The Queen's Engineering Conference on Industry and Resources

Limitless: Exploring Your Passions Through Diverse Career Paths

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February 2 - 3, 2018 | Kingston, Ontario

CIRQUE 2018 - Celebrating 35 Years

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About Us

Every year, CIRQUE strives to connect motivated, intelligent engineering students with compelling speakers from a broad cross-section of modern industry. Now in our 35th year, the conference continues to drive forward and put on one of the most dynamic and exciting conferences at Queen's.

CIRQUE aims to expose students to the business world while demonstrating the versatility of their engineering degree. The conference also aims to connect engineering students with top employers and allow delegates to broaden their view of their postgraduate opportunities. Further, CIRQUE seeks to help tomorrow’s leaders understand opportunities for engineers beyond traditional roles, in following with this year's theme: Limitless, Exploring Your Passions Through Diverse Career Paths.


CIRQUE 2018 Schedule

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Friday February 2nd

Time Event
16:00 Registration and Sponsorship Expo
17:30 Opening Remarks and Dinner
18:30 Speaker: Andy Shaughnessy
19:30 Workshop - Presented by Enactus
21:00 Friday Keynote: Hugh Cameron
22:00 Social at Blu Martini (19+)

Saturday February 3rd

Time Event
8:30 Breakfast and Morning Welcome
9:30 Speaker: Meaghan O’Reilly
10:30 Workshop - Presented by CIRQUE
11:30 Case Study - Presented by BCG
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Speaker: Oleg Baranov
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Workshop - Presented by Scotiabank
17:30 Presentation by Scotiabank
18:00 Break Before Dinner
18:30 Dinner
19:30 Speaker: Stacey Douglas
20:30 Saturday Keynote: John Gamble
21:30 Closing Remarks and All Ages Social


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John Gamble

John Gamble is a licensed professional engineer with expertise in public policy. He is a recognized expert and spokesperson on industry issues across Canada and internationally.

Mr. Gamble’s success is built on combined experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Before joining ACEC, he held senior management and executive positions in engineering-related industry and professional associations. Prior to that, he served as a senior advisor to cabinet ministers in the Ontario provincial government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Queen's University and spent the first 10 years of his career practicing environmental engineering in one of Canada’s most prominent consulting firms serving both public and private sector clients.

Throughout his career, John Gamble has promoted the importance of engineering to our social, economic and environmental quality of life to a wide range of industry, government, academic and public stakeholders. In 2006, he became the first recipient of the ACEC Chair's Awardfor his “exceptional contribution to the consulting engineering industry.”

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Stacey Douglas

Stacey is a bilingual lawyer called to the bars of Ontario and Quebec. Her practice focuses on constitutional and administrative law, through which she handles cases dealing with civil rights, aboriginal rights and refugee claims. After obtaining dual degrees in political studies and mechanical engineering (Sci’00) at Queen’s University, Stacey worked for various NGOs and as a policy analyst with Global Affairs Canada. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and human rights. Back in 2005, she founded an NGO dedicated to educating the public on human trafficking in Canada and pushing the government for new regulations to help victims. Stacey also has an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and an MA from RMC.

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Andy Shaughnessy

is a partner in Torys' Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and Federal Court practice. Andy has represented a wide variety of clients in complex patent and trademark infringement and related litigation. He has been an advocate before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Ontario Superior Court of Justice specialized tribunals such as the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board. Andy is a co-author of Canadian Patent Act Annotated and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he oversees the school's participation in the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot competition. Andy is a graduate of Queen's University (Science ’87 and Law ’91).

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Oleg Baranov

Oleg completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in 2015 (Sci'15). Previously, he worked as an Engineering Intern in the Industrial Manufacturing Industry with CFN Precision, providing an opportunity to utilize his mechanical engineering knowledge. In the summer of 2014, Oleg co-founded CleanSlate UV, a medical device start-up based in Toronto. Since then, he has worked at CleanSlate as the Chief Design Officer, responsible for product development, testing, and manufacturing. Additionally, he co-founded a custom apparel company and participated heavily in FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Meaghan O’Reilly

Meaghan is a Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and an Assistant professor for the department of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. As a Scientist, Meaghan’s research has focused on developing systems and methods to deliver, monitor and control ultrasound therapy. In particular, she has investigated ways to map and control microbubble activity during targeted drug delivery in the brain. Her current research interests include the investigation of cavitation-mediated therapies and the adaptation of existing ultrasound therapy techniques to new treatment targets. Meaghan received her B.Sc. in mechanical engineering (Sci’07), M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the University of Oxford, U.K. and her PhD, 2012, applied physics, University of Eastern Finland.

