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August 27, 2019
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Lakehead University announces new Dean of Law

August 27, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University's Interim Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. David Barnett, is pleased to announce that Dr. Jula Hughes has been named as the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law's new Dean.

Dr. Hughes is currently a professor at the Faculty of Law of New Brunswick and will begin at Lakehead University on October 1, 2019.

Dr. Hughes holds a prestigious two-year appointment as University Research Scholar and is the principal investigator on a SSHRC and Status of Women Canada funded research and community action collaboration titled Looking out for each other,a capacity-building project by, with and for Indigenous communities and Aboriginal organizations that supports families and friends of missing persons.

Prior to her appointment at the University of New Brunswick, she practiced labour and human rights law in Ottawa.                              Photo by Rob Blanchard, UNB

Lakehead University's Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is a regional law school with a focus on Northern Ontario. It embraces three mandates in its curriculum: Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum.

Jula's experience makes her a perfect fit with the faculty's three mandates, Dr. Barnett said, adding that he would like to thank the members of the Search Committee and everyone who participated and supported the search, within Lakehead and from the external community.

Dr. Hughes said she is excited to join the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

"Reconciliation with First Peoples and access to justice are key challenges for our legal system, for the legal profession and for legal education in Canada," she said.

"I am excited to join the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law as Dean and to lead and contribute to a faculty with a mandate to learn from Indigenous legal traditions and to promote equitable and honourable relationships between Indigenous Peoples and settlers.

"Access to justice is an important determinant of a peaceful and prosperous society. Through the Integrated Practice Curriculum, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is educating lawyers in the North, for the North. I see huge promise in the approach Lakehead University has taken to the issue of access to justice. We can make a big difference," she added.

The search process for Lakehead's newest Dean of Law began in 2018. The Search Committee was comprised of representatives from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, other Lakehead University Faculties; the University's various governing bodies, the Thunder Bay Law Association, Anishinabek Nation, Anishinawbe Omaa Minowaywin (the advisory committee at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law), Fort William First Nation, Grand Council Treaty 3, the Métis Nation of Ontario, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and Lakehead University's Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council.

Dr. Jula Hughes

Dr. Hughes is a full professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick. She currently holds a prestigious two-year appointment as University Research Scholar and is the principal investigator on a SSHRC and Status of Women Canada funded research and community action collaboration titled "Looking out for each other," a capacity-building project by, with and for Indigenous communities and Aboriginal organizations that supports families and friends of missing persons.

She is the author of 24 peer-reviewed publications, and she has participated in numerous international and national conferences as invited speaker, convener, presenter, panel organizer and discussant.

Dr. Hughes was appointed as Assistant Professor in 2006, promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, tenured in 2012 and promoted to Professor in 2017. Prior to her appointment at UNB, she practiced labour and human rights law in Ottawa. In 1999- 2000, she clerked for Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada.

A recipient of UNB Law's Teaching Excellence award in 2016, she currently teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. In the past, she has also taught Foundations, Public Law, Labour Law, Labour Arbitration, Human Rights Law, Wrongful Convictions and Advanced Criminal Procedure. She is the chair of the Law Faculty Experiential Learning and TRC committees and has participated in and/or chaired a wide variety of faculty committees.

Dr. Hughes has served the university community as elected senator-at-large and member of the Research Ethics Board. She served as president and chief negotiator of the faculty association (for which she was awarded the CAUT Dedicated Service Award). Her contributions to faculty labour relations included membership in the task force on mandatory retirement and the renegotiation of UNB's shared pension plan.

Her contributions to the legal community include serving as regional coordinator and senior advocacy advisor of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, vice-president of the Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic, and corporate secretary of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. She was co-chair of a provincial inquiry into New Brunswick's legal aid system. Further, she is a frequent contributor to judicial and continuing legal education conferences and the chair of the RCMP national advisory committee on witness protection.

She is the co-editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and she was a member of the executive and grant adjudication committees of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (Atlantic), SSHRC adjudicator and frequent peer reviewer.

