September 12, 2017
18 items

In Memoriam: Dr. John Naysmith

Dr. John Naysmith

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. John Naysmith.

Dr. Naysmith was a kind and gentle man who provided a few decades of service to Lakehead University, including as the Director of the School of Forestry and founding Dean of Lakehead’s Forestry department from 1988 to 1995. He taught for another 10 years after retiring and made many other contributions to the forestry industry. In 2011, Dr. Naysmith was named a Fellow of the University.

Dr. John Naysmith was recently honoured by the creation of the Naysmith Scholar on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. A student who has completed their third-year of an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry or Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management will be named annually as the Naysmith Scholar. This student must demonstrate the values and principles that Dr. Naysmith embodied: including leadership, a willingness to listen, the ability to motivate and inspire others, and more.

Our sincerest condolences to John's wife, Toie, and the Naysmith family.

While this is a sad loss for Lakehead University and the Naysmith family, his legacy will live on.

David Tamblyn
Chair, Board of Governors
Lakehead University

Lakehead University Presidential Search Consultation

Dear Friends and Members of the Lakehead University Community,

We have embarked on the process of selecting a President and Vice-Chancellor. The search will be comprehensive in scope with an integral portion being a process of consultation. We ask for your assistance in gathering information to inform the process.

Please click here to complete a brief form to be returned to Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and held in confidence.

As this is a very important matter for the University, your input is critical and I would ask you to take the few minutes required to help us in this important undertaking. All responses will be held in strict confidence by Laverne Smith & Associates Inc. and the inclusion of your name is optional.

Please complete your questionnaire by September 15, 2017. You are encouraged to share this email with any contacts you believe would be interested in providing feedback. 

Thank you for your time and input.

Yours truly,

David Tamblyn
Chair, Board of Governors
Chair, Search Committee

Lakehead International Extended Orientation Workshops - Sept. 6 to 15

Lakehead International is hosting Extended Orientation Workshops from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Friday, Sept. 15 from 4-7 p.m.

These workshops provide new students with important information and tools that will help with a smooth transition to Canada as well as Lakehead University.

Some of the workshops include, resume building, how to budget your money, immigration advising, cultural transitions, LUSU, health insurance, achieving success and many more! All sessions will be held in the International Centre located on the ground floor of the Library.

Please see the attached poster for the dates and times of specific sessions. If you need more information, please contact Jennifer Kaplanis at

Lakehead Orillia student competing for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize

Lakehead Orillia student Gaylen Beaudoin will publicly defend her ideas around reconciliation and compete for the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize, on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in McGillivray’s Landing at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay.
The Thunder Bay event will feature six finalists.

A total of 36 finalists will defend their ideas in front of live audiences in six cities across Ontario.

The audience will include policy makers, industry leaders, a panel of expert judges, and academics.

The audience will vote in real time for the category winner. All six category winners will receive $2,500, a spread in The Walrus magazine, and recognition from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Come hear their visionary ideas for Ontario's future. Vote for the Thunder Bay winner on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 7 to 9:30 pm in McGillivray’s Landing at Fort William Historical Park.

Visit or email to book your free tickets today.

Bal Ram Adhikari - Biotechnology PhD Defense - Sept. 14

Bal Ram Adhikari will present his research Nanomaterials Based Electrochemical Approaches for Biosensing and Bacterial Disinfection.

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Room: ATAC 5036

Everyone is welcome. Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

Electrochemical approaches to myriad medical and environmental challenges are highly attractive due to their strong potential for extensive and green applications. Point of care diagnostics through the electrochemical monitoring of clinically and environmentally relevant molecules are gaining attraction due to their low cost and simple fabrication procedures. Simple and robust electrochemical approaches utilizing novel nanomaterials have been developed for the sensing of biomolecules and water disinfection. Carbon based nanomaterials and nanocomposites were employed to develop sensitive electrochemical sensor/biosensors for (acetaminophen, valacyclovir, ethanol) and nanoporous TiO2/RuO2 bifunctional materials were utilized for the design of a high-performance bacterial disinfection technology.

Committee Members: Dr. Aicheng Chen and Dr. Heidi Schraft (co-supervisors), Dr. Neelam Khaper and Dr. Antonella Badia (external).

Lakehead Toastmaster Storytellers

Boozhoo Students!

Are you looking for a friendly, welcoming environment where you can polish your speaking and presenting skills, develop stronger leadership and mentoring skills, learn to think quickly and clearly on your feet, and meet new people and make new friends? Then look no further!

Lakehead University Storytellers meets on campus and is a student-focused Toastmasters club. We welcome everyone to come check out the club, bring a friend, and learn more about what Storytellers has to offer! 

