February 01, 2019
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In Memoriam: George Kondor

George Kondor passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 28. 

George was a member of the Department of Economics at Lakehead from 1974 until his retirement in 1999.

He was an expert in mathematical methods and economic theory.

Prior to coming to Lakehead, he had been a senior researcher at the Institute of Economics at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and had taught in Nigeria at the University of Ibadan.

In the late 1960s, he was a Ford Scholar at Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. 

George was a friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic colleague. He had a true passion for mathematics that he shared with both colleagues and students.

He promoted educational standards through his work with the Action Committee for the Quality of Education and was active in the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.

As an emeritus, George remained in Thunder Bay and was a frequent attendee of Department of Economics seminars and social gatherings. He will be missed. 

Flags at Lakehead University will be lowered to half-mast on Saturday, Feb. 2 in honour of his passing.

Plans for an award in George’s name are currently underway. Gifts in memory can be made by clicking here for our secure online form and indicating in memory of George Kondor.

For more on George's life, visit this web page. 

Message from the Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Finance

To the University Community,  

Dreeni Geer has submitted her resignation as Director of Human Rights and Equity effective February 20, 2019.

Dreeni is leaving Lakehead to accept an appointment to the Refugee Protection Board of Canada, fulfilling her passion to support and foster equity and inclusivity. 

During Dreeni's tenure as the Director of Human Rights and Equity, she has accomplished numerous significant initiatives while becoming an integral member of the Administration team and an outstanding senior leader and advocate within our University community.

As a result of Dreeni's departure, the University will immediately undertake a recruitment initiative.  

Please join me in congratulating Dreeni in her new position.  She will be missed.


Kathy Pozihun
Vice-President (Administration & Finance)
Lakehead University

In Conversation with Dr. Michel Beaulieu - Saturday, Feb. 2

Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Public Library have informative In Conversation talks planned for February and March.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Dr. Michel Beaulieu from Lakehead University’s History department will explore how historical amnesia has contributed to the rise of fake news, at the Mary JL Black Library at 2 pm.

Fake news can mean many things: deliberate misinformation, hoaxes, propaganda, casting doubt on legitimate news for political gain – to name a few. Yet, despite its predominance today, it is not a new phenomenon.

Then on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm, join Lakehead English professors Dr. Judith Leggatt and Dr. Monica Flegel in the Brodie Library’s Fireside Reading Room for a discussion called: Is Superman an Immigrant?: Race, Ethnicity and the Superhero.

The superhero comic has, since its inception in the 1930s, given life to fantasies of strength, power, and courage. While well-known superheroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and Superman are all white, the genre has also lent itself to explorations of race and ethnicity in relation to nation-building, citizenship, and crime-fighting.

In a discussion of the ethnic and racial backgrounds of superhero comic creators, and the development of characters such as T’Challa (Black Panther), Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), and Miles Morales (Ultimate Spider-Man), this presentation will discuss the role that superhero comics play in supporting and challenging ethnic and racial stereotypes.

In Conversation talks are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

Message from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Dr. Chander Shahi, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, has indicated his intention to be considered for a new term as Dean. A Decanal Review Committee has been established.

At this time, I am asking that you consider and provide feedback to me on the following:

1. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and its future.

2. The leadership of Dr. Shahi.

Unattributed feedback will be used to inform the decanal review of Dr. Shahi, as well as the ongoing development of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Please respond to by Friday, Feb. 15.

Thank you, 

Dr. David Barnett
Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Lakehead University Payroll 2018 T4 slips are now available on myInfo

Your Lakehead University 2018 T4 (Statement of Remuneration Paid) slip is now available on myInfo/Employees/my Financial Profile/My T4. 

Prior years back to 2010 are also available. The T4 is for employment income only and is required to complete your Canadian Income Tax return. In order to take advantage of this feature, you first have to provide consent at a link at myInfo/employees/my financial profile/My T4 consent to view.   

Detailed instructions on how to access your T4 can be found at Access my T4 Instructions.  Paper copies will be mailed out to non-consenting and former employees by Thursday, Feb. 28. You will be notified by email when your student T4A and T2202 is available. 

