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Renowned Scientist and Alumnus Takes Podium at Lakehead University Speaker Series: November 23

(November 23, 2010 – Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University administration, faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community are looking forward to Dr. Lorne Everett taking the podium tonight at the University's third Speaker Series instalment of 2010.

Dr. Lorne Everett
The Fifteen Classes of Planetary Emergencies
6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23
Agora and OA 1025
Dr. Everett presents The Fifteen Classes of Planetary Emergencies, and speaks about the potential impacts of global disaster on life and planetary emergencies including asteroid impact, global warming, pollution, and radioactive waste. 

"We are proud to welcome Dr. Everett to address the Speaker Series for the first of what we hope will be numerous occasions,” says Lakehead University President Dr. Brian Stevenson. “He is a world-renowned scientist and an acknowledged expert on many topics including subsurface hazardous waste characterization and remediation. He is also former Chancellor of the University.  I very much look forward to Lorne’s talk as it marks my first Speaker Series participation, and I’ll have the opportunity to listen on as other members of the internal and external communities take in the expert opinion of a valued member of the Lakehead family.”

The Speaker Series is a free public lecture offered by Lakehead University as an information-sharing event and dialogue, in partnership with The Chronicle Journal, Days Inn North, and 5 Forks restaurant. 

Dr. Everett will speak at Lakehead University’s Agora at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23.  The presentation will also be linked by video conference to Lakehead University's Orillia Campus (OA 1025). 

Everyone is welcome to attend, but seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended.  Parking and admission are free. For more information, be sure to visit the University's online Calendar of Events.


Media:  Dr. Everett’s bio information follows below.  Dr. Stevenson is available for media interview from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23.  He can be reached via Karen Ramsdale at 807-343-8200 or Rosanna Scaffeo at 807-343-7276.  Mr. Everett is available for media interview prior to and immediately following his November 23 speaking engagement at Lakehead.  For additional information regarding this media release, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, 807-343-8177 or; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, 807-343-8372 or

About Dr. Lorne Everett

Chancellor (Emeritus) Lorne Everett graduated from Lakehead University with an Honors BSc in 1968. At Lakehead he was the Editor in Chief of the NorWester, Athlete of the Year, Ontario intercollegiate squash champion, and president of his graduating class. He is the only graduate named on the Wall of Honor three times, the Athletic Wall of Fame two times, and the Thunder Bay Walk of Fame.  He received a PhD in Hydrology in 1972 from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduation he joined General Electric’s think tank, TEMPO, in Santa Barbara California. He is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted extensive research on subsurface hazardous waste characterization and remediation. 

Dr. Everett received the Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the Golden Jubilee Medal from the Governors General of Canada, the Medal of Excellence from the US Navy, the Ivan Johnston Outstanding Achievement Award from ASTM and the C. V. Theis Award from the American Institute of Hydrology.  He is the Chairman of the World Federation of Scientists Pollution Panel.  The World Federation is located at CERN Geneva home of the Large Hadron Collider (made famous by the Dan Brown novels: The De Vinci Code and Angels and Demons). Dr. Everett is the CEO and President of L. Everett and Associates, a forensic environmental consulting/litigation support firm, in Santa Barbara Ca. He has been the Chief Scientist and Sr VP for large Fortune 500 companies.  He is the Chairman of the American Association for Testing and Materials International Vadose Zone committee. He has published over fifteen books, 200 professional papers and reports, holds several patents, and has testified before the US Congress on different occasions. His book entitled Handbook of Vadose Zone Characterization and Monitoring is a best seller. His book entitled Groundwater Monitoring was endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency as establishing “the state-of-the-art used by industry today” and is recommended by the World Health Organization for all developing countries.

He has been invited for the past 21 years by the President of the World Federation of Scientists, Dr. Antonio Zichichi, (a Science Advisor to the Pope) to participate in Planetary Emergency meetings held every August in the Phoenician-era city of Erice, Italy. A second meeting in the fall is often held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican or the Enrico Fermi Institute in Rome. Each year, Dr. Everett gives the Annual Report on World Pollution to the General Assembly of the World Federation of Scientists.  Over 120 Nobel Laureates have participated in these meetings.
Dr. Everett is an expert witness participating in over 70 environmental court cases with awards in excess of $2 billion dollars.

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 8,280 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 November 23, 2010

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