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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driving sustainability ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal IT items available at Campus Bookstore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T4 and T4A tax slips available online

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

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

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

— Christina Blanchard, Associate Director, Payroll Services

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

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

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

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

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

Senior staff changes announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Benoit-Antoine Bacon appointed provost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philanthropist, principal establish rare book collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An investment in sustainability

Queen’s is making an important investment in enhancing the sustainability of its operations. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, has announced a $10.7-million energy performance contract with Honeywell, an international energy services company.

The contract is the next step in the university’s Energy Matters project, which aims to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and generate annual savings in its utility bill.

“Climate change is a significant global issue and Queen’s is committed to doing its part to improve our environment through its operations,” says Principal Woolf. “The Energy Matters project will help lower the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce its water consumption, while at the same time providing important financial savings that make an investment of this size possible.”

As part of the Energy Matters project, Honeywell will implement more than 170 individual energy conservation measures in 66 campus buildings. These include the installation of low-flow fixtures to reduce water usage, upgraded lighting and building climate controls to reduce energy consumption, as well as heat recovery systems and improvements to building envelopes.

Energy Matters fast facts 

  • Total investment: $10.7 million
  • Guaranteed annual utility savings: $946,000
  • Number of conservation measures: 170
  • Number of buildings involved: 66
  • Expected annual reduction in GHG emissions: 2800 MTCO2e
  • Expected annual reduction in water usage: equivalent to 84 Queen’s Centre swimming pools

“Queen’s has been working with Honeywell since 2014, performing energy audits and identifying the most promising energy efficiency measures,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “With the energy performance contract now in place, Honeywell will begin work on the individual efficiency upgrades in January, with the project expected to be complete in August 2017.”

Once fully implemented, the Energy Matters project will result in guaranteed annual utility savings of $946,000. Queen’s current annual utility costs are roughly $20 million. The annual reduction in GHG emissions is expected to be 2800 MTCO2e, the equivalent of taking 944 mid-sized cars off of Canadian roads. The annual reduction in water usage will be equivalent to the volume of 84 Queen’s Centre swimming pools.

The $10.7-million cost of the project will be funded through the annual energy savings that Honeywell guarantees, with full payback of the costs expected over 12 years.

“This project is a very important initiative for Queen’s that will help the university fulfil its commitment to sustainability,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “It builds on a number of energy efficiency and conservation measures already undertaken by the university and, along with other changes in the energy sector in Ontario, will contribute to an expected reduction in our GHG emissions of 25 per cent since 2008.”

As of 2014, Queen’s had already seen a reduction in its GHG emissions of 18 per cent since 2008. Energy savings initiatives, such as the installation of a high-efficiency boiler in the central heating plant and lighting upgrades, contributed to this reduction.

Honeywell’s environmental and energy services division has been providing guaranteed energy performance contracts in Canada for more than 28 years. The company has delivered more than $4 billion in annual savings around the world and is experienced working in post-secondary institutions and hospitals, including Kingston General Hospital.

Breaking ground

Ceremony held to mark the official start of construction on revitalized Richardson Stadium.
 

  • A commemorative football given to donors Stu and Kim Lang.
    A commemorative football given to donors Stu and Kim Lang
  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, welcomes those in attendance to the ground-breaking ceremony.
    Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, welcomes those in attendance to the ground-breaking ceremony.
  • Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), highlights the impact the Richardson Stadium revitalization will have on the university.
    Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), highlights the impact the Richardson Stadium revitalization will have on the university.
  • Queen's alumni, students and supporters gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of the revitalized Richardson Stadium.
    Queen's alumni, students and supporters gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of the revitalized Richardson Stadium.
  • Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, thank the donors who have made the new stadium possible.
    Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, thank the donors who have made the new stadium possible.
  • His Worship Brian Patterson, Mayor of Kingston, discusses the cooperation and relationship between the city and Queen's University.
    His Worship Brian Patterson, Mayor of Kingston, discusses the cooperation and relationship between the city and Queen's University.
  • Stu Lang, Sc'74 and lead donor on the Richardson Stadium revitalization, talks about what his time at Queen's meant to him.
    Stu Lang, Sc'74 and lead donor on the Richardson Stadium revitalization, talks about what his time at Queen's meant to him.
  • Gaels football player & 2015 Russ Jackson Award recipient, Curtis Carmichael, smiles while mentioning the excitement amongst his teammates to take to the field at the new stadium.
    Gaels football player & 2015 Russ Jackson Award recipient, Curtis Carmichael, smiles while mentioning the excitement amongst his teammates to take to the field at the new stadium.
  • Two-time OUA all-star and Queen's Women's Soccer player, Micah Vermeer, talks about the Queen's athletic experience.
    Two-time OUA all-star and Queen's Women's Soccer player, Micah Vermeer, talks about the Queen's athletic experience.
  • Stu and Kim Lang are presented with a personalized football, commemorating the ground breaking.
    Stu and Kim Lang are presented with a personalized football, commemorating the ground breaking.
  • Confetti flutters down as the ground is broken, signifying the official start of the Richardson Stadium revitalization project.
    Confetti flutters down as the ground is broken, signifying the official start of the Richardson Stadium revitalization project.
  • Queen's coaches and student athletes pose following the ground breaking.
    Queen's coaches and student athletes pose following the ground breaking.
  • From L to R: Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, and Kim & Stu Lang, lead donors on the project.
    From L to R: Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, and Kim & Stu Lang, lead donors on the project.
  • The Queen's Bands perform "Oil Thigh" following the ground breaking.
    The Queen's Bands perform "Oil Thigh" following the ground breaking.

