February 26, 2019
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Lakehead University, Confederation College and Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service sign MOU for forest science research and education

Photo of signingFrom left, Kathleen Lynch, President, Confederation College,  Dr. David Nanang, Director General, Canadian Forest Service-Great Lakes Forestry Centre, and Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at Lakehead University signed the agreement on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

February 26, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

On Tuesday, February 26, Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service, Lakehead University and Confederation College signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with Forest Science Research and Education.

“One of the goals in Lakehead University’s strategic plan is to create local and global partnerships, and this MOU helps us do that as well as grow our research capacity,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Lakehead University.

“We are especially pleased that this signing is occurring during our 14th annual Research and Innovation Week. This week highlights our research accomplishments, and this partnership with the Canadian Forest Service and Confederation College will offer unique opportunities for increased research in forest science,” he added.

The MOU is aimed at increasing opportunities for all organizations to share expertise and resources in forest science and related research, collaboration and education initiatives. It recognizes the potential for this relationship to assist each organization in strengthening forest science research, education, and commercial development in Canada.

"On behalf of the Canadian Forest Service, we are excited to further strengthen our relationship with Lakehead University and Confederation College through this memorandum of understanding. This MOU represents our mutual support for the advancement of forest science research and education within our respective organizations and throughout Canada,” said Dr. David Nanang, Director General, Canadian Forest Service-Great Lakes Forestry Centre. 

“Confederation College is deeply committed to providing access to programming that supports the needs of our region, and this partnership with Lakehead University and the Canadian Forest Service will help to advance that effort,” said Kathleen Lynch, President, Confederation College. “In particular, we are excited by the opportunities this MOU will create for students interested in the natural resources sector and the numerous applied research possibilities we will be able to collaboratively explore.”

The MOU provides a variety of opportunities and benefits for all organizations involved. There will be increased opportunities in forest science research and education that may exceed what the organizations could do separately.

There will also be increased sharing of intellectual and technical resources, including faculty and staff expertise and sophisticated research infrastructure and equipment and research sites.

Finally, the development of collaborative research projects, including more competitive grant proposals as well as the increased participation of CFS researchers as adjunct professors contributing to active mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students will support an increased collaboration of forest science research and education.

Together, Lakehead University, Confederation College and the Canadian Forest Service will continue to advance forestry research, collaboration and education throughout Canada.



The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is a science-based policy organization within Natural Resources Canada, a Government of Canada department that helps shape the important contributions of the natural resources sector to the Canadian economy, society and environment. Their mission is to promote the sustainable development of Canada’s forests and competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector. The CFS has six research Centers located across Canada, with research scientists and professionals who conduct studies in areas such as forest ecology, impacts of global climate changes, insects and diseases, forest health, biotechnology, landscape analysis, hydrology and aquatic systems, fire behaviour and impacts, and forestry practices and inventory, which contribute to national CFS priorities.

Lakehead University is globally recognized for its research and education in the area of natural resources management and forestry-based studies. Lakehead’s program offerings are diverse; they focus on conserving and sustaining our forests for a full range of uses – from timber harvesting, bio-products, inventory and recreation to wildlife management to the conservation of biodiversity. The scope of their reach is not limited to Canadian Forestry practices. Lakehead also has a rich history of successful international collaborations with universities, NGO’s and government agencies which have focused on community-based forestry practices, land-use planning and advancing the forestry profession through the training of highly qualified personnel domestically and internationally.

Confederation College prepares students for careers in natural resource management including forest management, forest resource inventory, forest resources conservation and protection, environmental technology, silviculture and biomass energy. Confederation College is growing its capacity in applied research and is looking for collaborative opportunities to leverage recent investments in programming and infrastructure.

Introducing the Lakehead Resiliency Project


Lakehead University Student Affairs is pleased to announce The Resiliency Project.  The Resiliency Project includes online resources along with a three-part video series featuring interviews with current students, faculty, and staff.  We encourage you to view the interviews and engage with the material on the website at

What is Resiliency?

Resiliency is defined as the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, or, “toughness”. Resilient people are better equipped to handle transition and life changes and typically bounce back from setbacks more quickly and with less trouble.  Resilience is a combination of skills and attributes that are gained and developed over time. The great thing is that resilience skills can be practiced and learned. Student Affairs has worked together to develop this website to help you learn and practice resilience.