Please report any issues or concerns to any of the payroll staff.

Natural Resouces Student Society's 50th Symposium

The Natural Resources Student Society presents the 50th Annual Symposium! With a theme of The Future 50 Years of Natural Resources and Forest Management, NRSS has attracted seven amazing speakers:

  • Dr. P. Duinker from Dalhousie University
  • Ted Armstrong from the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
  • David Flood from Wahkohtowin Development Corp.
  • Dean Caron from FP Innovations
  • Amber Kivisto from BioNorth
  • Chris Walton from CRIBE
  • and a guest speaker sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Executive Director Dana Collins

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Ryan Building's room 1042 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Come out for some great presentations! You can find more information here.

Any questions can be directed to Robert Scott at

Res Life hosting Therapy Dogs - Feb. 4, 14, 25 and more

Residence Life is hosting Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance in the Avila Gym 6 - 7 pm on Monday, Feb. 4, Thursday, Feb. 14, Monday, Feb. 25, Thursday, March 14, Monday, March 25 and Thursday, April 4.

Please note this event is exclusively for residence students.

Public Presentation: Dr. Sarah MacKenzie, Candidate for Three Year Limited Term Position - Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is pleased to present Dr. Sarah MacKenzie’s public presentation entitled, “Indigenous Women's Theatre: A Transnational Mechanism of Decolonization.”

Dr. MacKenzie is a candidate for the Three Year Limited Term Position in the Departments of Indigenous Learning, Social Justice Studies and Women’s Studies.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1:30 pm in ATAC 5036. All are welcome.

French Discussion Club

Voulez-vous parler français?

If you would like to participate in a free French discussion club at Lakehead, please email Dr. Sarah Jacoba at to sign up!! Meetings start Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4:00 pm in BB 2003.

Any level of French is sufficient to join. At 4:45 pm, we will switch from casual conversation to more intense grammar correction, with the goal of helping those students stuyding for the DELF/DALF exam. Students and staff are all welcome to arrive as their schedule allows.

Au plaisir de discuter avec vous !

Thunder Bay Police Training at Lakehead University - Tuesday, Feb. 5

The Thunder Bay Police Service will conduct Immediate Rapid Deployment (IRD) Training on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Lakehead's Prettie Residence.

Please contact Frank Sgambelluri with any concerns or questions at 343-8131 or by email at

Test Preparation Workshops - February

Join Student Success, Student Accessibility and Student Health and Wellness for interactive, hands-on workshops to learn both academic and psychological test preparation strategies.

  • Don't Stress the Test Workshops will run Wednesdays - February 6, 13 and 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Academic Prep: Exam Study Skills will run Thursdays - February 7, 14, and 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

All sessions will take place in the Chancellor Paterson Library, room 5002.

Career and Summer Job Fair - Feb. 6 and 7

Please join us for the Lakehead University Career and Summer Job Fair!

Take this opportunity to explore career options and connect with new graduate, summer, and co-op job opportunities. All students are welcome.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Agora

RBC Work Integrated Learning Program Workshop Series: All About Ingenuity - Wednesday, Feb. 6

The Faculty of Business Administration and the RBC Work Integrated Learning Program Workshop Series invite you to a workshop called All About Ingenuity with Alyson MacKay and Ryan Moore.

Did you know that Lakehead recently opened a business incubator called Ingenuity on campus? Don’t know what a business incubator is?

Come and join this session where the manager of Ingenuity takes you on a tour and tells you all about the resources available to help you launch your own business. Information will also be given about a $3,000 grant program available to students to help start their business.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Ingenuity Connections Theatre FB 2023 (CASES Building)

The session is open to all students, staff and faculty.

Please RSVP to Maryann Kleynendorst, Experiential Learning Navigator at

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Invite to NRMT Seminar Series - Wednesday, Feb. 6

The university community is invited to the Natural Resources Management (NRMT) Seminar Series on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 9:00 am in BB-1006.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ruben Mur will present Cost-Benefit analyses of water resources in the Andean paramo of Ecuador.

Dr. Mur has been teaching and conducting research over the past five years in Chimborazo, Ecuador. His PhD (2013) was in Experimental Sciences and Sustainability at the University of Girona (Spain) and was on the subject of adapting forest management to climate change.

