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Lakehead’s Canada Research Chairs Shine at Conference Celebrating Decade of Chairs Program

(December 1, 2010 – Thunder Bay, Ontario) Lakehead University’s research talents were recently showcased by a number of its Canada Research Chairs (CRC) as well as their postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at Thinking Ahead for a Strong Future, the national conference celebrating the tenth anniversary of the CRC Program.  The two-day event was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 24 and 25. 

Dr. Gary Genosko, Canada Research Chair in Technoculture Studies, presents his research on past governmental monitoring methodologies
Among more than 500 Ontario leading researchers who attended the conference, five of Lakehead CRCs and their highly qualified personnel participated, which brought tremendous recognition to the University.  The attending Lakehead CRCs included:  Dr. Aicheng Chen (Chemistry); Dr. Gary Genosko (Sociology); Dr. David Greenwood (Education); Dr. Ellie Prepas (Natural Resources Management); and Dr. Alla Reznik (Physics/TBRRI).  Dr. Judy Iseke (Education), CRC in Indigenous Education, sent her postdoctoral fellow and research assistant to the Conference to present a poster highlighting the research they have conducted.

Dr. Genosko’s work was further highlighted through his invitation to speak on a special panel regarding the future of art, society, and technology.

Lakehead graduate students were given the opportunity to present posters and showcase their work while networking with some of Canada’s greatest research minds.

Dr. Aicheng Chen, Canada Research Chair in Material and Environmental Chemistry, with Rasha Tolba, postdoctoral fellow
“This event was a great success as far as raising awareness about the calibre of excellence among Lakehead’s CRCs, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students,” says Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President (Research), Lakehead University.  “In addition to the recognition Lakehead’s Chairs received, our Office of Research hosted a booth at the conference to bring increased attention to the institution’s many world-class research initiatives,” he notes.

The CRC program has been credited with reversing the “brain drain” in Canada.  The conference was organized with the support of the Council of Ontario Universities, Tourism Toronto, and the Public Policy Forum.  In addition to the participation of the Canada Research Chairs, the conference featured prominent guest speakers including renowned chemist and Nobel Laureate John Polanyi; Minister of Industry Tony Clement; Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation Glen Murray; and Chair of the International business law firm Torys LLP Robert Pritchard.  More than 1000 researchers, graduate students, and leaders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors took part in the event.

Additional photos are forthcoming on Lakehead's Office of Research website. 


MEDIA: Some of Lakehead’s CRCs, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are available for media interview.  For more information or to arrange interview times, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 or, or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, at 807-343-8372 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 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 December 01, 2010

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