We are having an Open House on September 15, 12 - 2 p.m., a Club Speech Contest on September 29, 12-2 p.m., and our bi-weekly, noon-hour meetings continue on September 22, 12-1 p.m.

Please contact Robin Sutherland by phone at 807-343-8028 or by e-mail at for more details.

Volunteers Needed for Fall Harvest 2017 - Sept. 16

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services is looking for student volunteers for the annual Fall Harvest. Students have the opportunity to learn from Elders while volunteering. 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Location: Lakehead University Sweat Lodge Site  

Please contact ACSS at 807-343-8085 or for more information.

Lakehead professors docs screening at Bay Street Film Festival

The Department of History is pleased to announce that Professor Kelly Saxberg’s latest documentary film, “Long Walk Home,” will be shown at the Bay Street Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. 

The film is about Sheila Burnford, a former resident of Thunder Bay and the author of The Incredible Journey. The film is part of a much larger research project involving Sheila Burnford’s personal papers. 

You can also catch Dr. Ronald Harpelle’s “A.K.A.” in the retrospective session at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. This is a film about a former Lakehead University psychology professor who was one of Canada’s most famous impostors. 

The films will be shown in the Trinity United Church Hall, 310 Park Ave., across from the armoury.

Attn Graduate Students! Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Information Sessions - Sept. 18 & 21

Interested in broadening your understanding of teaching and learning in higher education? Want to improve your communication, interpersonal and leadership skills? If you are a Graduate Student, the Teaching Commons has a program for you! 

Come to one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about this free, non-credit, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education certificate program.

Visit LibCal to register for one of the following sessions:

  1. Monday, Sept. 18: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  2. Thursday, Sept. 21: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Sessions will be held:

  • Thunder Bay: ATAC 5036
  • Orillia: OA 3041

Hope to see you there!

Questions? Email:

Encounters in Bioethics: Coercion in Mental Health Care - Ethical Issues

Join the Centre for Health Care Ethics for a presentation and discussion session on "Coercion in Mental Health Care: Ethical Issues" at Lakehead University on Wednesday, September 20, from 7-9 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. This is a free event. 

The keynote speaker will be Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, BMedSc, MD, MPsych, PhD, CPRP, FRCPC, CCPE, FCPA, Professor of Psychiatry, NOSM; Chief of Psychiatry and Vice President of Research, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre; and Chief Scientist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. 

Panelists include: 

  • Suzanne Allain, MD, FRCP(C), Director, Rehab Unit, St. Joseph's Care Group, Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital
  • Pauline Bodnar, MHSA, HBSW, RSW, Integrated Case Management Facilitator, TBRHSC
  • Samer Khalil, MD ChB, CCT (Psychiatry, UK), SJCG
  • Nadia Bottoset, Case Manager - Adult Mental Health, TBRHSC

There will be an abbreviated session on Thursday, September 21, from 12 - 1 p.m. in ATAC 6030. Please note that not all panelists will participate in this sessions. 

Call for Senate Standing Committee Faculty Nominations - Deadline: Sept. 22

The Senate Nominations Committee is welcoming nominations from full-time Orillia and Thunder Bay faculty to fill five Senate Standing Committee vacancies that have arose.

The deadline for Senate Standing Committee nomination submissions is Friday, Sept. 22 by 12 pm.

These vacancies are self nominated. Please click here to submit a nomination.

Faculty of Education - Education Exchange Newsletter

The Faculty of Education's September 2017 newsletter is now available online, including stories about alumni, faculty, programs, awards, a legacy gift, and other news. Click here to read the September edition.

Invitation to Volunteer with Campus Response Unit

Lakehead University Security Services, in conjunction with St. John Ambulance, is cordially inviting anyone interested in volunteering with the Campus Response Unit to a planning meeting to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017 at ATAC 5033.

Please bring a copy of a government-issued identification with you, as well as a copy of your most current First Aid/CPR certification with you to the meeting.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance, or direct your questions to

Department of Languages Foreign Film Night - Sept. 28

A foreign film night will be held by the Department of Languages, on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. in the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The event is free. Register at

Featured titles include:

  • Fuocoammare (Italian) -Auditorium
  • Les Profs (French) - PA0019
  • City of Life and Death (Chinese) - PA2005
  • La habitación de Fermat (Spanish) - PA2009
  • Matti (Finnish) - PA1013A
  • Frantz (German) - PA1013B

For more information, please contact John Zussino at

Men's Basketball Annual Lobster Dinner Fundraiser - Oct. 14

The Men's Basketball Annual Lobster Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre.  