Why practice Resilience?

There is a strong correlation between the practice of resiliency skills and student success. Resiliency skills are grounded in best practice and have been proven through years of research to be effective in increasing life satisfaction, happiness and ability to cope with stress, all of which correlate with success, improved academic performance and quality of life.

Looking for support? Not sure who to contact?

Use the Early Support Program! The program is meant to assist students by connecting them with University services and resources that may provide them with additional support.

Early Support referrals are reviewed by two Program Coordinators from Student Central and the Student Success Centre. They work with a team of staff from various departments at Lakehead including but not limited to Aboriginal Cultural Support Services, International Centre, Residence Life, Student Accessibility Services, and Student Health & Wellness to respond to the referrals.

The Coordinators, along with the Early Support Team, will review the information you provide in through the referral web form and follow-up directly with you. Click here to access the Early Support Program referral form.

Are my devices spying on me? Living in a World of Ubiquitous Computing: Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Speaker Jason Hong - Tuesday, Feb. 26

In the near future, our smart devices will know almost everything about us. These devices offer the opportunity to vastly improve our healthcare, urban planning, safety and more. 

However, these same devices also pose dramatic new challenges for privacy and for ethics. In this talk, I'll discuss how these smart devices work, what they can learn about us, and what we need to make sure that the benefits of these technologies vastly outweigh the costs.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: ATAC 1003

About the Talk

About the Speaker:  Jason Hong is a professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in the areas of usability, mobility, privacy, and security, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CBS, CNN, Slate, the World Economic Forum, and more.

Jason is on the editorial board for ACM Transactions on Human Computer Interaction and the Communications of the ACM, and previously IEEE Pervasive Computing.

He is an author of the book The Design of Sites, a popular book on web design using web design patterns. Jason is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which was acquired by Proofpoint in March 2018 for $225m.

Jason received his PhD from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. Jason has participated on DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P), is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a Kavli Fellow, a PopTech Science fellow, a New America National Cybersecurity Fellow, and previously held the HCII Career Development fellowship.

French Discussion Club - Tonight

Voulez-vous parler français?

If you would like to participate in a free French discussion club at Lakehead, please email Dr. Sarah Jacoba ( to sign up!

Meetings resume Tuesday February 26th at 4:00 pm in BB 2003. Any level of French is sufficient to join. At 4:45pm, 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!

Departmental Food Drive Challenge running Feb. 18 to March 1

This year’s Departmental Food Drive is going on from February 18th to March 1st. During the food drive, members in departments can collect donations for the LUSU Food Bank. This year the most in-demand items at the food bank are:

  • Rice

  • Peanut Butter

  • Dry cereal, instant oatmeal, and other breakfast items

  • Snacks (crackers, granola bars, popcorn, other)

  • Canned meat and fish

  • Canned vegetables

  • Sauces and Salad Dressings

  • Pasta

Over the years the Departmental Food Drive Challenge has become a huge part of providing emergency food relief to students through to the end of the year. We are hoping that this year will be as successful.

If you have any questions we would love to hear from you, the best way to get a hold of us is through our email but you can also call us at 807-343-8850 or stop by and see us in the Food Bank in UC2014B from 8:30 to 4:30 on weekdays.


The Search for the Dean of the Faculty of Education is well underway and the Search/Appointment Committee will be conducting interviews in March 2019.

As part of the selection process, there will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to attend a Public Presentation with each candidate. The following are details of these presentations:

Dr. Paul Berger
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rooms: Senate Chambers (Thunder Bay) / HPOH3 (Heritage Place, Orillia) / Principal’s Boardroom (OA 2001D, Main Campus, Orillia)

Dr. Stephane Levesque
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rooms: Senate Chambers (Thunder Bay) / HPOH3 (Heritage Place, Orillia) / Principal’s Boardroom (OA 2001D, Main Campus, Orillia)

Dr. Dolana Mogadime
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rooms: Senate Chambers (Thunder Bay) / HPOH3 (Heritage Place, Orillia) / Principal’s Boardroom (OA 2001D, Main Campus, Orillia)

Dr. Wayne Melville
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rooms: Senate Chambers (Thunder Bay) / HPOH3 (Heritage Place, Orillia) / Principal’s Boardroom (OA 2001D, Main Campus, Orillia)

Following each candidate’s presentation, the Search/Appointment Committee encourages input in writing within 48 hours, (to be kept in confidence), to Dr. David Barnett, Chair, Education Dean Search Committee, c/o the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), UC 2007A, or email

Composition of the Appointments Committee, Biographical Statements for each candidate, can be found at the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) website.

