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Setting the wheels in motion

[Whee-Bike team]
The Whee-Bike project team included Jane Shui, Com'16, Andrew Breslin, Sc'17, Bryce Lomfield, Sc'17, Thiago De Oliveira, Sc'17, Daniel Jones, Sc'17, Callum O'Shaughnessy, Sc'17, Hayden Provias, Sc'17, Jeremie Jollivet, Sci'17, and Korrah Bland, Sc'17, (back row, left to right); Sam Milner, Sc'17, Oda Al-anizi, Artsci'18 and Razvan Vulcu, Com'16. (University Communications)

Oda Al-anizi (Artsci’18) has dreamed for years of a better way to get around in his wheelchair. Public transportation has never really granted him the freedom he desires and a specialized motor vehicle is out of the question because of various obstacles, most notably cost.

[Whee-Bike]
An early prototype of the Whee-Bike (Supplied Photo)

As he saw more and more electric bikes and scooters on the road, Mr. Al-anizi wondered if a similar device for wheelchair users might be the answer. He envisioned driving his wheelchair onto a motorized vehicle that would help him get to his destinations more quickly and efficiently.

“I really believe there’s a spot in the market for a device like this,” Mr. Al-anizi says. “For people like me who want to go to work or go to school, it’s too complicated. My hope is that this device is considered an e-bike so you’re not going to need a driver’s licence or insurance and there will be no gas costs. It will be extremely cost effective.”

Mr. Al-anizi reached out to Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC) in January 2015 to make that idea a reality. QIC connected the student with Enactus Queen’s, a student group dedicated to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world.

Queen's Innovation Connector

Jane Shui (Com’16) and Razvan Vulcu (Com’16), co-chairs of Enactus Queen’s, were supportive of Mr. Al-anizi’s vision. The co-chairs formed Whee-Bike along with Callum O’Shaughnessy (Sc’17) and Thiago De Oliveira (Sc’17). In addition to the executive, the project team boasts a team of dedicated electrical and mechanical engineering students. As the project has progressed, the team has consulted with occupational therapy and public policy students.

“Working with students from different faculties and disciplines has been a great learning opportunity,” Ms. Shui says. “We don’t get nearly enough chances in our programs to interact with people from different backgrounds.”

Over the past several months, the students have designed a vehicle that resembles a chariot. A person in a wheelchair would board the vehicle from the back using a ramp powered by Bluetooth technology. Once in, the wheelchair would be secured using Q’Straint, a system developed by a team of students and specialists at Queen’s in the 1980s. The person would then operate the electric vehicle using hand controls.

As they developed the plans, the students consulted several faculty advisors including Dr. Ron Anderson, who researches vehicle dynamics, and Dr. Kevin Deluzio, who specializes in the biomechanics of human locomotion. The students have accessed 3D drawing software thanks to a sponsorship with Dassault Systemes and have also received financial support from QIC as part of QyourVenture and mentorship from Executive Director Greg Bavington. The team will be participating in the QIC Summer Initiative Bootcamp beginning next week as part of its QyourVenture training.

The variety of resources has given the students the support they need to apply what they have learned in the classroom over the past several years.

“For a lot of the engineering students working on this project, this is our first step outside of academia,” Mr. De Oliveira says. “It’s the first time where we’re not talking about grades, but something that’s real and going to help people. That’s amazing and great.”

The project received positive feedback during a recent Enactus regional exposition held in Mississauga. The team won an impact award and $500 during the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge, a competition that sees students develop and deliver projects that address the needs and opportunities facing youth, as it relates to education, learning skills and lifelong success.

“The award signals that the judges felt the project has the potential to have a significant impact on Oda and other youth,” Mr. Vulcu says. “Just as importantly, we received good feedback from the judges on various aspects of the project and how to polish our presentation.”

Over the summer, the students intend to assemble the prototype. They are also working on meeting the regulatory requirements set out in Ontario legislation and developing a marketing strategy.

If you are interested in learning more about the Whee-Bike Project, please email Mr. De Oliveira.

