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CIRQUE’s speakers are from a diverse range of fields. The passion and stories our speakers bring help to inspire current engineering students to explore the broad range of careers possible and promotes self reflection in students in defining their own success.

If you are interested in speaking at CIRQUE 2019, please contact one of our Speakers Coordinators for details.






CIRQUE 2019 Speakers

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Julie Lassonde


Sci’96 Civil Engineering | MBA Brown University

Julie Lassonde has over 15 years of experience in a variety of financial, advisory, and engineering settings. She has been an executive and senior executive at several mining and resources companies. In addition to this, she is a seasoned board member with experience on the boards of multiple companies such as Alexis Minerals, Bison Gold, and Halo Resources. Julie has been an active member of her community through her work in organizations including the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation, the Campaign for Queen's University Engineering, and the Advisory Board for Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.



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Nick Whalen


Sci’96, Mathematics and Engineering | McGill LL.B Law

Nick Whalen is a Canadian Member of Parliament and currently represents the riding of St. John's East in the House of Commons. After a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Queen’s, Nick graduated from McGill Law. In his work as a lawyer and a patent agent, he specialized in energy law, intellectual property, and corporate and commercial law. Throughout his time at Queen’s and his subsequent career, Nick has been highly involved in his community through organizations such as Queen’s AMS, Parkinson’s Society of NL, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Canada.



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Dave Timan


Sci’13, Mechanical Engineering

Dave Timan began his career at a productive internship at Black and Decker, in which he was involved in patenting several of his inventions. He then worked at Bombardier Transportation and started the company Engaia Inc., a consulting firm for green building design. Following the success of Engaia, he has been involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures, including Charge Centre and TimberWolf Cycles. Dave is the founder and lead designer of TimberWolf Cycles, which produces high-performance wooden bicycles. Using his past design and entrepreneurial experience, Dave continues to grow and develop TimberWolf Cycles, while simultaneously consulting for Engaia and Ktect SBS.



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Annette Bergeron


Sci’87, Metallurgical Engineering | York University Schulich School of Business MBA
President of Engineers Canada

Annette Bergeron graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and later completed her MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Annette has over three decades of experience in industry, academic administration, engineering and business education, entrepreneurship, and governance. She has held roles such as the President of Professional Engineers Ontario and Lecturer at the School of Business and Faculty of Engineering as well as Director of First Year Engineering at Queen’s. She is now serving as Lead Consultant on a Status of Women Canada grant for the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Corporate Director at South East Local Health Integration Network, Board Director of Electrical Safety Authority Ontario, and most recently she has been appointed President of Engineers Canada. From the variety of experiences Annette has had, she excels in executive leadership and governance of not-for-profit corporations. Annette continues to serve as a role model for young engineers and the involvement of women in STEM.



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Emily Colombo


Sci’12, Civil Engineering


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Thomas Kennedy


Sci’73, Mining Engineering | The University of Edinburgh DBA, Finance

Thomas Kennedy graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Mining Engineering. He later completed his Doctor of Business Education in Finance at The University of Edinburgh. Thomas is the founder of Kensington Capital Partners and Chair of the Investment Committee. He serves on the Advisory Boards of several private equity funds and private companies and has been an active supporter of the Private Equity and Venture Capital business in Canada. His public service and philanthropic work has been a longstanding, and focused on education and healthcare. Thomas’s previous experience includes 10 years in operational and management positions with Consolidation Coal Co. and Alberta Energy Company. He has investment banking experience as a senior executive with Bunting Warburg, Lancaster and TD Securities.



Speakers Coordinators


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Jenna Marks


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Becky Balcom


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If you are interested in speaking at CIRQUE 2019 please contact us and we will be happy to help with any questions oncerns.

Past Speakers

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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.


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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.