He continues to do research in climate change and environmental economy in Chimborazo, Ecuador, where he developed a unique approach to evaluating ecosystem services with interviews of rural residents. He is currently a visiting scholar from Lakehead University’s partnership with the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH) and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program.

Light refreshments will be served.

Attention Students: Do you have an awesome prof?

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Contribution to Teaching Awards, a student nominated award that recognizes instructors who are outstanding teachers.

If you have an instructor who has had an impact on your Lakehead experience, consider nominating them for this award by Friday, Feb. 15.

To submit your nomination, see the online submission process on the Teaching Commons web page.

Following your nomination, your instructor will be asked to submit a teaching dossier to the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee, describing how they meet the evaluation criteria found here.

The selection committee will review nominees for eligibility and their dossiers for evidence of high levels of teaching performance. The recipients of the awards are expected to be announced and acknowledged at Senate in the Fall of 2019.

Undergraduate Research Workshop: Creating and Presenting an Academic Poster - Monday, Feb. 11

The Office of Research Services will be hosting a workshop on how to effectively create and present an academic poster – a key method of communicating research.

Undergraduate students who are currently engaged in research on campus, or those who wish to pursue graduate studies and/or careers in research are invited to attend.

This workshop will be held on Monday, Feb. 11 at 12:00 pm in ATAC 3004.

A pizza lunch will be provided.

Those students wishing to attend this workshop should contact Dr. Lexi Haslehurst at to RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 6. Please include any dietary restrictions in your email.

LUSU Multicultural Centre's 6th Annual Culture Day - Tuesday, Feb. 12

LUSU Multicultural Centre presents the 6th Annual Culture Day on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Culture Day is an annual event where students represent their cultures by sharing food and wearing traditional clothing.

Each representative will be given a $200 budget to cover food and decoration expenses.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Agora

Please let us know (no later than) by Monday, Feb. 4 if you'd like to represent you culture by signing up at

For more information, please email us at

Nomination deadline for Lakehead University 2019 Innovation Awards - EXTENDED - Friday, Feb. 15

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 in the AGORA.

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

Final day for nomination submissions is Friday, Feb. 15. 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 343-8871.

Graduating Students: Apply for Voices from the Class 2019!

Convocation is a time to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our students. Once again this year, we are inviting graduating students to apply to be the Voice from the Class of 2019.

One student speaker will be selected for each of the four Convocation ceremonies. This is a great opportunity for students to take part in the ceremony and share their Lakehead experiences with their classmates, and provide the student voice to the proceedings.

We want to hear from you! Are you interested in being the Voice from the Class of 2019?

  • You must be graduating by May 2019 and attending your Convocation ceremony
  • You must complete the application form and submit all required documents by the deadline date of March 1, 2019
  • You must be comfortable making a short inspirational speech of no more than three minutes to a large audience
  • You must be available to present your speech to the selection group if you are identified as a finalist for consideration
The application and more information can be found here.

Think it's time to graduate? Submit your Intent to Graduate by Thursday, Feb. 28

If you are set to graduate this coming spring in the Class of 2019 please be sure to submit your Intent to Graduate by Thursday, Feb. 28.

This can be done via your myInfo account - Student tab > Graduation & Convocation heading > My Intent to Graduate (Spring 2019). Submitting your intent ensures that you will be assessed for graduation and is one of the last steps before receiving your hard-earned degree!

If you have any questions or concerns please visit us at Student Central (UC 1002 in Thunder Bay or Simcoe Hall in Orillia) or reach out to the Chair of your department.

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Research & Innovation Professional Development Workshop - SETTING UP START-UP COMPANIES: Tips for the Entrepreneur - Thursday, Feb. 21

The RESEARCH & INNOVATION OFFICES invite you to participate in a Research and Innovation Professional Development Workshop – SETTING UP START-UP COMPANIES: Tips for the Entrepreneur.

Jay Lefton practices in the areas of corporate and securities law. His clients range from start-ups to multinationals, and he also advises inventors and academic institutions in connection with the commercialization of discoveries.