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Hugh Cameron

A native of Montreal, Canada, Hugh Cameron is a systems engineer, entrepreneur and Visiting Professor since 2010 at Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences. He leads the college’s Software Business Incubation programme, a collaboration between the university, its local business and government partners, and other universities. He also advises local startups on business planning, finance and operations. Dividing his time between Canada and Uganda, he nurtures academic and practical interests in the creation of economically sustainable ventures that boost development in low-resource settings.

Prior to his time in Uganda, Hugh was an occasional academic, a career telecoms engineer and R&D director at Bell-Northern Research and Nortel Networks in Canada. While delivering pioneering telephone network management and interactive customer service applications, he also served on several scientific conference committees, international standards bodies and research grant selection panels. After leaving Nortel, he became co-founder and CTO of a Canadian company providing outsourced medical transcription and web applications for medical departments, faculties and hospitals. At the time of its sale in 2009, Accentus had  grown to become Canada’s largest supplier of outsourced transcription services.

Hugh received his BSc in mathematics and engineering from Queen’s University (Sci’73) and his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge.


A huge thank you to all the companies that have chosen to sponsor CIRQUE 2018! A special thank you to our Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsors: Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, Kinross Gold Corporation and the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC)!

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Our Title Sponsor!

Scotiabank is among the 25 largest banks in the world and Canada’s most international bank. We are powered by our 90,000 great teammates who make a real difference across the globe as a leading provider of advice, products, digital experiences, and financial services in more than 55 countries. Together with our Digital Factories around the world, we are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better-off. Each Scotiabanker, be it in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, digital banking, corporate and investment banking, capital markets, or our corporate offices and technology, is driving the digital transformation globally that will help us reinvent how people bank. We’re looking to add to our team with influencers, makers, creators and leaders who are flexible, curious, adventurous, versatile and responsive. Join the Scotiabank family today to launch your career and development to become a global leader.

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TD Canada Trust

TD Bank Group offers a full range of financial products and services more than 25 million customers worldwide through three key business lines:

Canadian Retail including TD Canada Trust, Business Banking, TD Auto Finance (Canada), TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing and TD Insurance

U.S. Retail including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, TD Auto Finance (U.S.), TD Wealth (U.S.) and TD’s investment in TD Ameritrade

Wholesale Banking including TD Securities

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Kinross Gold Corporation

Founded in 1993, Kinross Gold is a senior gold mining company with a diverse portfolio of mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Mauritania, and Russia. The Company is focused on delivering value through operational excellence, balance sheet strength, disciplined growth, and responsible mining.

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At Ingersoll Rand we are passionate about inspiring progress around the world.  We advance the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®Thermo King®, Trane®, American Standard® Heating & Air Conditioning and ARO® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit http://www.ingersollrand.com/.  

Within TRANE we are recruiting for Sales Engineers. As a Sales Engineer you work with Engineers, Architects, Contractors and owners/developers in the design, application and sale of systems, controls, parts and services for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. These systems will include the world's most complete line of commercial, industrial and institutional Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment and Building Management Controls. We offer full time and internship opportunities. Please visit us at www.ingersollrand/careers to apply.

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Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Created as a lean start-up in 2012, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre is now a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship activity across Queen’s, Kingston and the southeastern Ontario region. The mission is to encourage, enable and support the innovation activities of students, professors, entrepreneurs, regional and Canadian companies through incubators, accelerators, joint courses, workshops, internship opportunities, seminar series, conferences and business plan competitions.

CIRQUE is still looking for sponsors! Please click on the link below for a detailed outline of the conference, as well as the tiers of sponsorship we offer, and their associated benefits. As outlined in the sponsorship package, CIRQUE offers sponsors involvement in our conference beyond brand promotion. Sponsors are also encouraged to send representatives to address the delegates, participate in our Sponsorship Networking EXPO, and will receive a package of delegate resumes prior to the conference.

If you have any inquiries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We are very open to accommodating any requests you may have to make this experience as beneficial as possible.

Meet the Team

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Benigna Ahsan

Conference Co-Chair
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Jamie-Lee Freeston

Conference Co-Chair
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Speakers Coordinators

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Yan Chen

Speakers Coordinator
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David Nunez

Speakers Coordinator
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Sponsorship Coordinators

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Fakid Hossain

Sponsorship Coordinator
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Ryan Mcminn-Stocker

Sponsorship Coordinator
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Denon Sheppard

Sponsorship Coordinator
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Emily Dowdell

Logistics Coordinator
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Jamison Higa

Workshops Coordinator
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Andrew Yang

Workshops Coordinator
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Olivia Athanasiou

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Shauntel Highfield

Marketing Coordinator
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Emma Miloff

Marketing Coordinator
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Andrew Silla

Events Coordinator
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Emily Lenarduzzi

Events Coordinator
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Alec Bernhard

Delegates Coordinator
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Michael Albinson

Webmaster/Publications Coordinator
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