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Leading the way in business law

[Mohamed Khimji]
Mohamed Khimji is the inaugural holder of the David Allgood Professorship in Business Law. The professorship was created thanks to a $1.5-million campaign led by the Faculty of Law. (Supplied Photo)

Professor Mohamed Khimji is about to make Queen’s Law history in more ways than one. Following the school’s $1.5-million campaign to create its first privately-funded professorship, he is the inaugural holder of the David Allgood Professorship in Business Law. The appointment gives him the principal role in designing, developing and leading Queen’s business law program to new levels of national prominence.  

Q: What do you want to accomplish as the first Allgood Professor?

Mohamed Khimji: The professorship will fund a number of initiatives on both the teaching and research sides, designed to ensure that Queen’s offers the most promising route to expertise for future generations of Canada’s leading business lawyers and scholars. Ultimately, I foresee a centre for corporate and commercial law studies that will coordinate all of the business law activity at the school. What I’m really excited about is the opportunity to implement these ideas with the help of the Queen’s Law community, including alumni.

Q: How will the centre contribute to the school’s research profile?

MK: The centre would produce high-level research in business law – research that addresses and has an impact on contemporary policy issues. Business law is very important because business is very important in society; it is what generates wealth. If we are to have any hope of ending world poverty, then society needs to generate more wealth. That’s where business comes in, and with it business law. The law is very, very important because it sets the rules and incentives. The legal rules we choose address such fundamental issues as whose wealth matters, how wealth is shared, and so on. Everybody has an interest in these debates, so continuing research will be in demand.

Q: What course offerings in business law do you plan?

MK: Though Queen’s already has a very strong core business law curriculum, I’d like to elevate it. What’s different about legal practice today compared to, say, 50 years ago is that lawyers now tend to specialize quite early in their careers, so it’s very important for the law school to provide specialization options. A key objective for a modern business law curriculum is to give students not just the traditional legal skills but also the relevant technical skills – in this case accounting and finance – to facilitate their long-term success. Business law can be daunting, especially to students who haven’t come here from a business background; there is lots of jargon. In collaboration with the Smith School of Business and our alumni, I’d like to create new transaction-based courses that provide more interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities for our students.

Q: What role would students have in the centre you propose?

MK: I’d like student organizations such as the Corporate Law and Investment Club to be very involved. The centre would also facilitate student participation in business law research and showcasing the scholarly work of our JD and graduate students.  

Q: Do you see alumni playing a role in the centre?   

MK: Yes indeed. I’d like to involve alumni more in education in general. I find that students who don’t have a business background are fascinated by business legal practice, but they don’t really know what it is. Grads’ stories are inspirational to students – probably more so than mine – so I’d like to create a speaker series with alumni coming in and talking about what they do, giving students a better sense of their career options.

Q: Any thoughts about engaging the wider community in topical discussions?

MK: Yes – in a variety of ways all of which designed to promote more dialogue between various communities including academics, practitioners, public officials, students and alumni. For example, I’d like the law school to host panel discussions with members from all of these communities discussing current topics in business law.  

Q: What would you like to say to supporters of the Allgood Professorship?

MK: That would be ‘thank you.’ You’ve created an opportunity for me that I’m very grateful for and excited about. Queen’s is already one of Canada’s best law schools. I look forward to working with all of you to make it even better. 

Mohamed Khimji joined Queen's Law on July 1. Previously, he held the Stephen Dattels Chair in Corporate Finance Law at Western and has also been a faculty member at Dalhousie. He began his career practising corporate law with Torys LLP in Toronto after graduating with an LLB from the University of Bristol. He also holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

This article was first published on the Faculty of Law's website.

An opportunity to serve

Queen’s Law Professor Grégoire Webber takes on new role advising Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Queen’s University Professor Grégoire Webber has traded his office in Macdonald Hall for one on Parliament Hill.