2019 Summer Work Study Program (SWSP)

The Lakehead University SWSP provides full-time employment to eligible undergraduate students during the spring/summer.

These positions provide students with a valuable opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, Lakehead University faculty and staff. The subsidy will cover up to $2,250 in wages and payroll deductions and is based on 480 hours and 16 weeks worked (30 hrs/wk for 16 weeks).

Employers may complete a Job Request application by logging in as an “Employer” via the MySuccess Portal from February 1-28. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered as space permits.

Further questions may be directed to Cheryl Ellis at

Technology Services Bulletin - Server Maintenance

On Wednesday, February 27, TSC staff will be performing server maintenance on its ticketing system to address an ongoing issue.

There will be a brief outage to the ticketing system between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. During this time, users will not be able to submit tickets for technology support.

For questions or concerns please email

Therapy Dogs visiting the Library every Tuesday this term

They're baackkk!

Therapy Dogs from St. John Ambulance will visit students on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library every Tuesday starting Jan. 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. 

Come meet your new bestie.

Meet the Lakehead Ombudsperson in Orillia on Feb. 27 and 28

Do you have a university-related concern or complaint? Do you feel that you were treated unfairly? Talk confidentially with the Ombudsperson about it!

The Lakehead University Ombudsperson provides an independent, impartial and confidential service to all members of the university community – staff, students, and faculty – to ensure that all are treated fairly and equitably. It is a safe place to discuss a wide range of questions, concerns, complaints, and problems, including:

  • Academic Concerns & Appeals
  • Campus Services
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Personal Matters
Please contact me to set up an appointment for Wednesday, Feb. 27 & Thursday, Feb. 28 in Orillia:
Rob Thompson, Lakehead University Ombudsperson

Lakehead University has a MobileSafety app

 Mobile Safety App image

Lakehead University has partnered with AppArmor to give students, faculty and staff a faster way to access resources on campus.

The new MobileSafety app includes emergency contacts, a safety toolbox, and other important resources available at the touch of a button.

Users can easily access Lakehead's walk-safe program, contact security if needed, and use tools that can help in an emergency.

The safety toolbox includes a flashlight, a loud alarm, and the ability to send security a photo. AppArmor custom mobile safety apps improve emergency response in a crisis and make campus security resources more accessible.

To download the app search for Lakehead Mobile Safety or click here. It is available on all IOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. For more information about AppArmor please visit

Valorization Process and Progress in Interdisciplinary Research: Reflections from the Equity in Birthing Care Program - Wednesday, Feb. 27

This panel discussion will explore the strengths and challenges of interdisciplinary health research and how using an interdisciplinary framework has shaped our individual thinking as researchers, and the evolution of our Equity in Birthing Care research program over time.

Panel facilitated by Dr. Pamela Wakewich, with the following panel members: Dr. Manal Alzghoul, M. Barbara Benwell, Dr. Jennifer Chisholm, Dr. Helle Moeller, Dr. Pauline Sameshima

DATE: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 2pm - 3:30pm, ATAC 5036

Women's basketball viewing party - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Lakehead women's basketball team will play the next round of the playoffs on the road on Wednesday night. Thunderwolves fans are invited to join the rest of the pack in cheering on the squad from the Outpost Campus Pub on game night!

The all-ages event begins at 5 pm.

Seminar Invitation - The Human-Forest Relationship: A Finnish Perspective - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The university community is invited to attend the NRMT Seminar Series on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9:00 am in BB-1006.

Dr. Jaana Laine (Chair of Finnish Studies) will be presenting The Human-Forest Relationship: A Finnish Perspective.

