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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.

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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.


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.


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.

Celebrating 125 years of engineering excellence

  • he Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science honoured 125 alumni for their life and career achievements
    During the special event on March 29, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science honoured 125 alumni for their life and career achievements, highlighting the diverse ways that Queen’s engineers demonstrate leadership through contributions to society.
  • Queen's University celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    Queen's celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science with a special event at the Four Points Sheraton. From left: Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris; Chancellor Jim Leech; Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand; Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf; Vice-Principal (Research) Kimberly Woodhouse; and Dean Kevin Deluzio.
  • Dean Kevin Deluzio and Nancy (Moffat) Scarth
    Dean Kevin Deluzio speaks with Nancy (Moffat) Scarth (Sc'49), the first woman engineering graduate to complete all four years at Queen's.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University celebrated 125 years of engineering excellence on Friday, March 29, with a special event honouring 125 alumni for their life and career achievements.

The event, the first of its kind for engineering alumni, highlighted the diverse ways that Queen’s engineers demonstrate leadership through contributions to society.

“Last fall, we put out a call to ask who is engineering a better world,” Dean Kevin Deluzio (Sc’88) said at the event. “We were overwhelmed by the nominations. Tonight, we celebrate your success as engineers, scientists, business leaders, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. And we take some pride in the role that Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science had in your formation.” 

Award recipients included Mac Evans (Sc’64, LLD’14 Law), the former president of the Canadian Space Agency, and Mary Ann Turcke (Sc’88, MBA’97), the COO of the National Football League. Veena Rawat (PhD’73), the first Canadian woman PhD student in electrical engineering, was recognized, as was Erum Afsar (Sc’95), named a Top 40 under 40 by Avenue magazine for her work leading transformative transportation projects and supporting artisans in India and Pakistan.

Jennifer Buechel (Sc’92, Artsci’97) was recognized for her work developing and launching novel drug therapies and the world’s first early detection blood test for cancer. Kevin Doucette (Sc’02) has combined his background in engineering and music composition to create an artificially intelligent musician, work that has attracted the computer science division at MIT.

Over 275 people attended the gala, which also included student leadership awards, as well as project displays and opportunities for students and alumni to connect. Award winners included six Order of Canada recipients and 15 Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellows. One award winner expressed that she was “so inspired by my fellow award recipients and gratified to see the tradition of excellence in engineering embodied in the talented students we chatted with over the course of the weekend.”

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has grown and changed significantly from its beginnings at Queen’s as the School of Mining and Agriculture in 1893. One of the top engineering schools in the country, the faculty offers 10 dynamic engineering programs, and recently introduced Ingenuity Labs, a new interdisciplinary engineering research initiative focused on the design and use of intelligent systems and robotic machines. Last year, over 6,300 students applied for 730 first-year positions.

The faculty also offers a number of outreach programs, such as the Aboriginal Access to Engineering program, which has engaged over 20,000 Indigenous youth, and the Tech ‘n Tinker trailer, a mobile makerspace that travels to schools and events in the region to provide experiential learning for elementary students.

During the event, Dean Deluzio noted that many alumni have said how much their time at Queen’s has shaped who they’ve become, both personally and professionally.

“Our program engenders teamwork and strong bonds among classmates,” he said. “Our network of Queen’s engineers supports students on campus, but also in life and work long after graduation. You are  exceptional role models for our next generations of leaders and groundbreakers, and we thank you for engineering a better world.”


Summerhill to light blue for autism awareness

Autism Speaks Canada - Queen’s University (ASCQU) is a new club on campus that is seeking to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support for people living with autism.

World Autism Month begins with United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2. ASCQU has arranged for Summerhill to join hundreds of thousands of other landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world to light blue on this date in recognition of people living with autism. See more information about world autism month.

For more information about ASCQU, contact the club at autismspeaksu@clubs.queensu.ca.

New members sought for University Council

Nominations are being sought from alumni to fill 10 four-year term (Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2023) positions on University Council.

All alumni are eligible for nomination to the University Council.

Nomination forms and information about the process are available at the University Council webpage, or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095 or by email.

Candidates must be nominated in writing by at least two alumni. Nominations must be received at the University Secretariat, Suite F300 Mackintosh-Corry Hall by 4 pm EST on Monday, April 8, 2019.

University Council seeks members who have been actively engaged in the Queen’s community as students and/or alumni; who have a variety of skill sets arising from professional, volunteer, and life experiences; and who are both willing and able to fully engage and participate in Council’s deliberations.

In order to help the university achieve the goal of reflecting the diversity of Canadian society, alumni are encouraged to consider individuals from equity-seeking groups such as women, racialized group members, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, and persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community when nominating a candidate.

New dean of the Faculty of Law announced

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Mark Walters as dean of the Faculty of Law for a five-year term effective July 1, 2019.  

[Mark Walters]
Mark Walters succeeds Bill Flanagan as the dean of the Faculty of Law for a five-year term effective July 1, 2019..

An alumnus and former faculty member of the Queen’s Faculty of Law, Dr. Walters is currently the F.R. Scott Chair in Public and Constitutional Law at McGill University where he researches and publishes in the areas of public and constitutional law, legal history, and legal theory. He is also a leading scholar on the rights of Indigenous peoples, with a special focus on treaty relations between the Crown and Indigenous nations. His work in this area has been cited by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as courts in Australia and New Zealand. 

