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New Athletics and Recreation executive director appointed

Linda MelnickLinda Melnick has been appointed executive director, Athletics and Recreation at Queen’s University with immediate effect. Melnick succeeds Leslie Dal Cin who retired from the position in May 2022.

“Linda has long been dedicated to post-secondary athletics and recreation dating back to her time as an OUA varsity athlete,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, who led the recruitment process. “She is known for leading change based on transparency and collaboration. She is a champion for safe sport, and ensuring the principles of equity, diversity, inclusivity, Indigenization, and accessibility are fundamental to her work in supporting students and student athletes.”

As executive director, Melnick will work to advance the university’s mission and strategic goals and foster a culture of excellence, accountability, collaboration and innovation that support exceptional recreation and athletic programs and services, which serve the entire university community. Melnick will also lead the development, management, business operations, and assessment of programs and services that engage and have significant impact for students, student-athletes, stakeholders, and partners.

“I am excited for this opportunity as we continue our work to achieve our department’s vision of being the leading Athletics and Recreation program in Canada,” Melnick says. “I am honoured to follow Leslie, whose leadership transformed the department and its operations.”

Read the full article on the Queen's Athletics and Recreation website.

For the Record – Aug. 18, 2022

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.

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Headship Search Committee - Department of Psychiatry

Claudio Soares’ term as head of the Department of Psychiatry will end on June 30, 2023, and a Search Committee has been established to make a recommendation to the board chairs of the participating hospitals and provost of Queen’s University on its future leadership. The Search Committee, which has been established in accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads is comprised of:

  • Dr. Diane Lougheed (co-chair), Vice-Dean, Clinical, Queen’s Health Sciences, QHS
  • Dr. Roumen Milev (co-chair), Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs, Providence Care Hospital
  • Dr. Nazanin Alavi-Tabari, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Dr. Oyedeji Ayonrinde, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Kristy Lodewyks (Secretary), Senior Staffing Officer, QHS
  • Dr. Vijitha Mahalingam, Resident, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Dr. David Messenger, Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, QHS
  • Dr. Simon O’Brien, Chief of Staff & Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Providence Care Hospital
  • Dr. Archana Patel, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Dr. Gautham Pulagam, Resident, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Krista Robertson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, QHS
  • Dr. Mary Rowland, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, QHS

At this time, faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to submit their comments, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Psychiatry, as well as the names of possible candidates for the headship and the reasons for supporting each nominee. Written submissions are to be submitted via Microsoft Forms. Responses received will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the review committee. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Queen’s remembers donor, alumnus Dennis Sharp

Dennis Sharp (Sc’60) is being remembered as a successful businessman and philanthropist who helped the next generation of Queen’s students by supporting various causes, including Gaels football and student health and wellness initiatives. 

Sharp, a former Gael football player and geological engineering graduate, passed away on July 31 in Montreal.

“Because of Dennis’ generosity, the lives of our students and their time at Queen’s has been greatly improved. His legacy is reflected in the kindness and care he gave to others,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. "His support helped ensure Queen’s could provide students with health and wellness services that have become even more essential over the last several years.“

Sharp was a long-time supporter of his alma mater, making gifts in support of the Queen’s Fund, the Gaels football team, and the Integrated Learning Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. He was also a volunteer and advocate for the university with many of his colleagues and fellow alumni in Montreal and Western Canada.

In 2018, Sharp – together with his wife, Hélène Côté Sharp, and their family – gave a $5-million gift through the Côté Sharp Family Foundation to support student health and wellness at Queen’s. The Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre in Mitchell Hall is named in their honour.

“Wellness will continue to be an important issue with students for decades to come,” Sharp said at the time of the gift announcement in 2018. “The (Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre) will be there to help them address any needs that come up. Our hope is that it becomes an important part of the Queen’s campus.”

Sharp, originally from Hamilton, came to Queen’s because of the great reputation of the school’s engineering program and the university’s relatively small size. He remembered his time at Queen’s as among some of the best years of his life.

