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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.

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.

Smith School partners with Scotiabank on customer analytics

A new research centre harnessing the power of data analytics has been established at Smith School of Business at Queen's University.

Scotiabank has provided $2.2 million to create the Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics at the Smith School of Business.

The Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics, created with $2.2 million provided by Scotiabank, will bring together professors and students to collaborate with Scotiabank teams on applied research in customer analytics to provide data-driven solutions.

“More and more organizations are realizing the power of using big data and analytics as a competitive advantage,” said David Saunders, Dean, Smith School of Business. “We are excited by the many opportunities the Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics will provide both students and faculty, as well as the data-driven solutions we will produce.”

The collaboration between Scotiabank and Smith School of Business will extend beyond applied research to include community building efforts that bring together analytics practitioners and innovators across industries. Scotiabank will also provide internship opportunities for Queen’s PhD, MSc, Master of Management Analytics and MBA students.

“Our customers expect simple, seamless and personalized services; and data and analytics are key to making this possible,” said Michael Zerbs, Executive Vice President and Co-Head, Information Technology, Enterprise Technology at Scotiabank. “We recognize that analytics will fundamentally reshape the customer experience and Scotiabank will be a leader in this transformation. By using analytics, we can identify the right products and advice for our customers, at the right stage of life, helping them become better off. At Scotiabank, we know that partnerships, such as this one with Queen’s, are essential for driving success and evolving with our customers’ expectations.”   

The centre will be co-led by two Smith School of Business faculty: Yuri Levin, Chaired Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Master of Management Analytics program, and Mikhail Nediak, Associate Professor and Toller Family Fellow of Operations Management, with participation from Smith School faculty members in Management Science, Operations Management, Marketing, and Business Economics, as well as from the Queen’s School of Computing.

The Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics at the Smith School of Business is slated to open in February 2016.

Summit inspires responsible leaders

As Shirley Wang, Com’17, prepares to attend the Social Impact Summit for the third straight year, she remembers fondly last year’s keynote address by Johann Olav Koss. The former Olympic speed skater from Norway shared his experience as the founder of Right to Play, an international organization dedicated to helping children overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease through playing sports and games.

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The Social Impact Summit offers delegates a variety of learning and networking activities.

“I have followed his career and the organization for many years, so listening to him was a dream come true,” Ms. Wang says. “I was able to connect with him on LinkedIn afterwards and have since reached out for advice. The level of exposure to the speakers has had a profound impact in shaping my goals and aspirations as a business student.”

For the past 11 years, the Social Impact Summit has helped delegates make those important life-long connections. Ms. Wang says it’s one of the major reasons she is once again attending the summit as a delegate and volunteer.

“The summit has exposed me to the breadth of careers that are booming in the social impact space. Since I have been keeping in touch with some people I have met at the summit, I intend to reach out to them as I am looking to start my career after fourth year,” she says.

Johann Olav Koss (right), founder of Right to Play, spoke at last year's Social Impact Summit. He is joined here by David Saunders, Dean, Smith School of Business, and Tina Dacin, Director, Centre for Social Impact.

The two-day summit, hosted by the Centre for Social Impact at Smith School of Business, features a mix of keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops aimed at inspiring delegates to become impactful and responsible leaders in both their careers and their local communities.

“We are dedicated to amplifying business as a force for good,” says Tina Dacin, Director, Centre for Social Impact, Smith School of Business. “Every year, the Social Impact Summit attracts exciting and dynamic speakers whose insightful thoughts, lessons and stories get students excited about becoming effective and responsible leaders.”

Harry Kraemer, an author of two bestselling leadership books and executive partner of a private equity firm, will deliver the keynote address on the topic of becoming a values-based leader. Other noteworthy speakers include Canadian social entrepreneur, Al Etmanski, Assaf Weisz from Purpose Capital, Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO, Jerry Koh from MaRS Discovery District and Jessica Bolduc from 4Rs Youth Movement.

More than 165 delegates are expected to attend the summit that takes place Oct. 16-17. The delegates include Queen’s commerce, MBA and Master of International Business students, many of whom are enrolled in the Certificate in Responsible Leadership Program.

Visit the Centre for Social Impact for the complete agenda.

The Centre for Social Impact at Smith School of Business 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.

Introducing the Smith School of Business

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    Stephen Smith speaks at Goodes Hall after unveiling his $50-million gift. In recognition of Mr. Smith’s vision and generosity, Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, announced a new name for the school: the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business.
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    Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, introduces Stephen Smith after it was revealed that he had donated $50-million to Queen's University. In recognition of the gift, Principal Woolf announced a new name for the school: the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business.
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    From left: Board chair Barbara Palk; Initiative Campaign chair Gord Nixon; Dean David Saunders; Stephen Smith; Principal Daniel Woolf; and Chancellor Jim Leech, attend the announcement that Mr. Smith donated $50 million to Queen's.
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    Chancellor Jim Leech, Stephen Smith and Principal Daniel Woolf react to the unveiling of new banners after it was announced that Queen's School of Business has been renamed the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business in recognition of Mr. Smith's vision and generosity.
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    Students wearing T-shirts marking the renaming of the Queen's School of Business as the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business in recognition of his vision and generosity in donating $50 million to Queen's University, attend Thursday's announcement.

Business education has a new name at Queen’s University, following a historic $50-million gift from alumnus Stephen Smith (Sc’72).

The donation is the largest-ever gift to any business school in Canada, and one of the largest in Queen’s history. It comes as part of the university’s Initiative Campaign.

In recognition of Mr. Smith’s vision and generosity, Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, announced a new name for the school: the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business.

“Queen’s is thrilled to receive this remarkable gift from such a distinguished alumnus and outstanding Canadian. On behalf of Queen’s, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Stephen Smith for his vision and generosity,” says Principal Woolf. “This gift will help strengthen the university’s global reputation for excellence in business education and provide a legacy that will benefit students and faculty for generations to come.”

Stephen Smith (Sc’72)
Photo credit: Margaret Mulligan for First National Financial Corp.

Mr. Smith is a leading Canadian financial services entrepreneur and philanthropist, who believes deeply in the importance of education and its power to drive the prosperity of our country. He made his donation to advance the leadership position of Queen’s and its school of business within Canada and internationally.

“I have been very fortunate in both my professional and personal life and I am proud to have this opportunity to give back to Queen’s. The university provided me with a transformative education that served as a foundation for all of my endeavours,” Mr. Smith says. “The school of business has the energy and strategy to advance its international influence and recognition, which will be good for students, the university and for Canada.”

The donation will be endowed to provide ongoing resources to attract top talent to the business school and further raise the excellence of business education at Queen’s, ultimately benefiting the economic competiveness of Ontario and Canada.

The gift will fund new chairs and professorships to help recruit and retain leading faculty members, and will significantly increase the number of scholarships to attract top students.

“This extraordinary gift will enable the school to continue to transform business education and further its leadership position both nationally and internationally,” says David Saunders, Dean of the Stephen J. R. Smith School of Business. “It will allow the school to bring together the best minds from around the world to deliver innovative learning experiences and pursue leading business research.”

Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in electrical engineering from Queen’s University in 1972 and is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of First National Financial Corporation, Canada’s largest non-bank lender of residential and commercial mortgages. He is also chairman and co-owner of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance, the country’s third-largest mortgage insurance provider.

Learn more about Stephen Smith and his gift to Queen’s




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