“Legal education and practice is poised for enormous change,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Dr. Walters has a depth and breadth of experience in research, teaching and academic leadership that will enable Queen’s Law to continue its momentum as one of Canada’s leading law schools.”

Prior to joining McGill, Dr. Walters was a faculty member at Queen’s for 17 years, serving as the first associate dean (Graduate Studies and Research) where he led the launch of the Queen’s doctoral program in law.  He co-chaired the faculty’s strategic planning committee, and wrote a detailed history of the Queen’s Faculty of Law as part of the faculty’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Before his tenure at Queen’s, Dr. Walters taught at Oxford University after practicing law in the area of Aboriginal title and treaty rights. 

Dr. Walters has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Western University, and is a  graduate of Queen’s Law.  He attended Oxford University on a Commonwealth Scholarship where he pursued graduate studies in law, completing his doctorate before being called to the Ontario Bar.

Dr. Walters has held a number of research and visiting fellowships, including the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship (SSHRC), the Sir Neil MacCormick Fellowship (University of Edinburgh), the Herbert Smith Fellowship (Cambridge University) and the H.L.A. Hart Fellowship (Oxford University). He is the recipient of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers’ Award for Academic Excellence (2006) and the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (2012).

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to return to Queen’s to lead the law school in the next phase of its remarkable development,” Dr. Walters says. “It will be such a privilege to work with faculty, staff, and students who are committed to excellence and innovation in legal education and research, and who are passionate about law’s promise in building a more just society.”

Principal Daniel Woolf made the offer of appointment, following a comprehensive search process chaired by Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Harris.  

The principal and provost extend their sincere thanks to Bill Flanagan for his exceptional 14-year tenure as dean, and to the members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee for their commitment and sound advice.

Students recognized for distinguished service to the university

  • Zachary Baum
    Zachary Baum (Comp‘17, MSc’19) has worked tirelessly to put Queen’s School of Computing on the map through recruiting students and strengthening the programming for their arrival on campus.
  • Erika Campbell
    Erika Campbell (Artsci’19) has addressed the topics of consent and mental health and has been involved in initiatives on main campus and the Bader International Study Centre.
  • Benji Christie
    Benji Christie (Sc’19) has been involved in shaping the extra-curricular and academic experiences of students as a member of the Engineering Advisory Board, Alumni Relations Committee, and the Campus Bookstore Board of Directors.
  • Olivia Rondeau
    Olivia Rondeau (Ed’19) is deeply connected with Indigenous communities throughout her time as a teacher candidate and has developed and publicized classroom resources on indigeneity. She is committed to sharing her knowledge with all teachers.
  • Ampai Thammachack
    Ampai Thammachack (Artsci’20) has made an impact on marginalized communities and mental health at Queen’s and beyond, raising awareness and funding through her charities Step Above Stigma and Glass Slipper.

Five students at Queen’s are set to receive the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, one of the highest honours a student can receive from the university.

Students are selected for their distinguished service to the university in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities, with the three tenets being service, leadership, character.

“Each of this year’s recipients have made thoughtful and lasting contributions to Queen’s and the university is a better place because they chose to come here,” says Rector Alex da Silva, whose office is in charge of selecting which students are inducted into the Tricolour Society. “The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award is one of our great traditions as recipients are selected by their peers for their contributions, their leadership, and their kindness.”

This year’s recipients are:

Zachary Baum (Comp‘17, MSc’19) – A transformative leader who has worked tirelessly to put Queen’s School of Computing on the map, Zac has been key in recruiting students to Queen’s while simultaneously strengthening the programming they will be met with upon their arrival on campus.

Erika Shannon Campbell (Artsci’19) – A role model in the truest sense of the word, Erika has addressed the topics of consent and mental health by taking an educational and preventative approach. Using an intersectional mindset, Erika has been a part of various initiatives that make both main campus and The Bader International Study Centre safer and more inclusive places.

Benji Christie (Sc’19) – A true servant in his commitment to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Benji has been involved broadly and deeply in shaping the extra-curricular and academic experiences of his fellow students. From the Engineering Advisory Board, to Alumni Relations Committee, to the Board of Directors for the Campus Bookstore at Queen’s, Benji has explored unique ways of making his mark on the community.

Olivia Rondeau (Ed’19) – A passionate champion of education in her time at Queen’s, Olivia has become deeply connected with Indigenous communities and has gone above and beyond her capacity as a teacher candidate. Developing and publicizing classroom resources on indigeneity, Olivia is committed to sharing her knowledge with all teachers.

Ampai Thammachack (Artsci’20) – A humble and resilient leader, Ampai has made an undeniable impact on marginalized communities and mental health at Queen’s and beyond. Through her charities Step Above Stigma and Glass Slipper, Ampai has raised awareness and funding that is transformative.

The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award and induction in the Tricolour Society is the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the university in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities. The award is named after Agnes Benidickson who was chancellor of Queen’s from 1980 until 1996.

Other notable Tricolour Award recipients include: former Member of Parliament and father of the Canadian flag John Matheson (Arts’40, DSA’77, LLD’84); former Bank of Canada Governor and Queen’s Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge (Arts’65, LLD’02); Dragons’ Den TV star Michele Romanow (Sc’07, MBA’08); and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Raymont (Arts’72).

This year’s recipients will be honoured at a ceremony on April 6 at Grant Hall.


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