“It was a wonderful environment – a great place to make friends, and those friends have stayed with me to this day,” he once said. “As you advance your career, you’re always looking back on what is meaningful. For me, Queen’s became more and more meaningful as time went on, and I became a bigger and bigger booster of the university.”

Sharp was passionate about energy and technical innovation. He combined these with an ability to inspire, lead, and raise capital to build a number of “game-changing” companies in Western Canada, specifically CS Resources and UTS.

The innovative extractive technologies developed as a result of his vision have become commonplace in the upstream Canadian oil and gas sector. His business skills led him to serve on many boards, including EnCana Corporation, PanCanadian Petroleum Limited, and Azure Dynamics Corporation (a world leader in hybrid electric vehicles at the time). In 1996, Sharp was given a great honour in his industry when he was named governor and chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

In 2003, he received the John B. Stirling Montreal Medal, the highest honour from the Queen’s Montreal Alumni Branch, for his contributions to the university and leadership in the Canadian business world.

“With his infectious laughter and boundless energy, it was a personal privilege to get to know Dennis,” said Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand (Artsci’94). “His devotion to family, Queen’s, and community set an example for all, and he will be deeply missed.”

Mark Walters stepping down as dean of the Faculty of Law in June 2023

Mark Walters, Dean of the Faculty of Law, will complete his deanship one year early, on June 30, 2023.

“Serving as the dean of one of Canada’s leading law schools has been a great privilege,” Dr. Walters says. “I have enjoyed my time as dean immensely, but I am now looking forward to returning to my research, writing, teaching, and mentoring students in the fields of public and constitutional law.”

During his tenure as dean, Dr. Walters has strengthened the Faculty of Law through the development of a new Strategic Framework (2021-2026), the introduction of new academic programs and dynamic course offerings – including the successful launch of the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law – and has expanded faculty hiring in strategic areas to advance the academic mission and research footprint of the school. He has also worked to enhance equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization within the Faculty of Law through the establishment of an Anti-Racism Working Group, the launch of a JD curriculum review to align with Queen’s EDII goals, and increased recruitment and support for students from equity-deserving groups.

Principal Deane and Provost Teri Shearer would like to thank Dr. Walters for his service as dean and wish him well on his return to teaching and research. Further information on the search for the next dean of the Faculty of Law will be shared once available.

A statement from Dean Walters can be found on the Faculty of Law website.

Ontario health minister tours Providence Transitional Care Centre

Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones tours the Providence Transitional Care Centre.
Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones, second from left, toured Providence Transitional Care Centre on Friday, Aug 12, with Jane Philpott, Dean of Health Sciences and CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO), second from right, and Cathy Szabo, president and CEO of Providence Care. (Queen's University)

Minister of Health and Deputy Premier of Ontario Sylvia Jones visited the Providence Transitional Care Centre on Friday, Aug. 12, located at the former St. Mary’s of the Lake hospital site purchased by Queen’s University in 2017. Queen’s is now leasing the former Gibson Wing to Providence Care for this specialized health facility.

Minister Jones was welcomed by Jane Philpott, Dean of Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). Dr. Philpott provided a guided tour of the centre alongside Providence Care President and CEO Cathy Szabo. The Providence Transitional Care Centre, located at 340 Union St., provides on-site care for individuals who no longer require acute care in hospital but are not yet ready to go home. It also provides key support services, including spiritual care, social work, discharge planning, and home and community care. The centre is funded by the Ministry of Health. 

As part of the tour, Minister Jones met with officials and staff from SEAMO, Providence Care, and Queen’s University. These health partners and others, including Kingston Health Sciences Centre and the Frontenac Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team, are working together to reduce the challenge of hallway medicine in acute care hospitals and better meet the health care needs of our aging populations. Designed to improve access to primary care, the partners are developing a person-centric health home model offering patients care from an interdisciplinary team of health professionals. This model is designed to meet patients’ healthcare needs while curbing emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

During her time in Kingston, Minister Jones also toured the emergency department and laboratory at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. At the hospital she also spoke with health care providers and administrators from hospitals across Southeastern Ontario, including Brockville General Hospital, and Quinte Health Centre on the current challenges facing hospitals and future opportunities for health care.