Dr. Laine’s research explores forestry and forest history. Dr. Laine’s doctoral dissertation was entitled Rules of the Timber Trade. Timber trade between private forest owners and forestry industry in Eastern Finland, 1919–1939. In other research projects, she has studied forest labour and trade unions, and foresters’ international activity.

See you Wednesday!

RBC Work Integrated Learning Program Workshop Series - LinkedIn Basics for Students: Guide to an All-Star Profile - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Faculty of Business Administration and the RBC Work Integrated Learning Program Workshop Series invite you to a workshop called LinkedIn Basics for Students: Guide to an All-Star Profile with Amanda Sauermann.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to the professional power of LinkedIn and why your job readiness planning needs to include a quality, strategically-crafted profile. In the era of social selling, recruiters, HR managers, and new professional contacts will often look you up before getting in touch with you.

Your web-u-tation, matters, and can work in your favour (or against). A high-quality profile can bring in job opportunities, generate influential business contacts, position you as the best candidate, and, most importantly, it builds awareness for brand you. Want to know what happens if you don’t look good online? Nothing. You miss out on the opportunity.

Amanda is the Senior Marketing Specialist for DST Consulting Engineers Inc., a Division of Englobe. Amanda describes herself as a well caffeinated people person focused on personal performance, corporate success and community leadership. Aligning business objectives with marketing strategies is what she does best.

With the proven ability to plan and execute marketing and business development initiatives, her specialty is driving creativity and pushing projects through to completion. Colleagues, partners, and clients count on Amanda to add an element of fun to every project. She is passionate about working with her team to achieve the common goal of consistent performance and sustainable growth.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Lakehead Thunder Bay - ATAC 5036
Lakehead Orillia - OA 2005

Please RSVP to Maryann Kleynendorst, Experiential Learning Navigator at

Graduate Student Conference Poster Presentations - Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is proud to host the Graduate Student Conference Poster Presentations:

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - CASES Building 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Come learn about the innovative research Graduate Students are doing at Lakehead University. Disciplines from all of our Graduate Programs will be represented.

Senate Standing Committee Faculty Nominations - deadline Thursday, Feb. 28

The Senate Nominations Committee is welcoming nominations from full-time faculty members at the Orillia and Thunder Bay campuses to fill upcoming vacancies on the Senate Standing Committees.

These vacancies are self nominated. Please click here for more information or to access the interest to serve form.

The deadline for nomination submissions is Thursday, Feb. 28.

Please direct any inquiries to Yvonne Roussel at

Faculty Lounge Closure - Feb. 22 to 28

Please note that the Faculty Lounge will be continually in use for events or event preparation during Research & Innovation Week (Friday, Feb. 22 until Thursday, Feb. 28) and will not be available as a through-way to the parking lot.

We appreciate your understanding and finding alternate exits during this time. For any questions or concerns, please contact Heleena Stephens, (807) 343-8878 or

Agora Starbucks Service Disruptions

During Research & Innovation Week, the following dates and times Starbucks will not be fulfilling orders that require the use of blenders and other equipment out of respect for the presentations in the Agora.

All other services will not be affected. Thank you for your understanding as we support the Research & Innovation week events.

  • Friday, Feb. 22 - 11:00 to 11:45 am
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm   
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 - 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Please contact Conference Services at (807) 343-8799 or email for any questions or concerns

Medical Research Presentation by Dr. Stephen Scott - Thursday, Feb. 28

Dr. Stephen Scott holds the GSK Chair in Neuroscience and is Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University.

Dr. Scott’s mathematical model and device is being used to increase understanding of the role the brain plays in arm and leg movement. His invention may ultimately improve methods for assessing and rehabilitating stroke and spinal cord victims. It could also help provide the basis for developing neural prostheses capable of restoring function to paralyzed limbs.

Title: Robots to assess brain dysfunction: will sure and steady win the race?
Date: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Place: ATAC 6022

Free admission. Refreshments served.

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 noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27 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!

Fourth-year students welcoming visitors to their art studios - Thursday, Feb. 28

In preparation for their major studio show in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and in celebration of Research Innovation Week, fourth-year students are holding a public open house in their studios on Thursday, Feb 28 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Visitors are welcome to pop into UC 1022A and UC 2033 (across from the main cafeteria) to see their creative process and chat directly with students about their projects.

