remembrance and reconciliation.

Led by award-winning Canadian actor R.H. Thomson and lighting designer Martin Conboy, the international event features the names of all war dead who were killed in 1918, regardless of which nation they were fighting for.

The Song of Those Who Healed
The experiences of women who served as nurses during the First World War will be brought to life through a dramatic reading on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm at the Rotunda Theatre of Theological Hall. Compiled and narrated by award-winning Canadian actor RH Thomson, with support from faculty, actors and musicians from the Dan School of Drama and Music, The Song of Those Who Healed: The Words of Women Who Served in the First World War draws upon the writings and interviews of five nurses from Canada, Britain, and the United States.
The piece is directed by the Dan School’s Craig Walker (Drama, English, Cultural Studies). Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission.
Following the performance those present will be invited to make the short walk to Grant Hall. Thomson will say a few words of reflection and the group will observe two minutes silence. This will be the first formal recognition of the Queen’s University memorial of The World Remembers project. Among the many others, the names of all those from Queen’s who lost their lives during 1918, and who died of wounds or war-related illness in 1919 and 1920, will be projected on the outer wall of Grant Hall.

The World Remembers began in 2014, highlighting the names of those killed during each year of the First World War. As the project nears its conclusion, it has gathered strength.

“Memory is part of what makes us human,” says R.H. Thomson. “A personal connection to the almost unimaginable history of the First World War is the goal. One hundred years later, every man or woman who lost their life, regardless of their nationality, deserves to be individually remembered. Both new Canadians and Canadians whose families lived here in the war years can search the website for a relative who was killed and find the exact day, hour and minute that their name will appear in the displays. It is an opportunity to honour the diversity of Canadians caught up in the First World War.”

The Queen’s memorial will begin formally on Thursday, Sept. 20 and continue to Sunday, Nov. 11. Through the project, all 1,003,167 names of soldiers, nurses, and other military personnel who were killed in 1918 will be projected onto the outer wall of Grant Hall, facing Ontario Hall. Of those names 23,731 are Canadian.

Over the five years of the war close to 61,000 Canadians were killed, and another 172,000 were wounded. Among those deaths were 189 from Queen’s University. Queen’s University Archives have done amazing work compiling records on all these individuals.

The projection will begin at 8 pm each day and continue through the night. A list will be available at the memorial detailing when the name of each of the Queen’s fallen from 1918 will appear. 

From the outbreak of the war on July 28, 1914, members of the Queen’s community contributed to the Canadian effort, enlisting in units such as the 5th Field Company Engineers, 6th Field Company Engineers, No. 5 Stationary Hospital / No. 7 (Queen's) Canadian General Hospital, 46th (Queen’s) Battery, 50th (Queen’s) Battery, 72nd (Queen’s) Battery , 253rd Battalion (Queen’s University Highlanders).

Others served in units from their hometowns or the Canadian Universities Unit.

Their memories live on today – Fifth Field Company Lane and George Taylor Richardson Memorial Stadium. Part of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) was once the Students' Memorial Union, purchased by the university in 1927 and named in commemoration of students who died during the First World War. It still houses a memorial room.

To learn more about Queen’s and the First World War, visit the Queen’s University Archives website.

To learn more about The World Remembers project, visit theworldremembers.org.

Gaels women’s soccer team earns weekend sweep

[Queen's celebrates goals against RMC]
Queen's Gaels players celebrate a goal during Saturday's 3-0 win over the RMC Paladins in OUA soccer action. 

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in competition over the weekend:


The Queen’s Gaels women’s soccer team (5-1-0) swept a home-and-home series with cross-town rivals the RMC Paladins (0-5-1) with 5-0 and 3-0 wins.

On Sunday at Richardson Stadium, the Gaels went ahead early with quick strikes by Jenny Wolever and Sarah Nixon. Alexandra Doane added a third before the break and Christie Gray and Andrea Meneses rounded out the scoring in the second half.

On Saturday at RMC, Erin Cliffe opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Jenny Wolever and Alexandra Doane added strikes following the break.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s soccer team (5-2-0) earned a split on the weekend with a 2-1 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-3-0) on Saturday and a 2-1 loss against the Ryerson Rams (6-0-1) on Sunday.

After Toronto opened the scoring in the 51st minute, the Gaels struck back five minutes later with Andrew Kim heading in the ball. Junior Kwame Addai then scored the winner on a breakaway in the 82nd minute.

On Sunday the Gaels tried to battle back again after the Rams scored a pair of early goals. Antoine Noel scored for the hosts in the 39th minute but couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half.


The Queen's Gaels (2-2) fell 42-39 to the No. 8 Carleton Ravens (3-1) during a Saturday afternoon thriller in Ottawa. The Gaels came back from a 19-point deficit to force overtime, but were unable to pull of the win.

Trailing 33-14 in the third quarter the goals quarterback Nate Hobbs took over with a pair of touchdown throws and a rushing score of his own. The Gaels outscored the Ravens 22-3 over the stretch to end 36-36 in regulation.