Queen’s team wins international case competition

[KPMG International Case Competition Winners]
Queen's commerce students, from left, Alexis Frey, Abigail Chau, Nicolas Bernal, and Stephane Gosselin, won this year’s KPMG International Case Competition. (Photo courtesy KPMG)

A team of students from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University has won an international business case competition held in Dubai, UAE.

The team of Alexis Frey, Abigail Chau, Nicolas Bernal, and Stephane Gosselin, all Com’18, came out on top of the more than 390 university teams from 22 countries that applied to the 2016 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) held April 11-14.

The Queen’s team was invited to represent Canada in the international final after winning the Ace the Case National Competition, which was held in March.

The four-day international competition challenged teams to develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges in the luxury hotel industry. The Smith foursome beat out teams from Australia and Serbia in the final round, marking the first time a team representing KPMG Canada has won this prestigious international competition. 

Campus lunch delivery plan a winner

A proposal for a subscription-based campus lunch delivery service claimed the top prize at this year’s Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition.

[Maggie Shi]
Maggie Shi (Com'18) recently won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition.

Maggie Shi’s (Com’18) business plan stood out among the submissions at the annual contest, established in 2008 by Tom Kinnear (Com’66, LLD’02). The final phase of the competition saw four teams vie for a $5,000 prize to support the establishment or ongoing operation of their business venture.

Ms. Shi will be using the funds to develop her business throughout the summer months and expects to officially launch the venture, named bnto, this fall.

The other finalists were:

  • Iris TechnologiesColin Harding (Com’17); Conor Ross (Artsci’16); and David Cashin (Artsci’16).
  • Lumos Energy StripsHeather Wilcocks-Gynn (Com’17); Chris Angelatos (Sc’16); Lexi Kaplin (Sc’16); and Peter Lyons (Sc’16).
  • Spreza TechnologiesHeather Evans (Com’16); and Daniel Lloyd (Sc’16).

The judging for the competition was conducted by Samit Sharma (MBA’02), Founder/Director of Gaia Power Inc.; Ramzi Asfour (MBA’09), Manager of Commercial Development at PARTEQ Innovations; and Matthew Reesor, Director of Strategic Planning & New Initiatives at Smith School of Business.

The Kinnear Business Plan Competition is open to all undergraduate students at the Smith School of Business who either have an ongoing venture or are in the process of establishing a venture. Teams that have members who are not commerce students are eligible provided that the commerce student is an integral part of the founding team. 

A life in public service

  • Deputy Premier of Ontario and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews, along with Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, speak with a student following their presentation.
    Deputy Premier of Ontario and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews, along with Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, speak with a student following their presentation.
  • President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews and Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, speak during a Master of Public Administration class.
    President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews and Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, speak during a Master of Public Administration class.
  • Guest speaker Deputy Premier of Ontario and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews talks about life in the public service on Wednesday, March 30.
    Guest speaker Deputy Premier of Ontario and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews talks about life in the public service on Wednesday, March 30.
  • President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews and Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, were the guest speakers for a class in Leading Change in the Public Sector.
    President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews and Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, were the guest speakers for a class in Leading Change in the Public Sector.

Deputy Premier of Ontario and President of the Treasury Board Deb Matthews, along with Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Secretariat Greg Orencsak, visited Queen's University on Wednesday, March 30, as the guest speakers for a School of Policy Studies class on Leading Change in the Public Sector in the Master of Public Administration.

During the event the two talked about the relationship between elected and non-elected officials and answered a number of questions from the students.

 

There's no place like home

Queen’s honorary degrees will be reserved for alumni in 2016 in celebration of the university’s 175th anniversary.

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Queen's 175th Anniversary

This year’s spring convocation ceremonies at Queen’s University will give the honorees the feeling of coming home. The 11 recipients this spring are all Queen’s alumni and feature musicians The Tragically Hip, journalist Ali Velshi and former Queen’s University Chaplain Brian Yealland among others.

“Bestowing honorary degrees on Queen’s University alumni as we prepare to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the university is very fitting,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This year we are celebrating the university’s unique legacy while recognizing our leaders in academia, business, science and the arts.”