Dr. Webber has been appointed as the Legal Affairs Advisor to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Dr. Webber will take a leave of absence to join the minister’s office, effective Aug. 1.

Queen's University law professor Grégoire Webber has accepted a position as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice.

“It is a special privilege to have been offered this opportunity,” says Dr. Webber. “I hope to be able to make a contribution.”

In his new role, Dr. Webber will offer his perspective and insight to assist the work of the minister on a wide range of issues – each of which will have a long-lasting impact on Canadian society. Dr. Webber will advise Minister Wilson-Raybould – Canada’s third female and first Indigenous Minister of Justice – as she carries out her duties to provide legal advice to cabinet and ensure government bills adhere to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Less than one year into the government’s mandate, the ministry has been tasked with passing assisted dying legislation, reforming Canada’s criminal justice system and legalizing marijuana. Many complex issues with broad-reaching legal implications remain, including a review of how Indigenous Canadians are impacted by the justice system and the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.

Dr. Webber's new position dovetails well with his current work as Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, while harkening back to his pre-academic career as a senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office.

“Grégoire will be sorely missed during his absence, but we’re pleased to be able to provide him leave for this opportunity,” says Queen’s Law Dean Bill Flanagan. “During his tenure at the law school to date, he has provided a wealth of energy and ideas, including the co-founding of our new cross-disciplinary program in legal philosophy. His selection for this role with the minister is an acknowledgement of the quality of our faculty at Queen’s Law, and his experiences there will ultimately benefit the school upon his return.”


Dahan to bring expertise to Queen's Law

The Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW) continues to grow, with the appointment of an expert on labour law and competitiveness in North America and Europe.

[Samuel Dahan]
When he arrives in July 2017, Samuel Dahan will be working with the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW). (Supplied Photo) 

Samuel Dahan is an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, affiliated with Harvard Law’s Program on Negotiation, and a Référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. He will be joining Queen’s Law in July 2017.

“Professor Dahan’s appointment will bring added strength to the centre and enhance our teaching and research capacity in the areas of mediation and arbitration, monetary and financial law, and international economic negotiations,” says Dean Bill Flanagan.

Working with the CLCW, Dahan aims to develop a mediation and arbitration clinic and a software platform for negotiation analysis. These initiatives are aimed at improving the lawyering and dispute resolution skills of participants.

Kevin Banks (Law), CLCW director, describes the appointment as one that will complement the expertise of Queen’s researchers already associated with the centre.

“Professor Dahan is very well-positioned to make a unique, timely and important contribution, advancing the research leadership and expertise of the CLCW while forging connections with universities and institutions such as the European Commission,” he says.

A Queen’s National Scholar, Dahan holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge, graduate degrees from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and the University of Brussels, and an LLB from the University of Nice. In 2015-2016, he was an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU Law. He has been an advisor to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Affairs, has consulted for the European Commission, the OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and private corporations, and clerked for the Conseil d’Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court). In addition, he has taught law and negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cornell Law School, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), ESSEC Business School and Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Dahan will not only add to the Queen’s Law’s capacity to deliver first-rate teaching in core labour and employment law subjects and courses in comparative labour and employment law. Additionally, Dahan will provide experience in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution – a field that is “more vital than ever to the practice of labour and employment law,” Professor Banks claims.

“Queen’s felt like a perfect fit for me right away for several reasons. I had heard of the law school’s reputation before my visit and I was immediately impressed with both the faculty and the students,” Dahan explains. “My discussions with members of the Queen’s faculty felt very natural, as if I were already at home, and the CLCW is a perfect base from which to undertake cutting-edge research in labour law, financial regulation and alternative dispute resolution.”

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Alexander H. (Sandy) Boag – Head, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed Alexander H. (Sandy) Boag as Head, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for a five-year period beginning June 15, 2016.

A graduate of Queen’s in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Boag did a Master's of Applied Science at University of Toronto. He then attended medical school at Queen’s, and a residency in anatomic pathology, also at Queen’s.

