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Breathing new life into the PEC

Queen’s University recently has made progress in its plans to revitalize the former Physical Education Centre (PEC) as a centre for health, wellness and innovation. Jasmine Toor, Communications Specialist, spoke with Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), to learn what the plan will mean for the university.

The revitalization plan for the former Physical Education Centre (PEC) sees the building transformed into a health, wellness and innovation centre.
Construction of the former Physical Education Centre (PEC) was completed in 1931, offering gymnasiums as well as swimming, diving and water polo facilities.

Jasmine Toor: What progress has been made on the university’s plan to revitalize the former PEC building?

Alan Harrison: The university has made significant progress. Queen’s retained CS&P Architects in fall 2015 to produce a functional program and conceptual design for the revitalized building. The preliminary business case for the project is complete and we have initiated the work that will yield a more reliable cost estimate (known as a class B estimate). Our hope is that the first phase of the project, the demolition of much of the interior, will commence early in 2017. Queen’s has raised a significant portion of the total cost of the project, the class D estimate for which is $87 million.   

JT: What was the impetus that led to the decision to redevelop the building?

AH: A structural assessment by an external consultant found that the building was in excellent shape and thus could provide a considerable amount of additional space at a relatively low cost per square foot, if renovated, in comparison to a newly constructed building. The Queen's Health, Wellness and Innovation Centre affords us a wonderful opportunity to utilize and revitalize valuable space in the heart of campus.

JT: What will the revitalized building be used for?

AH: The major constituent parts of this project are engineering, innovation and health and wellness. The revitalized building will enhance both the quality of our student experience and the quality of our research facilities by aligning academic and non-academic uses for the building.  Queen’s has a longstanding reputation of offering our students an exceptional educational and extra-curricular learning experience. When completed, the project will be a prominent symbol of Queen’s as the quintessential balanced academy, the Canadian research-intensive university with a transformative learning experience.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will be a major occupant of the revitalized building. Undergraduate learning in engineering will be supported by an interactive Learning Commons that will allow more than 500 mechanical and materials engineering students to work individually or collaboratively on projects and assignments in an environment that offers state-of-the-art information and computing technology. Additionally, a number of high-technology, leading-edge teaching and design studios will each support between 75 and 150 undergraduate students.

Interdisciplinary laboratory space will support more than 20 faculty researchers working on bioengineering, environmental and biomedical research. This laboratory space will allow considerable expansion of interdisciplinary research, primarily but not exclusively in the areas of chemical and civil engineering. The benefits of this laboratory space will accrue not only to the researchers but also to their graduate students.

The Queen’s Health, Wellness and Innovation Centre affords us a wonderful opportunity to utilize and revitalize valuable space in the heart of campus.

— Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

JT: How does this plan align with Queen’s commitment to enhanced health and wellness related facilities?

AH: The Wellness Centre is an integral part of the revitalization project. The new Wellness Centre will allow us to co-locate services, so anyone seeking counselling is assured of privacy.  By combining health, counselling and accessibility services together in one centrally located and visible location, along with three gymnasia and other athletic and recreation facilities, the revitalized building will provide opportunities to integrate physical and mental health, connecting them with the student experience.

Furthermore, the new Wellness Centre will be able to provide us with the increased capacity and flexibility to meet the rising demand across the spectrum of wellness services and expand in response to the evolving needs of our student population. This was acknowledged by the 2012 report of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, which recommended a new and centralized location for student wellness services.

The completion of Queen’s Gymnasium in 1931:
“It is modern in every respect; we can hold up our heads and boast of one of the finest gymnasiums in Dominion. The undergraduates will reap the benefits and it behooves them to carry on and bring more athletic honors to Queen’s. Swimming and diving and water-polo facilities are now open for the Queen’s natatorialartists and soon graduates should hear that Queen’s is once more carrying off championships in this new athletic field.”

JT: How does the revitalization project align with Queen’s commitment to innovation?

AH: Queen’s has committed to increasing the number of new opportunities for experiential and entrepreneurial learning, improving intra-university collaboration through new programs and curriculum innovation, and creating new and innovative ways for students to develop fundamental academic skills. The new engineering space of the building will include an Innovation Hub. This and other space in the refurbished building dedicated to innovation will result in a considerable expansion of the Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC), which will support and allow the development of a core strength of the QIC, which is its interdisciplinary nature.