The ceremonies get underway Thursday, May 19 and wrap up Friday, June 10. The recipients include:

Hailing from Kingston, and with close ties to the Queen's community, The Tragically Hip formed in 1984. Consisting of lead singer Gordon Downie, guitarist Paul Langlois, guitarist Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay, The Hip has released 12 studio albums, two live albums, one EP and 54 singles. The group has won 14 Juno awards and nine of its albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. In addition to their musical contributions, the band members are also significant for the ways in which they have given back to local and national communities and agencies, contributed to international aid, and helped preserve the environment. Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 pm.

Donald Creighton Rae Sobey

Donald Creighton Rae Sobey (Com’57) joined the board of Empire Company Limited in 1963. In 2004, he retired as Chairman of Empire Company Limited and retired from the Board in 2015. He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Order of Canada. Mr. Sobey established the D & R Sobey Atlantic Leadership Scholarships at Queen’s University, which are awarded to Atlantic Canadian students who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership. He also serves on the Smith School of Business Advisory Board at Queen’s University. Monday, May 30 at 2:30 pm.

 

P. Kim Sturgess

P. Kim Sturgess (Sc’77) is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, an organization committed to improving water management through better technologies and practices. In 2007, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2012 was named the Business Woman of the Year in Calgary. She also earned the Queen’s Alumni Achievement Award. Ms. Sturgess is a member of the Order of Canada. Wednesday, June 1 at 2:30 pm.

Ronald McCallum

After teaching law at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, for 18 years, Ronald McCallum (LLM’74) was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Sydney. This appointment made Mr. McCallum the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or New Zealand university. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School between 2002 and 2007. Friday, June 3 at 2:30 pm.

Eileen Hutton

Eileen Hutton (NSc’74) is currently the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of Midwifery at McMaster University. She was the first midwife member of the Council of the Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologist of Canada. She is the first midwife ever to hold a professorship in the Netherlands. The Association of Ontario Midwives recently awarded her the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her role in education, research and contribution to the profession. Monday, June 6 at 10 am.

Piers Handling

Piers Handling (Artsci’71) has been the director and CEO of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film, since 1994. Under Mr. Handling’s direction, the organization has grown to become an internationally renowned cultural institution. In 2014, Mr. Handling was invested into the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour, by Lieutenant-Governor David Onley. Monday, June 6 at 2:30 pm.

Debra Pepler (PHE’73, Ed’74) has been a member of the Department of Psychology at York University since 1988 and works closely with Queen’s professor Wendy Craig as co-scientific director of Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet). This is a collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative that brings together 62 researchers from 27 Canadian universities and 49 national organizations. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10 am.

Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi (Artsci’94) graduated from Queen’s with a degree in religious studies. He was most recently the host of Ali Velshi On Target, a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. He’s also reported from the U.S. presidential campaign trail, as well as covering ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey, the days leading up to the nuclear deal from Tehran, the debt crisis in Greece, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Tuesday, June 7 at 2:30 pm.

Brian Yealland (MDiv’72) was ordained a United Church minister the same year as his graduation. Following the retirement of Padre A. Marshall Laverty, Rev. Yealland worked as the Queen’s University Chaplain from 1983 until 2013. He is the recipient of the Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award, the John Orr Award from the Queen’s Toronto Alumni Branch, and the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal. Wednesday, June 8 at 10 am.

Wendy Jane Crewson

Wendy Jane Crewson (Artsci’77) graduated from Queen’s and moved on to study theatre in London. She has worked all over the world and her career includes more than 100 titles including The Santa Clause with Tim Allen and Air Force One with Harrison Ford. She also continues her role as Dr. Dana Kinney on Saving Hope. Wednesday, June 8 at 2:30 pm.

Stephen H. Safe

Stephen H. Safe (MSc’62) graduated from Queen’s and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his doctorate at the University of Oxford in England. His scientific career has covered several different areas of research that include his early studies on the chemistry of pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). His work has helped regulate and reduce levels of this compound in wildlife, humans and food. Friday, June 10 at 10 am.

Local food project sprouts at Smith

[Ian Arthur]
Ian Arthur (standing), executive chef at Chez Piggy restaurant in Kingston, listens as students and community members discuss the possibility of establishing a "food hub" in the local community. Mr. Arthur gave a presentation on food hubs at the meeting hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at Smith School of Business.

