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Major donation supports student health and wellness

The Côté Sharp Family Foundation is donating $5 million to help create a new centralized wellness centre.

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    Dennis Sharp speaks while Hélène Côté Sharp looks on during the announcement of a $5 million gift to Queen's from the Côté Sharp Family Foundation in support of student health and wellness. (University Communications)
  • Dennis Sharp speaks during the $5 million donation announcement
    Dennis Sharp speaks during the announcement of a $5 million gift to Queen's from the Côté Sharp Family Foundation on Thursday, April 5, at Beamish-Munro Hall. (University Communications)
  • [Hélène Côté Sharp and Dennis Sharp receive a gift]
    Hélène Côté Sharp and Dennis Sharp receive a gift – a roof shingle from the former Physical Education Centre – to mark their donation of $5 million in support of student health and wellness at Queen's. At left is student Jennifer Williams and Principal Daniel Woolf. (University Communications)
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    Hélène Côté Sharp listens to Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, during a tour of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, while Dennis Sharp speaks with a Don Ellis employee. (University Communications)
  • [Geneviéve and Catherine Sharp tour IWC]
    Geneviève and Catherine Sharp tour the construction site of the Innovation and Wellness Centre with Tom Harris, Vice-Principal (Advancement). (University Communications)
  • [Côté Sharp family tours the Innovation and Wellness Centre]
    The Côté Sharp family toured the Innovation and Wellness Centre including the area that will become the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre. From left: Principal Daniel Woolf; Geneviève Sharp; Dennis Sharp; Hélène Côté Sharp; Catherine Sharp; and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon. (University Communications)

Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, today announced a $5-million gift from Dennis Sharp (Sc’60) and Hélène Côté Sharp to support Queen’s University’s commitment to promoting student health and wellness.

In recognition of this gift, the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will be an integral part of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC), located in the heart of the Queen’s campus.

“The creation of the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre is allowing Queen’s to locate health and wellness services in a modern, centralized space on campus, fulfilling a key recommendation of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health Report from 2012,” says Principal Woolf. “The location of the centre on the main floor of the IWC will help increase awareness of our student wellness-related services, and how they are evolving to meet the needs of Queen’s student population.”

In the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre, students will learn about health and well-being, build skills, receive excellent medical and counselling services, and access academic accommodations for wellness-related needs, including medical, mental health, and disability. A diverse and specialized team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, personal counsellors, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, accessibility advisors, and support staff will offer comprehensive services in the new space.

“The student wellness centre will be a tremendous addition to the campus as it is in a central and easily accessible location as well as being an integral part of a broader and exciting innovation complex,” says Mr. Sharp. “What we hope to accomplish through the Wellness Centre, whether we are addressing mental health or whether we are talking about less complex issues, is the creation of an innovative, welcoming, and supportive environment where students can readily access assistance and interact with other students and caregivers through a positive and enriching exchange.”

The Innovation and Wellness Centre is built upon the former physical footprint of the Physical Education Centre (PEC). The PEC was always a place where students, staff, and faculty came together to pursue their extracurricular interests and their health and fitness; the IWC continues this tradition.

“The move to the new Innovation and Wellness Centre provides Student Wellness Services with the opportunity to plan and implement new technologies, and enhance processes to benefit students,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “As well, the Côté Sharp Centre’s co-location with other student services and academic spaces reflects the connection we make between wellness, the student experience, and student success. We are all very excited for the opening this fall.”

 Along with the Côté Sharp donation, significant contributions from fellow alumni, the federal and provincial governments, and other friends of Queen’s will enable the Innovation and Wellness Centre to be the hub for innovation at Queen’s, with state of the art engineering facilities and increased innovation facilities for both students and researchers.

The Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre joins the Beaty Water Research Centre as two of the first named facilities within the IWC. In February 2017, water research got a new home thanks to a $5 million gift from Ross J. Beaty. The Beaty Water Research Centre will include 8,000 square feet of new lab space, and join other experiential learning and research spaces in the IWC. The centre is set to open in fall 2018.