Students from across the university will have access to the resources, the networks and the mentors that will help transform their ideas into products and services. They will work in diverse teams to address important problems and identify the solutions that will yield benefits not only for our region, but nationally and globally too. The innovation component of the redevelopment plan also aligns with the federal government’s focus on innovation as an important component of university research.

A strategy for success

Imagine leaving the office at the end of each day knowing that you made a difference. For Roger Billings, this is the most rewarding aspect of his work as an external consultant with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning.

On March 3, Roger Billings, an external consultant with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning, will facilitate Strategic Thinking, one of several HR Learning Catalogue workshops he leads.

“I greatly enjoy what I do, because the results are immediate,” says Mr. Billings. “When you deliver a workshop, the energy from the participants is contagious.”

Seeing participants benefit from using the knowledge and tools they’ve gained is incredibly fulfilling, he says.

“They stay in touch with each other, which creates a very powerful network. They share their successes, their frustrations, they support each other. They know that I can be reached any time and I believe they trust me enough to seek further help. I can't think of anything more satisfying than hearing their success stories,” Mr. Billings says.

On March 3, Mr. Billings will facilitate Strategic Thinking, one of several HR Learning Catalogue workshops he leads. Developing a strategic plan or vision can be a difficult process. He notes that all staff would benefit from learning the theory and techniques of strategic thinking – the step before any planning can happen.

“People typically don’t see their piece of the puzzle, and if they do it as a group, that’s even better,” he says.

A facilitator with more than 30 years of coaching experience, Mr. Billings also leads workshops on delivering and receiving constructive feedback, emotional intelligence, effective relationship-building and team-building. Individual departments have also retained him for custom programming. He co-designed and facilitates the Foundational Leadership and Emerging Leaders programs with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning.

“The learning experiences are truly amazing, mainly because many of the participants do not realize their potential until they are well into the program,” he says. “By the conclusion, they feel very capable, secure and strong. Yes, at times they may feel the commitment is substantial, and it is, but I believe they are so empowered when they reach the end.”

The Emerging Leaders Program, which pairs an experienced manager with a new or aspiring manager, has also proven to be a great success. Some participants have mentioned it should be called the mentors/mentors program, because the mentors learn as much as the mentees, he says. “All participants have been so willing to help and generous with their time, I can't say enough about the response and support for this program for staff, from staff.”

Before starting his own training organization, Mr. Billings began his career with IBM Canada and was the Canadian president of several companies. His experience in many fields from industry to universities has enabled him to appreciate and understand the complexities of organizations and the challenges associated with developing professional skills and competencies.

“There is very little I have not seen," he says. "This gives me the ability to take a calm and collected approach to difficult situations, seeing them from a distance in order to give my clients the support and advice they seek.”

For more information, visit the Human Resources website and click on Learning and Development under Quick Links. 

Queen's sees rise in applications

Queen’s University remains a leading choice among Ontario university students with continued strong growth in applications, according to data recently released by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.  

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Applicants and their parents tour Queen's campus during Fall Preview last year. First-year applications from Ontario high school students are up 7.3 per cent from this time last year. (Photo by Bernard Clark) 

First-year applications from Ontario high school students to study at Queen’s in fall 2016 are up 7.3 per cent from this time last year. This compares to a 1.5 per cent increase province-wide.

Queen’s has already received more than 30,000 applications in total for more than 4,400 spaces in direct-entry, first-year programs across all faculties and schools, as of Jan. 15.

“Not only is Queen’s attracting a higher number of applications, more high school students are ranking Queen’s as their first choice, which reflects the strength of our programs and the quality of our student experience,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 in the fall, which will be the 175th entering class in the history of Queen’s University.”

Queen’s preliminary application statistics also indicate the university is progressing in two key priority areas. Applications from international students are up 31 per cent compared to this time last year. Furthermore, applications from self-identified Aboriginal students have increased 58 per cent from 2011-12. Acceptances by self-identified Aboriginal students have jumped 133 per cent during that time period.