After Nick Liberatore kicked a 42-yard field goal in the second OT, the Ravens replied with a winning touchdown to take the game

The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (3-0) continued their dominant OUA play cruising to a 97-8 road victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-3) on Saturday night.

The Gaels dominated the opening 25 minutes of the match, scoring 26 unanswered points before the Blues were finally able to get on the board with a penalty goal.

Nick DeLallo led the way with five tries while Sam Ibbotson added three and Ruaindh MacPhail had two.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team (2-1) topped the McMaster Marauders (1-1) 34-14 on Sunday as the Gaels bounced back from a home loss last weekend, restoring their winning record in OUA play.

The Gaels grabbed an early lead and held on in a tight first half to enter the break up 8-0. The Gaels extended their advantage early in the second half, jumping out to a commanding 22-0 lead, only allowing the Marauders to score when the match was already well out of reach.

Sophie De Goede and Rachel Hickson both scored a pair of tries for the Gaels.


The home course of the next two U SPORTS national championships saw its first run of the season as the Queen's Gaels hosted their annual Invitational at Fort Henry Hill.

On the women's side, it was a clean sweep of the podium for the Gaels who also held down the fourth and eighth spots. Rookie runner Brogan MacDougall led the way finishing first in a time of 29:04.72 in the 8km race. Shortly behind MacDougall were Taylor Sills at 30:36.03, Makenna Fitzgerald at 30:36.72 and Jade Watson at 31:25.75. As a team, the Gaels finished first with 18 total points followed by Laurier at 42 and Nipissing at 79.

The Queen’s men swept the top five placings at the race and secured a perfect team score of 15 to claim the overall title. Laurier was the next closest team at 54 total points.

Mitchell de Lange finished in the top spot for Queen's in a time of 25:49.59 while Brett Crowley at 26:16.34, Matthew Flood at 26:20.34, Ruben Sansom at 26:30.18 and Mitchell Kirby at 26:43.28 rounded out the top five for Queen's.

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes September edition of Lifelines

Read the September edition of Lifelines.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The September edition, entitled “Addiction & Recovery” looks at what an addiction is, what treatment options are available for various addiction severities, and how to support someone with an addiction.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Recipients of 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

[Queen's University Christine Synpowich Ram Murty Arts and Science]
Ram Murty and Christine Sypnowich. (Supplied Photo)

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Christine Sypnowich (Philosophy) and Ram Murty (Mathematics and Statistics) as the recipients of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. The awards will be given during the 2018 Fall Convocation.

The School of Graduate Studies congratulates the winners and thanks them for their leadership, mentorship, and contributions to enriching the academic experience of their graduate students.

To learn more about the recipients, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

GrindSpaceXL grows cohort for 2018 program

An entrepreneurship program supported by Queen’s Innovation Park is boasting a great crop of applicants this year.

2018 GrindSpaceXL Cohort
Aorte Fitness – A kinetic resistance apparatus that has applications including use by the fitness and defence industries.
AquaSwift – AquaSwift is a water analytics company primarily focused on providing rural households and water organizations an effective way to track and monitor their water via sensor technology.
BizSkills Academy – a virtual start-up accelerator which delivers training programs to early-stage entrepreneurs, connects them to experts and mentors, and helps them access seed funding.
FanSaves – digital platform that helps increase sponsorship sales and visibility for junior and professional sports teams while growing fan engagement 365 days a year.
JIC Design – sharing of student data across school boards, colleges and schools to improve dual credit and e-learning registration processes for educational institutions.
Meta Innovation Technologies – a multi-platform interactive educational software solution that overcomes the competency gap of new hires and provides on-demand knowledge for continuing professional development.
Phoenix Armour – a composite ballistic armour that is lightweight, breathable, cool, flexible, and able to fit virtually any body shape or form. It provides unprecedented protection from ballistics, shrapnel, fragments, and explosive blasts.
StayBillety – an online accommodation service connecting like-minded guests and hosts. StayBillety pairs a home sharing model with interests, events, and activities.
Tune n’ Tone – an exercise device that supports the building of core strength and can be used by people with limited mobility.

Connecting fans with team sponsors, creating a fitness apparatus for people with mobility issues, and tracking and managing well water data are just a few of the problems being addressed by business ventures joining the 2018 GrindSpaceXL cohort.

The GrindSpaceXL program at Queen’s Innovation Park – now working with its sixth cohort – is an intensive 12-week business acceleration program that helps high-potential startups to improve customer traction, grow sales, and prepare for investment. Unlike other acceleration programs at Queen’s, GrindSpaceXL takes place in the fall at Innovation Park and is focused on companies which already have a product developed. Additionally, GrindSpaceXL is open to community ventures as well as businesses started by Queen’s students and graduates.

Thanks to the high calibre of this year’s applicants, nine teams in total were chosen for the 2018 program, making this the largest cohort yet.