Feustel ready to phone home

The Ask an Astronaut: NASA Educational Downlink event on Friday will feature a live chat with an astronaut alumnus in space and on-Earth expert speakers.

The Queen’s and Kingston community is invited to a one-of-a-kind event in Canada.

The Ask an Astronaut: Educational Downlink event set to launch on Friday, April 6, will feature a 20-minute NASA Educational Downlink with astronaut and Queen’s alumnus Andrew (Drew) Feustel (PhD’95), live from the International Space Station. The space-to-Queen’s conversation will last 20 minutes, during which selected members of the Queen’s and Kingston community will ask their questions about space, researching aboard the International Space Station, and the journey to become an astronaut.

Astronaut and alumnus Andrew Feustel (PhD’95) poses above the Earth. (Photo: @Andrew_Feustel on Twitter)
Astronaut and alumnus Andrew Feustel (PhD’95) poses above the Earth. (Photo: @Andrew_Feustel on Twitter)

There will be plenty of action before the downlink, featuring presentations from experts across a wide range of space-related specialties, including Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow and Planetary Scientist Michelle Thompson (Artsci’11, Sc’11), Nathalie Ouellette (MSc’12, PhD’16) of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), and Nandini Deshpande from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

Other festivities include astronaut cut-outs to take a photo with Dr. Feustel or as an astronaut in space, signing banners to wish Dr. Feustel luck, and tables featuring displays from Graduate Studies and the Queen’s Reduced Gravity group.

Doors open at Grant Hall at 10:30 am and seats will be limited. There are three additional locations that will offer a livestream of the event when Grant Hall fills to capacity at the Athletics and Recreation Centre Student Lounge, Goodes Hall Commons, and in the Faculty of Education on west campus.

The event will be broadcasted on NASA TV and streamed on the Queen’s website and on Facebook live. To view the livestream on your computer or phone, register through the Queen’s Research page.

Check out the Queen’s Facebook page for more information about the event.

Doctoral candidate receives inaugural art award

Tanya Lukin Linklater is the first recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund, which supports mid-career artists.

[Tanya Lukin Linklater]
Tanya Lukin Linklater is a doctoral candidate and artist. She recently received a national research fund recognizing her work. (Photo by Brandon Gray)

It was a call Tanya Lukin Linklater wasn’t expecting.

Ms. Lukin Linklater, an artist and Queen’s doctoral candidate, was recently named the recipient of the Canadian Art Foundation’s inaugural Wanda Koop Research Fund. This new research fund, worth $15,000, was named for the Winnipeg artist appearing on the cover of the first issue of Canadian Art in fall 1984.

Ms. Lukin Linklater is Alutiiq and originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in Alaska. She is currently based in northern Ontario, and that setting has been inspiring her most recent work.

“I spend time thinking through and investigating Indigenous ideas in dance, performance, video, and installation primarily,” she says. “My work carries a deep responsibility to Indigenous peoples, and I am mindful to work in a good way and to respectfully be in relation to community. I follow questions or ideas, investigating where they will go, and that helps me determine which medium I work in and through to share an idea.”

Most recently, Ms. Lukin Linklater developed a performance called Sun Force, in response to the work of Rita Letendre at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ms. Lukin Linklater was an artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario where Rita Letendre’s retrospective, Fire & Light, was shown. Letendre’s practice of abstract painting became the impetus for Ms. Lukin Linklater’s performance.

She also completed a video entitled The treaty is the body which shares Indigenous understandings of treaty relationships, and challenges non-Indigenous audiences to consider their responsibilities in relation to treaty.

[A still from The treaty is the body video. By Tanya Lukin Linklater and Liz Lott]
A still from The treaty is the body video highlighting two of the video's youth dancers. (Photo by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Liz Lott)

The recipients of the Wanda Koop Research Fund are selected by a ‘who’s-who’ of art experts from across the country. The judging panel called Ms. Lukin Linklater’s work, “complex, engaging, multidimensional, and inspiring”.