Minister Jones was appointed to the role of health minister and deputy premier in June 2022.

Learn more about how Queen's University is working with local partners to improve health care in Kingston and region

Pitch competition celebrates a decade of innovation and entrepreneurship

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre invites startups to join the competition with up to $100,000 prize pool. 

DDQIC participant makes a presentation on stage in Mitchell Hall
This year's Summer Pitch Competition, hosted by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC), will be held Thursday, Aug. 18 at Mitchell Hall. (Queen's University)

For the past decade, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) has been bringing together emerging entrepreneurs to develop their skills, innovate, and share solutions to modern-day challenges.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the QICSI, this year’s Summer Pitch Competition will be returning to a hybrid format after two years of virtual pitching. With 15 for-profit teams from Kingston, the Queen’s community, and Africa participating, the event will feature the largest slate of competitors to date.

Entrepreneurial teams spent the summer tackling a problem, creating and validating solutions, and building a business venture. Participants will have seven minutes to pitch their business to judges, followed by a six-minute question-and-answer session.

Judges with entrepreneurship experience will assess presentations and business ideas to determine which teams will earn a share of the seed funding and prizes. In addition to the judges’ evaluation, participants will also be partaking in the Wisdom of the Market Award poll, which awards extra seed funding to the team with the most votes.

“I want to congratulate this year’s entrepreneurs for their hard work throughout the summer, regardless of the outcome of the pitch competition,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. “We’re thrilled to be returning to an in-person competition, re-establishing the program’s embeddedness in the Kingston community. Watching the ventures’ performance this summer reminds us of the impact of collaboration and what it truly means to be part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

This year’s teams include startups participating in the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI), Build2Scale Health (B2S), Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellows, and regional ventures. The event will wrap up with an awards announcement where the top ventures will find out who will be awarded prizes from a pool of up to $100,000, including a grand prize of around $30,000 in seed funding.

Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship

Among the participants for the Jim Leech Mastercard Foundation Fellowship on Entrepreneurship are eight finalists who will be pitching virtually from across Africa. The nine-month program helps fellows develop entrepreneurial skills and encourages them to develop the drive to make a social or financial impact.

Build2Scale Health

Build2Scale Health is an accelerator program for entrepreneurs who are responding to unmet needs by developing and delivering new health policies, systems, products and technologies, and services in the health sector. In previous years, the program has led to creative solutions that improve accessibility and quality of care.

Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative

Each year, the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative selects ambitious individuals with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship, innovation, or social impact. Participants gain access to resources and mentorship which provide an environment where ideas can grow into successful startups.

List of Finalists

Pocket Clinic
Founders: Amir Hossein Omidvar, Atena Amanati, and Golnaz Morovati
Pocket Clinic is a smart injection system for insulin-dependent diabetics that is controlled with a smartphone to solve under- and overdosing. The smart injection system adheres to the skin and provides automatic microinjections of insulin as needed by the user.

Foot Truck
Founders: Maria Pieroni and Amanda Pieroni
Foot Truck is a mobile clinic for people who lack transportation and/or have some kind of mobility impairment, allowing them to receive foot care assistance at home.

Arke News
Founders: Abigail Kingswood (Comm‘19), Divya Makkar (MSC‘19)
Arke News is a news aggregator that measures the holistic bias present in the news that users read through their platform, having access to a real-time bias profile personalized to each user's news consumption.

Founders: Alieu Jallow (MMIE’22), Matthew Sordo (MMIE’22), Alex Crawford (ArtSci’22)
InvestA offers an investment portfolio management dashboard tool for Venture Capitalists and Angels. The dashboard allows investors to easily track key metrics of startups.

CO2L Tech
Founders: Tu Nguyen Anh Tran-Ly, and Cao-Thang Dinh
CO2L Tech offers a direct solution for carbon dioxide elimination by making devices to convert carbon dioxide into formic acid and derivatives, which are widely used in feedstock antimicrobials and other industries, using readily abundant solar energy and seawater.