Biology Seminar Series Winter 2019 Presents a Research Seminar by Dr. Rob Rempel - Friday, March 1

Research Seminar

Dr. Rob Rempel, (Lakehead University/MNRF)

TITLE: Modelling cumulative effects of development and climate change on northern moose and caribou population: a forwarding-looking regional perspective

DATE: Friday, March 1
TIME: 1pm to 2pm
PLACE: ATAC 5036 Thunder Bay

Teaching Circle #4: Creating a Culture of Academic Honesty - Friday, March 1

Join the Teaching Commons staff for a conversation about “Creating a culture of academic honesty.”

Rather than focus on punishment and repercussions of cheating or plagiarism, this teaching circle aims to share ideas about how teachers create cultures of academic honesty, design assignments that encourage student engagement, and even use inadvertent plagiarism as a teaching moment.

Friday, March 1, 2:45-3:45 pm

The Teaching Commons, LI 5014

Registration is never required but always appreciated. Consider signing up for any of the three remaining Teaching Circles.

* #5: Tuesday, March 12, 10:15-11:15 - Managing breadth and depth.

* #6: Friday, March 29th, 2:45-3:45 - Becoming an even better professor.


Catholic Mass On Campus - Friday, March 1

The Lakehead Catholic Club is inviting students, faculty and staff to Catholic Mass celebrated on campus at the Avila Centre Chapel (670 Reaume Street) at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 1st, 2019.

The Avila Centre can easily be accessed for those walking, following the path across from the Prettie Residence. There is also access by car onto Reaume Street from Central Avenue and visitor parking is available.

There will be snacks and a social following the Mass. Non-perishable food items are being accepted for donation to the LUSU Food Bank. We hope you can join us for this blessed opportunity to pray and offer the Mass together.

Follow us on Facebook at Lakehead Catholic Club to be updated with our events and/or email us ( if you would like to join the club or have any questions.

Brown Bag Research Presentation Series - Friday, March 1

Presentation: A Bibliometric Analysis of Social Media in Hospitality and
Tourism Research
Dr. Irfan Butt, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University

Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 12:00 noon to 01:00 pm
Location: ATAC 3004, Thunder Bay Campus
OA 2005, Orillia Campus

The study conducted a bibliometric analysis to review the literature of 439 social media articles
published in 51 hospitality and tourism journals over a 15-year time span (2002-2016).

We performed citation analysis to identify sources of knowledge - highly influential authors, journals, and universities. The extent of globalization was measured by inter-country collaborations.

A keyword analysis was conducted to reveal research areas and emerging topics. Our findings indicated that Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Purdue University, and University of Florida were some of the most prolific universities in social media research.

The topmost influential journals in terms of the average citations per year were Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, and International Journal of Hospitality Management.

Interestingly, the most prolific inter-country collaborations in social media were observed in countries with low geographical, cultural and historical proximities including USA-China and USA-South Korea.

The results obtained from our analysis contribute to a comprehensive understanding of social media research progress in hospitality and tourism.

In Conversation with Dr. Monica Flegel and Dr. Judith Leggatt - Saturday, March 2

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.

Research and Innovation Week 2019 - Orillia Campus

Lakehead University will showcase the best of student and faculty research during 2019 Research and Innovation Week, March 4 to 6 at the Orillia campus.

Based on this year’s theme, Rise of the Machines, many of the talks will discuss how technology can change the world and highlight the exceptional research being conducted at Lakehead University.

The week kicks-off on Monday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Orsi Family Learning Commons with presentations from Lakehead Orillia faculty, highlighting the University’s current research projects and partnerships. This will be followed by a panel specific to research within the Faculty of Education at 1:30 p.m. in room 2014.

On Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in room 1033, Dr. Alana Saulnier, assistant professor and criminology program coordinator at Lakehead University, will speak on the topic of police use of body-worn cameras in Canada. Dr. Saulnier is the primary investigator for the Durham Regional Police Service body-worn camera evaluation. To register for this presentation, please email

Lakehead Orillia lecturer Dr. Kevin Willison will present “Fuzzy Logic as a Contributor to an Ethos of Using Machines” on Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in room 2010. Dr. Willison will explore the growing utilization of fuzzy logic as a contributor to an ethos of using machines worldwide. That afternoon, the Orillia Native Women’s Group will be presenting their Storytelling Circle Project with Dr. Sandra Jeppesen at 2:30 p.m. in room 2019. And, the Department of Sustainability Sciences will host a mini conference on science and sustainability from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 2017.

The final forum of the day, “Using Technology to Fight Human Trafficking”, will be presented by Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, associate professor, School of Social Work, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 2020. As space is limited, the public is asked to register for this presentation by emailing

The evening of March 5 will feature keynote speaker Dan Dunsky, Vice President, Engagement at Public Inc. and creator and former executive producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”. Dunsky will present “A Hinge Moment from Humanity” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 1033. To register for this presentation, please email

The week will close with a presentation by Dr. Xue Han on “Business and eHealth” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2017. Dr. Han, a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, will explore how we can facilitate patient engagement in an age of advanced information technology.

One highlight of the week will be the student research presentations, happening daily (March 4 to 6) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Orsi Family Learning Commons. The public is invited to attend.

Registration is not required unless mentioned above. All events take place at 500 University Avenue in Simcoe Hall and are free and open to the public. Please visit for more information about all of the events happening this week.

Culture Day: Southeast Asia - Friday, March 1

Join us in the International Student Lounge from 12:30 - 4:30 pm on Friday, March 1.

Learn about Southeast Asian culture and meet new people as you take part in activities and learn about new food, art and traditions!

R&I Week Orillia - Police use of body-worn cameras in Canada - March 4

Please join us on Monday, March 4 for "Police use of Body-worn Cameras in Canada: Effects on Public Perceptions of Police" presented by Lakehead Orillia assistant professor and Criminology program coordinator, Dr. Alana Saulnier. 

Dr. Saulnier's research focuses on on legal authorities use of surveillance technologies. Following contributing to the evaluation of the Chicago Police Department's body-worn cameras pilot project, Dr. Saulnier was invited to serve as the primary investigator for the Durham Regional Police Services body-worn camera evaluation.

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: OA 1033


R&I Week Orillia - Innovation in education panel - March 4

Innovation in Education Panel

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: OA 2014

This year’s Education Panel will highlight research from members of the Faculty of Education, Orillia.

Gary Pluim will speak about Global Citizenship Education and the need to broaden this curricular focus to one that recognizes perspectives beyond North America including Asia, the Caribbean, and marginalized groups in Canada and the U.S. Ellen Field will present her postdoctoral research project called “Climate Change Pedagogies in Uncertain Times” based on results from a national curriculum analysis on climate change education and preliminary results from a national survey on climate change education.

Finally, Steven Secord and Helen DeWaard will give a presentation titled "Rise of the Human Machine: How we HUMANIZE while teaching with technology" during which they will show how they use technology in their classes and provide ideas for using technology to improve teaching in higher education in general.

R&I Week Orillia - Using technology to fight human trafficking - March 5

On Tuesday, March 5, Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, associate professor in the School of Social Work, will present, "Using Technology to Fight Human Trafficking".

This presentation will first address the role of technology in the process of trafficking in persons, with focus on the use of social media in the recruitment of children and youth for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The use of technology in counter-human trafficking initiatives will then be examined within the 4Ps (prevention, protection prosecution, partnerships) framework. Examples will include online reporting and victim identification tools, remote witness testimony, and cloud-based victim/survivor case management and data collection systems.

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: OA 2020 (Orillia) and ATAC 5041 (Thunder Bay)

As space is limited, please RSVP to

R&I Week Orillia - Science and Sustainability Conference - March 5

Science and Sustainability Conference

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Location: OA 2017

3 p.m. – Welcome (Florin Pendea)

3:10 p.m.  Advancing Sustainability Research in the 21st Century (Rosario Turvey and Sreekumari Kurissery)

3:30 p.m.  Impact of soil temperature and depth on Hypholoma fasciculare growth during winter in pine plantations located in Simcoe County, Ontario (Ryan Stevens, Gerardo Reyes, and Nandakumar Kanavillil)

