SDGs at Queen's

SDGs at Queen's

Through research, teaching, learning, outreach, and stewardship activities, the Queen’s community contributes to the fight against climate change, helping to build inclusive societies, and ensuring equal access to health care and quality education to advance social impact and ultimately the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor has appointed Dr. Heather Aldersey, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, as Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs. Dr. Aldersey’s role will involve creating an inventory of UN SDG work by identifying best practices and champions of UN SDG work at Queen’s, and she will also create and chair a Principal’s Council on UN SDGs to inform, collaborate, and innovate on the development of a UN SDG operational framework for the university.

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Principal’s Advisory Council on UN SDGs at Queen’s

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Members gather in-person and online in the boardroom at 355 King St. West, the first building on campus to have a geo-thermal heating system.
Members gather in-person and online in the boardroom at 355 King St. West, the first building on campus to have a geo-thermal heating system. 


Heather Aldersey Chair, Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs
Oyedeji Ayonrinde

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Benjamin Bolden Associate Professor, Music Education
Karen Bertrand Vice-Principal, Advancement
Juan Francisco Chavez Ramirez Smith School of Business
John DiPaolo President, United Way KFL&A
Setareh Ghahari

Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Therapy / SRT Associate Director (Occupational Therapy Program)

Ishana Gopaul

Manager, Special Projects

Melinda Knox Director, Thought Leadership and Strategic Initiatives
Sheng Li Postdoctoral Fellow
Warren Mabee Director, School Policy Studies and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Kate McCuaig President, Alma Mater Society
Victor Odele PhD Student – First Year
Brian O’Neill Director, Investments
Nancy Ross Vice-Principal, Research
Sandra den Otter Vice-Provost, Global Engagement
Ellie Sadinsky Executive Director, Student Affairs
Stephanie Simpson Vice-Principal, Culture, Equity, and Inclusion
Nathan Splinter Manager, Energy and Sustainability
Jenn Stephenson Associate Dean, Academic
Marcus Taylor Department Head and Professor, Global Development Studies
Gavan Watson Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
Amy Wu     Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering


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About Dr. Heather Aldersey

Brunette woman smiling at camera in from of the wood panel Heather Aldersey, MSEd, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Disability Inclusive Development. She is also the Scientific Director for the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, a Queen’s Health Sciences Research Centre. Her research explores natural and formal supports for people with disabilities and their families in Canada and in a number of contexts internationally.