Daffodil Gala

The inaugural Daffodil Gala was held on February 3rd, 2017, presented by the Kingston Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT) in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society. We are pleased to announce that $25,886 was raised through this event, and all proceeds will contribute towards sustaining the Queen’s Transdisciplinary Training Program in Cancer Research. 

Photos from the Daffodil Gala can be viewed here.

Friday, February 3rd, 2017, preceding World Cancer Day
The event begins with reception at 6:00 PM

Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM


Welcome address by Queen’s Principal Dr. Daniel Woolf
Classical musical entertainment by TRIOLA during reception at 6:00 PM
3-course dinner served at 7:30 PM
Talks by leading cancer researchers including Dr. Lois Mulligan and Dr. Janet Dancey
Silent Auction (featuring paintings from local artists, wine tastings, a museum tour, and a signed jersey from Ottawa Senators goalie, Craig Anderson)
Acapella performance by All the Queen’s Men


Dinner Menu

Field greens with dried cranberries and toasted hazelnut with an herbed vinaigrette

Almond-crusted salmon with leek and lemon cream, saffron rice, and roasted root vegetables
Sage-roasted chicken with Madeira sauce, whipped chive potatoes, and sautéed vegetables
Vegetable strudel with feta served with a roasted tomato sauce

Strawberry mascarpone tart with port glaze


Dress Code
Semi-formal attire


Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
390 King Street W, Kingston, Ontario

The objective of the Gala is two-fold:

  • Provide an educational outreach event for the Queen’s community and the local Kingston community on the topic of cancer biology, cancer prevention, and local ongoing research efforts to combat cancer
  • Establish funds to contribute towards the Transdisciplinary Training Program in order to train future generations of Queen’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students at the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute. 


The Training Program was recently included in the Queen’s Alumni Review as a Feature Story, interviewing Queen’s Faculty Member, Dr. Lois Mulligan, who runs the Training Program, and Dr. Victoria Hoskin, a trainee of the program.ateameffort

The transdisciplinary training program was designed by founding director Lois Mulligan and her colleagues to bring together cancer researchers who would not normally work in the same environment. Dr. Mulligan sees it as an opportunity for young investigators – including graduate students, post-PhD and post-MD fellows – to get a distinctive type of training and hands-on experience that will best prepare them for how cancer research is increasingly being conducted today and the direction in which it’s moving.

Kingston RIOT members Zaid Taha, Chelsea Jackson, and Sarah Nersesian were recently featured on CFRC 101.9 fm, Queen’s University’s radio station, discussing their research and the Daffodil Gala.
Listen below!

Kingston RIOT members Sarah Maritan, Mathieu Crupi, and Jen Power were featured on Part 2 of CFRC’s Grad Chat 3-part series on graduate cancer research at Queen’s.
Listen below!

Thank you to our sponsors


We would like to thank and acknowledge all those who donated items to the silent auction as well as their time to the Daffodil Gala:
The Ottawa Senators, The Toronto Maple Leafs, Museum of Healthcare at Kingston, The Village Hair and Spa Boutique, Kingston Frontenacs, Tara Natural Foods, Gilmore Printing Services, Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises , Black Prince Winery, Ed Huck Marine, Barnhouse Gallery, The Pilot House, The Iron Duke, Dr. Daniel Woolf, Dr. Janet Dancy, Dr. Lois Mulligan, TRIOLA, All the Queen’s Men, Doug Kane, Cam Yung, Paul Kealey, and Anna Preiss.