3:50 p.m.  Historical rates of carbon sequestration in the wetlands of Lake Simcoe Watershed (Florin Pendea, Nanda Kanavillil, Sree Kurissery, Francesco Montesano, Darren Johnston, and Claudia Godden)

4:10 p.m.  Effect of temperature and pH on the effectiveness of Hypholoma spp andPhlebiopsis gigantea as biocontrols for Armillaria ostoyae and Heterobasiodion irregulare (Navjot Kaur, Gerardo Reyes, and Nanda Kanavillil)

4:30 p.m.  Examining the impact of technology in the classroom on post-secondary science student motivation and success: a meta-analysis (Gerardo Reyes and Deanna Holt-Schmitt)

4:50 p.m.  Q & A

R&I Week Orillia - Fuzzy logic as a contributor to an ethos of using machines - March 5

Join Dr. Kevin Willison for "Fuzzy Logic as a Contributor to an Ethos of Using Machines" on Tuesday, March 5. 

An ethos of science seeks to explain the nature and behavior of phenomena in the physical and natural world. This talk explores the growing utilization of fuzzy logic as a contributor to an ethos of using machines worldwide. Indeed, such an ethos is representative of global societal practices and values, as evidenced particularly within industrialized countries. Why consider fuzzy logic? In part because such appears to be increasingly integrated into our daily lives. From being programmed into modern appliances to being used for such purposes as robotics and other artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Further, fuzzy logic will be presented as a way of thinking and doing that mirrors the mind-set of Leonardo da Vinci, who concluded: “everything connects to everything else.”

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: OA 2010


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

Tuesday, March 5 is Grad Fair at Lakehead University! 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!

When: Tuesday, March 5: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: Agora (Thunder Bay), Cafeteria (Orillia)

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

R&I Week Orillia - Storytelling Circle Project - March 5

Storytelling Circle Project with the Orillia Native Women's Group

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: OA 2019

In collaboration with Lakehead University and Orillia Natives Women’s Group. The Storytelling Circle Project was created to bring together our grandmothers, mothers and aunties within our community. We want our Anishnabe women to be able to feel comfortable to discuss and talk about their life stories, good or bad, through storytelling. We are not only able to heal and recover from past trauma when talking about our life stories, but we’re also able to work on various projects from painting arts, collages to making signs and Christmas cards and our final project, Ribbon Skirt Making. 

The Storytelling Circle Project has given our group the opportunity to engage in our culture and traditions of our First Nations Women, especially the importance of wearing a Ribbon Skirt when attending ceremonies, eg. Full Moon Ceremony. Our Storytelling Circle consists of 12-14 participants who attend regularly every two weeks. Due to the success of the project we were unable to accommodate any new participants. 

We look forward to continue working with Lakehead University.

Lurleen Ashkewe & Germaine Elliott
ONWG Orillia Native Women’s Group

R&I Week Orillia - Evening Keynote Speaker: Dan Dunsky - March 5

Dan Dunsky, creator and former executive producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”, will reflect on Melvin Kranzberg’s “six laws of technology” and their relevance in today’s digital landscape, on Tuesday, March 5 as a keynote speaker for Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week.

Dunsky is Vice President, Engagement at Public Inc., a social impact consultancy and agency. He created and was executive producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”, Canada’s premier platform for long-form analysis and insight journalism. As an analyst, Dunsky is heard on NewsTalk 1010, has appeared on CNN and CTV, and has written for numerous Canadian and American publications, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Interest, and The National Review. He speaks regularly on the promise and peril of change in the digital era.

Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: OA 1033

Please RSVP to

R&I Week Orillia - Facilitating patient engagement in medical service delivery - March 6

Please join Dr. Xue Han, post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead Orillia, for "Facilitating patient engagement in medical service delivery: case studies of multi-sided platforms of e-health" on Wednesday, March 6. 

The ongoing digital transformation has disrupted nearly every industry and all aspects of the ordinary life. Patient engagement backed by the advanced information technologies in the medical service delivery process has been greatly changed, which has even more profoundly reconfigured the medical service industry. In this research, we study the cases from US, China and Canada on patient engagement to explore the emerging trends, and we discuss important theoretical insights on business model innovation implied by this vibrantly changing industry.