Second group graduated from the new Maternal-Infant Support Worker program in Sioux Lookout

Five students were among the second group of graduates from the Maternal-infant Support Worker program offered in Sioux Lookout.

The students are from Slate Falls, Sioux Lookout, Fort Severn, Bearskin, and Wunnumin Lake.

The MiSW program is a certificate program that resulted from a collaboration between the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Confederation College and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University.

The aim of the program is to improve the care of mothers and infants living in remote First Nations by providing enhanced skills to community health representatives in those communities. The support and partnership of the community health centres has also been a vital piece of the program’s success.

The program prepares graduates to work with expectant mothers, their infants and their families with traditional and western teachings blended throughout. Maternal-infant Support Workers apply a wholistic approach – which considers the mind, body and spirit – to assessing needs and a client-centred focus. As part of a healthcare team, they will incorporate Indigenous cultural beliefs, values and practices.

The key role of the Maternal-infant Support Worker is providing a focus on health promotion and illness prevention strategies and participating in community wellness programs. MiSW’s are able to provide a range of prenatal and postnatal resources in addition to supporting expecting mothers, fathers and extended family.

The support worker will also perform home visits that allow for more effective communication strategies and problem solving. Home visits allow the worker to engage with the extended family reflecting the cultural and multi-generational nature of many Indigenous families.

Reminder: Lakehead University helped design a challenge for The Amazing Race Canada in Thunder Bay - Airs Tonight

An Amazing Race Canada team participates in a challenge designed by Lakehead University's Faculty of Natural Resources Management.

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: 

Introducing Campus Connection and changes to the Communications Bulletin

Starting Monday, Sept. 9, there will be a new source for Lakehead University news, stories, and events.

In addition to Lakehead’s revamped website announced last week, the teams in our Office of Media Relations and the Office of Communications, Marketing and Web Development, are very pleased to launch a new web page called Campus Connection – your single, comprehensive location for Lakehead University news, stories and events.

The Campus Connection web page features an improved events calendar, better search functionality, and a dropdown menu that allows users to select campus-specific content. The new design puts a greater emphasis on storytelling, photos, videos, and user-generated content. Further enhancements are also being developed and will be rolled out in the months ahead.

Beginning this September, members of our University community will receive a new Campus Connection email. Its purpose is to regularly highlight and connect you to some of the news, stories and events featured on the Campus Connection web page.

The new Campus Connection email will replace the current Communications Bulletin as our source for Lakehead news, stories, and events, and will include campus-specific content. Our Lakehead Thunder Bay community will receive its Campus Connection email every Monday morning. Lakehead Orillia community members will receive their Campus Connection email every other Tuesday.

Submit your Lakehead news stories and event information for the new Campus Connection by clicking here.

We hope you’ll regularly visit the Campus Connection web page to see the latest news, stories and events.

The Communications Bulletin will still exist, however it will be repurposed - only to be used for administrative and operational notices, including campus closures, IT updates, and security notices. Communications Bulletins will be distributed as required. 

The teams in our Office of Media Relations and the Office of Communications, Marketing and Web Development wish to thank you, our University community, for all the feedback you have shared in recent years. The new Campus Connection web page and email, as well as the repurposed Communications Bulletin, is a result of your input and will continue to evolve in order to ensure that they are meeting the needs of Lakehead’s students, faculty, and staff.

We still welcome your suggestions and input to make it better. Please send your comments to

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.

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee invites all members of the Lakehead University community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to be awarded at the 2020 Convocations in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

Lakehead University grants honorary degrees to individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements and remarkable service, and who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Please visit this web page to submit a nomination and obtain more information regarding honorary degrees.

Qualifying nominees will be considered at an in-camera meeting of the Senate during the fall term and those approved will be added to the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List.

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee will select recipients from the list each year. Names placed on the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List shall remain there for a period of three years, after which time the name may be removed from the list if the nominee has not been selected or re-nominated.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Roussel at

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.

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.