Founders: Adam Steven Clark, Vinicius Porfirio Purgato Robinson Grant (BSC’25), Fabio Ynoe de Moraes
Verus is an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software where hospitals (and potentially other businesses) can automate their processes of billing and registering patients, minimizing the number of human errors, and increasing the overall productivity of doctors and staff.

Armistice Biotherapeutics
Founders: Andrew Lingard (MD ‘19)
Armistice is developing DIPLOMAT, a cell therapy which has been designed to drive tolerance to transplanted tissues. DIPLOMAT cells are modified to appear as if they are undergoing “programmed cell death” or apoptosis, a strongly immunosuppressive state.

Strictly Diabetic
Founders: Fadzai Muramba, Dr. Life Zambezi, and Wadzanai Muramba
Strictly Diabetic helps type 2 diabetics manage their blood sugar levels at a minimal cost to prevent diabetic-related complications in the future. Their services include an online community platform and a 28-day program.

DMB Translation Services Ltd
Founders: Joan Bayega, Namaganda Maggie, Murindanyi Sudi, Mugarura Allan
DMB Translation Services Ltd is a social enterprise working to inspire inclusive societies by creating affordable and modern assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. A sign language translation mobile and web application that translates sign language to speech and text — and vice versa.

Founders: Precious Isola, Isola Tolu, and Sonibare Kayode
The platform enables students to take tests on certificate examinations past questions and get well-detailed answers. We present the solutions in an understandable, conversational, and interactive way with the aid of diagrams and animations to drive home the point. 

Founders: Emmanuel Williams, Naomi Etoni Dango, and Samuel Chinonso Archibong
CampusBuy is an e-commerce venture focused on offering the broadest range of general students’ goods and services on a single platform at the best rates in Nigeria. Students earn, invest, learn, and work while they shop on their platform.

Canva Soap
Founders: Prince Archimedes and Muhoozi Gift
Canva Soap makes both liquid and bar soap for people who have difficulty accessing health products and are victims of the negative impacts of poor health. 

Kwela Brews
Founders: Reitumetse Kholumo, and Qhama Ndaleni
Kwela Brews helps homebrewers of traditional African beer produce their product efficiently and safely by providing a low-cost brewing machine and safe and affordable brewing ingredients for their brewing needs. 

Tawi Health
Founders: Victor Kenneth, Arthur Kennedy, Brenda Nyaringiita, and Dr. Andronick Chebsy
Taxi Health aims to increase equitable and inclusive access to healthcare services in Africa. They provide a software tool to people living with non-communicable diseases to allow them to connect with doctors remotely.

Founders: Ewaoluwa Olasoji, Catherine Olasoji, Seun Denagan, and Amara Udeorji
Lotanna is an Afrocentric fashion company that aims to provide timely solutions to the clothing style needs of professional working women and female business executives. Their clothing is made solely from the diversity of handmade African prints produced across Africa.

The DDQIC originally began as a pilot program launched by the Smith School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science under the name Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) in 2012. After a successful inaugural running of the initiative, the Queen’s Innovation Connector  (QIC) was created as a new unit at the university to advance entrepreneurship. In 2016 QIC was renamed the DDQIC following a significant gift from the Dunin Foundation and the Deshpande Foundation.

The event will be held in the Mitchell Hall Atrium at Queen’s University beginning at 2 pm on Thursday, Aug. 18 and will also be live streamed through Zoom.

Celebrating student leadership

Every year, Queen’s Student Affairs celebrates extraordinary contributions made by student leaders at Queen’s to support their peers, and local community members and initiatives.

The Student Recognition Awards honour student recipients – individuals or groups - of the Peer Leadership Award, the Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Indigenization (EDII) Impact Award, and the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award. Nominations are submitted by students, faculty, and staff.

“I want to congratulate and express my gratitude to this year’s recipients for their significant contributions, leadership, and engagement, on campus and in the community,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We are pleased to recognize and showcase the initiative and commitment to positive change these students are demonstrating at Queen’s and in Kingston.”

The Peer Leadership Award is presented to students who, through their commitment, skill, dedication, and interest in helping others, have exemplified excellence in peer-to-peer assistance and outreach. The 2022 award recipients are:

Landon Montag (ArtSci’20, MSc’22).

