December 04, 2018
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University holiday closure dates

Please be advised that Lakehead University’s 2018 Holiday Closure period will be as follows: University offices will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 24, re-opening on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

Employees are advised to contact their supervisors with any questions.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Coyote sighting on Orillia campus

Recently, a coyote was seen on the 500 University Avenue campus.

Given our location, it's normal to see animals such as foxes and coyotes in the area. However, please use caution when walking near and around the campus and please don't approach or feed coyotes or other wild animals.

If you spot a coyote on campus, please contact Security Services at ext. 2009. If you don't feel comfortable walking to your vehicle alone, you may request a SafeWalk from Security Services.

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

The Lakehead Thunder Bay Faculty and Staff Holiday Gathering will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. 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.

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. 10, using the form below:

Don't stress the test! Dec. 4 and 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.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 - 1 to 2 p.m. 

Chancellor Paterson Library room 5002.

Payroll year-end 2018

All payrolls for the year 2018 will be completed by Friday, Dec. 14 to allow for system year-end closing and the set-up and processing of the first pay of 2019 to accommodate the university closure between Dec. 22, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019 inclusive.

If you have any payroll-related items outstanding or to be paid or adjusted in 2018, please forward to, or contact Human Resources or Payroll no later than Thursday, Dec. 6. 

Items received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be paid in 2018 and may not be included in calendar year 2018 for T4 reporting purposes.

A detailed schedule including cut-offs for timecard entry and approval is attached and can also be found on the at the following link: 2018 Lakehead University Payroll Year-end Cut-off Schedule.

  • Enza Michaliuk - Payroll Analyst - payrolls for part-time employees, graduate assistants, post-doctoral fellows, Phone: 807-343-8721  Email:
  • Shayla Gibson - Payroll Analyst - payrolls for all full-time staff and faculty, Phone: 807-343-8603 Email: payroll
  • Derek Klement - Payroll Analyst - inquiries, Records of Employment, bank deposits, Phone: 807-343-8078 Email:
  • Gail Wdowiak- Payroll Services Manager, Phone: 807-343-8143 Email:

EDI Taskforce consultation on disability - Wednesday, Dec. 5

The President's Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is hosting consultations as we develop a five-year action plan for Lakehead. 

We are now hosting a focus group for students, faculty and staff specifically on disability. We encourage all persons with disabilities, as well as those who support accommodations or who have expertise on disability and equity to join us on Dec. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. in SC 0009 (Thunder Bay) and OA 3007 (Orillia). If you require specific accommodations to participate in this consultation please let us know in advance at

We recognize that sharing personal and professional perspectives on EDI can often make members of equity-seeking groups feel more vulnerable and so you are reminded that this consultation is voluntary and confidential. We do have an online form that is completely anonymous where you can alternatively or additionally give input. 

Thank you for supporting the President's Taskforce on EDI Action Planning.

Ingenuity open house and tours - Friday, Dec. 7

Did you miss the opening of Ingenuity, the new business incubator on campus?

Come join Alyson MacKay, Manager of Ingenuity, on Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a tour or to get some more information on Lakehead's new business incubator. Bring your own mug and have a coffee and check out the space. Ingenuity is located in the new CASES building.

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".

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: ATAC 3004

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. 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

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, Dec. 7
Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, UC 2024

Please RSVP your attendance here.

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

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, Dec. 7 starting at 9 a.m. in ATAC 5035 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia).

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


  • 9 - 10 a.m.: Quarterly Performance Review - Ryan Kuruliak, VP, Proteus Performance
  • 10 - 11 a.m.: CGOV
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Letko Brosseau
  • 12 - 1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1 - 4 p.m.: Joint Pension Meeting

Guests are also welcome to attend the regular pension meeting at 1 p.m., 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.

CRaNHR Speaker Series: Exploring Maternal Health Research - Friday, Dec. 7

The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) presents its 2018-19 Speaker Series: Exploring Maternal Health Research with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Chisolm's presentation of “Fetal Positions: The Role of Ultrasound Imaging in the Development of Maternal Identity”.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Balmoral Street Centre, HS 1002 (main floor)

CRaNHR is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Chisolm, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, will discuss previous research findings which position the prenatal ultrasound scan as a significant site for the development of maternal identity. She will draw comparisons between the medical and non-medical (elective) contexts in which prenatal ultrasound is performed, to highlight the importance of compassionate care and cultural sensitivity in women’s experiences with ultrasound. She also will discuss developing research which investigates the impact of distance from, and location of, prenatal care services in Northwestern Ontario.

For further information on the Speakers Series, please contact Dr. Mary Ellen Hill, Senior Researcher, CRaNHR, at 807-766-7278.

Chemistry and Materials Science PhD Thesis Proposal - S. Sutradhar - Thursday, Dec. 13

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

Date: Thursday, Dec. 13
Time: 1 p.m.
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.

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

Lakehead University 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 Dec. 15.

It's 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.

Team from the Department of Economics excels in Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge

This fall semester, the Department of Economics took part in the fourth annual Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge. Universities from across Canada take part in this competition, which is designed to promote the understanding of the role that monetary policy plays in Canada's Economy.