Queen’s, which is still receiving applications, will continue to make offers of admission until approximately mid-May. The first-year enrolment target for 2016-17 is 4,422, which is unchanged from 2015-16.

At the interface between numbers and people

Throughout her career, Teri Shearer has immersed herself in business and accounting – numbers, yes, but also how those financial statements affect people and social structures.

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Earlier this month, Teri Shearer became deputy provost of Queen's University. (University Communications)

“I’ve always been really interested in the interface between the numbers and people’s behaviour,” says Dr. Shearer, who took over from Laeeque Daneshmend as the university’s deputy provost this month. “My research has largely focused on management accounting – budgeting, incentive systems and cost-tracking – and the sociological and behavioural impacts of business practices.”

Dr. Shearer has stepped into the deputy provost role after 20 years at the Smith School of Business – a number that’s significant to her as she transitions to a senior administrative position.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Smith, but it seemed time to move to a more central position. Taking this position is a great opportunity to move beyond the walls of my faculty and get a view of the university as a whole,” says Dr. Shearer. “I want to experience the workings of the central university and expose myself to how other units approach operations.”

The deputy provost position is broad – in large part focused on the university’s finances and cost-containment, an area to which Dr. Shearer is well-suited, given her role in business education and the administration at Smith, where she was most recently associate dean. The position also oversees all academic appointments, as well as operations at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She will also play a key role in implementing the Employment Equity Strategic Framework.

“I am looking forward to this work on employment equity. It’s a very important area and one I am committed to pushing forward. The university – all universities – needs to be a model for students, and attracting more members of equity-seeking groups is a huge priority.”

Born in Iowa, Dr. Shearer started her career as a bookkeeper, and later as a certified accountant. She enjoyed the work, but craved more in-depth study of business practices, and so pursued a PhD at the University of Iowa. Soon after, she moved north to Canada, teaching at the University of Saskatchewan for three years before coming to Queen’s in 1996. Queen’s mid-sized status, along with its dual focus on research and the learning experience, have always appealed to her.

“This is a great place to be, as a student, faculty member, or administrator,” she says. “I am excited to see what I will learn in my new role.”

Learning is definitely part of the job, and she relishes the opportunity this career move provides. She also knows that, like everyone, she needs balance, something she says she finds in her garden, and with the animals she’s kept over the years on her hobby farm northwest of Kingston – everything from chickens and turkeys, to goats, sheep and llamas.

“The gardening and farming is something tangible I do to offset all the non-tangible work I do in the office,” she says.

Driving sustainability ahead

For the past two Homecomings, Fraser Horn (Sci‘89) drove from Toronto to Kingston in his 100 per cent electric Tesla Model S. He was able to just make it to Kingston but had trouble finding adequate charging for his trip home. After last year’s Homecoming, Mr. Horn sent an email to Principal Daniel Woolf .

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Fraser Horn (Sci‘89) charges his Tesla Model S. Mr. Horn made an initial $4,000 pledge to the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Sustainability Initiative.

“I wrote to Principal Woolf suggesting that there ought to be an electric car charger on campus. I told him I thought universities should be at the forefront of sustainable projects,” says Mr. Horn.

Principal Woolf connected him with the Sustainability Office to explore the idea of installing an electric car charger on campus. Mr. Horn, an electrical engineer and stay-at-home father, made an initial $4,000 pledge. So began the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Sustainability Initiative.

As Sustainability Manager Aaron Ball explains, this initiative fits perfectly with Queen’s goal of creating a sustainable campus by increasing support for alternative modes of transportation. 

“We want to break down the barriers to alternate transportation. For example, more people will ride their bikes if there are lots of bike racks on campus. As electric cars become more popular as an alternate form of transportation, installing a charger on campus will break down another barrier,” says Mr. Ball.

In Kingston there is an electric car charging station near Hwy. 401 at Division Street, one on Princess Street at the Best Western and another at St. Lawrence College, but because of the hours it can take to charge, it’s really only practical to have a charger at your destination, which for Mr. Horn was downtown and the Queen’s University campus. It is logical and fitting that Queen’s, with its highly-respected engineering program that encourages discovery and invention of sustainable products and green initiatives, leads the way in this initiative. 