Helping local food producers meet the growing demand for their products is the focus of the latest Community Solutions Lab initiative hosted by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Smith School of Business.

Last month, CSI invited approximately 40 people from across Kingston’s food scene to participate in a discussion about the possibility of establishing a “food hub” in the local community.

“We are excited to work together with community stakeholders to support a sustainable, socially responsible and economically viable food system in the region,” says Tina Dacin, Director of the Centre for Social Impact. “We look forward to sharing our research and facilitation expertise in order to develop, test and implement solutions to this complex challenge.”

Food hubs have grown in popularity in the United States with 225 currently active, according to Ian Arthur, executive chef at Chez Piggy restaurant in Kingston and a presenter at the recent meeting. The hubs, which are starting to catch on in Canada, typically involve a business or non-profit organization actively managing the aggregation, distribution and marketing of products primarily sourced from local and regional producers to meet the demand of individual consumers, wholesalers, retailers and institutions.

[Kingston Public Market]
A food hub has the potential to help local and regional food producers by actively managing the aggregation, distribution and marketing of their products. 

Through his discussions with local producers, Mr. Arthur has heard that local producers face significant challenges when it comes to satisfying demand.

“Often times, local farmers have limited storage and distribution is costly. Furthermore, they are busy in the field and don’t have adequate time or resources to devote to marketing,” he says. “That’s where a food hub comes in. It could potentially facilitate planning and collaboration in order to create a more sustainable local food system.”

Mr. Arthur believes a food hub could work in Kingston, given the large consumer market and the wide variety of food items produced within a 100-kilometre radius of the city. However, the food hub must meet the needs of stakeholders in order to succeed, according to Mr. Arthur, and the recent meeting hosted by CSI was the first step toward figuring that out.

Students Jason Hawkins, Graham Stirling-Moffet and Nick Harrison attended the meeting and have a strong interest in contributing to the development of the food hub. After placing second at CSI’s Social Innovation Bootcamp last March, they went on to found Rooted Foods Co., a company that delivers local food products to Queen’s students.

“As students, we recognize the need for convenient access to affordable, healthy food. We are creating awareness about local food among students and are hoping to see a shift in their grocery shopping habits,” Mr. Hawkins says. “The changes that students make today will impact the way that they live tomorrow – that is what’s really important.”

This is the second Community Solutions Lab hosted by CSI. The project last fall focused on helping Pathways to Education, Kingston.

The next step in the food hub is to bring together interdisciplinary teams to move the project forward. If you would like more information or want to get involved, contact Catherine McGill, Program Coordinator (Research and Curriculum), by email.

The Smith School of Business Centre for Social Impact was established in 2004 with a mission to educate students and foster outreach, research and advocacy on issues impacting our local and global communities. Every year, the centre presents and supports a wide range of programming for students, staff, faculty and members of the Queen’s community to learn more about the processes and practices that drive social impact – including the business practice of responsible leadership and, more recently, social innovation, which refers to an innovative product, process or program that profoundly and positively changes a social system and is widely recognized a key driver of solutions to such complex issues. For more information please contact the centre at csi@queensu.ca.

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.

Entry award for Aboriginal students created thanks to gift

Thanks to a generous gift of $1 million from Birch Hill Equity Partners, Smith School of Business has established an award to be given each year to an Aboriginal student entering the Queen’s Commerce program.

[Birch Hill]The Birch Hill Equity Partners Achievement Award provides $9,000 annually, renewable in each of the program’s four years. It is granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, leadership skills and involvement in school or community activities.

Helping to open doors for Aboriginal youth is a priority for Birch Hill, especially given its role as a National Partner of the Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network. This organization, founded by Prince Charles, is dedicated to being a catalyst for increasing employment opportunities for youth in underserved neighbourhoods across Canada. In collaboration with Aboriginal agency partners, Birch Hill was involved in mounting an Aboriginal Career Market in October 2015 that attracted 241 job seekers and 33 employers. 

“Unemployment rates among Aboriginal youth between 19 and 24 are at unacceptably high levels, reported at nearly 23% in 2011,” says Birch Hill’s co-founder and partner, John MacIntyre (Com’78). “One of the barriers to success include a lack of family history in post-secondary education. Our hope is that this entrance award will encourage Aboriginal students to pursue a university education. Armed with a Queen’s Commerce degree, they’ll be well prepared to achieve success in their future careers.”