Orillia Wellness Consultation

Lakehead University is committed to supporting the holistic health and wellbeing of our University community, recognizing that investing in the enhancement of health and wellness interventions will better position us for success in both the classroom and the workplace.

To this end, Lakehead is developing a comprehensive multi-year Wellness Strategy in consultation with students, faculty, staff and administrators. The Wellness Advisory Committee is now reaching out across the University community to gather important insight from our students, faculty and staff. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Adam Shaen, AVP, HR and co-lead of the Wellness Advisory Committee, will be hosting a wellness consultation session in Orillia. This session is open to all staff and will be held from 10-11 a.m. in OA 2017. 

If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact Alex Macey at

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

Reminder: Part-Time Hiring Process

The Office of Human Resources requests your assistance and patience with regards to the processing of part-time employment forms.

Complete hiring packages must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible but no less than two weeks prior to an employee commencing their appointment.
Note: If the hiring package is not complete, processing delays may be experienced.

For a list of the hiring package contents and information on completing the Employee Information Form please visit this page.

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.

TSC Network Maintenance - Thursday, Aug. 29

TSC will be performing critical network maintenance on Thursday, Aug. 29 starting at 10:00 PM. This will affect internet services for both Orillia and Thunder Bay campuses and residences.

Services are expected to be restored by 4:00AM.

Please email TSC with any questions or concerns at

Student Feedback on Teaching 2019-20 - Method Preference Selection Now Available for Instructors

The Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) management form is now open for instructors to indicate their survey method preferences for their scheduled courses.

By accessing the form, instructors can change their preferred method from the default of online administration to paper administration. Choices can be customized for each course section the instructor teaches.

In 2018, the SFT management form moved to MyInfo, replacing the former ‘Opt-Out’ form in MyInfo. The current SFT Management form is found in the same location within MyInfo under For Faculty / Academic Profile, or by visiting this page. The SFT management form will be open from Tuesday, Aug. 20 until Thursday, Sept. 19. Another collection period will occur in January, 2020 for winter term courses.

The SFT management form is consistent with the April 2013 Senate decision; the default option in the new SFT management form will continue to be online survey administration. Instructors can continue to opt-out of the online survey administration annually using the SFT management form in MyInfo at the beginning of the fall/winter academic terms.

There are no changes to the policy on Student Feedback on Teaching at Lakehead University, the SFT survey, current paper and online administration procedures, or results distribution and storage procedures.

Instructors who have questions about the SFT process including the Student Feedback on Teaching Management form can contact Sarah Prouty, Survey Specialist (Institutional Planning and Analysis) at or 807-343-8734.

Lakehead is piloting Kahoot


The Teaching Commons is pleased to announce that Lakehead University will pilot KahootPro this academic year. Kahoot is an online game-based application that instructors can use to pose questions, facilitate discussions, collect data, and much more.  

Some of the features of KahootPro include:

  • sharing and co-creating Kahoots within the university's team space;

  • access to customizable game templates;

  • free use of an extensive image library;

  • a teaching and learning support blog;

  • advanced reporting.

KahootPro is free to students, faculty, and staff.  Instructors can request a pro license by sending an email to Leslie Malcolm at

A Kahoot resource site is under development on the Teaching Commons website.

New University Policies and Procedures Website

Lakehead University is pleased to announce that the University Policies and Procedures section of the website has been updated in response to the Policy Governance Framework, and in order to facilitate easier navigation and promote transparency. Enhanced features of the new sections include:

  • Search engine that allows searches based on keywords, University affiliation, and policy category
  •  AODA compliant policy format
  •  List of Senate and Board approved policies currently under review with the opportunity for the University community to provide feedback

If your department, faculty or school web page, or other documents have links to specific policies or the previous policy section of the website please update the broken links as soon as possible by August 24. After that date, please submit a ticket to Web Development to have any links updated:

Click here to view the new policies and procedures section of the website.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the polices to the University Secretariat office at or 807-346-7929.

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.

