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August 23, 2019
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Lakehead University helped design a challenge for The Amazing Race Canada in Thunder Bay

Photo of an Amazing Race Canada racer participating in a challenge with a headset covering his eyes.

An Amazing Race Canada racer participates in a challenge.

August 21, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

As you may have heard, Canada’s most-watched summer series, the multiple Canadian Screen Award-winning The Amazing Race Canada, filmed an episode in Thunder Bay.

However, what you may not know – since it was a well-kept secret – is that Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management helped create one of the challenges.

“When we were approached by the producers of The Amazing Race Canada, we suggested a great challenge that we use with our students – and the producers agreed that it would work,” said Dr. Ulf Runesson, Lakehead University’s Dean of Natural Resources Management. 

“We don’t want to say too much, because we shouldn’t spoil it, but our challenge went quite well,” Dr. Runesson said.

Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, tune in to next week’s episode of The Amazing Race Canada to watch the remaining racers push themselves outside of their comfort zones in this non-stop, action-packed season that started airing on July 2.

The Thunder Bay episode of The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9 pm ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app.

Lakehead University and Wacky's Wings are organizing a viewing party at the Thunder Bay restaurant, located at 540 High St. S., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 11 pm.

For information about Lakehead University, visit or take a tour: 

Lakehead is Launching a Revamped Website!

As of Monday, Sept. 9, you will see that the Lakehead University site will have a brand new look, feel and enhanced navigation.

Over the past year, Communications, Marketing and Web Development has been working closely with the Web and Portal Advisory Committee, Steering Sub-Committee and the Executive Team Working Group on a plan to enhance the design and user experience of our website.

The impetus behind the revamp is to ensure our site has a clear, defined vision and design that aligns with our brand and our audiences, with a focus on telling our story. We have also made navigation, content and usability improvements to define and enhance the user experience of these key audiences.

There are a few necessary steps to ensure a seamless transition to the new site. As we work towards migrating content to the new site, we will have to pause administrative access to the site from August 26 – September 9.

If you require changes to your respective pages, they can still be done, but you will be required to submit a ticket to the Web Development Team, who will expedite your requested changes. Please submit your tickets at the following URL: 

A special thank you to the Web and Portal Advisory Committee, Steering Sub-Committee and the Executive Team Working Group for their invaluable input and assistance with this project.

The site will continue to evolve to ensure we are meeting the needs of the University, and we welcome your suggestions and input to make it better. Please send your comments to Clayton Browne, Communications, Marketing and Web Development Director, at 

For any technical queries, please contact Spencer Ranta, Manager, Web Development, at 

We will provide updates over the next few weeks as the site transition progresses.

Power Outages in MV and BL - Monday, Aug. 26

On Monday, Aug. 26 there will be two brief power outages for the Music and Visual Arts Centre and the Bora Laskin buildings.

The first will occur between 7:00 am and 8:00 am and the second will occur between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

These outages are necessary to allow for the safe connection of a new transformer on the primary feeder for these buildings. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Hugh Briggs, Director, Physical Plant, at extension 8790 or

Join one of the Advisory Committees with the Office of Human Rights and Equity

The Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) is looking for members within the University community who have a passion for equity, inclusion and diversity to join our advisory committees to provide advice and input on issues that affect them.

The OHRE is specifically looking for members of the University community who self-identify as a member of an equity-seeking group (i.e. racialized, Indigenous, LGBT+, women, religious minorities) or who can speak to some of the pressing issues affecting them.

The successful candidate will be able to attend meetings at least once a semester and be able to provide a perspective on human rights-related issues relating to the committee's mandate. This is a volunteer position and is open to students and employees at Lakehead University.

There are four advisory committees:
  • Racism and Racial Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Gender and Sexual Minority Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Creed based Discrimination Advisory Committee
  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Advisory Committee
Interested applicants can apply via this link.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the Office of Human Rights and Equity at (807) 346-7763 or by email at

Smudging Advisory - Monday, Aug. 26

Traditional smudging using Indigenous medicines (tobacco, sweetgrass, cedar, and sage) will take place in the Faculty Lounge on Monday, Aug. 26, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Please direct questions to Caitlin in Conference Services at

Smudging Advisory - Aug. 26 to 30

Traditional smudging using Indigenous medicines (tobacco, sweetgrass, cedar, and sage) will take place in RB 2025/RB 2026 from Monday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Aug. 30, for the Native Access Program and Native Nurses Entry Program orientation.

