November 30, 2018
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Lakehead University’s new CASES building will inspire top-tier research and innovation

Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Lakehead's CASES building. Brian McKinnon, left, from Lakehead's Board of Governors, participated in the ceremony with Acting Mayor Iain Angus, Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay – Rainy River, Judith Monteith-Farrell, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, graduate student Jocelyn Bel, and Dr. Pedram Fatehi, associate professor in Chemical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Green Chemicals and Processes.

November 30, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON

The grand opening of Lakehead University’s new Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences (CASES) on Friday, Nov. 30 was a prelude to the exciting moments that will occur in the new state-of the art facility for many years to come.

The opening featured a ribbon cutting and tours of the attractive offices, labs, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Four of Lakehead’s newest Canada Research Chairs, three research support units, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and more than seven leading research programs and laboratories are located in the 42,000-square-foot building, which is LEED Gold certified and cost more than $26.2 million to design, construct, and equip.

The CASES building is now home to:

  • The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration
  • The Aboriginal Mentorship Program
  • The Biomass Utilization Laboratory
  • The Prototype Development Facility
  • The Nano-Materials and Advanced Technologies Innovation Centre
  • The Laboratory for Integrated Freshwater Science
  • The Community Ecology Energetics Laboratory
  • The Human Origins Laboratory
  • The Office of Sustainability
  • And INGENUITY – a business incubator space

Everyone at Lakehead University is thankful to the federal government, the province, the City of Thunder Bay, and to donors for supporting the development and construction of CASES.

The project will received $7.96 million from the Government of Canada, $1.54 million from the Province of Ontario, $5 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, $1 million from FedNor, $1 million from the City of Thunder Bay, $6.56 million in capital funding from Lakehead University and $855,783 in equipment funding also from Lakehead.

“Modern learning spaces are key to helping students develop the skills they’ll need for the good jobs of today and tomorrow,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, who was unable to attend the opening due to prior commitments.

“Our government’s investment in Lakehead University is another step forward in our plan to boost innovation and grow the Canadian economy,” he said.

Thunder Bay’s Liberal Members of Parliament also helped encourage the federal government to invest in CASES.

“Congratulations to Lakehead University on the grand opening of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“The well-paying jobs of our future depend on supporting our innovators and industries. Our government invested $9 million in this important facility because we know that supporting innovation and research is critical to ensuring a strong and diverse economy for our region. I look forward to hearing about the great projects that will be developed,” she said.

“Congratulations to everyone at Lakehead University on the opening of the CASES building,” said Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay – Rainy River.

“I have no doubt that this new and exciting project will bring great things to our region and further position Northwestern Ontario as a leader in the innovation economy. Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is essential to attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce, encouraging entrepreneurship and boosting the local economy. I am looking forward to seeing the great things CASES will bring to Northwestern Ontario,” Rusnak added.

“Ontario’s government for the people is proud to invest $5 million in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences,” said Ross Romano, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. 

“Our investment will support innovative research, create good jobs and encourage entrepreneurship in northern communities – sending a strong signal to the world that Ontario is open for business,” he added. 

Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North, played an important role in the provincial funding for CASES, along with Bill Mauro, former MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan and mayor-elect for Thunder Bay. 

“The new Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences at Lakehead University will provide more opportunities for our students to conduct ground-breaking research and innovation in Thunder Bay,” Gravelle said. 

“Projects like the CASES facility are essential for attracting top students and researchers, who bring new and innovative ideas that promote social, technological, and economic growth in our region. I am truly proud of this joint project that will profoundly benefit the students of Lakehead University, the people of Northern Ontario, and the scientific research community as a whole,” he added. 

The business incubator space known as INGENUITY will allow students and community members to work on creating their own start-ups in Northwestern Ontario, perhaps opening the next Apple, Netflix, Nike or Amazon. 

Acting Mayor Iain Angus attended the grand opening on behalf of the City of Thunder Bay.

“Lakehead University is a key component of the economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, and the City of Thunder Bay is pleased to strategically invest $1 million in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences,” Angus said.

“We fully expect that investment will grow the economy of our community and region and will be paid back multiple times over the next decade or more,” he said.