He will be discussing commercial and tax considerations associated with establishing a company, getting your inventions into the company, and dealing with employees, consultants, investors and shareholders.

Jay will talk about common mistakes that startups make, and how to avoid them. Jay has been an Adjunct Faculty member of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. Jay is a graduate of Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto law school.

DATE: Thursday, Feb. 21
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ROOM: Ingenuity Connections Theatre, FB 2023, CASES Building, Thunder Bay campus

Lunch is included and RSVPs are required.

To register please contact: Kelly Fettes at 343-8871 or email by Friday, Feb. 15.

Research and Innovation Week - Opening Ceremonies and Luncheon – Friday, Feb. 22

Lakehead University will host our 14th Annual Research and Innovation Week with the theme “Rise of the Machines” on the Thunder Bay campus from February 22 – 28. Please join us to celebrate the start of the week at our Opening Ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies
DATE: Friday, Feb. 22
TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 am
Location: Agora

Following the Opening Ceremonies, you are invited to attend a luncheon at which Kate Hartman, Associate Professor, OCAD University, will deliver a keynote talk entitled, “Bodies and Beyond: Exploring Technology and the Human Form.”|

Kate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the author of the recently published book “Make: Wearable Electronics.”

DATE: Friday, Feb. 22
TIME: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Faculty Lounge

Please use the Eventbrite link to register for the luncheon:

For a full list of this year’s R&I Week events, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you during Research & Innovation Week!

Undergraduate Student Conference - Tuesday, Feb. 26

Tuesday, Feb. 26

  • Poster presentation in the Agora
  • Oral presentations in the Senate chambers

11 am - 1 pm

Presentations will be peer-judged by the participants.

Winners from each Faculty will be invited to lunch with the President on Friday, March 8.

Theme for R & I Week: Rise of the Machines.

For registration forms visit the R & I Website:

Research and Innovation Week - Northern IGNITE - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Economic Development and Innovation office, in partnership with NSERC-Ontario, and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), invite you to attend our 4th Annual Northern IGNITE.

Northern IGNITE presenters will use the image-only PechaKucha presentation style, 20 slides X 20 seconds each, to share their research with the audience.

DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 27
TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Faculty Lounge

  • Dr. Kathryn Sinden, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology
  • Jocelyn Bel, PhD Student, Medical Biotechnology
  • Joshua Trevisanutto, Graduate Student, Physics
  • Dr. Mary Louise Hill, Professor, Department of Geology
  • Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Professor, CRC-Arts Integrated Research, Faculty of Education
  • Dr. Brian McLaren, Associate Professor/Chair, Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Please use the Eventbrite registration link:

For a full list of this year’s R&I Week events please visit:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 343-8871 or

We look forward to seeing you during Research & Innovation Week!

14th Annual Research & Innovation Awards of Excellence - Thursday, Feb. 28

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation cordially invites you to join us in celebrating Lakehead University’s outstanding researchers and students. The contributions made by our valued research partners and sponsors will also be celebrated.

DATE: Thursday, Feb. 28
LOCATION: AGORA – Lakehead University
TIME: 4 – 6 pm

2019 Awards being celebrated:

• Building Research Capacity Award
• Community Engaged Research Award
• Distinguished Researcher Award
• Graduate Student Research Excellence Award
• Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners
• Indigenous Partnership Research Award
• Lakehead University Innovation Awards
• Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Awards
• Senate Research Committee Contributions to Research Awards
• Three-Minute Thesis Awards

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Please register by Monday, Feb. 25 using the following link:

For a full list of this year’s R&I Week events, please visit

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 343-8871 or

We look forward to seeing you during Research & Innovation Week!

Class of 2019: Come to Grad Fair! - Tuesday, March 5

Lakehead University's Grad Fair is Tuesday, March 5! We invite all graduating students to join us in the Agora (Thunder Bay) or Cafeteria (Orillia) for an event that celebrates your huge accomplishment.

Come out to RSVP to Convocation, order regalia, pick up some memorabilia, and explore all of the options and resources available to you once you graduate.

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Agora (Thunder Bay) and Cafeteria (Orillia)

For more information and a list of vendors please visit the Grad Fair website.