The night begins with an oyster shucking bar and short symposium, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. For seafood lovers, the lobsters are sure to satisfy.  There is also the option of chicken and pork buffet with endless potato and rice. All meals are served with family style mussels, salad, buns, dessert, and coffee. Nobody leaves hungry!

Throughout the evening there will also be several attendance draws, raffle prizes, silent auctions, and various fun games that will test your skill and luck.

If that weren’t enough excitement, your ticket will also get you free admission to the men’s basketball game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Annual Lobster Dinner is a fundraiser to support the Lakehead University Men's Basketball Team's activities, including travel, recruiting, supplementing the meal allowance on road trips, etc. Without such contributions, along with the support of the Back Court Club, the Team could not compete with the best in Canada as it has over the past seasons. 

Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased through Head Coach Manny Furtado by emailing or Melissa Pye at

Thank you in advance for your support and enthusiasm about the upcoming season!

Phone System (Voicemail Indicator Light)

A component of the Lakehead University phone system in Thunder Bay is experiencing technical difficulties, affecting the message indicator light of numerous phones on campus.

If your phone has been affected, and the message indicator light is flashing but you have no messages, press the flashing envelope key on your phone and press the * key or erase key.

This will prevent the message indicator from flashing until this problem has been fixed.

If you have new messages and the message indicator light does not come on, this is because of the defective phone server on campus.

TSC recommends checking your voicemail box regularly, as a new message may not turn your indicator light on.

For questions or concerns please email

Bay Street Film Festival - Master Classes

The Department of History is pleased to support two Master Classes at this year’s Bay Street Film Festival. The Master Classes take place in the auditorium of the Waverley Library. These classes are free and open to the public.

CANADA 150 – The Forgotten Past
Friday, Sept. 15
11 a.m.

Presentations by filmmakers Alejandro Yoshizawa, director of “All Our Father’s Relations”, and Ryan Boyko, the director of "That Never Happened: Canada’s First National Internment Operations."  Yoshizawa directed the web series "Chinese Canadian Stories".  Boyko is the writer and director of the innovative series “The Camps.” He is a multi-award winning visual artist and an accomplished actor.  Yoshizawa and Boyko describe their journey as filmmakers to share painful yet healing stories of Canada’s forgotten past.  

The Genealogy of Genealogy
Saturday, Sept. 16
10:30 am. 

Presentation by Dr. Julia Creet of York University, the director of “Data Mining the Deceased.”  Professor Creet explores the privacy and ownership concerns over the collection, aggregation and transfer of vast amounts of information – about the living and the dead – within and across borders.  Creet will talk about past and current work as a filmmaker and writer who specializes in memory studies and literary nonfiction.

Lakehead University opens new International Centre

Lakehead University’s increasing number of international students have a new place where they can receive the services and programs they need to succeed.  

The grand opening of Lakehead’s new International Centre was held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, with students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrating the opening with tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and prizes.  

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, explained that work to establish a new International Centre has been underway for years, and it will play an important role in the University experience for all students, not just international ones.

“When we envisaged the Centre, years ago, we saw a meeting place where our domestic and international students would come together, share their distinctive cultures, and learn from each other,” said Dr. Stevenson.  

“As we watched our international student population grow from 100 to over 1,000 over the past seven years, we also experienced a growing diversity of our campus which has only enriched our University and our communities in numerous ways,” he added. “With that increasing diversity came the need for more varied and centralized services and that is the role of this new Centre.”  

Lakehead’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Moira McPherson, said that, “The International Centre’s staff and instructors stand ready to welcome and support the needs of our international students as they adjust to university life and life in Canada.” She added that with more faculty and students coming from outside of Canada, the University is strongly focused on the internationalization of the University and the students' academic experience.   

The new International Centre brings together various offices and teams that manage several services at Lakehead University, including spaces previously at its 1294 Balmoral and PACI buildings.  

James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International, said, “Being centrally located on our campus means students can easily access supports offered by International Student Services and the International Student Lounge. This allows us to more effectively support our students’ inquiries.” 

The new space, which is a modern design featuring state-of-the-art technology and a student-focused environment, is now home to Lakehead University International staff, as well as the University’s English Language Centre, International Student Services, and the Study Abroad team.  

The Centre’s welcoming lobby has become one of the Centre’s most popular spots, with its stylized map of the world covering a wall that serves as the backdrop for many photos and selfies. 

“Students love the new Centre,” Aldridge added. “It’s wonderful seeing the halls and new classrooms filled with students studying, building friendships, and enjoying their down time in the lounge while participating in events.”