The facility includes a new transmission electron microscope and an x-ray photoelectron spectroscope – two important tools that will aid in research and innovation while also attracting new faculty and students to the University.

“Congratulations to Lakehead University on the grand opening of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences,” said Judith Monteith-Farrell, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan. 

“CASES will be a hub for research, innovation, and job creation for Thunder Bay and throughout Northwestern Ontario. I believe that CASES will be an important part of attracting and retaining a highly skilled workforce as we grow our region’s economy,” she added.

“At Lakehead University we recognize the valuable role our students, researchers, faculty, staff and alumni play in strengthening our communities and advancing our economies,” said Brian McKinnon, member of Lakehead’s Board of Governors, who spoke on behalf of Board Chair Ross Murray, Q.C.

“That’s the reason Lakehead’s Board of Governors approved this project when it was still under discussion,” he added.

“CASES will allow Lakehead University researchers to have state of the art facilities to embark on research that will lead to exciting new discoveries and applications in science and engineering,” Dr. Dean said.

“The strong support of the city, province and federal government to this project is very much appreciated and shows the commitment of each of these levels of government to investing in innovation, student training and entrepreneurship,” he added.

“This beautiful new building will attract students, staff and faculty to Lakehead University,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “The equipment and laboratories in CASES will allow faculty and students to perform research that will solve important problems and develop technologies and processes that will have a direct impact on regional economic development.”

Hats Off to Lakehead’s Giving Tuesday Donors

On Giving Tuesday (November 27), Lakehead University’s alumni and friends invested a record $63,001.10 to support the University’s students. Since first participating in 2016, Lakehead University’s Giving Tuesday initiatives have generated $162,215.10 for student financial aid.

“We’re thrilled with the participation in this year’s initiative,” said Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, External Relations. “This is the third year that Lakehead has participated in Giving Tuesday and each year we’ve seen more donors participating and more dollars invested in our students.”

Debra Woods, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, said she was extremely happy with this year’s success.

“Thank you to everyone who donated to Lakehead University,” she said. “Our alumni and friends, in Canada and around the world, answered the call with unparalleled generosity.”

A special thank you to the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, which matched the first $25,000 in gifts.

Visual Arts cordially invites you to visit the 10th Annual Open House - Friday, Nov. 30

Lakehead University's Department of Visual Arts cordially invites you to visit the 10th annual Open House Show and Sale, presenting original artworks and crafts by local artists, students, faculty and alumni.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Location: The Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts

Our open house is a family friendly event with kids activities also opportunities to purchase and glaze one of kind ceramic vessels.

This year we are celebrating the 10th annual event with lively Persian traditional music, performed by Lakehead students Masoud Manzouri and Maryam Amini from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, entrance off Oliver Road. 

Free admission. For more information please contact Sam Shahsahabi at (807) 343 -8491

Funds from this event will support the department's Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Social work students take action against gender-based violence

Students from Lakehead Orillia’s School of Social Work are applying their scholarship and creativity in partnership with Athena Sexual Assault and Advocacy Centre to address the issue of gender-based violence.

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, which runs from November 25 to December 10, the School of Social Work and Athena Sexual Assault and Advocacy Centre will present a community event on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia campus.

The event will feature a speaker panel and a special screening of the documentary, “The Hunting Ground”, which explores the issues of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

While discrimination is not confined to college and university campuses, addressing gender-based oppression and sexual violence helps to create campuses that are safe, barrier-free and free from all forms of discrimination.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: OA 1033

Orillia Residence Update

During the last several months, Lakehead has been working with consultants and contractors to review the exterior building envelope at the Orillia Residence (OR).

As a result of the review, concerns were identified related to the brick veneer on the building.  As the winter season approaches, we have nearly exhausted the time required to remediate and make the exterior building safe for close passage.

Therefore, further safety precautions are required. Overhead protection will be provided at all walkways and entrances to the building and fencing will be installed to direct foot traffic.

Remedial work at the west end will continue until December 5th or 6th while the overhead protection and fencing will begin November 28th and completed by December 7th or 8th.