Dr. Boag then joined the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine as a faculty member in 1993. He served as service chief for anatomical pathology from 2001 to 2013. Dr. Boag is an active member Cancer Care Ontario, currently serving as pathology lead for the southeast region. He has served as clinical director of the Cytology lab at Kingston General Hospital since 2008.

An active and respected member of his department, Dr. Boag has held numerous committee roles, displaying a penchant for change and improvement. He currently sits on the Departmental Practice Plan Steering Committee, and holds the position of vice-chair of the SEAMO Finance Committee, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

Dr. Boag has been active at all levels of education and training, having served on the residency training committee in pathology, and being a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Anatomical Pathology Examination Board. A pulmonary and urologic pathologist, Dr. Boag’s scholarly work has focused on prostate and lung cancer. As an active member of several research teams, Dr. Boag has been involved in multiple funded research initiatives and scholarly publications.

Other appointments in the Faculty of Health Sciences:

Muhammad Khan, Associate Professor, Psychiatry – May 1, 2016

Tracie Pennimpede, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences – May 1, 2016

Amir Elmekkawi, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – May 1, 2016

Colleen M. Davison, Assistant Professor, Public Health Services – June 1, 2016

Stacy Ridi, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine – June 1, 2016

Christopher Booth, Associate Professor, Oncology – July 1, 2016

Danielle Rumbolt, Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology – July1, 2016

Wiley Chung, Assistant Professor, Surgery, General Surgery – July 1, 2016

Jeff Yach, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery – July 1, 2016

Genevieve Digby, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine – July 1, 2016

Cynthia Pruss, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences – July 1, 2016

Glenio Mizubuti, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine – July 1, 2016

Anupam Sehgal, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – July 1, 2016

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

New appointments:

Nicolas Hudon, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering – July 1, 2016

Amir Fam, Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) – July 1, 2016

Brian Frank, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) – July 1, 2016

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Queen’s to adopt new academic tool

After extensive consultation and discussions among a variety of groups, Queen’s University has decided to acquire a campus-wide licence for Turnitin, an academic tool that will support student learning and faculty development.

“I am pleased that Queen’s is joining other Ontario institutions that have benefitted from Turnitin,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “The software, available for the fall 2016 term, will provide numerous learning opportunities for both faculty and students.” While the tool is sometimes understood as plagiarism detection software, Dr. Scott says Queen’s will promote it as a formative and developmental opportunity. “Turnitin will help students gain a deeper understanding of academic citation practices while safeguarding academic integrity.”

“Turnitin will enable Queen’s to adopt an educational approach by encouraging students to check for potential issues before submitting their assignments,” says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “In this way, students can learn about ways to ensure they are submitting original work. Over time, supports will be developed for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students on using Turnitin as an educational tool.”

Representatives from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), IT Services and the Queen’s University Faculty Association evaluated the software and recommended its adoption across the university. Ten Ontario universities, including the University of Toronto, McMaster, Western and Ryerson, currently hold a licence for Turnitin. Smith School of Business and the School of Kinesiology, Queen’s Economics Department and the Department of Psychology have been using Turnitin under an opt-in arrangement.

“We saw the opportunity to take Turnitin from an opt-in service that only a few on campus were using to a full, campus-wide application. This is another way ITS is looking to improve and bolster the best experience possible for our Queen’s community,” says Bo Wandschneider, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services).

Finding acceptance

Ronald McCallum and his wife Mary share a laugh before he receives an honorary degree during Friday's convocation ceremony for Queen's Law. (Photo by Bernard Clark) 

As he enters the elevator of Kingston Hall a few minutes before he is to receive an honorary degree, Ronald McCallum, a respected labour law expert from Australia, former dean of the University of Sydney School of Law and chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, asks a question: “Do they still use the bagpipes during the ceremony?”

After receiving an answer in the affirmative he is literally bouncing with excitement.

