Rupp CarriveauHis work to advance Canada’s energy economy has won engineering professor Rupp Carriveau recognition as a leader in sustainability.

Engineering prof recognized as leader in energy sustainability

What if electric vehicles are in every Canadian driveway? Solar shingles on every roof? What if you purchase your energy from your neighbour and not your utility?

His work to advance the nation’s energy economy has won a University of Windsor engineering professor recognition as a Canadian leader in sustainability.

Rupp Carriveau was among 50 honourees to receive a Canada Clean50 award during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Clean50 Summit in Toronto. The awards are distributed annually to thought leaders and advocates and sustainability trailblazers in industry, academia, government.

Dr. Carriveau was chosen after a rigorous selection process conducted by search firm Delta Management from a pool of approximately 750 nominees across Canada.

Carriveau was recognized for founding the Climate Led Energy Evolution Network 2040, CLEEN2040, meant to increase awareness of operational, financial, and environmental opportunities for optimization of Canada’s energy economy.

He has also partnered with Hydrostor for an Innovations in Energy Storage research project that has improved existing grid-scale energy storage and enabled the business case for two new bulk energy storage facilities in Goderich, Ontario, and Strathalbyn, Australia. Additionally, Carriveau’s work on the YR21 Wind Farm Life Extension program is revealing the profitability of life extension for owners of well-maintained wind farm assets.

“The Clean50 come from a very broad array of backgrounds, such that only a few individuals are able to be recognized within any given category,” says Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group. “To receive a Clean50 award is truly indicative of Rupp’s leadership, both within his sector and within the category in which Rupp was named: Research and Development.”

—Kristie Pearce

James Gauld, Tricia CarmichaelUWindsor professors James Gauld and Tricia Carmichael are hosting the first LGBTQ+ in STEM Conference in Canada.

Conference to highlight diversity in scientific community

The first LGBTQ+ in STEM Conference in Canada will be held on the University of Windsor campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5.

“Our aim is to bring together researchers in all fields of STEM to highlight and celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community,” says Tricia Carmichael, conference co-chair and associate dean of graduate studies and research for the Faculty of Science.

Co-chair James Gauld, head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, says: “It’s important to provide a platform for unrepresented groups, including those of us in the LGBTQ+ community.”

The conference offers an opportunity to discuss a broad range of scientific topics as well as issues pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to create new opportunities for collaboration. Speakers from the disciplines of chemistry, medicine, physics, mathematics, neuroscience, and economics will be in attendance, as well as panellists with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.

“This is a step towards building more strong and supportive communities that include LGBTQ+ people and their allies,” says Dr. Carmichael.

Opening remarks will begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the Toldo Health Education Centre by Dr. Gauld, Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens, dean of science Chris Houser, and University of Windsor president Robert Gordon. The plenary lecture will be presented by Nola Etkin, dean of science at the University of Prince Edward Island.

“We are thankful for the extraordinary support we have received from the University of Windsor to host this event, showing the respect the campus has for the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community,” says Carmichael.

For further details on other panels and discussions at the LGBTQ+ in STEM Conference as well as the full schedule, visit the conference’s website at

—Darko Milenkovic

Shanthi Senthe, Muharem KianieffWindsor Law professors Shanthi Senthe and Muharem Kianieff will convene the Commercial Law Symposium on Oct. 18 and 19.

Windsor Law professors to convene fourth annual Commercial Law Symposium

Windsor Law professors Shanthi Senthe and Muharem Kianieff will co-convene the fourth annual Commercial Law Symposium in Windsor on Oct. 18 and 19. The symposium is scheduled to take place at the Art Gallery of Windsor and will feature presentations and discussions with leading commercial lawyers from across North America.

The travelling symposium was hosted by the University of Alberta Faculty of Law last year, but the Windsor Law professors hope to bring a new cross-border perspective to the program this year.

“This is an important moment for Windsor Law as this is the first time this national conference is being held in Ontario,” says Professor Senthe, an expert in the areas of business associations, secured transactions, and sports law. “This conference serves as an opportunity to highlight contemporary issues in commercial law.”

Professor Kianieff, a fintech and banking law expert, adds: “We are delighted to be welcoming a number of distinguished scholars from around the world to discuss emerging issues in commercial law. The event promises to be an engaging one that will emphasize cross border issues which is particularly timely given our geographic location at the heart of North American trade and commerce.”