Arrangements have been made to provide students with quiet study space while this work occurs.

Students may study in:

  • The Alumni Commons
  • Couch space in the cafeteria
  • "Quiet study" rooms in the back part of the Learning Commons
  • On Tuesday, December 4 in OA 2006
  • On December 5, 6, 7 in OA 2008

There will be free coffee, tea and finger pastries in the Alumni Commons and the classrooms for your enjoyment.

Please contact John Siecker, Facility Manager, Orillia Campus for more information, at
705-330-4008 ext. 2302. 

Take the next step in your education. Apply for the Consecutive Bachelor of Education Program

Are you in your final year of studies? What do your plans for next year look like?

Applications are now open for the Consecutive Bachelor of Education program at the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses! Spend the next two years immersed in the field of education qualifying you to become a certified teacher.

Take the next step in your education and advance your career with a teacher education degree. An education degree is your passport to the world with teaching opportunities spread across the globe. Click here for more information about the program and admission requirements.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, Dec. 1. Start your application today! Visit

Res Life hosting Therapy Dogs

Residence Life is hosting Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance in the Avila Gym from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 3. Please note this event is exclusively for residence students.

Free Grocery Bus Service - Nov. 10 to Dec. 1

Lakehead students can access a free ride to go get groceries from November 10 to December 1.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to shop at the Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, and the Thunder Bay Country Market. Must present valid student ID. Buses will run on a loop from Lakehead's front doors (outside the Agora) to all locations for your convenience.

To attend or for more information, contact Rob Strachan at or Victoria Pullia at

Special Presentation: Dr. Bryan Matthias, Visiting Research Chair - Fulbright Canada Lakehead University – Monday, Dec. 3


You're invited to attend a special presentation, “Quantifying Impacts of Historical and Emerging Ecological Stressors on Aquatic Ecosystems,” with guest speaker Dr. Bryan Matthias, Visiting Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions - Fulbright Canada, Lakehead University.

Date: Monday, Dec. 3
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: AT1006 (Thunder Bay) and OA2005 (Orillia)

This presentation has been organized by Dr. Michael Rennie, Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University.

All are welcome to attend this free, public presentation.

Please email to receive future announcements.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultation: We need your input!

Lakehead is developing a five-year Action Plan on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators, and particularly with individuals from under-represented groups. 

The President's EDI taskforce is now reaching out far and wide to gather the important insight of our University community. Our Online Consultation Form is now available to all to complete until December 15.

It is anonymous, which means that none of your inputs will be attributed back to you and all data will be kept confidentially with the Office of Human Rights and Equity. 

Fill out the form and tell us what can be done to improve equity, diversity and inclusion making Lakehead a stronger University for all. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process, or would like us to host a focus group please contact Jonathan Erua at or ext. 7763.

Haida-language film, Sgaawaay K'uuna-Edge of the Knife, screening at Lakehead Orillia - Monday, Dec. 3

Lakehead Orillia is pleased to present a special screening of the Canadian feature film, Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

Sgaawaay K’uuna – directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown – is the first feature-length film to be shot completely in the Haida language.  

Set in the mid-1800’s on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, the film follows two families as they reunite at a seasonal fishing camp. Conflict erupts between Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa, after Adiits’ii’s recklessness results in a tragic accident.

Adiits’ii seeks refuge in the wilderness, where he is mentally and physically pushed to the brink of survival and transforms into Gaagiixiid – the Haida Wildman. In spring, the families return to the fishing camp to find that Adiits’ii has survived the winter. They set out to capture him; and must discover whether they can drive out the supernatural power to restore Adiits’ii to humanity.

Sgaawaay K’uuna will be followed by a question and answer session with actor William Russ (Kwa) and production manager Dana Moraes.

The screening will take place at 4 p.m. in OA 1033.

Library Special Collections

The Library contains a collection known as the University Collection, which details the history of the institution.

The collection contains such resources as university yearbooks, student newspapers, alumni magazines, Senate Minutes, Board of Governor minutes, university statistics, varsity sport programs, academic plans, viewbooks, university & technical institute calendars (1949-2008), Agora newsletter, convocation bulletins, and more.

