Lakehead University Celebrates Renewal of Two Canada Research Chairs

(June 10, 2008 – Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the renewal of two of its Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), Dr. Ellie Prepas, a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, and Dr. Michel Bédard, Director of the Public Health Program.   

Dr. Prepas, CRC in Sustainable Water Management and the Boreal Forest, will have her Canada Research Chair, valued at $200,000 per year, extended until 2015.  Dr. Bédard, CRC in Aging and Health, will have his Canada Research Chair, valued at $100,000 per year, extended until 2013.    

“Lakehead University takes great pride in its faculty who are Canada Research Chairs and the tremendous impact they have on the advancement of global knowledge,” says Lakehead President Dr. Fred Gilbert.  “The renewals of CRC terms for Drs. Prepas and Bédard recognize the quality of these two individuals and the research contributions they are making.   They are responsible for unique and important areas of study, and allow Lakehead University to continue to build the success of its research-intensive mandate.”

Dr. Ellie Prepas, Tier 1 NSERC CRC, renewal for seven years
Dr. Prepas has established a long-term watershed study that links streams on the Canadian Boreal Shield with those of the Boreal Plain.  The data from these studies are used to develop a process whereby hydrologic elements within watersheds can be embedded in forecast and planning tools for use by land managers and regulators across the Boreal Forest.  In cooperation with research and industry partners, this project links communities and users using modern tools, knowledge of deterministic and stochastic models, and strong connections to other impact assessment groups studying the same land bases such as biodiversity, climate change, and demographics.  

Dr. Michel Bédard, Tier 2 CIHR CRC, renewal for five years
Dr. Bédard has designed and established a research program which allows older drivers to remain safe as long as possible through the development of new evidence and best driving practices.  The need to focus on older adults in preventing automobile accidents, which to date has been reactive and has focused mainly on the identification of unsafe drivers, has finally been recognized as a crucial component in safe driving education – on a par with drinking and driving and aggressive driving in young drivers.  


Media: Drs. Gilbert and Bédard can be contacted for media interview today.  Dr. Gilbert is available from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. via 807-343-8200.  Dr. Bédard is available by calling
807-343-4300 X 4403.  Please leave a message if Dr. Bédard is unavailable at the time of your call.  For more information, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, 807-343-8177, 807-472-9113, or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,500 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit                         

Last updated June 10, 2008

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