Two world-renowned scholars have so far been announced as keynote speakers:

  • Professor John Pottow, University of Michigan Law School, “The New UNCITRAL Model Law on Corporate Group Insolvencies”
  • Professor Benjamin Geva, Osgoode Hall Law School, “To CBDC or not CBDC — What is the Question (and Answer) for Central Bank Digital Currencies”

In addition to the keynote presentations, the event promises five panel discussions featuring 20 expert contributors, and a private outing to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

University of Windsor students, faculty, and staff interested in commercial law are encouraged to attend, but registration is required and space is limited. This event is made possible through the support of Windsor Law and the Transnational Law and Justice Network.

Register at

—Rachelle Prince

lightbulbThe Leddy Library Scholar Series offers free workshops geared towards enhancing research abilities, skills, and knowledge.

Leddy Library to host scholar workshops

The Leddy Library invites campus and community members to participate in its Fall 2019 Scholar Series, free workshops geared towards enhancing research abilities, skills, and knowledge.

The workshops are open for all — beginners, experts, and everyone in between.

The Leddy Library Scholar Series workshops are divided into the following categories:

  • Research Skills 101
  • Creating Digital Exhibits
  • Data Skills for Science
  • Academic Data & Statistical Manipulation
  • Data Visualization for the Humanities

Space is limited; learn more and register here.

—Marcie Demmans

November dinner a tribute to campus retirees

The 2019 Faculty and Staff Retirement Dinner will recognize more than three dozen honourees on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the CAW Student Centre’s Alumni Auditorium, says special events manager Mary-Ann Rennie.

This year’s retiring class includes:

  • Judith Arsic, Nursing
  • Rebecca (Anne) Baird, Psychology
  • Maria Blass, Student Health Services
  • Jan Ciborowski, Biological Sciences
  • Donald Clarke, Kinesiology
  • Deborah Cook, Philosophy
  • Yvette Daniel, Education
  • Sherry Dugal-Nevin, Office of the Provost
  • Benedicta Egbo, Education
  • Brenda Francis Pelkey, Creative Arts
  • Maria Giampuzzi, University Secretariat
  • Debra Goulding, Budgets and Financial Services
  • Maureen Haggith, Dramatic Art
  • Alina Jaworska-Sobiesiak, Chemical Control Centre
  • Jack Kapac, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
  • Timothy Kenney, Facility Services
  • Ruth-Anne Lancop, Leddy Library
  • Allan Laporte, Leddy Library
  • Richard Lewis, Communication, Media and Film
  • Elizabeth Loeffler, Facility Services
  • Danielle MacKinnon, Dramatic Art
  • Robert Masino, Facility Service
  • Mary Medcalf, Social Work
  • Maria Mitchell, Law
  • Walid Mnaymneh, Computer Science
  • Kenneth Paltridge, Facility Services
  • Colleen Pare, Leddy Library
  • Pamela Parisien, Facility Services
  • Marga Pomponio, Budgets and Financial Services
  • Catherine Quinn-Boroski, Budgets and Financial Services
  • Catherine Reaume, Education
  • Chris Reid, Social Work
  • Alan Richardson, Odette School of Business
  • Halina Rozalska, Food Services
  • Christine Thrasher, Nursing
  • Lynn Tisdale, Leddy Library
  • William Wellington, Odette School of Business
  • Judi Wilson, Student Health Services

Tickets are on sale at a price of $30 per person. Faculties and departments are invited to wish their colleagues bon voyage by sponsoring one or more tables at the dinner at a cost of $150 per table.

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please contact Rennie at or 519-253-3000, ext. 7059.

University Players production of “Othello”University Players presents the Shakespearean tragedy “Othello,” through Oct. 6 in the Essex Hall Theatre.

Tragedy proves learning experience for acting students

In Othello, William Shakespeare explores issues of sexual and professional jealousy through a lens of racial identity.

Acting student Jamar Adams-Thompson plays the Moorish prince in the current production by the University Players.

He and his castmate Cullen McNaughton, who portrays Iago, discuss what they have in common with their characters in a short video promoting the play.

“Something I learned about him is the fatigue of having to put on this front, and there’s this constant fear of being othered,” says Adams-Thompson. “It’s this battle of identity and perception.”

The play continues through Oct. 6 in the Essex Hall Theatre. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808, or visit

Watch the video:

Tree planting to honour hall of fame coach

Friends and colleagues of the late Gary Malloy will gather for the planting of a tree honouring his memory on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Malden Park.

Malloy, who died in May 2019, was a UWindsor alumnus (BA 1983, B.Ed 1984) who spent more than 20 years coaching Lancer cross-country and track and field athletes. He will be inducted in the University of Windsor Alumni Sports Hall of Fame as a builder/coach on Sunday.

Saturday’s tree planting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is open to all who wish to attend. Organizers recommend the parking lot off Matchette Rd. as closest to the planting site.