Join us in celebration! Grand Opening of Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services Offices (ACSS) and Gakina Nindinawemaaganag (All My Relations) Aboriginal Student Lounge - Wednesday, Sept. 4

A friendly invitation is extended to the Lakehead University community to join us in celebration of the new ACSS offices and Aboriginal student lounge space located in UC 1007.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. A blessing and smudge of the new space will be shared by a member of our Elders Council. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!

Renjie Liu's Chemistry and Material Science PhD defense - Friday, Sept. 6

The Chemistry and Materials Science PhD candidate, Renjie Liu will present his research,  Constructing Two-Dimensional Molecular Networks on Metal and Semiconducting Surfaces: A scanning tunneling microscopy study.


Continuous progress in nanoscience opens exciting new pathways for the development of novel functional materials. Among them, is the creation of surface confined low-dimensional molecular structures as a promising approach in electronic device fabrication. Highly order molecular networks can be obtained either by non-covalent supramolecular self-assembly, or by covalent on-surface synthesis of polymer frameworks.

In this research, we were able to synthesis highly ordered self-assembled molecular networks and polymers using three halogenated organic molecules (TBTTA, TIPT, TBTANG) on single crystal metals and passivated silicon surfaces. Three molecular systems were investigated in detail by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

We found the √3-Ag can passivate the dangling bonds in silicon surface and provide a relative inert template for molecular diffusion. We found that this surface interacts very differently with absorbates compared to the Ag(111) and Au(111) single crystal metal surfaces. Results from different molecular systems reveals that the reactivity of the substrate can play a major role in molecular arrangement on surfaces.

As a consequence of this work, it became apparent that the Si(111) √3-Ag does provide a suitable template for the self-assembly of halogenated molecules at room temperature, however attempts to polymerize the molecules via an Ullman type reaction proved unsuccessful.

Friday, Sept. 6
9:00 AM
ATAC 3004

Committee Members: Dr. Mark Gallagher (supervisor), Dr. Robert Mawhinney, Dr. Aicheng Chen, and Dr. Jun Nogami (external)

Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Brenda Magajna at

Maadaadizi 2019 - Saturday, Sept. 7

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services, Lakehead University, in conjunction with Confederation College, Eabametoong First Nation, Matawa Post-Secondary Education, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win; the Wenjack Education Institute, and 7 Generations Education Institute have again planned and organized Maadaadizi 2019 which means 'starts a journey' in the Ojibwe language.

It’s our joint post-secondary Aboriginal Student Orientation being held at Marina Park on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We have set aside this special day to welcome post-secondary Aboriginal students and their families to their respective institutions and to the City of Thunder Bay.

Jordin Tootoo is our Keynote Speaker and the day will include a musical performance by Nick Sherman. Information booths by various organizations will be set-up, children’s activities, prizes and refreshments will be available.

This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there, rain or shine!

For more information, contact ACSS at or call 807-343-8085.

Md. Shahriar Kabir's MSc. Thesis Defense - Tuesday, Sept. 10

Md. Shahriar Kabir will present his Computer Science MSc. Program Thesis: A data warehouse-oriented methodology of Semi-structured webpage content, Social Networking Sites’ user status extraction and modeling into database for qualitative information search results.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
1 PM
ATAC 4004

Committee Members:

Dr. Jinan Fiaidhi (supervisor, committee chair), Dr. Sabah Mohammed, Dr. Shan Du, Dr. Abdulsalam Yassine (Software Engineering),

Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Rachael Wang at for more information.

Volunteers Wanted: Help Us Plant Four Gardens! - Thursday, Sept. 19


The Office of Sustainability and EcoSuperior are inviting you to help plant four demonstration gardens in the old Centennial Building Courtyard.

In August, 100m2 of concrete was removed from the CB Courtyard. Now we are transforming this space into an outdoor classroom and site for ecological learning. We need your help to make this happen!

This fun day will involve planting a variety of native plants. More information will be provided upon registration.

To register, please email

Free refreshments will be provided at noon. This event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Centennial Building Courtyard.

There are two shifts to choose from:
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We understand if you can only volunteer for part of the shift, please let us know in the email what hours you are able to help out.

Thank you!