He honestly loves Queen's University.

There’s a good reason. Coming here changed his life.

Back in 1971 McCallum had earned a pair of bachelor degrees yet was unable to find a law school in Australia that would accept him as a graduate student. It wasn't a case of his marks not being good enough. In fact, he was exceptional.

Undaunted, McCallum would turn his search abroad. 

What he found was Queen's.

What he found was a law school that would accept a blind student.

It was the start that he needed.

“In 1971 I received a letter from the late Bernie Adell and he said that Queen’s would welcome me and he thought I could find enough readers,” he says.

Back then, the books he needed had to be read onto tape and McCallum could then listen to all kinds of legal literature. He did find readers – scores of them. Many were fellow law students. Others were from across Queen’s. Catherine Carter, the wife of his labour law professor Don Carter, would read to him while her toddler was asleep, McCallum recalls with a smile.

And then there were his “boys.” During the summer of 1973 the other students returned home. McCallum would have to look elsewhere for volunteer readers. What he got was a group of inmates from Collins Bay Penitentiary. They were happy to help out. They had plenty of time they told him.

Upon earning his Master of Laws, McCallum returned home where he would become a law lecturer at his alma mater Monash University and would eventually become the first blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in any subject at an Australian university.

“At Queen’s I grew up,” he says. “I learned the tools of the trade of academia – teaching and writing – and I think it gave me the confidence, having been successful at Queen’s, to go on and try other things. I taught law in Australia for 40 years. I became dean of Sydney Law School. I wouldn’t have become dean, I wouldn’t have become an academic, had I not done this graduate work at Queen’s. It gave me a foothold on the academic ladder.”

But there would be more heights to reach in his amazing career.

Being dean helped propel him to the United Nations where he could help others with disabilities around the world. He has stood up for those who all too often have no voice.

The position, he says, has also been an opportunity to continue to learn, seeing how different people from around the world think, and not just about disabilities.

As he received his honorary degree on Friday from the one university that gave him a chance, McCallum called on the graduating Queen’s Law students to make the most of the time they have, to take chances, to seize opportunities as he did.

“We only pass this way once,” he says. “It’s not a rehearsal. Leave this world better off than when you started.” 

Walking 500 miles to fight Parkinson's

Harry McMurtry (Artsci’85, Law’89) and Sue Thompson (Artsci’87, MA’89) have a lot in common. They each have two degrees from Queen’s University and they were varsity athletes – McMurtry played basketball and Thompson was a rower.

Sue Thompson, left, and Harry McMurtry, second from left, have met a lot of supporters as they walk from New York City to Toronto. (Supplied Photo)

Together they are putting up a big fight against the illness they both suffer from – Parkinson’s disease. McMurtry and Thompson, along with Dr. Ross Sugar of Baltimore, are taking part in 500 Miles For Parkinson’s. It’s a fundraising walk from New York City to Toronto that started on May 7 and sees the trio travel up to 15 miles a day for 45 days with the goal of raising $500,000.

“This walk is about promoting ability rather than disability. It is about showcasing people living well with Parkinson's disease. With great treatment, backed up by great research, people with Parkinson's can live meaningful lives,” says McMurtry. “People with Parkinson’s do not wish to be identified with the disease. They wish to be viewed and treated as intact people.”

The walk is generating a lot of buzz. NHL great Wayne Gretzky is the 500 Miles honorary patron and celebrity ambassadors include singer Tom Cochrane, TV personality Jeanne Beker, and Olympic gold medalist Adam van Koeverden. Harry’s 500 mile journey has been profiled in People Magazine, CBC Radio, and CTV’s etalk.

McMurtry had a successful career as a lawyer when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than a decade ago. The disease eventually forced him to retire from his job, but he remains committed to raising awareness and funds to battle the degenerative disease.

