Now available: Full session content, including slideshow presentations, from Alumni Volunteer Summit 2014. The recording and production of these videos were generously sponsored by the Queen's University Alumni Association Projects Fund:
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2014 Featured Speakers
Dr. Scott Carson
Director, Queen's Monieson Centre
Dr. A. Scott Carson is a Professor of Strategy and Organization, and Director of The Monieson Centre for Business Research in Healthcare at Queen's School of Business, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Formerly he was Director of the Queen's MBA. Prior to coming to Queen’s, Carson was Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and Professor of Business Policy at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, and before that, Dean and Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. As well, he is a past Chair of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans.
Dr. Carson is a graduate of Mount Allison (B.Comm.) and Dalhousie (B.Ed., MA) Universities, and received his PhD from the University of London (UK) in 1980. He publishes and is a frequent speaker on strategy, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and business ethics.
Dr. Carson's career has combined business and government service with academe. While on leave from Wilfrid Laurier, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Government's Privatization Secretariat. Reporting to the Minister for Privatization, his group was responsible for the sale of Hwy 407, a fully electronic toll road, north of Toronto, Ontario. This was the largest privatization in Canadian history.
In business, Carson was Vice-President and Head of Corporate Finance for CIBC in Toronto, responsible for project and structured finance and financial advisory. Before that he was an executive at both Chemical Bank of Canada (J.P. Morgan Chase) and the Mercantile Bank of Canada ((National Bank of Canada).
Dr. Carson has been on many public and private sector boards of directors and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Kingston General Hospital.
Director, Queen's Industrial Relations Centre
Paul Juniper (MA, Geography (York); CHRP; SPHR; Honourary Life Member, HRPA) became the sixth Director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen’s IRC) in 2006. Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with over 30 years of experience in human resources and association leadership.
Paul is particularly sought for his views on the future of the human resources profession. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences on trends in human resources, and the ways in which individuals and their organizations can continue to raise the bar on HR. Paul developed and designed the Queen’s IRC's Advanced HR programming to meet the increasingly complex professional development needs of HR practitioners. He teaches on Queen’s IRC’s Advanced HR, Succession Planning, and Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy programs. His research focuses on the state of the HR profession both in Canada and around the globe.
Throughout his distinguished career, Paul has volunteered on national boards, health boards and financial services boards, often taking leadership roles. He currently volunteers as a member of the Advisory Board for the Banff Centre for Leadership, and is the Vice-Chair of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre Advisory Board.
Paul volunteered extensively for the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (now known as HRPA), as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice President Professional Standards, and the President of the Board. He was also the interim CEO. During his time with HRPA, he was instrumental in the adoption of a degree requirement for certification in human resources.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of HR Associations, and sat on its Independent Board of Examiners for many years. He volunteered as a member of the Advisory Board for the Global Organization Design Society, and as a member of the Board of Directors for both TorCity Savings Credit Union and the Aphasia Institute.
President & CEO, Kingston United Way
Bhavana Varma has been with the United Way movement since 1990, when she and her husband moved to Canada from New Delhi, India. She worked with the United Way in St. Catharines in a number of roles and joined the United Way in Kingston in 1999 as the CEO.
She works closely with a large team of volunteers and a staff team on resource development and community impact. Working with community partners, Bhavana has introduced initiatives like Success By 6, and 211 to the area, and has led shared community plans for poverty reduction, homelessness and youth homelessness.
Her volunteer experience includes Distress Centre Niagara, Big Brothers & Sisters of Niagara, Trillium Grant Review Team in Niagara and the Early Years Challenge Fund Committee in Kingston. Bhavana was founding co-chair of the Southeastern Association of Fundraising Professionals where she chaired their first AFP Philanthropy Day. She mentored students from St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University and colleagues across the United Way movement.
A trained facilitator, she delivers workshops on governance and facilitates strategic planning and analysis sessions, including working with other United Ways. She is a member of the United Way of Canada Presidents Advisory Council and is part of the National Corporate Partnership Taskforce.
Bhavana has received local and national recognition including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, Queen's University Alumni Association - Kingston Branch Jim Bennett Achievement Award and the Kingston Labour Council Community Activist of the Year. When she is not working, Bhavana enjoys travel, reading, theatre, opera and long walks.
Dr. Daniel Woolf
Queen's Principal & Vice-Chancellor
Daniel Robert Woolf is the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is an historian and proud alumnus, who returned to his alma mater from the University of Alberta in Edmonton to begin his five-year term on September 1, 2009.
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. He has recently published two books - The Oxford History of Historical Writing, vol. 5 (in a series of which he is also general editor) and a textbook on historiography entitled A Global History of History for Cambridge University Press.
Born in London, England, Dr. Woolf grew up in Winnipeg. He studied at Queen's University (BAH '80) and at Oxford University (DPhil '83). Returning to Queen's as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in history ('84-'86), he taught first at Queen's and then at Bishop's University before joining Dalhousie University's History Department in 1987. He became a full professor in 1994, serving as Associate Dean and then Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1999 he moved to McMaster University as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and in 2002 joined the University of Alberta as Dean of Arts.
As a senior university administrator, Dr. Woolf has a proven track record in governance, financial management and employee engagement. He is extensively involved in external relations and advancement programming, including fundraising and alumni relations, as well as community outreach. A powerful advocate for each institution for which he's worked, he has led the development of many innovative campus projects and initiatives.
Dr. Woolf is the father of three children, one of whom recently graduated from Queen's. His personal interests include music (especially jazz) and classic movies.