Meet the Team

All of Connections’ full-time staff are trained teachers who are passionate about bringing engineering to the classroom and community. In addition to our full-time staff, Connections employs a number of undergraduate engineering students. All of our staff are eager to bring engineering to the Kingston community, reach out to any one of us to find out more!

Our staff

Scott Compeau, Outreach Manager

Scott received his BASc degree in Chemical Engineering, his BEd degree for high school Chemistry & Math, his MASc degree specializing in K-12 Engineering Education, and is a PhD candidate in education that focuses on STEM outreach organization as intermediaries. In addition to his education qualifications, Scott also has his Professional Engineering License (P.Eng). With over 12 years of experience as an engineer, classroom teacher, and manager of a STEM outreach organization, Scott brings a unique skill set towards supporting K-12 STEM education for to integrate engineering design thinking and principles into their teaching practice youth, educators, and a variety of other stakeholders.

Kurt Bagg, Outreach Coordinator

Kurt joined the Connections staff in early 2018. He has Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers. With a background rooted in construction technology and hands-on, experiential learning, he has been a part of developing and instructing STEM based workshops for upwards of 10,000 K-12 students as well as hundreds of educators.

Desuree DeGagne, Outreach Coordinator

Desuree joined the Connections team in 2017 after teaching abroad in Australia. She is currently the lead on our Tech 'n' Tinker Trailer project, and has a passion for teacher professional development. Desuree holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Queen's, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and is a Master of Education candidate.

Lindsay Jones, Outreach Coordinator

Lindsay joined the Connections team in September 2019 after working as a Research Associate in the Mech. Eng. Dept. at Queen's University. She is currently the lead for our girls' programming and enjoys taking initiative in getting girls' interested in STEM. Lindsay holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Ottawa University and has her Masters of Science in Teaching from the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Carmen Maerz, Outreach Coordinator

Carmen joined the Connections Team in 2018 as an Alternative Practicum Student while completing her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University. After graduation, she joined the team as an Outreach Coordinator. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and is a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Connections' Response to COVID-19 - Queen’s Summer Camps Cancelled

Given the current public health environment and challenges presented by physical distancing, Queen’s has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person youth camps normally delivered throughout the summer. As a result, Connections Engineering Outreach is unable to facilitate our on-campus programs this summer. We understand that this news comes at a difficult time, but the health and safety of campers and camp staff is the university’s top priority. Although we are disappointed that we are not able to run our on-campus programs, our goal is to provide safe, engaging, and enriching virtual content throughout the summer. We ask for your patience as we continue to work out the details of these programs. For those who have already registered and paid for one of our summer programs, a full refund will follow within the next two weeks. We will also send a confirmation email once the refund has been processed. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the refund process, please contact desuree.degagne@queensu.ca The university knows that the camp experience is an important one for children and counsellors. Queen’s camps have been a popular tradition in Kingston for years, and the university looks forward to maintaining that tradition once it is safe to do so.