There was an unprecedented number of students interested in this year's team, with over 15 students taking part. Ultimately, a team of five students was selected to represent Lakehead in the competition: Raven Wheesk, Scott Magill, Laura Polcyn, Victor Xiao, and Kyle Bonnie. This surge in interest was matched by an equal enthusiasm from the faculty. Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami, Dr. Michael Shannon, Dr. Robert Petrunia, and Dr. Karl Skogstad all met weekly with the students, in addition to a number of one-on-one meetings with team members throughout the semester. This competition is a great example of the way the Department of Economics is engaging in experiential learning.

The team spent the semester preparing a presentation that was delivered, via Skype, to judges at the Bank of Canada, on the morning of Nov. 22. This year, the team was placed in a group of universities that offered an extremely high level competition, including two-time national champions McGill, last year's national champion Wilfrid Laurier, as well as other top Canadian economic programs at Queen's and York. Despite this tough competition, Lakehead placed second within their group! Given the high-quality of the universities we faced, this is an outstanding achievement and we believe demonstrates the quality of Lakehead students and the quality of economics training available at Lakehead.

The department is already planning for next year's competition, where they expect to improve their performance thanks to the expected continued participation of some of this year's team members. Any student interested in participating in next year’s team should reach out to any of the professors in the Department of Economics.

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

Dec. 4 – 7 

  • Main Cafe: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Res Cafe: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Subway: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Library Café: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Starbucks: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Dan’s Diner: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • The Study: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • The Outpost: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (2 a.m. on Tues. and Thurs.)

Dec 10 – 14

  • Main Cafe: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Res Cafe: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Subway: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 13-21)
  • Library Café: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Starbucks: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Dan’s Diner: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • The Study: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • The Outpost: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Weekends during exams

Dec. 8  9 

  • Main Cafe: CLOSED
  • Res Cafe: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Subway: CLOSED
  • Library Café: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Starbucks: CLOSED
  • Dan’s Diner: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • The Study: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • The Outpost: CLOSED

Dec. 15 – 16

  • Main Cafe: CLOSED
  • Res Cafe: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Subway: CLOSED
  • Library Café: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16)
  • Starbucks: CLOSED
  • Dan’s Diner: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • The Study: CLOSED
  • The Outpost: CLOSED

After exams

Dec. 17 – 21

  • Main Cafe: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Res Cafe: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 18 – 21)
  • Subway: CLOSED
  • Library Café: CLOSED
  • Starbucks: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Dan’s Diner: CLOSED
  • The Study CLOSED
  • The Outpost CLOSED

Food Services will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1, 2019.

Participate in International's Home for the Holiday's 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 Dec. 24, 25, or 26, 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 email at or by phone at 807-346-7848.

Need an online course site for an upcoming academic session? Submit your request now!

Instructors requiring an online MyCourseLink (D2L) course site for an upcoming academic session can submit their requests now.

Click the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of your class roster in myInfo, and you'll receive an email to your Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of your online course site.

For more information, please contact the Teaching Commons at

PLEASE NOTE: A new site request will need to be made each time a course is offered. Content can be migrated from a previously used site to the new one by selecting the Migrate Course option on the Request Form.

Looking for a course to take this winter?

Are you interested in learning about the 20th century history of Finland and its Nordic neighbours? The Lakehead University Finnish Chair Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the availability of a winter-term course on this subject that will be offered by the incoming Finnish Chair, Dr. Jaana Laine of the University of Helsinki.

The course has no prerequisites and is open to students at any level. It will be offered on Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. in Thunder Bay with a video link to Orillia.

Course Description

History 2172/ Northern Studies 2172
Finland and the Nordic Region in the 20th Century
Thunder Bay/Orillia

Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, with cognate reference to Iceland, Greenland, Karelia, and the Baltic Nations. Economic, social, and political diversification; emigration; Norwegian separatism and independence; Finnish recovery of statehood; inter-cultural adjustments; the tests of two World Wars; Mannerheim and the independence of Northern Europe; indigenous populations; social and economic policy; neutral or allied; the new prosperity and the global extension.

For more information contact Dr. Michel Beaulieu at or Dr. Ron Harpelle at in the Department of History.

Nominations are now open for Lakehead University 2019 Innovation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Innovation Awards.

There are two awards to be given out, the Lakehead University Innovation Award and the Lakehead University Student Innovation Award.

Presentations of the 2019 Innovation Awards will occur at the Research and Innovation Week Reception on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Please visit the Economic Development and Innovation Office (EDI) website and click on 2019 Lakehead University Innovation Awards for more information.

Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 Research and Innovation Week Awards. Awards will not necessarily be given each year.

Nominations can be emailed to or faxed to 807-766-7178.

If you have any questions, please call or email Kelly Fettes, Administrative Officer, EDI office at or 807-343-8871.

Communications Bulletin will not be sent on Tuesday, Dec. 11

Lakehead University's Communications Bulletin will not run on Tuesday, Dec. 11 due to team development and planning sessions scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Events can instead be promoted in the Friday, Dec. 7 bulletin or using the events calendar.

Please send questions to