“500 Miles For Parkinson’s project has been 18 months in the making. Starting with a steering committee of three people, it morphed into six working committees, many local organizing committees, and dozens of volunteers. An undertaking of this magnitude demanded the investment of a lot of hours by many people,” he says.

Thompson, who is 50 and was diagnosed at age 47, did not know McMurtry when they were at Queen’s but she heard about his fundraising walk through a mutual friend and decided to join.

“One of the things that attracted me to this walk was the opportunity to raise funds and awareness at the same time. I am an educator, and so the chance to raise awareness through school visits and connections was hugely important to me,” says Thompson, who works as a guidance counsellor with the University of Toronto Schools.

There are planned stops in various communities along the way, including Kingston on June 4-7. This stop will be special for the duo because they loved their time at Queen’s and hope the university community will come out and support them. Activities include a welcome ceremony at Kingston City Hall at 3:30 pm on June 4 and a 3-on-3 fundraising basketball tournament (run by the Queen’s men’s varsity basketball team). The major fundraiser in Kingston is Pints for Parkinson’s taking place on June 7 at 5:30 pm at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre.

Jasmin Cameron, an adjunct instructor in the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Dr. Karen Graham from the Department of Emergency Medicine are helping organize the Kingston area events.

A full list of Kingston events can be found on the 500 Miles website.

Recognizing outstanding research potential

Queen’s welcomes record seven Vanier Scholarship recipients.

Seven Queen’s University students have won the 2016 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – surpassing the previous record of six recipients set in 2015 and the most in a single year at Queen’s since the scholarship was launched in 2008.

"Our seven new Vanier Scholars have shown their tremendous research potential,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies. “These are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and will put these young scholars on solid footing for future research success. We are very proud of their accomplishments and grateful that these talented trainees have chosen Queen’s. They will no doubt make significant scholarly contributions and, in so doing, advance our commitment to research excellence.”

Anja-Xiaoxing Cui (Psychology) will focus her research on the mechanisms within the brain that allow for us to understand, appreciate and learn about music. By measuring brain activity in subjects as they listen to unfamiliar music, as well as tracking children’s sense of music over the course of lessons, she aims to learn more about how the brain analyzes and learns new music and how quickly new information can be gained.

Exploring the diverse field of rheology – the study of the flow of complex matter, including liquids and so-called ‘soft solids’ – Peter Gilbert (Chemical Engineering) plans to explore the relationship between molecular structure of polymeric liquids and their rheological properties. His doctoral research aims to predict the behaviour of polymers in various conditions or applications; improving our understanding of how these materials behave during the manufacturing process and leading to more effective processing methods.

Fiona Haxho (Biology) intends to study the cell-signalling mechanisms involved in pancreatic cancer. In particular, her research is focused on a mammalian enzyme called neuraminidase-1 and its role in tumour growth, development and resistance to chemotherapy, amongst other things. Her doctoral research aims to target this enzyme and determine its functional role in models of pancreatic cancer.

Jackie Huberman (Psychology) aims to empirically and comprehensively examine a model of women’s sexual response. Her research will specifically evaluate how women’s mind-body connection with respect to sexual arousal and neural responses – including sexual functioning, sexual schemas, and stress – may impact sexual desire. With the knowledge gained from her dissertation, she hopes to help shift society’s conceptualization of female sexual response to reflect more accurately women’s experiences.

Focusing on the issue of human-lion conflict in Africa, Sandra McCubbin (Geography) will explore the politics of lion conservation in Botswana. Home to approximately 3,200 lions, Botswana is the site of intense human-lion conflict – a significant issue in Africa, especially in the borderlands of parks that often overlap with human settlements. Her research aims to explore the network of actors involved in producing this conflict in an effort to understand the issue better and identity where power structures may be renegotiated to enhance co-existence of humans and lions.