The two electric vehicle charging stations will be located at the corner of Union and Division streets, in front of the School of Kinesiology, where they will be “visible, accessible, and where we easily can connect to a building to get the power,” says Mr. Ball. They will be used by Queen’s employees and visitors to campus.

The cost of installing the two chargers on campus is $30,000. While Mr. Horn’s initial gift to the program is a good start, more donations are required to make this goal a reality. 

“I’m reaching out to my classmates and others who feel the same way I do, that Queen’s needs to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices,” says Mr. Horn. “I do a lot of driving with my three busy children, so I see the positive impact of using a sustainable and cleaner means to get around.”

He adds: “Things like this may feel small, especially if only one or two individuals are doing it, but collectively, I know, we can make a big difference. The lack of charging infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle ownership but because electricity is everywhere it’s a relatively easy problem to solve.”

To contribute to the EV Charging Station project, visit givetoqueens.ca/sustainableengineering.

Personal IT items available at Campus Bookstore

With the Campus Computer Store closing at the end April, the Campus Bookstore is expanding its selection of IT items that staff, faculty and students can purchase for personal use. 

To smooth the transition of these purchases, the Campus Computer Store anticipates personal purchases of accessories and consumables will conclude by the end of January. Departmental purchases will continue through the Campus Computer Store until its final day of operation on April 29.

“Given the retail focus of our operation, we saw an opportunity to support further the personal purchases by Queen’s students, staff and faculty,” says Chris Tabor, General Manager, Campus Bookstore. “We will carry items such as headphones, phone cases, ink, toner, cables, routers and portable storage. Staff/student key-fobs for building access will also be available for purchase.”

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With the Campus Computer Store closing at the end of April, the Campus Bookstore is expanding its selection of items that members of the Queen's community can purchase for personal use. Department and unit IT purchases will transition directly to Strategic Procurement Services starting in May.

Department and unit IT purchases will transition directly to Strategic Procurement Services (SPS) starting in May. The Campus Bookstore will not take account codes for departmental purchases, and departments should only use the Bookstore for last minute or emergency needs.

SPS is currently developing new IT procurement processes to ensure ease and efficiency, and more information about the transition will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, departments can continue to place orders through orderit@queensu.ca.

The Queen’s Mobile Voice and Data Plans will transition directly to ITS after the store closes. Until that time, staff and faculty phone requests can continue to be submitted to qmobile@queensu.ca.

Education discounts direct from Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft and Toshiba will continue to be offered online. (Visit the SPS website to learn more about other discounts for Queen’s employees).

The drop-off location for used toners, cartridges and other IT recycling has been re-located to the Campus Bookstore. More information about the electronic waste recycling program is available online or by contacting Llynwen Osborne, Recycling Coordinator, by email or at (613) 533-3396. 

Queen’s community members who have additional product lines and merchandise that they would like the Campus Bookstore to explore can email the store’s general merchandise buyer.

The university reviewed the Campus Computer Store and all other ancillary operations on campus during the 2014-15 fiscal year. The review recommended closing the store by April 29, 2016, with retail services being discontinued and core services that support the academic and business requirements of the university transitioning to existing shared services.

T4 and T4A tax slips available online

Queen’s employees will have a new and convenient way to get their T4 / T4A slips in February 2016.

With the new MyHR self-service, employees will be able to log on to MyHR to view and print their T4 or T4A slips instead of waiting to receive them by mail at their home address. To receive the information electronically, employees must give consent by Jan. 29.

"The electronic option will give employees access to their T4 or T4A slips a week or more before they would arrive by mail."

— Christina Blanchard, Associate Director, Payroll Services

Christina Blanchard, Associate Director, Payroll Services, says the new option offers employees several benefits while also helping the university reduce printing and mailing costs.

“The electronic option will give employees access to their T4 or T4A slips a week or more before they would arrive by mail,” she says. “T4 or T4A slips will be available online for six years, starting with 2015 information, so we anticipate employees will enjoy the convenience of logging on to MyHR and accessing previous slips if they need to do so in the future.”

