Meet Our Judges
Each year the School of Graduate Studies will look to staff, faculty, alumni and the community to assist in judging our heats and final. Past notable judges from outside Queen's have been Dr Judy Cipot-Wechsler (Dupont), Janice Mady (Director, Innovation Park), Peter Gallant (Endotec), Hon Peter Miliken, P.C., Ann Lukits (Journalist, Wall Street Journal), Linda Ann Daly (past Chair of KGH), Bhavana Varma (President, United Way KFLA).
Previous Judges (2015)
Susan Korba is the Director of Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre. The former Workshop and Seminars Coordinator of the Writing Centre, Susan has also instructed a variety of writing courses, at both Queen’s and the Royal Military College of Canada, and has extensive experience with and a long-standing commitment to facilitating student success in the university context. Susan obtained her M.A. in English from Queen’s, and her Ph.D. studies focused on gender constructions in eighteenth century fiction; at some point, she hopes to complete her own thesis and convey its significance in three minutes or less.
Dr George Brandie
Dr. George Brandie grew up in London, Ontario, receiving his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to Graduate School in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, receiving my Ph.D. there in 1972. He came to Queen’s, first in the Astronomy Group of the Physics Department and then moved to the Chemical Engineering Department to collaborate on a course on world affairs taught to engineering students. Of relevance to us today, he later introduced a course on written and oral communication for Chemical Engineering students, which he taught until his retirement in 2004.
Since retiring, George Brandie has been active in retiree affairs, and was elected President of the Retirees’ Association of Queen’s (RAQ) and of the national organization, College and University Retiree Associations of Canada. He currently serves as Chair of the Pension and Benefits Committee for RAQ.
Dr Louise Winn
Dr. Winn is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and the School of Environmental Studies. Dr. Winn’s research interests are in understanding the mechanisms of toxicant induced developmental toxicity, including that of benzene and valproic acid toxicity. Recognition of the novelty and quality of Dr. Winn’s research by the scientific community are reflected by her receipt of several awards including: the 2009 F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award from the Teratology Society and the 2011 Mentoring Award presented by the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Society of Toxicology.
Dr. Winn has contributed to educational programs in both of her units and has supervised many graduate students. Additionally, she serves on many Departmental and University committees. Outside the University, she serves on the Board of Directors of Canadians for Health Research, serves as a peer review panel member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is the Past-President of the Society of Toxicology of Canada.
Justin Kerr is an International Student Adviser at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC). He provides non-academic support to international students and their families coming to Queen’s from around the world.
As Human Resources & Labour Market Specialist, Carey Bidtnes is responsible for the execution of KEDCO's labour market strategy which supports the attraction, growth and retention of businesses by providing clients with recruitment support, labour market information and HR consultations.
Dr Sam McKegney
Sam McKegney is a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures. He grew up in Anishinaabe territory on the Saugeen Peninsula along the shores of Lake Huron and currently resides with his partner and their two daughters in traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples where he is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at Queen’s University. He has published a collection of interviews entitled Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (University of Manitoba Press, 2014), a monograph entitled Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School (University of Manitoba Press, 2007), and articles on such topics as environmental kinship, masculinity theory, prison writing, Indigenous governance, and Canadian hockey mythologies.
Principal Daniel Robert Woolf
Is the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to his role as Principal, Dr. Woolf is a professor in the Department of History. He supervises graduate students and participates on a part-time basis in undergraduate teaching. He has also continued his research activities in British history and the global history of historical writing. A specialist in early modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought and writing, he is the author and editor of a number of scholarly articles, monographs, books and encyclopaedias. Dr. Woolf graduated from Queens University and received his Ph.D. from Oxford University following which he was SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Queens. He has also served as Associate Dean and then Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2005) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
Ann Lukits writes a regular column in the Wall Street Journal called the Research Report that has a lot in common with the Three-Minute Thesis. Her job is to write summaries of six scientific studies published in health and science journals in plain language for non-scientific readers. Before starting the column in December 2010, she was a reporter and editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard, proofreader for Kingston Life and copy editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. She has also written the content for a new municipal website geared to newcomers. Ann's career in journalism spans almost four decades and actually started with a short stint at the Queen’s Gazette in 1976.
Ken Stevens - Dupont
Ken received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. He completed a M.Sc. and Ph.D. also at the University of Toronto under the supervisor of Peter Yates. Following postdoctoral studies at The Ohio State University in the laboratory of Leo Paquette, in 1981 Ken joined the DuPont Canada Research and Business Development Centre in Kingston, ON. His research over the next 20yrs was focused on application development for DuPont’s packaging and performance polymers businesses. More recently he has provided leadership for teams working on process development and scale up programs for a variety of business units. He is currently leading efforts in Canada to engage the global DuPont technology community more strongly with Canadian academics working in fields of interest to the company. He is a member of the Queens Chemistry Innovation Council.
Toby Abramsky - BA'79 (UofT)
Vice President KEYSTONE - Property Development and Management firm in Downtown Kingston focussed on redevelopment of heritage residential and commercial properties. Past recipient of Kingston Livable City Design and Frontenac Historic Foundation Awards for preservation of local Architectural Heritage. Queen's University Board Trustee since 2006. Currently Vice-Chair Capital Assets & Finance Committee. Member of Queen's University Planning Committee, Campus planning and 175th Anniversary advisory committees. Served on the Boards of the Community foundation of Greater Kingston (Grants Committee), Kingston General Hospital Board renewal committee, Sydenham District Association etc. Very honoured recipient of 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 2009 Ontario Volunteer Service award. Married with 3 children.
Chris Whyman - Town Crier
Chris began this historic art of “Town Crying” in June of 1984 and has gone on to represent the City of Kingston with honour and pride on all occasions since that time. Chris has proclaimed for Heads of State, Royalty and many distinguished visitors as well as citizens and tourists alike during his tenure, most notably for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Lady Diana. He has performed for almost every charitable or fund-raising event organized in Kingston in an effort to help them achieve the greatest community awareness of their efforts and to add an air of official stature/pomp and ceremony.
His promotional duties have seen him visit Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, England, Ireland, the USA and soon to New Zealand crying the praises of Kingston “The Limestone Gem”. His attendance at competitions have brought forth numerous and repeat titles from Provincial Champion, North American Champion to International Champion.
In 2004 Chris won the “The Lord Mayor of Chester’s World Town Crier Tournament crowning him Champion. In 2010 and 2014 he repeated this feat again making him a three time World Champion!