Studying under renowned bullying expert, Dr. Wendy Craig, Laura Lambe (Psychology) aims to explore how bullying affects students who witness the aggressive acts as bystanders or intervene as defenders. Her research will address whether certain types of intervention are associated with more favourable outcomes. She also intends to investigate the social contextual factors that predict how students will use different types of defensive behaviour. By more effectively quantifying the effects of intervention, researchers and policy makers will be able to endorse specific, evidence-based defending behaviours that are beneficial for both youth who are victimized and for youth who are defenders.

Jane Thomson (Law) will focus her doctoral research on instances of progressive legal reform achieved using private law doctrine; a goal more commonly achieved through the application of public law legislation, such as human rights legislation or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Currently she is looking at the issue of racism or religious intolerance in private wills and what use, if any, a court may make of the common law doctrine of public policy to void a provision in a will that seeks to discriminate against a beneficiary based on race, or promotes racism in some other way.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awards $150,000 over three years to up to 167 doctoral students across Canada every year. It aims to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students, by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. 

Backing business law students

Students at the Faculty of Law attend a class on business law taught by Dean Bill Flanagan. A pair of business law initiatives will begin at Queen’s this fall, thanks to donations worth $100,000 from Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. (University Communications)

Two business law initiatives are beginning at Queen’s Law this fall thanks to $100,000 in support from Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

First, a scholarship will support students who are entering the new combined BCom/JD program. Second, a seminar/workshop series focusing on the essentials of business knowledge for lawyers is being created.

“The Faculty of Law is delighted to partner with Osler in these two important initiatives, both of which will greatly enhance our business law program,” says Dean Bill Flanagan. “The new BCom/JD scholarship will draw yet more talented students to Queen’s Law with an interest in law and business, and the Osler BizBasics program will introduce more of our students to some of the key skills required of business law lawyers today. It’s a win-win for the faculty and our students.”

Entrance scholarships, valued at $5,000, will be available for up to four BCom/JD students for each of the next three years. Christina Beaudoin, Osler’s Director of Student Programs, says her firm wanted to support the top business-focused students with this award.

“By assisting with the financial impact of this highly-marketable joint degree, we hope to encourage the efforts of our scholarship recipients who may very well be destined to be Bay Street’s future leaders,” she says.

In Queen’s Law’s latest combined program, BCom/JD students complete both degrees in six years instead of the usual seven if taken separately. Queen’s already has a successful program that combines law and graduate business degrees.

For John Neufeld, MBA’15/Law’17, choosing Queen’s was an easy decision.

“I foresaw a career practising business law before coming to law school,” he says. “When chatting with lawyers specializing in that area, Queen’s was always mentioned. The reputations of the Faculty of Law and the Smith School of Business are an obvious draw.”

Queen’s is also launching the Osler BizBasics Series, a workshop series introducing students to business fundamentals. For each of the next five academic years there will be four lunch-hour lectures/workshops, in which Osler lawyers, articling students and administrative professionals will provide students with practical insights into the skills required to be successful in today’s business law environment.

Osler BizBasics will include such topics as demystifying the range of career options in business law; understanding the business of law and the profession’s changing landscape; the increasing importance of soft skills (e.g. emotional intelligence, resilience, relationship building) to a lawyer’s success; and business law fundamentals such as “Accounting & Finance 101” for lawyers.

“As a leading business law firm, the synergy was ideal for Osler to partner with Queen’s in delivering experiential business law programming that addresses the practical gaps students are hungry for,” Beaudoin says. “The practice of law is rapidly evolving and we’re proud to play a role in equipping students with the hard and soft skills that will set them apart.”

Neufeld, who had approached a summer student at Osler about establishing such a series at Queen’s, has learned an important lesson through his MBA and legal training.

“When it comes to clients, business people speak their own language with its own vocabulary,” he says. “Lawyers must be able to speak this language if they truly want to empathize with their client and understand what their issues and motivations are. The rapidly changing legal market will require counsel to deliver value to the client as the client defines it.”

The new Osler BizBasics program will ensure Queen’s grads do just that.

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.


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