Their Next Chapter


Smith School of Business is about to lose 71 years'-worth of corporate memory when four of our colleagues retire this summer. They may be leaving their day jobs, but none plan to let much grass grow underfoot before moving on to their next adventures. 

From left, Julie Carty, Brent Gallupe, Kim Buitenhuis and Catherine Purcell.

Julie Carty 
Commerce Program Manager

For the past 20 years, Commerce students in a panic, or in need of information or help have gone to Julie. At the reception desk, in Dunning and later Goodes Hall, Julie’s smile and warm welcome often formed new students’ first impressions of the program. Smart ones realized she’d be their go-to staffer for the rest of their studies, even as her role eventually progressed to that of Program Manager. Julie plans to relax on the dock at her lakeside home this summer, contemplating her next escapade. 

Brent Gallupe
Associate Dean, Faculty

Brent is hanging up his academic hood after 31 years as a professor of Management Information Systems; two stints as Associate Dean, Faculty; one term as Director of the Monieson (then KBE) Centre; and as the inaugural Director of the Executive Decision Centre. He plans to turn his hand from writing research papers to penning short stories, travel articles and children’s books, the latter for his captive audience of six grandchildren. Besides writing for the joy of it, he’ll also be tinkering with his 1962 Triumph TR-4, which just passed the 110,000-mile mark. 

Kim Buitenhuis, BCom’79
Associate Director, Master of Finance – Toronto

A proud Commerce grad, Kim spent 30 years in the corporate world — 23 of these in senior roles in finance — before returning to her alma mater in 2015 to head up the MFin-Toronto program. Since then, she has worked at the school’s Toronto campus, managing the program’s operations and supporting the aspirations of its students. Kim’s next move is to relocate from Oakville to her cottage north of Kingston, and to return to Queen’s in the Fall to complete her Master’s degree in Human Geography, with a specialty in Indigenous Studies.  

Catherine Purcell, BScH’78, BEd’85, MEd’98
Director of Principal Gifts

At an impressive 39 years, Catherine’s longevity at Queen’s tops even Brent’s! At Smith, she helped launch the MBA for Science and Technology program before finding her calling as a fundraiser. Since joining the school’s development and alumni relations team in 2004, Catherine has facilitated numerous scholarships and bursaries, faculty chairs and professorships, and the construction and expansion of Goodes Hall. In total, her legacy of fundraising at Queen’s is an impressive $25.5M.

Far from retiring, Catherine is joining Culinary Adventure Co., a leading Kingston Food Tour that supplements the firm’s many offerings in Toronto.