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Wendy Gilmour

I started off as a geography and politics student, but had an unfortunate encounter with statistics …. so switched to politics and history.  I was still able to incorporate political geography into my studies, and found a new perspective to broaden my horizons!

I found I needed a Canadian history class to graduate, and ended up in Canadian Economic History to graduate.  It was a fascinating way to learn about Canada and understand how our country was shaped.  It also set the stage for my interest in public policy and the role of government.

I was persuaded by some fellow history students to join them on a weekend morning in writing Canada’s foreign service exam, while in my fourth year. 31 years later, I can say it was one of my best decisions! I am privileged 
to represent Canada as High Commissioner in Pakistan.

One of my favourite memories was Dr. Geoff Smith’s class in American diplomatic history: small group discussions that encouraged debate and forced everyone to think through and defend their positions.  A great precursor to real life!

Advice for History Students:
Take as wide a range of subjects as possible: and take advantage of the opportunity to learn areas that may not be of immoderate interest.  You will be surprised how it opens up new worlds!

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.