“We are very pleased to be providing leadership and advice to the incredible caliber of ventures developing in the region and through on campus programs,” says Jim Banting, Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation). “We believe that the expertise and resources that we can provide to these entrepreneurs will help them grow their ventures and take them to the next level.”

During their time in the GrindSpaceXL program, participants will receive a wide variety of support from the Queen’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation, the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, Launch Lab, and Kingston-based accounting firm Secker Ross and Perry LLP, along with the many years of experience of the program’s facilitators. In addition to these resources, the cohort members will also benefit from interacting with fellow entrepreneurs in weekly discussions.

Once the program is complete, the ventures will still be able to benefit from the many resources available through Innovation Park at Queen’s University, including incubation space.

GrindSpaceXL ventures have often made their first sales during the program, and many have gone on to achieve success in their industries. GrindSpaceXL alumni include FireRein, Mesh-Scheduling Inc. (previously Canarmony), Rillea Technologies, RockMass Technologies, and Mero Technologies.

The program officially began on September 10 and will run until early December, when ventures will again pitch their businesses after developing and refining their business models over the three-month period.

GrindSpaceXL is supported by the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program, and is just one of the feature programs in the suite of services offered by the Queen’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation, Launch Lab, and the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network under the InnovationXL banner.

For more information about the GrindSpaceXL program, please visit www.grindspacexl.com.

Queen’s remembers Professor Emeritus C.E.S. (Ned) Franks

Queen’s University is remembering the accomplishments and contributions of C.E.S. (Ned) Franks, a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Studies and the School of Physical and Health Education.

[CES (Ned) Franks]
Professor Emeritus C.E.S. (Ned) Franks died on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (University Communications) 

Dr. Franks taught at Queen’s for 35 years, and was a leading expert on Canada’s parliamentary system. He died Tuesday, Sept. 11. He was 81.

“Queen’s and Canada have lost a great political scientist in Ned Franks. He had a long career which included mentoring many students who have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, the public service, journalism, and politics,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. ”An expert on Canada’s parliamentary system he served as a regular adviser to government and media. He also participated in Queen’s governance, most recently on the former Campus Planning and Development Committee.”

Born in Toronto, Dr. Franks attended Upper Canada College, earned his BA (1959) and MA (1965) from Queen’s, and his DPhil from Oxford.

He returned to Queen’s as an assistant professor in 1967 after working for several years with the Government of Saskatchewan, including a stint as clerk assistant of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.

Throughout his career at Queen’s, Dr. Franks’ influence and reputation was felt well beyond the university and his advice and insight were regularly sought out by fellow scholars, governments, and media.

“He was a kind of larger-than-life figure both here in the department but also in the scholarly community and beyond. His intellectual breadth was incredibly broad and deep. He had a passion for knowledge,” says Jonathan Rose, an associate professor in Political Studies. “I don’t know any other political scientist who has written respected books on canoeing and Parliament. His sense of wonderment about things beyond and outside of the narrow discipline of political studies was incredibly refreshing and demonstrated a love of learning about the world.”

Dr. Franks was Dr. Rose’s supervisor during his master’s studies at Queen’s and later became his colleague when he joined the Department of Political Studies. He was strongly influenced by Dr. Franks’ sense of rigour and the importance of precision in scholarship.

“Here was an academic who continued the best tradition of Queen’s, which is to make connections between policy making and scholarship,” Dr. Rose says. “I think one of the reasons Queen’s politics is respected in Ottawa is because of this close connection and regular advice that scholars like Ned would provide governments of all political stripes.”

In addition to more than 100 articles and chapters in books, Dr. Franks wrote or edited 14 books and monographs, including The Parliament of Canada, The Canoe and White Water, and Dissent and the State. His work included explorations into public administration, government accountability, parliamentary government in Canada, aboriginal self-government, canoeing, sport and politics, Canada's North, issues related to nuclear energy, and politics in India.

He also wrote numerous influential op-ed pieces for newspapers and magazines and was asked by national and international media for his insight on important issues on the Canadian political agenda. 

In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and, in 2004, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society awarded him its 75th Anniversary Medallion.

In 2007 the Queen’s University bestowed its Distinguished Service Award upon Dr. Franks in recognition of his four decades of leadership and work on campus planning, including playing a key role in the planning and construction of Mackintosh-Corry Hall as well as a major renovation and expansion program for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

“With gentle humor, positive reinforcement and comprehensive knowledge you have presided and offered wise counsel as the university sought to improve planning activities for the practice of commissioning buildings, and procedures for selecting leading architects and adopting competitive processes,” a section of the award citation reads. “The results may be found in the record of award-winning structures renewing one of Canada’s historic institutions.”

Dr. Franks also played the roles of an adviser on student life matters and a supporter of student self-government, serving as a mentor to generations of student leaders in the Alma Mater Society, and twice was appointed as honorary president.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once finalized.


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