The process for viewing and printing electronic T4 or T4A slips varies slightly depending on whether or not you currently receive your pay advice slip online through MyHR:

  • Employees who currently receive their pay advice slips electronically (approximately 95 per cent of all Queen’s employees) can log in to MyHR and give consent between now and Jan. 29.
     
  • Employees who still receive a paper copy of their pay advice slips will, by default, receive a hard copy of their T4/T4A mailed to their home address. If they wish to receive an electronic T4 or T4A slip, they will need to opt in to receive electronic pay advice slips and then give consent for the electronic T4 or T4A slips.

Visit the HR website for step-by-step instructions to give or withdraw consent for receiving T4 or T4A slips electronically. Additional questions can be sent to payroll.services@queensu.ca

Senior staff changes announced

Three senior-level staffing changes in Human Resources and Faculty Relations will take effect in February. 

Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration), and Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), announced today changes to senior-level appointments in Human Resources and Faculty Relations that will take effect on Feb. 1, 2016.

Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), has decided to step down from his position, effective Feb. 1, 2016. 

Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), has decided to step down from his position due to health reasons.  Mr. Orth will become a part-time special adviser on a project to design and implement a Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan for Ontario universities.  

“Al Orth is an accomplished human resources professional who has an extensive background in the field. In the five years he was with Human Resources, he led a number of initiatives to strengthen and improve services based on the recommendations of a comprehensive review that was carried out in 2010,” says VP Davis. “I would like to thank Al for his contributions since joining Queen’s in 2011, including the improvements he has brought about in relations between Queen’s and its unions. I wish him a speedy return to good health.”  

Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations), will be appointed Interim Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources) effective Feb. 1, 2016.

Dan Bradshaw will be appointed interim associate vice-principal (human resources) and Dan McKeown will be appointed interim associate vice-principal (faculty relations). Mr. Bradshaw has been the director of faculty relations, and subsequently associate vice-principal (faculty relations) since August 2009.

“I would like to thank Dan Bradshaw for his leadership during his time in Faculty Relations. Among many accomplishments, Dan’s contributions have included improving relations with Queen’s University Faculty Association, as well as successfully negotiating two renewed collective agreements on behalf of Queen’s,” says Harrison.  “I look forward to working with Dan McKeown in his new role. He brings a wealth of experience to the position. I wish them both every success in their new appointments.”

Dan McKeown, Associate Director of Faculty Relations, will be appointed interim Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations) effective Feb. 1, 2016.

Mr. McKeown has significant experience as a practising labour and employment lawyer in private practice and as a senior in-house counsel. Prior to joining Queen’s in 2014 as associate director of Faculty Relations, he was managing counsel, Labour & Employment, at CIBC.

 

 

 

 

Benoit-Antoine Bacon appointed provost

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Benoit-Antoine Bacon will serve as Queen's next provost and vice-principal (academic), succeeding Alan Harrison. Dr. Bacon, who is a neuroscience researcher, has spent the last three years as the provost and vice-president, academic affairs, at Concordia University. 
Advisory Selection Committee
Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Kathryn Brohman, Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Management Information Systems, School of Business
Irène Bujara, University Advisor on Equity
Kanivanan Chinniah, AMS President
Chris Cochrane, SGPS President
Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration)
Oded Haklai, Professor, Political Studies
Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research)
Colin Lynch, Representative, Board of Trustees
Kent Novakowski, Professor, Civil Engineering
David Pugh, Professor, Languages, Literature, Cultures
Richard Reznick, Dean of Health Sciences
Arig al Shaibah, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Lori Stewart, Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Craig Walker, Professor and Director of the School of Drama and Music
Susan P.C. Cole, Bracken Chair in Genetics & Molecular Medicine Professor, Departments of Pathology & Molecular Medicine and Biomedical & Molecular Sciences Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics, Queen’s University Cancer Research institute
Lynda Colgan, Associate Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education, Education
Sheilagh Dunn, Executive Director, Office of the Principal (Recording Secretary)

Principal Daniel Woolf announced Benoit-Antoine Bacon will serve as Queen’s next provost and vice-principal (academic). He will begin his five-year term on Aug. 1, 2016, succeeding Alan Harrison.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Bacon to Queen’s University. As an academic leader and researcher, he possesses the skills and experience necessary to help us build on the university’s achievements of the past several years and to enhance further Queen’s reputation for academic excellence, which has been a cornerstone of this institution since its founding nearly 175 years ago,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “Benoit-Antoine is an accomplished, enthusiastic and energetic administrator who brings many strengths to the job. I and the other members of the senior administrative team look forward to working with him to advance the university’s many priorities including our commitment to achieve and maintain financial sustainability."

