Queen's 175th Anniversary

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Celebrating Queen's 175th Anniversary

About Queen’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations

Queen’s University is celebrating its 175th anniversary from May 2016 through to August 2017

Celebrations include a mix of special events, new initiatives and existing activities. This tapestry of activities will showcase the Queen’s of today and tomorrow, as well as the history we are building on – examining our unique legacy, especially the role that the institution and its people have played regionally, nationally and internationally, though research, scholarship, and public service.

Special events so far include the new Richardson Stadium opening (Sept. 17, 2016), the Initiative Campaign close and Homecoming (Oct. 14-16), and a tree dedication at Summerhill to mark the 175th anniversary of the signing of the royal charter (on University Day, Oct. 16).

Find upcoming 175th events on Queen’s Events Calendar...

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The university marked the 175th anniversary of the signing of the royal charter by planting a tree in the Snodgrass Arboretum in front of Summerhill on Sunday, Oct. 16. Pictured (l-r): Mary Ann Spencer, Queen’s Elder in Residence, MP Mark Gerretsen, Kingston Deputy Mayor Peter Stroud, MPP Sophie Kiwala, and Principal Daniel Woolf.

175th Anniversary Website: Moments Curation Committee

This special anniversary website of moments in Queen’s history tells only some of the myriad stories about Queen’s influence on people, ideas, and events, locally and globally over the past 175 years. It is by no means an exhaustive history of the university. If you have any feedback, please share it by emailing qu175@queensu.ca.

Sincere thanks go to University Historian Duncan McDowall, without whose efforts, dedication, and extraordinary knowledge of this institution, this website could not have come together.

The faculty and staff of Queen's University Archives played an integral role in the site development – through their support of Duncan McDowall's research, and through the sharing of their vast holdings, including most of the historical images posted here (unless copyright is otherwise noted) as well as some audio and video files.

Many thanks also go to Madison Pincombe, Arts’17 (Film and Media), for her assistance in coordinating the image and video content for the site.

To learn more about the history of Queen's, visit Queen's Encyclopedia, including a reading list of books about Queen's.

The Moments Curation Committee included:
  • Paul Banfield, Queen’s University Archivist
  • Mike Blair, 175th Coordinator
  • Helena Debnam, Executive Director, Marketing
  • Andrea Gunn, Editor, Queen’s Alumni Review
  • Duncan McDowall, University Historian
  • Greg McKellar, Information Officer, Alma Mater Society (retired)
  • Alison Migneault, Senior Marketing Coordinator, Marketing
  • Celia Russell, Special Project Assistant, 175th Anniversary
  • David Walker, Chair, Executive Committee, 175th Anniversary

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee, appointed by the Principal and chaired by the Hon. Peter Milliken, Artsci’68, was struck in 2013 to involve our important community partners and stakeholder groups in Queen’s 175th anniversary celebrations. This committee includes members who represent constituencies both internal and external to the Queen’s community.

  • Peter Milliken (Chair)
  • Toby Abramsky, community member; member, Queen’s Board of Trustees
  • Paul Banfield, Queen’s University Archivist
  • Sue Bates, Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA), Kingston Branch
  • Cynthia Beach, Commissioner of Sustainability and Growth, City of Kingston
  • Eril Berkok, former President, Queen’s University Alma Mater Society (AMS)
  • Judith Brown, Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Executive Director, Alumni Relations
  • Bob Burge, Registrar, Faculty of Education
  • Dan Burns, benefactor, alumnus; former member, Queen’s Board of Trustees
  • Dave Cook, member, University Council, alumnus, Queen’s School of Medicine
  • Mark Gerretsen, former Mayor, City of Kingston, now MP Kingston and the Islands
  • Carolyn Harris, Professor, Department of History
  • Lee-Anne Hermann, member, Queen’s University Council
  • George Jackson, Past President, Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA)
  • William Leggett, Principal Emeritus
  • Duncan McDowall, Queen’s Historian
  • Jennifer Medves, Director, School of Nursing
  • Sue Miklas, retired professor, Faculty of Law
  • Susan Mumm, former Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Jacquie Jamieson, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Barbara Palk, Chair, Queen’s Board of Trustees
  • Annette Paul, former Executive Director, AMS
  • Trisha Purvis, Queen’s community member
  • Iain Reeve, President, SGPS (2013-14)
  • Jill Scott, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
  • Peter Taylor, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Tom Williams, Principal Emeritus
  • Alex Wilson, Sc’14, President, Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA) (2013-14)

Executive Committee

An executive committee chaired by David Walker, Meds’71, is responsible for the oversight of the anniversary planning process. Mike Blair, Sc’17, is the coordinator of the 175th celebration process, all supported by Celia Russell.

  • David Walker (Chair)
  • Sue Bates, President, Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA)
  • Chris Berga, Manager, Principal’s Office
  • Mike Blair, Sc’17, 175th Coordinator
  • Jerry Brens, Associate Director, Advancement Marketing & Communications
  • Judith Brown, Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Executive Director, (Alumni Relations)
  • Yvonne Cooper, Director, University Communications
  • Helena Debnam, Executive Director, Marketing
  • Christi Garneau, Associate Secretary (Board and Council), University Secretariat
  • Judy Griffiths, Manager, Advancement Events
  • Tom Hewitt, Chief Development Officer, Advancement
  • George Jackson, Past President, Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA)
  • Leigh Kalin, Associate Director of Development, Advancement
  • Mark Kerr, Senior Communications Officer, University Communications
  • Radissen Ramoutar, Marketing Coordinator, Marketing
  • Celia Russell, Special Project Assistant, 175th Anniversary
  • Ellie Sadinsky, Executive Director, Student Affairs
  • Cam Yung, Rector

Contact Us

General inquiries and feedback:


Mike Blair, Sc’17
175th Coordinator

Celia Russell
Special Project Assistant, 175th Anniversary

David Walker
Director and Chair, 175th Anniversary

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See greetings from our international partners in celebration of Queen’s 175th anniversary!

School of Graduate Studies

In celebration of Queen’s 175th anniversary, Alumni Career Mentors are volunteering their time to support graduate students.

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To celebrate Queen’s 175th anniversary, the AMS is recognizing the many hours that students, alumni, and staff members put towards volunteering at the university and the community.

[Kingston Canada 150 logo]

The City of Kingston is celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial with initiatives highlighting Kingston's culture, creativity and innovation.

Celebrating Canada at 150

Visual Identity

University Marketing has developed a visual identity for Queen’s 175th anniversary to be used in promotional material and communications. The Visual Identity Guide provides specific guidelines and standards to the Queen’s community for how it should be used. Learn more about the 175th Anniversary Visual Identity...

Need a 175th anniversary stand banner to borrow or purchase for your events? Contact University Marketing: 613-533-2035.

The historical content of this site was curated by a committee of faculty and staff with submissions from the broader Queen’s community.
These moments are not intended to represent an exhaustive history of the university, but rather significant sign posts in its development.
Special thanks go to University Historian Duncan McDowall for his contributions.
Many thanks also to the people of Queen's University Archives for their support of this anniversary project.
Have feedback about the moments? Please contact qu175@queensu.ca