James FraserIn recognition of an exemplary career, dedication to advancement of education and service to St. Paul’s community

James Fraser (BSc '94) is an Associate professor of physics at Queen’s University where he is highly regarded for his research and teaching. He researches ultra-fast light-matter interactions and non-linear optics and is working to make precision laser cutting more effective.

James is also a very highly regarded teacher, known for an unconventional approach in the classroom that emphasizes learning by doing and students teaching other students. James has received multiple accolades and awards for his teaching including the 2017 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

He was previously awarded the 2016 Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Queen’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He is also a recipient of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award.

James and his wife Lisa Sansom have been loyal donors to St. Paul’s and the University of Waterloo for more than 20 years.