“Our selection recognizes an artist who continues to grow and flourish in her art creation and intellectual artistic investigations,” Julie Nagam, chair of the history of Indigenous arts of North America at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Winnipeg told CanadianArt.ca on behalf of the judging panel. “Her practice is leading the way in terms of performance, dance and installation-based work and we were excited for her to be the inaugural recipient of a mid-career award for a visual artist.”

[Sun Force by Tanya Lukin Linklater]
Sun Force by Tanya Lukin Linklater. (Supplied Photo)

Ms. Lukin Linklater’s next works will explore Alaskan Native objects – a topic that is personal to her, but one she has not revisited recently. The Queen’s community will get to see the outcome of that work as she produces a new performance for the Soundings Festival that is scheduled for March 2019 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

In the meantime, Ms. Lukin Linklater also has her doctoral studies to work on. She started her doctorate part-time in 2015 in the field of cultural studies. Ms. Lukin Linklater’s supervisor, Dylan Robinson, was pleased to hear about the recognition for her artistic practice.

“Her work has received significant attention over the past few years, with major commissions including her work for La Biennale de Montréal in 2016 and her participation in documenta 14, a major international series of contemporary art exhibitions,” says Dr. Robinson, who is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s. “The PhD research she has undertaken through Queens’ Cultural Studies Program is exciting and this important award recognizes her leadership in the area of Indigenous research-creation.”

“I am privileged to work with Dr. Robinson and my committee,” she says. “My doctoral work has contributed significantly to my practice by reminding me of some of the essential questions I grapple with – for example, how Indigenous ways of being and knowing are embodied in our present circumstances, despite colonialism – while giving me an opportunity to investigate, learn, and contribute to the production of knowledge in the field of Indigenous arts.”

The Wanda Koop Research Fund prize is valued at $15,000, and is intended to support travel and research costs.

To learn more about Tanya Lukin Linklater and her work, visit her website. She was also recently featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC’s) Exhibitionists program.

Undergraduate applications to Queen’s remain strong

[March Break Open House at Beamish-Munro Hall]
More than 4,000 prospective students, applicants and family members attended Queen’s March Break Open House on March 10. This annual campus-wide event offers students the opportunity to tour campus and residence, try the food, attend a mini-lecture, meet faculty, staff and current students.

Applications to first-year undergraduate studies at Queen’s for Fall 2018 are up 15 per cent over last year; this compares to an 8 per cent increase in applications province-wide.

The total number of applications to Queen’s for 4,522 spaces in direct-entry, first-year programs across all faculties and schools surpassed 40,000 for the first time to reach 42,404. Queen’s has seen significant year-over-year increases in total applications for the past several years, as well as applications among students applying from across Ontario, students applying from across Canada, and among international students.

“In addition to an increasing number of applications, we are also seeing significant year-over-year increases in the percentage of students who are ranking Queen’s as their first choice,” says Stuart Pinchin, Executive Director, Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment. “This reflects the strength of our programs and the quality of the student experience. We are now out talking to students around the world who have been offered admission, to answer any questions they may have about their academic program, residences and the entire Queen’s experience.”

Applications from high school students studying outside Ontario have increased 32 per cent, and applications from international students have increased by 53 per cent. Furthermore, applications from self-identified Indigenous students have increased 9 per cent over last year and by 88 per cent since 2011-12.

International enrolment has been guided by an undergraduate international recruitment plan, and last fall, the university established a First Generation Admission Policy to encourage students who would be first in their family to attend university to come to Queen’s. Applications from self-identified first-generation students have increased by 13 per cent.

First Generation admission award has also been created that is available to students who are granted admission through this new policy. This new award builds on the financial aid currently available to all first-generation students at Queen’s, which includes need-based admission bursaries. Further, the university has created a GTA-based outreach recruiter who connects with first-generation students from diverse backgrounds, and with community groups that serve and support these youth.