This research collection has been moved from the 5th floor to the 2nd floor and remains non-circulating.

In addition, the Library has a print collection of Lakehead University Faculty Offprints. These are print copies of published journal articles of LU faculty over the years. It too has been relocated from the 5th floor to the 2nd floor and remains non-circulating.

Also the library routinely collects monographs authored by LU faculty, which acknowledges the scholarly output by faculty at this university. All LU faculty authored books post 2000 are available in the Teaching Commons on the 5th floor and books pre 2000 are available in the library stacks.

For assistance with these special collections please contact Trudy Russo, Special Collections librarian. Email or call 343-8728

Happy Holidays From Food and Conference Services

We would like to remind students, staff, and faculty that with the upcoming exam season beginning, our hours will be changing. Additionally, a reminder that the Residence Cafeteria is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Weekdays During Exams:

Week of Dec 4th – 7th
  • Main Café: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Res Café: 7:30am – 7:30pm
  • Subway: 10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Library Café: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Starbucks: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Dan’s Diner: 7:00pm – 12:00am

  • The Study: 8:30am – 10:00pm
  • The Outpost: 9:00am – 8:00pm (2am on Tues. and Thurs.)
Week of Dec 10th – 14th
  • Main Café: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Res Café: 7:30am – 7:30pm
  • Subway: 10:00am – 7:30pm
  • Library Café: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Starbucks: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Dan’s Diner: 7:00pm – 12:00am

  • The Study: 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • The Outpost: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Weekends During Exams:

Dec 8th- 9th
  • Main Café: CLOSED
  • Res Café: 7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Subway: CLOSED
  • Library Café: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Starbucks: CLOSED
  • Dan’s Diner: 7:00pm – 12:00am

  • The Study: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • The Outpost: CLOSED
Dec 15th – 16th
  • Main Cafe: CLOSED
  • Res Café: 7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Subway: CLOSED
  • Library Café: 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Starbucks: CLOSED
  • Dan’s Diner: 7:00pm – 12am

  • The Study: CLOSED
  • Outpost: 10:00am – 4:00pm
After Exams

    Dec 17th – Dec 21st

    • Main Café: 8:00am – 3:30pm
    • Res Café: CLOSED
    • Subway: CLOSED
    • Library Café: CLOSED
    • Starbucks: 8:00am – 3:30pm
    • Dan’s Diner: CLOSED

    • The Study: CLOSED
    • The Outpost: CLOSED
    Food Services closed for the Holidays:
    • Dec 22nd – Jan 1st

    End of Year Celebration + Notice of Traditional Smudging - Wednesday, Dec. 4

    All are welcome to enjoy free food, friends, and drumming as we celebrate the coming end of the semester. We will open with traditional smudging and close with a travelling song.

    Wednesday, December 4th
    1:30 - 3:30 pm
    Social Lounge, Residence Building

    Questions? Contact Allysha Wassegijig, Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator - Orillia Campus at or 705-330-4008 ext 2018.

    Don't stress the test! - Nov. 19, 28, Dec. 4, 5

    Student Health & Wellness, in partnership with the Student Success Centre and Student Accessibility Services, invites you to come out and join us for this interactive, activity-based workshop focused on academic and psychological prep for exams and test-taking.

    Tips, strategies and skills for exam success. 

    Monday, Nov. 19 - 1 to 2 pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 28 - 3:30 to 4:30 pm
    Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 1 to 2 pm
    Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 1 to 2 pm

    Chancellor Paterson Library room 5002.

    Retirement Celebration for Dr. Antony Gillies, Department of Civil Engineering - Tuesday, Dec. 4

    Colleagues and friends within the Lakehead University Community are invited to drop by to wish Dr. Antony Gillies all the best in his retirement.

    A faculty member and Chair with the Department of Civil Engineering since 1983, Tony has been an instrumental figure in the growth of the Engineering programs in the Faculty and a positive role model for his students. Dr. Gillies is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and will be missed by staff, students and colleagues alike.

    Please join us to wish him well as he crosses the bridge to a long and happy retirement!

