Our Actions and Goals

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Development Goals By The Numbers:
60 percent and 39 percent
60% of research income funded health research and 39% supported STEM research in 2019. In that same year, over $3.4M in funding supported innovative research in the humanities and social sciences. More than half of our academic staff are also assigned to faculties that prioritize innovation, with 37% of academic staff focused on STEM and 15% on medicine in 2019.

Fifty-five University spin-offs established at least 3 years ago are still active.

Our goals in action

Research and innovation

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Queen’s Professor Dr. Arthur B. McDonald and Dr. Takaaki Kajita.

[Photo of Dr. Arthur B. McDonald at SNOLAB]
Dr. Arthur B. McDonald at SNOLAB

Leading the way in research

We are proud to be one of Canada’s leading universities for research. Queen’s is a member of the U15 group of Canadian Research Universities, a collective of the country’s most research-intensive post-secondary institutions, and we are ranked #3 in research awards among Canadian Institutions. We are also honoured to have 49 Canada Research Chairs on our faculty.

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Queen's Art of Research submission: Window on a Window to the Universe by Mark Chen, Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy), SNOLAB

Teaching and student life

Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is a pan-university initiative that encourages and supports the innovation and entrepreneurship activities of students, professors, entrepreneurs, and community members. Programs are vast and include the QIC Summer Initiative Program, QyourVenture Accelerator Program, The Foundry, Regional Pitch Competition Series, Konnect, The Hive, Rose Innovation Hub, and SparQ Studios Makerspace.

"Queen’s supports innovation and entrepreneurship by facilitating students’ access to the resources, networks, programs and mentors they need to collaborate and transform ideas into products, services, and organizations that make a difference in the world.”

— Greg Bavington, Executive Director of the Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC), Special Advisor to the Provost, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Our on-campus off-grid house

The Queen’s Solar Design Team provides hands-on experience and education to students interested in sustainable technology development. The team is designing and engineering a fully off-grid, autonomous house, the Queen's Solar Education Centre (QSEC), on our West Campus. The house is Kingston’s cutting-edge hub for resource efficiency research, hosting tours, community events, children’s camps, and school workshops.

Community impact

Partners in innovation

Through Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI), we offer services, resources, and programs to support entrepreneurs, including those from Queen’s, to accelerate the growth of startups and small to medium-sized enterprises within Kingston and Eastern Ontario.

Empowering women entrepreneurs in our community

The WE-CAN project at Queen’s works with local community partners in the Kingston area to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women-identifying entrepreneurs. The program, which has supported over 800 women in the community since it began in 2019, equips participants with resources, expert mentors, and networks to help them expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures in Kingston and the surrounding area.

Global reach

Research addressing the world’s most pressing issues

Queen’s is home to 24 institutional and faculty-based research centres and institutes that support interdisciplinary networks. Through international collaboration, research, and comparative approaches they develop international best practice around contributing to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ask critical questions ranging from dark matter, to divisive societies, and energy transition.

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Queen's Art of Research submission: A New Light by Robert Cichocki (Civil Engineering), GeoEngineering Lab

Administration and operations

Applying the gold standard of green buildings

The LEED building certification commitment (LEED) certification program, administered by the Canadian Green Building Council, is the leading benchmark for the design and operation of high-performance green buildings. The School of Kinesiology and the Goodes Hall West Wing are LEED certified. Additionally, the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) renovation project is registered and awaiting certification.

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The master plan

Our Campus Master Plan requires new buildings be designed to minimize their environmental impacts, contribute to the campus’s overall sustainability, and apply LEED standards, with a focus on designing for flexibility, adaptability, and longevity.

Sprouting in the sky

Green roofs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy consumption. Queen’s has installed Green Roofs on several buildings, including Goodes Hall, Jeffery Hall, the New Medical Building, Biosciences, and Botterell Hall.

2021 Announcement

1st in Canada
1st in Canada

1st in Canada
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