Landon has been working with the Student Wellness Services Peer Health Educator (PHE) team since 2017. She was instrumental in creating “Ask Me Anything About Sex,” an online initiative in which she and her team supported a panel of experts in answering anonymous questions from students. As a lead for Health Promotion’s Red Flag Campaign, Landon led the redesign of materials to ensure inclusive language for all genders and sexualities. Among several other outreach and support programs, Landon was an Executive Committee member for Queen’s Chronic Pain Association; she served on the Student Leadership Committee for the Centre for Neuroscience Studies; she supported her peers as an upper-year mentor with the Student Experience Office (SEO); and she was a mentor for the Girls SySTEM program. Landon makes tangible contributions to her community and is passionate about inclusion; she is adaptable and has a passion for change.

Erin Lee (PhD’24).

Erin stepped up to become the Head Coach of the Varsity Swim Team (M/W), drawing on her experiences as a varsity swimmer and former team captain to ensure success. She sought out coaching resources and mentorship opportunities, and worked to develop individualized training for the 36 team members. As a Teaching Fellow for a Mechanical and Materials Engineering course, she launched a weekly Q&A initiative where students could submit questions after lectures which were selected and answered in a weekly write-up. Erin provided mentorship to her fellow graduate students and developed a friendly “self-competition” to incentivize students to meet their healthy active living goals and build community. This successful initiative sparked the formation of a team of students from multiple Queen’s labs to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure. Erin is also a regular volunteer at student outreach events for her faculty and department; she is a Graduate Student Representative on the implementation team for the Faculty’s Strategic Research Plan, and always emulates a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of her peers.

The Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Indigenization Impact Award is presented to Queen’s students who have demonstrated their commitment to empowering the diversity of the Queen’s community, and have worked to further understand the interplay and intersections among different identities. The 2022 award recipients are:

Victoria Yu (ArtSci’22, B.Ed.’23).

Victoria has been deeply involved with EDII initiatives during her time at Queen’s, including with the Queen’s Student Diversity Project for three years: first as Conference Assembly Coordinator, then as Project Manager, and most recently as Co-President. In her role as Co-Chair at Queen’s Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), she ensured that all tutors were equipped with the resources to provide free services to over 60 local secondary school students. While working at the AMS Food Bank, she collaborated with CODE, a Canadian charity dedicated to promoting every child’s right to read. Victoria also served as Outreach Director for Queen’s Women’s Health Advocacy, distributing free eco-friendly menstrual products to Queen’s students. As Project Specialist at Students for Consent Culture Canada, she has been working on an education toolkit, which will be used to support student-led anti-violence education initiatives on campuses. As Equity Affairs Commissioner for the Concurrent Education Students’ Association (CESA), she created the CESA Inclusivity Award. Victoria has also  developed an Indigenous Plant Medicine Workshop for students to learn more about Indigenous Ways of Knowing and about the medicinal and edible properties of plants in Kingston. In 2020, Victoria co-founded the Dandelion Project, an organization that strives to educate youth about post-secondary opportunities, and works to provide insight on various STEM career paths for students from marginalized backgrounds. The Dandelion Project was recently funded by the Government of Canada.

Caroline Kim (Sc'22).

For the past two years, Caroline has served as Director of Operations, and previously as an Aerodynamics Team member of the Queen’s Formula SAE (QFSAE) Team, which designs, builds, and races a sub-scale Formula 1-style race car. As one of the original Queen's Engineering student competition/design teams, QFSAE has a legacy of achievements and traditions, not all of them positive, and this was raised in 2020, through a series of anonymous posts to the Instagram account "Erased by FEAS." Under Caroline’s direction, the QFSAE has undergone, and continues to undergo, a dramatic transformation into a more welcoming, inclusive team. Caroline has been focused on changing the team’s climate and policies. For example, she has carried out an environmental assessment by surveying current and former team members, and establishing the team’s first EDII committee, first EDII commitment document, and a prioritized action list. Under Caroline's leadership, the QFSAE Team has demonstrated a genuine long-term commitment to change the team culture and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. To help improve EDII knowledge and practice in other student clubs and teams, Caroline and her team hosted a virtual webinar, attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and approximately 75 members of FEAS student clubs/teams. As a Teaching Assistant, Caroline mentors first-year students, and volunteers for the Crisis Line and Chat at Sexual Assault Centre Kingston. She was an orientation leader, and outreach volunteer with Women in Science and Engineering.

The Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award is presented to Queen’s students who work with and encourage area youth who are experiencing social, behavioral, economic or other challenges by helping them realize their worth as individuals and their potential to achieve. It was created in honour of Brian Yealland, Chaplain at Queen’s University for 32 years. The 2022 award recipient is:

Bags of Promise

Executive: Celina Lovisotto (ArtSci’24), Megan Stellato (ArtSci’23), Makena Sceeles (ArtSci’24), Bridgett Chau (ArtSci’24)
Service Pillar: Kate Dickie (Comm’24), Patricia Roussel (ArtSci’24), Kyran Sachdeva (ArtSci’25), Lauren Pattison (ArtSci’24)
Advocacy Pillar: Erin Mlynaryk (ArtSci’24)
Education Pillar: Zaynab Karimjee (ArtSci’24), Mehak Khangura (ArtSci’25)
Branding/Marketing and Finance: Isabelle Ettinger (Comm’25), Sophie Omoumi (Comm’24)

Bags of Promise was created by Queen’s students and peers from Royal Military College to recognize the challenges faced by local youth experiencing homelessness. Now a government-registered charity and non-profit organization, the group’s overarching goal is to eliminate the use of disposable trash bags and replace them with reusable bags containing basic necessities. To date, Bags of Promise has donated over 80 backpacks to Kingston Youth Shelter, providing youth with items including hygiene products, water bottles, outerwear, dental products, and non-perishable food items. Bags of Promise’s Service Pillar team is preparing for their upcoming 'back to school' bag drive this fall to provide school supplies to vulnerable youth. The Advocacy Pillar is working towards launching a mentorship program called ’The Promise Program’ which will pair at-risk youth with post-secondary students in the Kingston region to provide emotional support and guidance in a one-on-one setting. The Education Pillar is establishing a workshop to be delivered in an educational setting that is centred on the issues affecting homeless youth. The Bags of Promise Team recognizes the growing societal barriers surrounding youth experiencing homelessness. Their organization promotes the idea that everyone deserves to feel dignified and worthy regardless of their circumstances. 

All award recipients receive an award keepsake and their names are included on plaques located in the lobby of Gordan Hall.

To learn more about these and other awards and funding programs, visit the Student Affairs website.

Hybrid meetings the focus of upcoming workshop

Over the past two years, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings have become a regular occurrence.

With Queen’s employees returning to the office and others continuing to work from home, the hybrid model has entered the workplace.

To help leaders navigate and achieve success in the hybrid workplace the Foundational Leadership Alumni Group (FLAG)  will host an in-person networking event focused on communication and collaboration in a hybrid workplace on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 10:30 am-Noon in Mac-Corry, B176 Seminar room.

“FLAG works to create continual learning opportunities for leaders at Queen’s. This workshop is a great opportunity to connect and learn from each other,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “Our employees are our most important resource, and my office is thrilled to support the exceptional leadership of the FLAG Steering Committee in their commitment to leadership development and fostering a community of leaders.”

Following an initial introduction, the event will feature four table group discussions on the following topics:

  • Tech tips for engagement in a hybrid meeting
  • Preplanning hybrid meetings and communications
  • Determining whether a gathering should be in-person, hybrid or virtual
  • Building connection and team engagement for leaders in a hybrid workplace

The event is open to all leaders at Queen’s and will be facilitated by the FLAG Steering Committee.

FLAG advances the strategic priorities of the university by developing emotional intelligence and building a sound understanding of equity, diversity, inclusion, and indigeneity among the University’s leaders. The Group facilitates learning opportunities that deepen connection and understanding of people and how they work. Anyone who is interested in growing as a leader is welcome at FLAG.

To know more about future events, visit the FLAG website or send a request to join the Teams group to flag@queensu.ca.