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: OA 2017


Teaching Commons & Library Open Day - Wednesday, March 6

Join the Teaching Commons and Libraries as they host the first ever Open Day on Wednesday, March 6.

This full day event will introduce Lakehead’s faculty, staff, and students to Open culture and will “open up” the conversation about the potential of Open Education. This day will feature a series of engaging and informative sessions designed to promote and create an awareness of the benefits of an "open" culture.

The line-up of speakers include members from the teaching community, librarians, students, and representatives from eCampusOntario and Creative Commons.

All are welcome, however, space is limited and registration is necessary to attend sessions. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Register for sessions on the Open Day 2019 website.

Questions? Contact us at

Join our conversation and follow our live tweets throughout the day with this hashtag #OpenDayLakehead2019.  

Health and Safety Training for New Personnel - Thursday, March 7

Lakehead University's Department of Human Resources reminds supervisors to register newly hired employees and/or lab workers for the mandatory introductory health and safety training at the Thunder Bay campus.

This includes graduate students, staff, volunteers and undergraduate students completing a thesis project.

The next training session will be offered Thursday, March 7 in Thunder Bay.

Registration is required.

Introductory Health & Safety Training - All new hires (office and lab workers)

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: ATAC 3004

Basic Laboratory Safety Training

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Location: ATAC 3004

The online training component is available at all times. Instructions for logging on can be found by clicking here.

All new personnel must begin this training as soon as possible upon their start date.

Please contact for more information and to register.

Faculty of Education Graduate Student Conference - Friday, March 8

Schedule for the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Conference
Friday March 8, 2019

9:00 - 9:45 am - Open Labyrinth Walk - BL Gym
10:00 - 11:15 am - Keynote by Dr. Tim Leduc, "Ọ da gaho dḛ:s: Reflecting on our Journeys"       BL 2036
11:30 - 12:15    Lunch - BL 2032  

12:30 - 1:45       Student Paper Presentations Session 1 - BL 2036
  • Matthew Valley - Relationship as Curriculum: Transitions in High School Mathematics
  • Mallory Vanier - The Chronicles of North Narnia: A Scholarly Personal Narrative of Place-Based Learning on the Lakehead University Campus
  • Michael Lyngstad - A Hidden Gem? Discovering the Multifaceted Benefits for Teachers and Students in a Unique Alternative School
  • Devon Lee - Critical Craft Pedagogies for Cultural Renewal in North American Folk Schools
1:45 – 2:00       Coffee Break - BL 2032

2:00 – 3:15       Student Paper Presentations Session 2 - BL 2036
  • Augustine Parattukudi - Understanding the Phenomenon: A Comparative Study of Compassion of the West and Karuna of the East
  • Justine Jecker - Improving Indigenous Access to Healthcare Services through Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Martha Moon - Experiences and Qualities of Productive Learning Relationships Shared by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Educators
Orillia video link in the HP Boardroom OH 1001B.

Employee Experience Survey Discussion - Fri. March 8

Lakehead University has a diverse workforce, and every aspect, area, and role in our organization is instrumental to the success of our students and overall achievements of our strategic agenda. To better understand the employee experience at Lakehead, we have partnered with a third party company to conduct an Employee Experience Survey.

In preparation for this survey, we are holding information sessions for staff and faculty with the intention of providing an overview of the survey process and overall strategy.

The upcoming information session is scheduled as follows:

Location: OA 2010
Date: Fri. March 8
Time: 9 to 9:30 a.m. (with additional time for questions and discussion if needed)

Thank you for your participation.

Join our list of enthusiastic volunteers for March Break Open House!

On March 11th, 12th and 13th Undergraduate Recruitment is hosting an exciting event on campus for prospective students and we are looking for energetic student volunteers to assist with various tasks.

Over 100 students and family members are visiting campus through out the 3 days and many volunteers are needed to help set-up, welcome and host students, accompany guests to various places on campus, hand-out prizes and t-shirts and much more.

Volunteers are needed from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm pm and lunch will be provided if you are volunteering all day!

For more information or to become a volunteer for this event, please register online here!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kara Yawney at 346-7856 or