The inaugural recipient of the award will start classes in September 2016.

Business jumping for cricket food company

[QIC logo]
Queen's Innovation Connector

A company created at Queen’s University last summer is one step closer to launching its line of cricket-infused food products.

Gryllies recently won UPstart, a pitch competition held in Toronto by Queen’s Venture Network in Smith School of Business. The victory comes four months after the company was judged the most promising venture to emerge from the 2015 Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI).

Natasha Baziuk (Sc’15), president and co-founder of Gryllies, says the team felt excited and fortunate to win the pitch competition, especially given the company’s infancy.

“Winning this recent pitch competition helped us realize that our vision – creating future-friendly protein that is good for you and the planet – continues to resonate with others,” she says. “That validation motivates us to keep working hard to get our product to market so that we can start making an impact on global food security.”

[Gryllies president and directors]
Gryllies director Esther Jiang, president Natasha Baziuk and director Adam Beaudoin (left to right) give their presentation during the UPstart pitch competition hosted by Queen's Venture Network. The panel of judges, which included David Wizinsky, Paul Jackson (Com'00), Peter Carrescia, and Marcus Daniels (AMBA'05), awarded Gryllies the top prize. (Photo by David Wile)

During QICSI, the team of students identified the need for more sustainable and environmentally friendly sources of protein. They decided to create a dry mix composed of cricket flour, spices and other protein-rich ingredients that can be used to replace meat in recipes. Less water, feed and land are required to produce the same amount of edible cricket product, compared with traditional meats such as beef, pork and poultry.

Gryllies relocated to Innovation Park at Queen’s University following QICSI. Ms. Baziuk and company directors Adam Beaudoin (Kin’15) and Esther Jiang (Artsci’15) consulted with local chefs and food scientists to further develop the products. Gryllies is currently finalizing its packaging and branding and hopes to go to market in May.

The $15,000 prize will support Gryllies as it embarks on a 12-month program at Food Starter, a Toronto-based food business accelerator. The program will give Gryllies access to a range of services that will help the company commercialize and sell its product.

The benefits of UPstart pitch competition extend beyond the prize money, Ms. Baziuk says.

“We were able to connect with many amazing Queen’s alumni and faculty as well as other entrepreneurs who have already reached out to us and offered their help,” she says. “The feedback from the panel of judges, who are extremely experienced in the entrepreneurial space, also adds immense value to the continued development of our business.”

Another QICSI venture, Lumos Energy Strips, took home the second prize of $10,000 at the pitch competition.

Growing entrepreneurship on-campus and in the community is a key pillar of Queen’s strategic mandate. The Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC) builds on existing strengths to give students access to the resources, networks and mentors they need to transform their ideas into products and services.  QIC’s core strength is its interdisciplinary nature, providing students from across the university with the opportunity to work in diverse teams to address important problems and identify the solutions that will yield benefits not only for the region, but nationally and globally too.

Smith School of Business ranked in top-100 MBA programs globally

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The MBA program at Smith School of Business at Queen's University ranked 93rd in the 2016 global ranking by the Financial Times. (University Communications)

The Financial Times (FT) top 100 full-time global MBA ranking was published this week, with Smith School of Business at Queen's University placing 93rd in the world.

Smith was also ranked 35th in the world, and first in Canada, for value for money.

“It is part of our strategy to be a world leader in business education,” says David Saunders, Dean, Smith School of Business. “It is always rewarding to be recognized externally, especially by a respected ranking such as the Financial Times.

The Smith School of Business re-entered the FT’s ranking of full-time MBA programs in 2015 for the first time since 2009.

“Our Global Advisory Council stressed how critical the FT MBA rankings are for the international recognition of the school, and we listened,” Dean Saunders adds.

The Financial Times global MBA ranking is calculated based on 20 separate criteria, such as career progress, aims achieved, value for money, international faculty and faculty research, but is heavily weighted to salary measures (worth 40 per cent of the overall ranking). Five Canadian schools made the 2016 ranking. Visit the Financial Times 2016 Global MBA ranking to view the full list.

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