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July 23, 2019
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Dr. Rhonda Koster new Lakehead SSHRC Leader

The Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation is pleased to announce that  Dr. Rhonda Koster, Interim Deputy Provost and Interim Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning), is our new SSHRC Leader.

SSHRC leaders provide an ongoing channel of communication between their institutions and SSHRC and meet twice yearly in person.

They relay information to their colleagues on new policy and program developments, and they gather information and ideas from the university community that feed into the development of SSHRC policies and programs.

If you have feedback to provide on SSHRC programs or policies, you may contact Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith in the Office of Research Services, who maintains regular contact and shares faculty comments with the SSHRC Leader at or 807-343-8862.

Alternately, you may contact Dr. Koster directly at or 807-343-8440 with feedback.

Shad Lakehead Cup

On Tuesday, July 23, Shad Lakehead presents the Shad Cup. During this live broadcast, the Shad Lakehead students will share their business plans and products they have come up with. Join us! 

Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Via webcast at about/livestream-events/ special-events

Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD Defense - I. Amin - Thursday, July 25

Ifte Khairul Amin will present his Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD thesis defence "Robust Control Techniques for DFIG driven WECS with Improved Efficiency" on Thursday, July 25. 

Date: Thursday, July 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: ATAC 2001


  • Dr. M. Nasir Uddin

Committee members:

  • Dr. K. Natarajan and Dr. X. Liu (internal)
  • Dr. Saleh Saleh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick (external) 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Web Training - Tuesday, July 30

A website training session for staff will take place on Tuesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until noon in AT5035. Seating is limited, so please click here to RSVP using the form.

Video conferencing will be available for anyone who wishes to attend from Lakehead Orillia. Please email Stefan directly if you would like to participate at

Web Development encourages those who have already had their content migrated to the new website to attend.

If you've already participated in a training session, but would like a refresher, you're welcome to attend.

Lakehead University and Seven Generations Education Institute join forces to deliver nursing entry program

Lakehead University and Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) are partnering this September to deliver the All Nation Nurses Entry Program (ANNEP), a nine-month certificate program designed to encourage Treaty Three members to pursue careers as Registered Nurses while remaining in their communities.

The program, open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants, provides students with the prerequisites needed to enter a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Program.

“Travelling far away from home to complete a program like this serves as a huge barrier for our learners,” says Brent Tookenay, CEO of Seven Generations Education Institute. “Opening doors to a rewarding career that starts in a student’s own community provides opportunities they may otherwise not have pursued.”

“We would like to see an increased number of Indigenous nurses working in Northwestern Ontario,” says Karen McQueen, Lakehead University Associate Professor and Director of the School of Nursing. “We hope that this program welcomes more Indigenous learners into the BScN program and the nursing workforce.”

The curriculum for the program is based on Lakehead University’s Native Nurses Entry Program and attempts to address Indigenous health and education inequities. It directly responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 23 of increasing the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.

The ANNEP program is being delivered at Lakehead's Thunder Bay campus and SGEI’s Fort Frances, Kenora and Sioux Lookout campuses via telepresence technology.

For more information on the ANNEP program or to apply online, visit

Tipi at Agora Circle

The 18-foot tipi at the Agora Circle was purchased from Assiniboine Tipis in Lundar, Manitoba. Tipis originated on the plains, but today they have become a universal symbol for Indigenous peoples across Canada. They were once covered with bark or animal skins, but now many are made of canvas. 

The painting depicted on the tipi, called People of the Forest, acknowledges the Ojibwe peoples of this area. The door of the tipi faces east, away from the prevailing winds. The tipi’s conical shape is held up by 12 spruce poles measuring 23-feet. The smoke flaps at the top of the tipi are used to control smoke and air quality when a fire is made inside. They can also be closed when it’s raining.

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services has put up the tipi at the Agora Circle for everyone’s enjoyment but remember to use it respectfully. As a safety precaution, individuals are not permitted to untie the ropes, remove pegs, or climb the tipi poles or ropes.

Anyone wishing to use the tipi can contact ACSS at, call 807-343-8085 or stop by UC 1007 to make a booking.

If you have questions about the tipi, we’re happy to answer them! is Upgrading to LinkedIn Learning

Your free account through Lakehead University is being upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. Not only does LinkedIn Learning have the same industry-leading content as, but it also has a new and intuitive interface, more personalized learning options, social curation features, and much more.

The find out more about LinkedIn Learning and to familiarize yourself with the new features, watch How to Use LinkedIn Learning.

This upgrade is taking place on July 30, 2019. During the upgrade, you will no longer be able to access But don’t worry, all your learning activity and history will be seamlessly transferred to LinkedIn Learning so you can pick up right where you left off. There’s nothing you need to do before the upgrade.

After the upgrade is completed, you’ll receive an email to let you know that you can access your free LinkedIn Learning account with Lakehead University.

Watch for updates on Lakehead’s website.

If you have any questions about the upgrade, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Malcolm  at

Work Study Program for 2019 Fall/Winter

The Lakehead University Work Study Program (LUWSP) provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible undergraduate students during the academic year. These positions provide students with an invaluable opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, Lakehead University faculty and staff.

The LUWSP is an opportunity for departments and faculties to employ a student’s talents for part-time employment (10 hours/week is recommended) through the provision of a $1,000 per semester subsidy (includes wage and payroll deductions).

Employment through the LUWSP-FW for this academic year is September 1, 2019 until March 14, 2020.

Employers may complete a Job Request application by logging in as an “Employer” via the MySuccess Portal until Wednesday, August 15 and selecting the following: Job Bank & Volunteer Postings > Work Study Program (LUWSP-FW) > Post a Job. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered as space permits.

