Lakehead Students Win Big in TD CanadaTrust $100,000 Go Green Challenge

Lakehead Students Win Big in TD CanadaTrust $100,000 Go Green Challenge

(March 23, 2009 —Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University students Colleen Bator, Alesha Brekenridge, and Fiona Street of the Faculty of Education have won $25,000 from TD CanadaTrust for their submission to the Go Green Challenge.  The students’ Guided Eco Tours Toronto (GETT) proposal was sponsored by Sue Hamel, also of the Faculty of Education.

The second annual contests asked students to submit ideas that can improve urban sustainability, helping urban communities to coexist with the ecosystems around them. The national competition invited university and college teams of two or more students to submit an essay containing an idea or proposal that would have a positive environmental impact on a community.  The contest received 162 submissions from 52 colleges and universities.

Colleen Bator, Alesha Brekenridge and Fiona Street’s Guided Eco Tours Toronto (GETT) project builds on and supports existing and successful ecotourism in Toronto as self-guided.  According to the GETT plan, Toronto residents and visitors would have the opportunity to become involved in local green initiatives, further promoting environmental sustainability in the city. 

Vice President (Academic) & Provost Dr. Laurie Hayes says, “The talent of Lakehead University students continues to amaze me; I am delighted to see their inventiveness being recognized in this way.  This university is committed to educating students who are recognized for leadership and independent critical thinking, and who are aware of social and environmental responsibilities.  It is an honour and a pleasure to see students such as these three fulfilling that promise.”

Colleen Bator says, “Our thanks to TD for supporting student ideas and giving us a reason to flex our ‘green’ mental muscles. TD’s Go Green Challenge is a great opportunity to take environmental ideas beyond a concept and explore how they would apply in a real world setting. We’re thrilled that GETT was recognized as a winning submission!”

The winners will receive their winnings at an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:00 noon at 1294 Balmoral.


Media:  To arrange interviews, contact Karen McCullough at 416-203-2223.

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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 7,900 students and 2,250 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 March 24, 2009

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