About Us

Smith Development & Alumni Engagement 

We provide resources and services for ~25,000 Smith alumni (Commerce and Masters-suite alumni), including SmithConnect, our exclusive online student and alumni directory and engagement platform, business clubs, networking events, reunion planning, and continuous learning opportunities through Smith Insight. As well, the department offers ways for alumni to give back to their alma mater through sharing their time, knowledge or financial support, to help ‘pay it forward’ to the next generation of business leaders at Smith. 

 

Our Mission

To develop outstanding leaders with a global perspective, and to create new knowledge that advances business and society. Our Vision is to be one of the world's most innovative and influential business schools.

Our Values

  • Excellence and innovation
  • Respect for self and others
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Collaborative relationships with alumni, partners, and stakeholders

Development and Alumni Engagement Staff

Jeanette Hepburn
Jeanette Hepburn

Executive Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33391 | Cell: 613.483.5312
jeanette.hepburn@queensu.ca

Jeanette Hepburn

Jeanette leads and oversees the Smith team to achieve the advancement priorities set by the Dean and in collaboration with advancement colleagues.

Jeanette manages a pool of principal and major gift prospects primarily located in Toronto, Vancouver, NY (Tri-State) and UK.  

Jeanette sits as a member of Advancement’s “Chalet” team, Smith Executive Committee, Co-Chair the Smith EDII Advancement working group and attends all Smith Global Council and Advisory Board meetings.

She works closely with the Dean, Directors, Associate Directors & Roxanne Lockyer.
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Krista Downie
Krista Downie

Executive Administrative Assistant, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33014
krista.downie@queensu.ca

Krista Downie

Krista is responsible for providing support to Jeanette Hepburn, and supports Jessica Duggan in her Major Gift portfolio.

Krista ensures invoices are paid and tracks the D&AE budget.  She works closely with the Dean’s office when it comes to requesting the Dean’s time for meetings and events.

Krista manages the onboarding process to the team and works closely with Laura Brooks to keep the D&AE office operating effectively. 

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Jessica Duggan
Jessica Duggan

Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 36164
jduggan@queensu.ca

Jessica Duggan

Jessica oversees the Annual & Reunion Giving team as well as the Alumni Engagement team at Smith.

She also manages a pool of major gift prospects.

Jessica works with colleagues across both Advancement and Smith as it pertains to communication, data, benchmarking and alumni relations. 

Jessica works closely with Heather Hayhow and Louise Atkinson on alumni engagement projects, Shelley Hamill and Annual & Reunion Giving Team and Roxanne Lockyer on her major gift portfolio.

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Gary Hinds
Gary Hinds

Associate Director, Strategic Alumni Engagement, Development & Alumni Engagement
416.985.7034
gary.hinds@queensu.ca

Gary Hinds

Gary leads a group of 7 EDII alumni working group members who assist with Smith EDII initiatives and work with a larger group of EDII alumni volunteers.

Gary works with colleagues in both Advancement and the Career Advancement Center on EDII projects involving Smith Alumni.

Gary is a member of EDII committee which is chaired by the Dean of the Smith School of business and also works closely with Jessica Duggan.
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Heather Hayhow
Heather Hayhow

Senior Relationship Manager, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 32382
heather.hayhow@queensu.ca

Heather Hayhow

Heather is responsible for supporting alumni engagement initiatives across Smith School of Business, including events, Business Club activities, and the exclusive online alumni and student network, SmithConnect.

Heather works with colleagues across Smith School of Business, as well as Advancement as it pertains to events, communications and alumni relations.

Heather works closely with Jessica Duggan and Louise Atkinson, focusing on alumni engagement projects and activities.
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Roxanne Lockyer
Roxanne Lockyer

Interim Development & Alumni Engagement Coordinator
613.533.6000 ext. 32665
roxanne.lockyer@queensu.ca

Roxanne Lockyer

Roxanne is responsible for coordinating events, email communications, data coding and other administrative duties.

She also manages and oversees student support for the Development and Alumni Engagement office.

Roxanne works with colleagues across Smith School of Business, as well as Advancement as it pertains to events, email communications and coding.

Roxanne works closely with Jessica Duggan and Heather Hayhow, focusing on alumni engagement projects and activities. 
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Louise Atkinson
Louise Atkinson

Development & Alumni Engagement Coordinator (on-leave until April 2022)
613.533.6000 ext. 32665
louise.atkinson@queensu.ca

Louise Atkinson

Louise is responsible for coordinating events, email communications, data coding and other administrative duties.

She also manages and oversees student support for the Development and Alumni Engagement office.

Louise works with colleagues across Smith School of Business, as well as Advancement as it pertains to events, email communications and coding.

Louise works closely with Jessica Duggan and Heather Hayhow, focusing on alumni engagement projects and activities.
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Cicely Johnston
Cicely Johnston

Associate Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 36162
cicely.johnston@queensu.ca

Cicely Johnston

Cicely is responsible for overseeing donor stewardship for Smith. She also manages a pool of major gift prospects, including individuals, foundations, and corporate relationships.

Cicely works closely with Laura Brooks and the RM, Development & Stewardship.
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Kate Ewing
Kate Ewing

Senior Relationship Manager, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 32307
kate.ewing@queensu.ca

Kate Ewing

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Emma Clarke
Emma Clarke

Relationship Manager, Development & Stewardship, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33411
emma.clarke@queensu.ca

Emma Clarke

Emma is responsible for managing a pool of major gift donors in Stewardship, and providing strategic support and overall coordination for the fundraising, stewardship and development activities carried out by D&AE.

Emma works closely with all Smith MG RMs, University-Wide Research and Stewardship colleagues and Cicely Dickson/Jeanette Hepburn.
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Laura Brooks
Laura Brooks

Assistant, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33291
brooks.laura@queensu.ca

Laura Brooks

Laura is responsible for providing support primarily to Jen Laurette, Cicely Dickson and Shelley Hamill and other team members as required. She also assists in various areas of donor stewardship, including department acknowledgements and recipient out-reach. 

Laura works closely with RM, Development & Stewardship and Roxanne Lockyer.   

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Shelley Hamill
Shelley Hamill

Associate Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33369
shelley.hamill@queensu.ca

Shelley Hamill

Shelley is responsible for managing the Annual & Reunion Giving portfolio including: class giving, leadership and annual giving, QUIC and QUAAF, EDII, parents giving program, and pledge renewals. She also sits on the Indigenous Initiatives working group.

Shelley manages a pool of major gift prospects primarily located in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. She works closely with Laura Brooks on her major gift portfolio.

Shelley works closely with Jessica Duggan and the Annual & Reunion Giving team: Steph Lunitz, Talia Gordon and RM - TBA.
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Stephanie Lunitz
Stephanie Lunitz

Relationship Manager, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 33192
stephanie.lunitz@queensu.ca

Stephanie Lunitz

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Steph Brown
Steph Brown

Relationship Manager, Development & Alumni Engagement
613.533.6000 ext. 32890
brown.s@queensu.ca

Steph Brown

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Talia Sproul
Talia Sproul

Development & Alumni Engagement Coordinator
613.533.6000 ext. 36645
talia.sproul@queensu.ca

Talia Sproul

Talia is responsible for supporting the Smith Annual and Glass Giving team and will also help, as needed, with various projects on the Alumni Engagement side of the house.

Talia works closely with Steph Lunitz,  and Shelley Hamill.

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