    WHEN: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
    TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    LOCATION: Faculty Lounge

    SAS Exam Preparation Session - Tuesday, Dec. 4

    Hello students!

    Could your exam preparation techniques use a tune up before final exams? Join Student Accessibility Services Advisors Jen and Nancy on Tuesday, December 4th, at 2:30 pm in RC 0007 for some great exam study skills and enjoy some snacks.

    Not sure where RC 0007 is? No problem! Stop by the SAS office (SC0003) and we'll happily show you to the location.

    Exam Preparation Session Info
    Date & Time: Tuesday December 4th, at 2:30 pm
    Location: RC 0007

    Content: 5 Day Study Plan (you will get your own copy of this helpful plan to take home!), apps, tips and strategies for taking exams.

    Holiday Open House - Office of Aboriginal Initiatives - Friday, Dec. 7

    The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is pleased to invite you to attend our Holiday Open House. Please drop by to meet our staff, learn about their projects and initiatives and help us celebrate the holiday season. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

    Date: Friday, December 7th
    Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, University Centre Rm. UC 2024

    Please RSVP your attendance here.

    We look forward to having you join us in celebrating the holiday season!

    Invited Speaker Series - Technology Addiction - Tuesday, Dec. 4

    The Northern Ontario Gambling Research Hub is pleased to announce the first talk in our guest lecture series. Dr. Alexander Serenko will present a talk titled "Technology Addiction: The Dark Side of IT", Tuesday, December 4th, 3:00 - 4:00, in ATAC 5035.

    Diving Superior's Wrecks - Tuesday, Dec. 4

    On Tuesday, Dec. 4, visit Lakehead University for a presentation called Diving Superior's Wrecks, by Parks Canada, Infosuperior and Thunder Country Diving.

    Learn what it takes to dive wrecked freighters, steamships and schooners in the world's largest freshwater lake.  

    The presentation is free of charge and takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th in Room ATAC 1001, Lakehead University. More information.

    MHSc Thesis Defence - S. Fossum - Friday, Dec. 7

    Shauna Fossum, a Master of Health Sciences candidate in the Department of Health Sciences, will present her Thesis Defence, "The Development and Initial Validation of the Caregiver Driving Scale: A Tool to Measure the Impact of Older Adult Driving Cessation on Caregivers", on:

    DATE: Friday, December, 7th
    TIME: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (EST)

    Shauna's Thesis Committee members are Dr. Michel Bédard, Supervisor; Dr. Dwight Mazmanian and Dr. Helle Møller.

    A copy of Shauna's thesis is available for review in SN1006, Thunder Bay campus.

    Please note that this event is available through Zoom and the invite information is below.

    Topic: MHSc Thesis Defence - S. Fossum
    Time: Dec 7, 2018 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Notice of Meeting: Professional Pension Plan and Lakehead University Employee Pension Plan – Friday, Dec. 7

    The Pension Board for the Professional Plan and the Advisory Committee for the Lakehead University Employee Pension Plan (LUEPP) continuously monitor the operations and performance of Lakehead University’s pension plans.

    All members of both pension plans are invited to attend a presentation by investment advisor Proteus Performance on Friday, December 7, 2018 starting at 9 am in ATAC 5035.

    Orillia campus attendees can view the presentations by video conference in OA 2005.

    Investment managers will provide an update on market performance and the market outlook for the near future.


    • 9:00 - 10:00 am, Quarterly Performance Review - Ryan Kuruliak, VP, Proteus Performance
    • 10:00 - 11:00 am, CGOV
    • 11:00 - 12:00 pm, Letko Brosseau
    • 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Lunch
    • 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Joint Pension Meeting

    Guests are also welcome to attend the regular pension meeting at 1:00 pm, although the Pension Board and Advisory Committee reserve the right to go “in camera” at any time.

    For more information please contact Clint Mason, Manager of Pension Services, at 807-766-7287.

    Participate in Lakehead International's Annual Home for the Holidays Program!

    Lakehead University International is seeking staff and faculty to welcome international students into their homes over the holiday season.

