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Queen’s TEAM Project Empowered by Shell Canada


Monday November 28, 2005, CALGARY, Alta. -- Shell Canada today donated $400,000 to power Technology, Engineering and Management (TEAM) at Queen’s University for the next three years.

The TEAM program is a part of Queen’s newly designed Integrated Learning curriculum. This program is open to all Queen’s students from the Faculty of Applied Science, the Queen’s School of Business and the Environmental Studies, Economics and Life Science programs at Queen’s. The purpose of the program is for upper-year students to experience working in multi-disciplinary teams on actual projects for industrial clients. Students learn innovative thinking, problem solving and business analysis.

While presenting Shell’s donation today to TEAM students, Cathy Williams, Shell Canada Chief Financial Officer and Queen’s alumna said, “The TEAM Project empowered by Shell will help build stronger relationships between Shell employees and Queen’s faculty and students. It’s a win-win situation: The students gain practical experience in their field of study and Shell gets to meet top-notch prospective recruits.”

Shell Canada has been supporting Canadian post-secondary institutions for many years and has now expanded its direct involvement with several key institutions. Research and recruitment are high on Shell’s agenda to help meet its growth plans. In this particular program, with Shell’s funding and support, Queen’s students get direct working experience with companies including Shell, while Shell is exposed to fresh ideas and new talent.

“Doing a TEAM project was a great experience and the highlight of my undergraduate studies at Queen’s,” said Dafu Zhang, Queen’s electrical engineering student. “I got to apply the engineering skills that I learned in school to a real life project in industry, and through this, was able to link project management with technical knowledge and engineering economics. I believe the TEAM project is an excellent chance for undergraduate students to grow academically and professionally. I am very proud to have been part of this project and I am very grateful for Shell Canada’s generous support of TEAM.”

Tom Harris, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, noted, “The TEAM program is a special experience for Queen’s students. They have the opportunity to develop important skills in an environment that is not easily replicated within the university. We very much appreciate the support of Shell Canada Limited.”


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