Dr. Bacon has held the position of provost and vice-president, academic affairs, at Concordia University since 2013. Prior to joining Concordia, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and associate vice-principal of research at Bishop’s University.

“I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity at one of Canada’s leading universities,” Dr. Bacon says. “There’s a real sense of excitement around Queen’s, with recent international achievements and incredible support from the alumni community. I look forward to working collaboratively with the students, faculty, staff and leadership team to build further on that momentum.”

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Bacon has continued to conduct research and teach in the field of cognitive neuroscience. His work explores the links between brain activity and perception in the visual and auditory systems. Dr. Bacon will assume a tenured appointment at the rank of professor in Queen’s Department of Psychology effective July 1, 2016.

Alan Harrison was appointed Queen’s provost and vice-principal (academic) in 2011. He will retire from the position when his term ends on July 31.

“I would like to recognize Alan's dedication to this position over the past five years. He has been tireless in execution of the office, and has been highly effective in advancing the university’s academic mission,” Principal Woolf says.

An advisory selection committee chaired by Principal Woolf, which was assisted by Boyden Global Executive Search, conducted a comprehensive search for the new provost. From a robust list of highly qualified candidates, the committee unanimously recommended Dr. Bacon for the position, which was approved by Queen’s Board of Trustees.

Philanthropist, principal establish rare book collection

Principal Daniel Woolf always intended to donate his rare book collection to Queen’s University. He was inspired to accelerate that plan, though, thanks to the generosity of Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

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Just a few of the 400 volumes that make up the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection. Queen's Library is currently making plans to open the collection to the public in spring 2016. (University Communications)

“When I met Mr. Schulich, we discovered a shared interest in rare books. Because we’re both passionate about sharing this material with the broader academic community, we agreed to give our collections and create the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection,” says Principal Woolf, who provided items from his collection for an exhibit by Queen’s Library in 2014. “This collection will serve to enrich the teaching and learning experience at Queen’s and support research activity across the broader academic community.”

The collection, which will be housed in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, combines 400 volumes from both personal collections. The main strength of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection is British history and culture of the 16th through 18th centuries. There are also books on other topics, including Canadiana, travel and exploration.

Mr. Schulich has also made an additional $1-million gift to help Queen’s Library preserve and expand the collection.

The volumes won’t be stashed away from students and researchers, according to Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian. By spring 2016, they will be displayed in the library for everyone to access.

“Students experience a real thrill when they encounter a physical volume from centuries past. Studying original artifacts, rather than copies, provides an insight into the material culture of the time,” Vice-Provost Whitehead says. “We are fortunate at Queen’s to have strong special collections, and this donation raises them to a new level.”

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Seymour Schulich recently gave his rare book collection to Queen's. His support for Queen’s includes the Schulich Leader Scholarships, a program created in 2011 to encourage promising secondary school graduates to pursue higher education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Photo by Ron Levine)

Mr. Schulich is among Canada’s most generous philanthropists, providing support to higher education across the country as well as other causes. His support for Queen’s includes the Schulich Leader Scholarships, a program created in 2011 to encourage promising secondary school graduates to pursue higher education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ten Schulich Leaders have chosen to study at Queen’s since the program’s inception, and Queen’s consistently ranks among the top five universities that Schulich Leaders apply to attend. 

“I hope to be part of building one of the best English rare book collections in Canada. Combining our personal collections gives us a great start on that goal,” says Mr. Schulich, who enjoyed a long career as a Canadian business leader in the mining industry.

Visit the Queen’s University Library to learn more about the special collections.

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