Please direct questions to Jerri-Lynn from the Native Access Program at

Smudging Advisory - Tuesday, Aug. 27

Traditional smudging using Indigenous medicines (tobacco, sweetgrass, cedar, and sage) will take place in the CASES Atrium and Agora Circle (weather permitting) on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 9:00 am - 10:30 am.

Traditional smudging will also take place in the PACI Auditorium on Tuesday, Aug. 27 between 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Please direct questions to Caitlin in Conference Services at

Faculty and Staff Parking for Lakehead Orillia Move-In Day

In order to help facilitate move-in for new and returning Lakehead Orillia residence students, on Thursday, Aug. 29 all staff and faculty are asked to park their vehicles as far from the residence hall as possible.

Move-in day is a highly anticipated event, running between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We are very excited to welcome our students to residence! Thank you for your cooperation.

Mahsa Janati's Biotechnology PhD Thesis Proposal - Tuesday, Aug. 27

Mahsa Janati will present her Biotechnology PhD Program Thesis Proposal: Dynamic Interaction of Two Particle Clouds in Stagnant Water:

Tuesday, Aug. 27
1:00 PM
ATAC 2021

Committee Members: Dr. Amir Azimi (supervisor), Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Dr. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan and Dr. Ebrahim Rezaei (external), Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi (chair).

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Brenda Magajna at for more information.

INVITE: Research Seminar by Dr. Danielle Way - Thursday, Aug. 29

The university community is invited to attend a research seminar by Dr. Danielle Way, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Western University, on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2:00 pm in ATAC-1006.

Title: Thermal acclimation of photosynthesis and respiration: patterns and diversity of plant responses to warming


Climate change will increase global mean temperatures 3-4 degrees (Celsius) by the end of the century, with even greater warming predicted for high latitudes. This warming will affect photosynthesis and respiration, temperature-sensitive processes that help dictate plant growth and yield. Warming-induced shifts in photosynthesis and respiration can then feed back onto the climate system by altering the global carbon cycle, mitigating or accelerating further climate change.

Understanding how plant carbon fluxes acclimate to future temperatures is therefore critical for accurately predicting the trajectory of future climate change, as well as for estimating plant productivity in a warmer world.

I’ll discuss how elevated growth temperatures impact photosynthetic processes and respiration, using meta-analyses, modeling and recent results from my lab, highlighting both what we know and the key questions that remain to be answered.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Staff Member to serve on the Lakehead University Board of Governors

Deadline: Friday, Aug. 30

The Interest-to-Serve Nomination Form for the staff member position on the Board of Governors is now available to full-time non-faculty staff (excluding senior management, staff or advisors who report directly to a Vice-President or the President).

Eligible nominees include full-time union and non-union staff. Nominate yourself or another staff member to serve as an internal Board member for a three-year renewable term, beginning in October 2019.

Candidates must possess the qualifications, experience, and commitment required to govern an institution of the size, complexity and reputation of Lakehead University. Knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of fields are preferred in order that the duties of the Board can be discharged effectively.

Learn more about the Board of Governors and the nomination process by visiting, or request information by email at

Please email your nomination to no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 30.

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Thank you for your interest in Lakehead University’s Board of Governors!

Join us for the President's Procession and Welcoming Ceremony for new students - Friday, Aug. 30

With orientation fast approaching, we would like to extend an invitation to all faculty and staff to attend the President's Procession and Welcoming Ceremony for our new students!

Date: Friday, Aug. 30
Time:11 am
Location: CJ Sanders Fieldhouse

If you would like to attend, please meet the procession group, including the Executive Team, outside the Chancellor Paterson Library at 11 am.

We look forward to seeing you there! Deans are encouraged to wear their regalia.