“We are committed to increasingly diversifying the incoming class,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “Our campus community is enriched by students with different backgrounds and experience from across Canada and around the world.”

Queen’s will continue to make offers of admission until mid-May.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment at Queen’s.

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes April edition of Lifelines

Lifelines for April 2018
Read Lifelines online.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The April edition, entitled LGBTQ+ Mental Health, provides information on how to create a positive and supportive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees, including external resources which can be accessed for support.  

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

April 3 edition of the Gazette now available

[Queen's Gazette, April 3, 2018]
Read the online version of the Queen's Gazette.

The April 3 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

The announcement that Sari van Anders, a leading sex researcher, will be joining Queen’s as a Canada 150 Research Chair, one of only 26 such positions nationwide

An update on astronaut alumnus Drew Feustel’s arrival at the International Space Station and an upcoming Ask An Astronaut event on April 6

An article on a new donation of Indigenous art to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre by a Queen’s alumna and her husband.

​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published April 20, 2018. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

Ian Hughes: 1934-2018

[Ian Hughes]
Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes, a  professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, died on March 18, 2018 in Kingston of Corticobasal Degeneration.

Born on Aug. 7, 1934 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Hughes arrived at Queen’s in 1968 and retired in 2000. He specialized in Modular Invariant Theory.

A Celebration of Dr. Hughes’ life will be held at the Cataraqui Conservation Area Outdoor Centre on Monday, April 9 at 1 p.m. All welcome. No flowers by request.

An obituary is available online.

Student Code of Conduct amendments open for input

It’s been almost two years since Queen’s approved the new Student Code of Conduct. The university is considering amendments to the Code, originally approved in 2016 by the Queen’s Board of Trustees after an extensive consultation process, to align with recent institutional recommendations and changes in policy.

Over the next two weeks, the Queen’s community is invited to review the suggested changes to the code and provide feedback for consideration before the amendments are considered by the Board.

A fair and effective Student Code of Conduct supports student health and wellness and a safe and positive learning environment. This contributes to a positive student experience, which is a fundamental pillar of the Queen’s Strategic Framework.

The proposed changes also position the university to take effective action in matters where harassment and discrimination on racial and other grounds may negatively impact the experience of individual students, as well as impair the welcoming and inclusive climates of the university as Queen’s makes efforts to diversify its students, staff, and faculty, as well as its curriculum.

The key changes are based on the recommendations of the 2017 Principal’s Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) report, the passage of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Bill 148), and the approval of the university’s Sexual Violence Policy.

Highlights of the proposed amendments to the Code include:

  • Updated descriptions of the kinds of activities and behaviours that constitute non-academic student misconduct,
  • Two updated and separated statements on harassment and discrimination,
  • Clarification on the process of sexual violence complaints, and
  • Elimination of duplicate or superfluous provisions.

The proposed amendments have been overseen by members of the Non-Academic Misconduct Subcommittee (NAMSC), a subcommittee of the Board of Trustee’s Audit and Risk Committee, with input from the Division of Student Affairs, University Legal Counsel, University Ombudsman, and University Secretary. The NAMSC will consider input from the Queen’s community collected over the next two weeks, then present the code amendments to the Audit and Risk Committee in May for recommendation to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

To review the changes and submit your input, visit the University Secretariat’s website (see "Policy Posts" on the right sidebar).

New Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Interim Vice-Principal (Research) appointed

Karen Bertrand and Kimberly Woodhouse to begin appointments on July 1, 2018.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf announced two senior appointments today following unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees.

Karen Bertrand
Karen Bertrand (Artsci’94) has been appointed as the next Vice-Principal (Advancement). 

Karen Bertrand (Artsci’94) will serve as Vice-Principal (Advancement), succeeding Tom Harris who will be stepping down from the role he has held since 2010.

