Upcoming Events

cherry blossoms in front of Grant HallRAQ offers an interesting and popular speakers’ series at the University Club for RAQ members and guests, from September to June each year. The Lunchtime Guest Speaker Series, is an informal discussion over lunch with an invited speaker. 

Currently, we offer live in-person as well as the option to join the event via Zoom.  The in-person events follow Queen's and the University Club's COVID protocols.  Reservations are required for each format.


Lunchtime Guest Speaker via Zoom


Links to Previous Events broadcasts

Title: ‘MAiD in Canada: A brief history and an update on current developments’

Speaker: Dr. Udo Schüklenk, Department of Philosophy, Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Udo Schüklenk is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University, Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics, and Honorary Professor at both Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg and Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou. Well known to us from his previous presentations, Udo's main research interests and vast numbers of publications are in the areas of public health issues and infectious disease control. He has made major contributions to bioethical issues all over the world and is Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of Developing World Bioethics. We look forward to the issues and recent developments in Medial Assistance in Dying (Canada), in which he has played major roles.  

link to lecture

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Slides that went with the lecture: MAiD in Canada.pdf


Title: A New Approach to Walking Assistance

Michael Shepertycky

Department:  Mechanical Engineering, now defense Research and Development Canada

Date: September 22, 2022  

Walking is perhaps the most basic human movement, and the most troubling when things go wrong. In 2021 Michael Shepertycky won the Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Thesis Award for his thesis, titled “Development and Evaluation of an Energy-Removing Lower-Limb Exoskeleton for Human Gait Assistance.” This is a great opportunity to glimpse cutting-edge research using robotic technology that promises new approaches to old problems.

Link to lecture

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Title: My prescription for healthcare

David Walker

Department:  Emergency Medicine and Policy Studies

Date: September 22, 2022 

Dr. Walker is well known to most at Queen’s, serving in many roles. A graduate of Queen’s School of Medicine he had a career in academic Emergency Medicine leading to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Director of the Medical School and CEO of the Southeast Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) and Executive Director of the School of Policy Studies. He has been President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Chair of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine, and served government as Chair, Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control, and as inaugural Board Chair of the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection (Public Health Ontario). He has been advisor to Ministers of Health on policy areas concerning Public Health and Aging. Dr. Walker chaired the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health and currently is Special Advisor to Principal Deane on COVID-19. We will be delighted to benefit from Dr. Walker’s vast knowledge, experience and insight into our healthcare problems and needed solutions.


Link to a download of the lecture (you will need to download the file to your computer to view it)