On December 5, Queen’s University hosted a ground breaking ceremony to officially mark the start of construction on the revitalized Richardson Stadium. Alumni, students and community members gathered to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Richardson Stadium and of Queen's athletics.

“We are incredibly grateful to our generous benefactors for making the dream of a revitalized Richardson Stadium a reality,” says Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Without this kind of leadership and philanthropic support, this project would not be possible.”

The revitalization project began with a lead gift of $10 million from Queen’s alumni Stu Lang, Sc’74, and Kim Lang, Artsci’76. The Richardson Foundation contributed an additional $5 million donation towards the project, with total donations exceeding $17 million. The university will invest an additional $3 million for infrastructure support of the stadium, bringing the total funding to $20.27 million.

“My wife and I met and spent four wonderful years at Queen’s. I personally experienced life-changing opportunities both on and off the field,” says Stu Lang. “The revitalization is about far more than just a new stadium. It is a key step in building a stronger varsity sports program for Queen’s and providing a better connection to the university. I’m proud to support this transformative initiative.”

Scheduled to open in time for the 2016 Gaels football season, the new Richardson Stadium will be amongst the top facilities of its kind in Ontario – with an artificial turf field, U-shaped seating arrangement, a state-of-the-art scoreboard and improved broadcast and webcast capability.

“I know our entire team is looking forward to taking the field next year in our new home,” says Curtis Carmichael, wide receiver for the Queen’s Gaels football team and recipient of the 2015 Russ Jackson Award. “The new Richardson Stadium will be a major point of pride for Queen’s, current and future Gaels and the Kingston community.”

During the fall the Gaels community was asked to provide feedback on three potential end zone designs for the revitalized Richardson Stadium. With over 5,000 votes cast, design B featuring a blue end-zone with Queen's in gold and tricolour swooshes on either side emerged as the clear fan favorite.

The Richardson Stadium revitalization project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign. It is the next step in the university’s efforts to enhance its athletics and recreation facilities to promote the health and wellness of all students. Other recent projects include the Athletics and Recreation Centre and the redevelopment of Tindall, Nixon, and Miklas-McCarney fields. For more information on the Richardson Stadium revitalization project, please visit the website.

Queen’s names next Board chair

Donald M. Raymond will succeed Barbara Palk as chair of the Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2016.

Don Raymond has been named the next chair of Queen's Board of Trustees.

Queen’s has announced the appointment of Donald M. Raymond, an internationally respected investment executive and Queen’s alumnus, as the next chair of the university's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Raymond will begin a four-year term as chair on June 1, 2016, succeeding Barbara Palk, who has served as chair since 2012. His nomination as chair was recommended to the Board by its Governance and Nominating Committee, following a thorough review and selection process led by Chancellor Jim Leech. 

“Don has been a highly engaged member of the Board of Trustees and he will bring a tremendous amount of expertise to the role of chair,” says Chancellor Jim Leech, who serves as a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee and chaired the Advisory Subcommittee that recommended Dr. Raymond. “Queen’s is fortunate to have a wealth of experience among its trustees and both the Board and the university will benefit greatly from Don’s leadership in this role.”

Dr. Raymond is managing partner and chief investment officer at Alignvest Management Corporation. He previously served as chief investment strategist for the $220-billion Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), where he spent 12 years helping to build the CPPIB into a leading global investment organization. He was instrumental in the development of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investing, and in their adoption by CPPIB in 2005.

“As we prepare to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Queen’s Royal Charter, I am mindful of the selfless dedication of generations of leaders who conceived a humble, regional college and built a university with global impact,” says Dr. Raymond. “I look forward to working closely with my Board colleagues and the entire university community to enhance Queen’s strategic position as the quintessential balanced academy, ready to take on the next 175 years.”

Dr. Raymond earned both a BSc and PhD from Queen’s in electrical engineering. He has been a member of Queen’s University’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently serves as one of its vice-chairs. He also serves as chair of the Board’s Investment Committee, vice-chair of its Pension Committee, and as a member of both its Human Resources and Capital Assets and Finance committees.

“I look forward to working closely with my Board colleagues and the entire university community to enhance Queen’s strategic position as the quintessential balanced academy, ready to take on the next 175 years.”

- Don Raymond, incoming chair of the Board of Trustees

“Dr. Raymond will take up the role of chair at an important time for Queen’s, as the university celebrates its 175th anniversary and continues to advance its position as a leading research-intensive university that delivers a transformative student learning experience,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The Board has an important role to play in the governance of the university, including overseeing the goals of its strategic framework, and I look forward to working closely with Don over the coming years in his role as chair.”

Barbara Palk has served on the Board of Trustees for 14 years and as its chair since 2012. During her tenure as chair, Ms. Palk presided over a number of important initiatives, including the completion of the Board’s governance reform process, the development of the strategic framework and the implementation of the new budget model

The Board of Trustees is one of the university's governing bodies, along with Senate and University Council. While the Senate is responsible for academic matters, the Board is responsible for the overall operation of the university, including overseeing financial matters, property, and making senior appointments. Queen's is one of the country’s oldest degree-granting institutions and will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2016-2017.

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