Further questions may be directed to Cheryl Ellis at

Lakehead University is receiving more than $757K in SSHRC Insight and Insight Development grants and student awards

Lakehead University researchers are receiving more than $757,000 in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight and Insight Development grants and student awards for 16 research projects.

Some of this research will explore the use of body-worn cameras in policing and examine medical assistance in dying in Ontario.

Dr. Alana Saulnier, assistant professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead Orillia, is receiving $62,866 to explore the use of body-worn cameras in policing through interviews with police officers as well as analysis of existing Canadian police body-worn camera policies in comparison to international frameworks over the next two years.

A team of experts in policing, criminology, science and technology studies, the sociology of work and technological change is involved in this project.

“This research is one of the first major empirical investigations exploring the use and impacts of body-worn cameras in Canada,” Dr. Saulnier wrote in her research proposal.

Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller, assistant professor in Lakehead’s School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Lead at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, is receiving $65,826 to spend two years examining medical assistance in dying in Ontario (MAiD).

“The purpose of this project is to contribute to our understanding of the experience of family and friends who accompany a loved one throughout their dying process involving medical assistance in dying in the province of Ontario,” Dr. Kortes-Miller wrote in her research proposal.

 “Thank you to SSHRC for recognizing this important research and to our researchers for their dedication,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Funding from SSHRC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities.

In 2018/19, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

New SSHRC Insight and Insight Development Grants

Total funding:  $757,247

Faculty Awards

Insight Grants (three to five-year grants)

Dr. Lori Chambers, Department of Women's Studies, R. v. Ryan: A Case Study of Coercive Control, $33,540.


  • Dr. Nadia Verrelli, Laurentian University

Dr. Charles Z. Levkoe, Department of Health Sciences, Civil Society and Social Movement Engagement in Food Systems Governance, $244,910.


  • Dr. Amanda K.D. Wilson, Saint Paul University
  • Dr. Patricia Ballamingie, Carleton University
  • Dr. Peter Andree, Carleton University


  • Dr. Ana Moragues-Faus, Cardiff University
  • Diana Bronson, Food Secure Canada
  • Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada
  • Dr. Nicholas J. Rose, William Angliss Institute
  • Dr. Phil Mount, Sustain Ontario

Dr. Alana Saulnier, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Police Adoption of BWCs in Canada: Building Qualitative Understandings of Officer Perceptions and Constructing a National Policy Template, $62,866.


  • Dr. Carrie B. Sanders, Wilfrid Laurier University


  • Dr. William McCarty, University of Illinois at Chicago

Insight Development Grants (two-year grants)

Dr. David Thompson, School of Nursing, Opening the Black Box of Rural Interprofessional Collaboration:  A Multiple-case Study Examining the Relationship Between Health Workers and Environments in Rural Settings, $68,805.


  • Dr. Erin Cameron, Faculty of Medicine, West Campus
  • Dr. Ian Newhouse, School of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Nisha Sutherland, School of Nursing

Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller, School of Social Work, Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, The Untold Stories of MAiD in Ontario:  Family and Loved Ones’ Experiences, $65,826.


  • Dr. Arne Stinchcombe, Saint Paul University
  • Dr. Kimberley Wilson, University of Guelph

Dr. Erin Cameron, Faculty of Medicine, West Campus, Preparing Students for Rural Careers:  Examining the Learning Processes and Outcomes in Rural Medical Education in Canada, $58,800.


  • Dr. Hoi Cheu, Laurentian University
  • Dr. Mirella Stroink, Department of Psychology

Student Awards

SSHRC - Doctoral Fellowships Program

  • Elizabeth Boileau, PhD Educational Studies, How do Forest School Experiences Shape Children’s Empathy and Care for the Environment? (12 months - $20,000.00).
  • Samantha Chong, PhD Clinical Psychology The Investigation of the Facial Feedback Hypothesis Among Pathological Narcissists (24 months - $40,000.00).
  • Melissa Twance, PhD Educational Studies, The Ceremony of Place: Mazinaabikiniganan as Sites of Resistance and Renewal (24 months - $40,000.00).

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

($17,500 for one year)

  • Bronson Carver, Education A+Vengers: Empowering Indigenous Students through Superheroic Re-Storying, May 2019-April 2020.
  • Robin Fay, Education, Community Arts & Community Healing in Thunder Bay, September 2019 – August 2020.
  • Joshua Hawkins, Psychology, Quality of Life (QoL) and Integrated Care Management for Complex Cancer Patients, September 2019 – August 2020.
  • Abigale Kent, Health Sciences, Closing the Northern Gap: Stakeholder Perspectives on an eHealth App for Maternal Mental Health in Northwestern Ontario, May 2019-April 2020.
  • Sarah Friesen, Archaeological Science, The Evolution of Human Locomotor Behaviour: Shape Variation in the Chimpanzee Foot, September 2019 – August 2020.
  • Stephanie Potter, Environmental Sciences, Towards Management Recommendations for the Franklin Wreck Sites, May 2019-April 2020.
  • Shakira Mohammed, Psychology, Promoting Mattering to Support Adjustment in First-Year University Students, September 2019 – August 2020.

LUARS Summer Tour 2019

Join us for the LUARS Summer Tour 2019, happening Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. LUARS is located at 5790 Little Norway Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Area producers have generally accorded priority to evaluation of new high yielding crop varieties and nutrient management practices at the research station. They have always encouraged us to try new crops/and other new crop management practices. You will see that focus in our research plots at LUARS during our annual summer tour this month.

For more information, go to