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Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

  • The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award and induction in the Tricolour Society is the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities. Such service may have been confined to a single field, or it may have taken the form of a significant contribution over a wide range of activities.
  • The award is named in honour of Dr. Agnes Benidickson who was Chancellor of Queens University from 1980 until 1996.
  • For more information, please contact the Office of the Rector  

Nominate a peer for the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, the highest award that a Queen's student can receive for Distinguished Service.

Who Can I Nominate?

The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award is for students only. Nominate a student that has devoted their time and efforts to the Queen's community in non-athletic/academic ways. If you know a student who has significantly and positively impacted life at Queen's, in your life or the lives of others while attending Queen's, you should nominate them!

Nomination Process: 

  • In the late Fall of each year, the Rector distributes nomination forms through the SGPS and AMS, but forms can also be found online.  Download the nomination form.
  • Each nomination must have complete nominee information and a primary and secondary nominator, both of whom must be current students.
  • Letters of support (no less than five and no more than 10) must accompany the nomination form.  Letters must be submitted by each nominator (primary and secondary).  Other letters can be from students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Letters must include name, faculty, role/function and contact information of submitter, nominee name and description the nominee's contribution(s) to and impact at Queen's University.
  • The nomination package will consist of completed nomination form and letters of support. Letters should be scanned and/or submitted electronically (PDF) by the primary nominator to the Office of the Rector.
  • Upon nomination, the Office of the Rector will confirm acceptance of nomination.  The Rector will also request nominees submit a CV and a list of activities that they have been involved with at Queen's University, along with a list of individuals who may comment on their performance in said activities.  The Selection committee is not limited only to contacting those references provided by the candidates. 
  • Interviews will be held with all candidates who accept their nominations..
  • Nominations Deadline: January 20th 2021.  All nomination packages must be received by e-mailing a pdf copy to

Selection Process: 

  • The Rector serves as the Chair of the Tricolour Award Selection Committee.
  • The selection process follows the procedures as outlined in the Award's Terms of Reference.
  • Admission to the Tricolour Society shall be limited to Queen's University students. Although the number of students to be admitted to the Society each year shall be decided by the selection committee, the number shall be limited so as not to jeopardize the distinction of the Tricolour Society.
  • Selection of the successful nominee(s) shall be made on the basis of the interviews, their nomination packages, and submitted CV's.
  • Admission shall not be granted simply because a person holds or has held a certain position or office on campus.
  • Decisions of the Tricolour Awards Selection Committee are final.
  • Decisions of the Tricolour Award Selection Committee will be made public the beginning of February.
  • The names of the Award's recipients are engraved on a plaque in the Students' Memorial Union portion of the John Deustch University Centre.

Please address any questions regarding award nominations and the selection process to the Office of the Rector.

Tricolour Society

There are more than 500 members of the prestigious Tricolour Society. Some of the recipients include: Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge, Andrew Pipe, Ahmed Kayssi, Tuba Chishti, Innes Van Nostrand, Michael McNair, Michele Romanow, and the Right Honourable John Matheson.

For Tricolour Award Reception photos, click on the Tricolour Society members below and then click on the year to be taken to the flickr album.

Please address any corrections to the Office of the Rector.

Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Society members: 

Year Member
2019-2020 Beatrice Huh
Jared den Otter
Chayce Perkins
Liam Tharp
2018-2019 Zachary Baum (Comp'17, MSc'19)
Erika Shannon Campbell (Artsci'19)
Benji Christie (Sc'19)
Olivia Rondeau (Ed'19)
Ampai Thammachack (Artsci'20)
2017-2018 Hana Chowdhury (Com'18)
Emilio Frometa (MIR'18)
Max Garcia (Cmp'17)
Asha Gordon (Artsci'18)
Adam Grotsky (Artsci'16, Law'19)
Alexandra Palmeri (NSc'18)
2016-2017 Mike Blair (Sc'17)
Claire Gummo (Artsci'17)
Tara McDonald (Artsci'17)
Lauren Winkler (Artsci'17)
Mike Young (Artsci'16)
2015-2016 Michael Coleman, (JD '17)
Thompson Hamilton (Artsci '13, JD '16)
John Graydon Simmons (Meds '16)
Jennifer Williams (Artsci '16)
Catherine Wright (Artsci '15, MIR '16)
2014-2015 Conrad Behrman, (Sci '15)
Tuba Chishti (Artsci '15)
Sebastian Gorlewski (Artsci '15)
Ian Moore (MPA '14, JD '16)
Eric Rapos (BCmpH '10, MSc '12, PhD '16)
Troy Sherman (Artsci '14)
Kevin Wiener (JD '15)



Mark Asfar (Artsci '14)
Isabelle Duchaine (Artsci '14)
Digvijay Mehra (Artsci '14)
Jessica Searle (Nursing '14')
Naheed Yaqubian (JD '14)
2012-2013 Ben Frid (Meds '15)
Caileigh Simpson (PHE '13)
Chi Yan Lam (Artsci '08, BScH '09, MEd '11, PhD '15)
Jeffrey McCarthy (Con-Ed '12)
Kieran Slobodin (Artsci '12)
Naomi Rosenfeld (Artsci '13)
Rico Garcia (Artsci '13)
Sean Robinson (Artsci '13)
2011-2012 Erin Smith (JD/MBA '12)
2010-2011 Kavita Bissoondial (Artsci '12)
Iain Reeve
Michelle Searle
Jillian Burford-Grinnell
2009-2010 Christina Clare (Artsci '10)
Paula Mosbrucker (Sci '07, Artsci'08, Msc '10)
Patrick Welsh (Artsci '06, MA '07, Law '10)
2008-2009 Michael Koichopolos (Commerce '09)
Aaron Myran (ArtSci '09)
Eveline Traxler (Nursing '10)
Allison Williams (ArtSci '09)
2007-2008 Christopher DeLuca (Ph.D. '10)
Alexandra Harris (Nursing '08)
Ryan Marien (Sci '08)
Adam Say (Artsci '08)
2006-2007 Michele Romanow (Sci '07)
​2005-2006 Jennifer Holub (Arts '06)
Ahmed Kayssi (Sci '03, Arts '03, M.Sc. '06, Meds '09)
David Thomas (Ph.D. '06)


Michelle Bourboniere (Con-Ed '05)
Brandt Blimkie (M.A. '05)
Mike Jones (Arts '05)
​2003-2004 Grant Bishop (Sci' 03 +1/2)
Wesley Fok (Arts '04)
Kym Shumsky (MPA '04)
2002-2003 Mike McNair (Arts '03)
Ashifa Kassam
Ryan Sim (Sci '03)
Omar Mawjee (Arts '05)


Hannah Varto (Arts '02)
Bindu Dhaliwal (Law '02)
Micah Melnyk (Sci '02 +1/2)
​2000-2001 Dave Contant (Arts '01)
Kathleen Cowick (Law '01)
Lisa Stevenson (Law '02)
1999-2000 Tim Davies
Ryan Taylor (Arts '00)