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QUAA honours alumni, faculty and students


The Governor General of Canada, a humanitarian entrepreneur, and a physicist are among the nine inspirational winners who will receive Queen’s University Alumni Association Awards at the 2012 Awards Gala on October 13.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

Alumni Achievement Award – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Law’66, LLD’91

A 1966 law graduate, David Johnston began his career that same year as an assistant professor of law at Queen’s. He also taught at U of T before becoming Dean of Law at Western in 1974. In 1979, he was named Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill, and in 1999, he became President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He is the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and served as the first non-American chair of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University. He is even a member of Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame, having been twice selected for the All-American hockey team during his time as a Harvard student. Mr. Johnston was sworn in as the 28th governor general of Canada in 2010. He was sworn in as the 28th governor general of Canada in 2010.

Farouk Jiwa

Alumni Humanitarian Award - Farouk Jiwa, Artsci’98

In partnership with fellow alumnus Irfan Keshavjee, Sc’94, Mr. Jiwa co-founded Honey Care Africa, an innovative and award-winning Fair Trade social enterprise that promotes sustainable rural community-based beekeeping across Eastern Africa. Mr. Jiwa now works as the Senior Technical Advisor in the Economic Development Unit at CARE USA. He also recently co-founded Farm Shop, a not-for-profit social enterprise seeking to improve access services, goods, and market connections for rural farmers across Kenya.

James Fraser

Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching - James Fraser

James Fraser earned his PhD in physics at the University of Toronto in 2000, and completed post-doctoral research through a joint appointment with the Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences at the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences at the National Research Council Canada (Ottawa, Ontario). He now holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy at Queen’s where he leads a research team exploring coherent imaging, laser processing, and nanostructure ultrafast dynamics.

To read about all this year’s award recipients, visit the QUAA website

The Alumni Awards Gala is part of the QUAA’s Alumni Volunteer Summit, October 12-13. To register for the gala, visit events.queensu.ca/summit

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