    Each year Lakehead International runs a program called Home for the Holidays. Many international students are unable to return home during the holiday break, so we are looking for Lakehead University staff and faculty to welcome students into their homes for a holiday dinner or to share the entire day if you wish!

    If you would like to participate in the Home for the Holidays program, you would be asked to share a holiday dinner in your home with one (or more) international students. The dates that are available to host are December 24th, 25th, or 26th, depending on which day your family plans to hold their holiday dinner.

    If you are interested in participating in this program, please visit this page to complete the Google sign-up form.

    If you require more information, please contact Lakehead International by e-mail at or by phone at (807) 346-7848.

    Shrikanta Sutradhar's Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Thesis Proposal - Thursday, Dec. 13

    The Chemistry and Materials Science doctoral candidate, Shrikanta Sutradhar will present his thesis proposal: Upgrading Technical Lignins to Value-added Products.

    Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Room: ATAC 2021

    Committee Members: Dr. Lew Christopher, Dr. Md. Nur Alam (co-supervisors), Dr. Mathew Leitch, Dr. Lada Malek and Dr. Pedram Fatehi (External)

    Everyone is welcome.

    Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

    2019 Teaching Innovation Award - Nomination deadline Saturday, Dec. 15

    Nominations are now open for the new Teaching Innovation Award.

    Lakehead University’s Teaching Innovation Award recognizes the development and/or implementation of innovative pedagogical practices and technologies. The award is given for the development and/or implementation of a specific pedagogical innovation, and may be awarded to an individual or a team.

    Instructors, librarians, and staff engaged in the delivery and support of teaching at Lakehead are eligible to be nominated for innovations developed and/or implemented at Lakehead University.

    For more information about this award and the nomination process, visit this page. 

    Orillia Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

    Please join us for Lakehead Orillia's annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party. This year's theme is "Hat's Incredible!" so make sure to wear your most creative holiday-themed hat and you could be eligible to win some great prizes. 

    Date: Thursday, Dec. 13
    Time: 3 to 5 p.m. 
    Place: Cafeteria

    Don't forget to bring a wrapped gift ($10-$15 value) to participate in the gift exchange game, and each piece of non-perishable food donated to The Sharing Place earns you an extra ballot for the draw prizes, which includes a coveted free semester parking pass.

    Please RSVP by Monday, Dec.a 10, using the form below:

    Lakehead Thunder Bay Faculty and Staff Holiday Gathering - Thursday, Dec. 13

    The Lakehead University Thunder Bay Faculty and Staff Holiday Gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 3 - 5 pm in the Main Cafeteria.

    Beef on a bun, salad, tea and coffee will be served. Cash bar, raffle table and photo monkey booth will also be available.

    Please check with your supervisor before confirming attendance. RSVP for yourself or your office by emailing

    As always if you plan on drinking please don't drive.

    Call for Nominations for Prestigious Fellow of the University - Deadline: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

    Lakehead University's Board of Governors is seeking nominations for Fellow of the University, which recognizes people who have contributed to the growth, development, welfare and well-being of Lakehead University.

    The nomination deadline for Fellow of the University is Friday, January 4 2019. More information on the criteria and nomination form is available by clicking here.

    If you have further questions, please contact:

    The University Secretariat
    Phone: 807-346-7949

    Calendar Changes for Referral Deadline - January 7, 2019

    Attention faculty and staff,

    Please note that Calendar changes applicable to the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar must be at the Senate Referral stage in Curriculum Navigator no later than noon on January 7, 2019.

    Questions may be directed to the Associate University Secretary, Yvonne Roussel at

    Call for Nominations: 2019 Indigenous Partnership Research Award

    Lakehead University's Office of Aboriginal Initiatives celebrates growing partnerships between Lakehead University researchers/research teams and Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations by offering an Indigenous Partnership Research Award.

    The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is currently seeking nominations for this Award from members of the University and the broader communities. Nomination forms and additional details regarding award criteria are available on the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives website.

    For further information about the award itself, please contact Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), Tel: 807-766-7177; Email:

    Please submit nomination form, nomination letters and supporting letters to Ashley Dokuchie, Administrative Assistant, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Tel: 807-766-7219; Fax: 807-343-8679; Email: