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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).


Judges (2016)

Heat 1 Judges 2016

Cynthia Fekken

Cynthia Fekken

Effective April 1, 2013, Dr. Cynthia Fekken joined the research portfolio as the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for a five-year term. In this role, Dr. Fekken is responsible for implementation of the Strategic Research Plan, developing strategic faculty relationships, integrating strategy and operations within the VPR portfolio as well as acting as the designate of the Vice-Principal (Research).

Dr. Fekken joined the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) November 1, 2012 as the interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) after eleven years of service as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Fekken, who holds a BA, MA and PhD in Psychology, all from Western University, joined Queen's University in 1983 and is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment, with recent work focusing on a malevolent set of subclinical personality traits known as the "Dark Triad."  Dr. Fekken is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists and has consulted with a variety of professional, governmental and community organizations about psychological assessment systems.


Omid Ebrahimpour

Omid Ebrahimpour (Dupont)

Omid Ebrahimpour is a Research Scientist at E.I. du Pont within the process development group. Prior to joining DuPont, he worked as Industrial Postdoctoral at Enerkem working on a pilot research facility to convert Municipal Solid Waste Martials into biofuel. He holds B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, plus a Ph.D. from Polytechnique de Montréal. 

Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead

Martha Whitehead is Queen’s University’s Vice-Provost and University Librarian. As a member of the Provost’s team, she provides leadership in the ongoing development of information resources and services to support the University’s academic programs and research. Her portfolio includes Queen’s University Library, Queen’s University Archives, Queen’s Research Data Centre and the Copyright Advisory Office.

Ms. Whitehead has an MLS from the University of British Columbia and 30 years of professional academic library experience. 

Heat 2 Judges 2016

John fisher

John Fisher

Associate VP Research. 

Dr. Fisher is an Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and the Queen’s University delegate to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is also the Director of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and a member of the Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Medicine (Respirology). His research focuses on the physiologic genomics of cardiopulmonary autonomic control in health and disease.

Prior to his appointment to the VPR portfolio, Dr. Fisher was Associate Dean (Academic) and Acting Vice-Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  He is also past Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS), from which he received the Meritorious Service Award in 2008. Dr. Fisher is the current Co-Editor of Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology and recently served as the invited editor for the journal, Current Opinion in Pharmacology. 

Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu

Ted Hsu (pronounced “shoe”) lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. A former Member of the Canadian House of Commons, Ted has also worked as a research physicist and business manager. He currently advocates for the place of science and innovation in government and society. Ted also recently rejoined SWITCH, the local sustainable energy association as a board member.

Ted graduated from Queen's University in 1984 (B.Sc. Hons. Physics). He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University in 1989. He and his wife, Tara Sharkey, are the proud parents of two girls.

Nilani Loganathan

Nilani Loganathan

International Student Advisor, QUIC. Nilani provides programming for international students. Areas of focus include immigration, employment and taxation. Other programs include orientation for incoming students, various information sessions, and the organization of Centre trips and special events.

Heat 3 Judges 2016

Yolande Chan

Yolande Chan

Yolande E. Chan is Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and E. Marie Shantz Professor of MIS at Queen’s University in Canada. She holds graduate degrees in business, electrical engineering and computer science from Western University, Oxford University, and MIT. She is a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining Queen's, Dr. Chan worked with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Dr. Chan conducts research on information technology (IT) strategy, innovation, and knowledge management, and serves on the editorial boards of leading IT journals. Dr. Chan’s students have nominated her for various supervision and teaching awards. She has received the Commerce Teaching Excellence Award as well as the Commerce Professor Student Life Award – given to the professor who has contributed most to the student life of the graduating class over their four-year term in the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Dr. Chan has held several leadership roles nationally and internationally in her field of Information Systems and at Queen’s. She has served as the Association for Information Systems Secretary. She currently serves on the national board of the Canadian Information Processing Society. At Queen’s, Dr. Chan has served as Director, The Monieson Centre and on the board of PARTEQ Innovations. In her role as Associate Vice-Principal (Research), she serves as the university’s SSHRC Leader. 

George Brandie

Dr George Brandie

Shortly after arriving at Queen’s in 1972, I began to work with Professor R.H. Clark in his course, “Nature, Science and Man,” which brought in expert speakers from within Queen’s and from the broader world to acquaint engineering students with the issues important in the world beyond their engineering fields. The experience in delivering talks and watching others taught me a great deal about excellent (and not-so-excellent) presentations.

Later, I created a third-year course, “Technical Communication,” into the Chemical Engineering curriculum, covering both written and oral communication. In having students give short (ten minutes, not three) to the class, I specified that their opening paragraph must always say, in effect, “I’m going to tell you that…” and never, “I’m going to tell you about…”

In retirement, I enjoy travelling to new places in the world, both for general appreciation and also to observe (weather permitting) total solar eclipses. 

Maureen Garvie

Maureen Garvie

Maureen Garvie is an editor with McGill-Queen’s University Press and an instructor in writing courses at Queen’s. For 15 years she was a consultant and program coordinator at the Queen’s Writing Centre. She is the author of four works of fiction, the most recent a mystery novel, Withdrawn from Circulation.

Finals Judges 2016

Daniel Woolf

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.

Carey Bidtnes

Carey Bidtnes, KEDCO

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.

Alan Harrison

Alan Harrison- Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Queen's University

​Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), is the university's senior academic, budget and operating officer. Dr. Harrison joined Queen’s University on August 1, 2011. Previously, he served for five years as provost and vice-president (academic) at the University of Calgary, and before that for three years as the provost and vice-president (academic) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to moving to Carleton, Dr. Harrison spent 26 years at McMaster University, where he held a variety of positions, including dean of Social Sciences (1997-2003) and chair of the Department of Economics (1992-1997).

Dr. Harrison is a highly accomplished teacher and researcher in economics. In 2003, the McMaster Students' Union honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in teaching. His papers have been published in major economics journals, including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, and Canadian Journal of Economics, and his research was supported for many years by a succession of grants from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

A PhD graduate from the University of Essex in England, Dr. Harrison held an academic appointment at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to Canada in 1976. He has also held visiting positions at Queen's University (Canada) and the University of Adelaide (Australia), and has spent research leaves at the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester (both U.K.), the latter co-funded by a Hallsworth Fellowship awarded by the University of Manchester.

Toby Abramsky

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. 

Final Master of Ceremonies 2016

Master of Ceremonies - Chris Whyman

Chris Whyman - Town Crier

Back for his second year as MC for Queen's 3MT.  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!