Interim Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Special Advisor to the Provost appointed

John Pierce and Warren Mabee have been appointed to positions within the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic). Dr. Pierce will serve as interim Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) as of Sept. 1,2022, and Dr. Mabee take on the role of Special Advisor to the Provost, announced Teri Shearer, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Dr. John PierceIn this role, Dr. Pierce will oversee the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP), and the university’s academic integrity policies and practices. As a member of the Provost’s Office senior team, Dr. Pierce will lead senior committees and projects that advance the priorities of the portfolio.

Dr. Pierce previously served as Queen’s Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) from 2019-2021, as well as Associate Dean (Studies) in the Faculty of Arts and Science (2001-2010 and 2012-13). He also held the position of Acting Associate Vice-Principal and Dean of Student Affairs (2010-11). An award-winning professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Dr. Pierce’s teaching and research interests include English Romantic poetry and late 18th and early 19th century fiction.

Dr. Shearer wishes to extend her sincere gratitude to Klodiana Kolomitro for her service as Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) over the past year. Throughout her time in the role, Dr. Kolomitro implemented several significant initiatives to enhance the student learning experience, such as the Education Leaders-In-Residence Program, improving the administration of academic accessibility through Ventus, and the implementation of the Principal’s Impact Courses program to help transform curricula at Queen’s.

Dr. Warren MabeeDr. Mabee will serve as Special Advisor to the Provost to lead several projects and committees, including the review of the Queen’s National Scholar Program. This position will assist the Office of the Provost as the search for the next Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) is underway. Dr. Mabee will continue to serve as the Associate Dean and Director (School of Policy Studies).

Dr. Mabee holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and previously served as Head of the Department of Geography and Planning. His research focuses on the intersection of policy and technology in the area of renewable energy, and he has a particular interest in developing Canada's circular bioeconomy.


Jennifer Medves named interim vice provost and executive director of Bader College

Former Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing will help lead Queen’s campus in UK.

Dr. Jennifer MedvesQueen’s University has appointed Jennifer Medves as interim vice provost and executive director of Bader College, the university’s campus at Herstmonceux Castle in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Medves will remain in the position until a permanent appointment in made. Dr. Medves is a Professor Emerita from Queen’s and served as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing for 10 years before joining the Bader College last year as Director of Student Services.

The appointment follows the recent renaming of the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) to Bader College, the result of an extensive consultation process and review of the international post-secondary landscape.

“It’s a real pleasure to be asked to lead this outstanding academic institution and renowned heritage site,” Dr. Medves says. “The new name gives us an opportunity to restate our academic mission, vision, and goals as well and broaden and strengthen our connections to the local community. I look forward to furthering the excellent work that has been happening on this historic site for nearly 30 years and to welcoming the public to the 600-acre estate.”

The name Bader College showcases the campus’s connections to Queen’s University and highlights the unique on-campus and academic experience it provides to students from across the globe. The new name also honours donors Alfred and Isabel Bader who gifted the campus to Queen’s and provides an opportunity to restate their vision for the campus as a venue for educating students from around the world, as well as showcasing research strengths, and nurturing connections to both UK and local communities.

“For more than 25 years, our students attending Queen’s at Herstmonceux Castle have been provided with an immersive and unparalleled academic experience offering access to the UK and Europe right outside their door,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “This new name will signal to the international community the importance of the Castle to our university and its pivotal role in Queen’s new global engagement strategy.”

Bader College also embodies the broader Queen’s commitment to advancing social impact and sustainability. Queen’s University recently ranked seventh globally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for its work in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Recent efforts at Bader College have focused on rewilding and naturalizing the Castle estate to help cultivate and preserve the natural environment and diverse species, while providing a living lab for students, staff, and members of the public.

The college provides a unique opportunity to students from both Queen’s and other international universities, featuring small class sizes, strong student supports, a vibrant community, as well as the opportunity to study and travel in the UK. Students who study at Bader College are on campus for up to one year as part of their full degree programs. First-year courses in arts, science, health sciences, and education are offered at Bader College, as well as some specialized programs for upper-year undergraduate and professional students.


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