Lakehead hosts Rapid Change and the Future of Canada’s North talks

(Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University’s Centre for Northern Studies forum Rapid Change and the Future of Canada’s North will feature four internationally renowned speakers on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.

Biology Professor Dr. John Smol, of Queen’s University, recently appeared on an episode of the CBC documentary series The Nature of Things. Other speakers include Juli Abouchar, a Partner in Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP; and Professor of Human Geography, Dr. Dieter Muller of Umea University in Sweden.

The forum is at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 15, in Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin auditorium (BL - 1001).

Biology Professor Dr. David Hik from the University of Alberta will present during the Saturday, March 16 symposium, running from 8:30 am until noon in Lakehead’s University Centre lower lecture theatre (UC - 0050).

Rapid changes in the environment will have dramatic effects on all aspects of life, legalities, and research in Northern Canada. This information should be of interest to all citizens of Northwestern Ontario.

These speakers will discuss a variety of topics, from reconciling development and First Nations, to Northern tourism and cultural geography with perspectives from the Swedish north; as well as ecological changes and evolutionary implications in Arctic ecosystems.  

This conference is free for the public. All are welcome. 

Media are invited to interview speakers in advance or during the conference.

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Media: For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.

Last updated March 14, 2013

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