Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Greg Bavington, Sc’85

Executive Director, DDQIC
Special Advisor to the Provost, Innovation and EntrepreneurshipGreg Bavington

“There is no better investment than in our future leaders,” says Greg Bavington. He should know. Greg was appointed Executive Director of the Queen’s Innovation Connector in November 2012. His latest innovation challenge follows five years as President and CEO of KN Rubber LLC and roles helping to design smelters in South Africa and GM’s modernized assembly plant in Oshawa. Greg was also exposed to several high-profile engineering projects, including the English Channel Tunnel and the SkyDome roof. He has served as an elected member of Queen’s University Council and on the Queen’s Engineering Society Board of Directors. Greg also serves on the board of several private companies, income trusts, trade associations and not-for-profit organizations.


Jim McLellan, Sc’81, PhD’90P James McLellan

Academic Director, DDQIC

Jim (Sc’81, PhD’90) is the Academic Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s and a co-founder of the Queen’s Summer Innovation Initiative. Prior to joining Queen’s in 1990, he worked for Petro-Canada as a control applications engineer. He is an active researcher and consultant in the fields of statistical model building and process control, working with major companies ranging from biomedical devices, to metals manufacturing and chemical manufacturing processes. Jim is committed to building innovation and entrepreneurship programming at Queen’s and to growing a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in the Kingston region, working with many groups in the Kingston entrepreneurship ecosystem. Jim is cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and to the Dan School of Drama and Music. He collaborates in teaching and research in innovation and pedagogy in the technology and creative arts fields.


Erin LeBlanc Artsci’82, MEd, LLM’12

Director, Strategic Program Development & Accreditation, Office of the Dean, Smith School
of Business
Erin LeBlanc

Specializing in leadership and law, in her 20 years working at the Smith School of Business, Ms. LeBlanc has held several leadership positions. She has been a key contributor in the creation and launch of many initiatives and new academic programs within the School, notably, the Master of International Business, Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, and Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is a member of the team responsible for the design, launch and ongoing programming for the DDQIC Summer Initiative. She has been a part of the Queen's Executive Development Centre as a team facilitator on the Queen's Leadership Program, as well as a team facilitator in both the Queen's National Executive MBA and Accelerated MBA programs. She 
also teaches International Business Law in the Master of International Business Program, focusing
on how companies enter into international markets. 


Dirk RodenburgP James McLellan

Term Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Educational Consultant, School of Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Rodenburg is an Educational Consultant with the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a Term Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Engineering's Department of Chemical Engineering.  He has twenty years of experience as an software entrepreneur within academia, educational technology, financial services, biotechnology and scientific instruments. Dirk's research interests include human performance, expertise, cognition, real time data analytics, data feedback, human-computer interaction and ethics and privacy.  Dirk holds an MA in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the Faculty of Information from the University of Toronto.


Melanie Robb, Sc'14

Program Manager

As Program Manager at the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre at Queen’s University, I am passionate about equipping people with an entrepreneurial mindset they can apply to solving problems, while creating opportunities for themselves and others. I am currently completing an Executive MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics. In 2018 I completed a fellowship at the Deshpande Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in Hubballi, India, working within their acceleration program for social enterprises. Also in 2018 I completed training in design thinking through ExperiencePoint, and have since trained hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs in this problem solving methodology since. I graduated from my bachelor in Chemical Engineering with honours in 2014, with a keen interest in innovation and multi-disciplinary environments, leading me to my current role. I am fascinated by food systems which I have explored through an agricultural internship on seed saving, and by serving on the board of a startup not-for-profit organization focused on food and seed security, among other volunteer roles.

Swati Kasat

Administrative and Financial CoordinatorChloe Beisheim

Swati is a Chartered Accountant (India) and Bachelor of Commerce and has over 10 years of experience in Finance, Accounting, Auditing, Business Operations and Trade Finance ("Factoring/smart financing solutions"). While working in India, she was associated with Deloitte and Grant Thornton as an External Auditor handling audit of public listed and privately held entities. Before joining DDQIC, she worked for a German headquartered trade finance company where she led Finance, HR and Admin function for its UAE and India based operations. She is excited to work with DDQIC Team who is dedicated to support innovations and make the society a better place by way of helping students and entrepreneurs across the world.

Chloe Beisheim, Artsci'16

Program CoordinatorChloe Beisheim

Chloe joined the DDQIC team after serving as the Content Manager at Station 14 Kingston, a local online news start-up. As a video journalist in Kingston, she was immediately inspired by the vibrant community of creative entrepreneurs in Kingston and wanted to tell their stories. Queen's University is a familiar setting to her as she graduated in 2016 from Stage and Screen Studies with a Certificate in Business from the Smith School of Business. She is excited to combine her passion for storytelling and entrepreneurship to celebrate the hard work, creativity, and innovation behind all the ventures supported by DDQIC's programs.


Joanna Tinus, Artsci'14, MA'17, GDB'17Joanna Tinus

Program Coordinator

Joanna is a recent addition to the DDQIC team who brings with her a multidisciplinary background and a passion for helping others succeed. She graduated with a Medial in Philosophy-Psychology in 2014 and went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in legal, moral and political philosophy. Her desire to pursue a career in innovation and entrepreneurship was stimulated by her experience in the Graduate Diploma in Business program at Smith.