“I am delighted to welcome Karen Bertrand to Queen’s and look forward to the expertise and enthusiasm she will bring to this important role,” says Principal Woolf. “She has an incredible track record of success in post-secondary fundraising and she is well placed to work closely with our alumni, donors, and friends to ensure Queen’s remains a premier destination for students and faculty across Canada and internationally.”

Ms. Bertrand joins Queen’s from the University of Guelph where she has worked in progressively senior positions. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Bertrand led a team that successfully raised $200 million in the BetterPlanet Project campaign. In 2014, she was appointed as Associate Vice-President, Major Gift Advancement, overseeing teams for major gift fundraising, stewardship and donor relations, prospect management, and financial services. Prior to her time at Guelph, she was with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario for 11 years

“I am thrilled to be joining Queen’s University at this exciting time,” says Ms. Bertrand. “As a proud alumna of Queen’s I know the passion people feel for their alma mater and I look forward to working collaboratively to build upon the extraordinary success of the recent Initiative Campaign, and inspire life-long relationships with and unprecedented support from alumni, benefactors, and volunteers."

Ms. Bertrand says her advancement career is rooted in her experience at Queen’s as an undergraduate. In addition to serving on several senate committees as a student and being an active member of the Queen’s International Affairs Association and the Queen’s Model United Nations – serving as Secretary-General in her fourth year – she worked in the advancement call centre during her first year on campus. As a first-generation university graduate, she also benefited from student scholarships created by the extraordinary generosity of private donors.

Ms. Bertrand will begin her continuing appointment as Vice-Principal (Advancement) on July 1, 2018.

Principal Woolf also announced today that Kimberly Woodhouse has accepted a two-year appointment as Interim Vice-Principal (Research), succeeding John Fisher who has been in the  position since March 1, 2017.

Kim Woodhouse
Kimberly Woodhouse has been appointed as the next  Interim Vice-Principal (Research). 

Dr. Woodhouse is currently a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, after serving as dean of that faculty for two five-year terms from June 2007 to 2017.

“The Vice-Principal (Research) is one of the university’s most important positions and I am delighted Dr. Woodhouse has agreed to take on this challenge,” says Principal Woolf. “Thanks to her experience in her previous position, Dr. Woodhouse will provide leadership that ensures the highest standards of scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.”

Dr. Woodhouse’s appointment begins on July 1, 2018. She will work with the Principal and the Board of Trustees to define the broader research portfolio and clarify the growing relationship between research and innovation at Queen’s and the resources that will support it. Once this work is complete, the university will be in a better position to recruit for this critical vice-principal role and set the chosen candidate up for success.

“There is a growing recognition of the important role played by research and innovation on the national stage,” says Dr. Woodhouse. “I am excited to continue the work undertaken by Dr. Fisher to help Queen’s accelerate our performance in research and to help create an even stronger research culture across the campus, one that also embraces innovation.”

Dr. Woodhouse is a professional engineer, holds several patents, and co-founded a biotechnology company. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Woodhouse has almost a decade of experience in private sector manufacturing and experience with the granting councils, in particular the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), chair of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research grants panel, and the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board. She has also received numerous awards, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

“I look forward to welcoming both Karen and Kim to their new positions at Queen’s. Both are proven leaders and innovators in their fields who will help us in our efforts to deliver an outstanding student learning experience in a comprehensive research-intensive environment,” says Principal Woolf. ”At the same time, I’d like to thank John Fisher for his excellent work over the past year in, among other things, guiding the development of the next Strategic Research Plan. And I am very grateful to Tom Harris for eight and a half years of outstanding leadership of our Advancement operations, including his leadership of our successful Initiative Campaign”.

The Queen’s Board of Trustees approved both the appointments of Ms. Bertrand and Dr. Woodhouse in a special meeting on March 29, 2018.

Six budding businesses boosted

A pitch competition organized by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre resulted in cash for some innovative ideas. 

