On November 9th, the Chemical Engineering department hosted the first ever Chemical Connections Career Event, where 6 alumni from industry and government returned to Queen’s to talk with our undergraduate (including first-year students) and graduate students. A discussion panel gave alumni the chance to give general advice and answer common questions from the crowd, followed by an informal meet-and-greet social. Alumni stayed after the event to network with students and agreed to return in the future for more career events. The event was a big success with students giving feedback that it was a great opportunity to learn about career opportunities for both internships and post graduate positions and build their networks. A big thank you to the departments early career researchers, Rachel Baker, Kevin De France and Peter Gilbert who planned and hosted this event.


Boyd Davis (BSc. Engineering Chemistry, 1988) – Principal, Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc.

Spencer Jeffrey (BASc. Engineering Chemistry, 2023) - Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc.

Ross Kircher (BASc. Chemical Engineering, 2013) – Air Quality Analyst, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Bryon McConnell (BSc Engineering Chemistry, 1993) – Project Leader and Section Head, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Kristen Sokolowski (BASc Chemical Engineering, 2010) – Director of Operations, Proctor and Gamble

Hayden Deacon (BASc Chemical Engineering, 2019 and MASc Chemical Engineering, 2023) – Senior Scientist, Celanese


From left to right: Bryon McConnel, Boyd Davis, Spencer Jeffrey, Hayden Deacon, Kristen Sokolowski, Ross Kircher