The ClimaCube team, from L-R: James Hantho (Comm'18), Leigh-Ann McKnight (Sc'18), Karina Bland (Sc'18), and Mitch Sadler (Sc'18). (University Communications)
The ClimaCube team, from L-R: James Hantho (Comm'18), Leigh-Ann McKnight (Sc'18), Karina Bland (Sc'18), and Mitch Sadler (Sc'18). (University Communications)

Queen’s students are applying their skills to tackle global challenges both small and large – from better Lyme disease testing to ensuring protection of medical samples while in transit.

These are just a couple of the ideas that were on display at a recent pitch competition organized by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). The centre invited student entrepreneurs to present their ideas for a chance to win funding, and potentially to enter the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) bootcamp beginning in May.

“The pitches were excellent, and there was quite a remarkable diversity of technologies and ideas,” says Anton Toutov (Sc’11), chair of the Los Angeles node of the Queen’s Innovation Centre Global Network and one of the event’s judges. “These businesses were primarily in the idea stage, but the thought process and care was quite good and the quality was high. I want to congratulate all those who pitched.”

Ten teams sought funding in the competition, and in the end six of them will each be receiving between four and five thousand dollars in seed money. ClimaCube, a team which is developing portable cold storage units to maintain the quality of items such as samples or vaccinations and extend the cold lifetime (or 'cold chain') as they are in transit, was one of the successful competitors.

Successful pitches:
eBridges - A multi-vendor e-commerce platform that provides small businesses and independent merchants in developing countries with direct access to the global marketplace. Received $5,000.
Lymelight Genetech - Developing a diagnostic to provide reliable, accessible, and affordable Lyme disease testing. Received $5,000.
BearCloud Games - A digital game studio specializing in mobile and virtual reality games. Received $4,000.
ClimaCube - Developing portable cold storage units to extend the quality of products as they are in transit, such as samples or vaccinations. Received $4,000.
Leash Technologies - A small device that will alert you if you have left your phone behind at home or any public place. Received $4,000.
Sicana - A text message encyclopedia that allows students in countries with limited internet access the ability to text basic search questions and receive an answer. Received $4,000.

The ClimaCube team recently returned from a social enterprise competition in Dubai known as the Hult Prize. The team gained great experience going through that process, which helped prepare them to pitch at the QICSI competition. Both presentations were great learning experiences, says Karina Bland (Sc’18).

“This presentation was a fantastic experience for us, as the judges were highly engaged and provided helpful feedback,” says Ms. Bland, one of the team members behind ClimaCube. “We appreciated the fact that the QICSI presentations were short and there was a longer question period, which allowed us to clarify some aspects of our product. With this funding, we aim to produce a prototype of our portable active cooling system.”

Ms. Bland says, thanks to this win, she and her three co-founders will all be participating in the competitive QICSI bootcamp this summer – providing them a further leg up as they develop their business.

“As I come from a technical background, I am excited to learn a lot about business and benefit from the experience of the QICSI mentors,” she says.

The QICSI bootcamp runs from May to August and features intensive instruction designed to help student entrepreneurs build stronger businesses. The program ends with a pitch competition where the start-ups bring their best pitches to try and earn seed funding. Forty-seven students will be attending this year’s bootcamp after competing in the spring and fall pitch competitions. One team is also attending QICSI after winning the Kingston Mayor’s Innovation Challenge.

Other funded pitches at the spring competition include eBridges, Lymelight Genetech, BearCloud Games, Leash Technologies, and Sicana. For these six, and for the four who did not receive funding this time, Dr. Toutov has the same advice.

“Win or lose, successful or unsuccessful in this competition, the network available to these entrepreneurs is amazing,” he says. “Talk to people within the Queen’s community to get connected to others in your field to avoid landmines and de-risk your business. Don't hesitate to make those connections.”

For more news from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, visit queensu.ca/innovationcentre/newsandevents


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