Thunderwolves Hockey to be Broadcast Live on TBT

(Thunder Bay - December 21, 2004) Lakehead University and Dougall Media are pleased to announce an exciting new television broadcast partnership that will give Thunderwolves' hockey fans across Northwestern Ontario and around Canada the chance to watch exciting live Thunderwolves hockey. Dougall Media will

(L to R) Tom Warden, Dr. Fred Gilbert, Fraser Dougall, and Kevin Klein
broadcast select home games from the Fort William Gardens on Thunder Bay Television CTV-CHFD television. The games will be available throughout TBTV-CHFD's broadcast footprint, including nationally via Bell Express Vu and Star Choice satellite television networks.

2005 will see two games hit the airwaves: February 12 vs. the Brock Badgers and February 19 vs. the Western Mustangs. There are also tentative plans for a playoff broadcast. The partnership also will see three broadcasts in each of the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Dougall Media has also brought in technical producers from TSN to work together with TBT staff to develop the broadcasts.

"I think this is a great day for Lakehead University and Lakehead Athletics," said Tom Warden, Director of Athletics and Lakehead University. "This new partnership with Dougall Media will allow a much larger audience to see just how exciting the Lakehead hockey experience is."

Kevin Klein, Dougall Media Vice President and General Manager, said Dougall Media is committed to this new partnership with Lakehead University. "The impact the Thunderwolves has had on the region is an important one; we are able to come together, root for our home team, and rally as a community behind the Thunderwolves," Klein added. "Reflecting Dougall Media's commitment to the community and the region, we are pleased to be bringing this feeling to all of Northwestern Ontario and all of Canada by broadcasting these exciting games live."

Fraser Dougall, President of Dougall Media, echoed Klein's thoughts, adding "This is a fantastic opportunity for growth for both Dougall Media and the Thunderwolves. We look forward to working together in this important partnership as well as many more successful seasons from the team."

"Lakehead University is very proud of all our Thunderwolves' teams," said Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "There is a strong fan base in the community, which is evident at any game played at the Gardens or on campus in the Thunderdome. Since Thunderwolves Hockey started in 2001, it has brought in on average about 3,000 fans to watch the games at the Fort William Gardens. Through this new partnership more people will be able to take part in the excitement of these games, not just in Northwestern Ontario, but across Canada."


Media Contact Information:
Lakehead President: Dr. Fred Gilbert
Lakehead Athletics Director: Mr. Tom Warden: 343-8213
Dougall Media Vice President and General Manager Kevin Klein: 346-2600.

The Medical School Welcomes Three Division Heads and Associate Dean of Research

December 20, 2004 -- The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is pleased to introduce its three Division Heads: Human Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Medical Sciences ,as well as anew Associate Dean of Research.

"We are very pleased with this significant progress and welcome the four individuals to our growing group of talented leaders," says Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of the School. "Each Division Head will manage faculty as they assume teaching and research positions, and assist in creating programs that will train the physicians of the future."

Dr. Tim Zmijowskyj is the Head of the Division of Clinical Sciences with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He is leading the development of the third year of the undergraduate medical curriculum at the School as the Phase 2 Coordinator. He is involved in a number of initiatives, including Faculty Development and Continuing Professional Development.

Dr. Garry Ferroni is the Head of the Medical Sciences Division and a Professor of Medical Microbiology at the Northern Ontario School of
Medicine. He is leading the recruitment of medical scientists for the Medical School and is assembling a team of individuals who will teach the medical students and establish outstanding research programs expected to have an impact on the health of residents of Northern Ontario.

Dr. Nancy Lightfoot has recently joined the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as the Division Head of Human Sciences. Dr. Lightfoot will provide leadership to all faculty within the Division and participate in the curriculum development process. She has spent the last 12 years in Northern Ontario as the Senior Epidemiologist and Head, Epidemiology Research Unit at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre in Sudbury.

Dr. Gregory Ross, is the School Associate Dean of Research. A biomedical research scientist specializing in disorders of the nervous system, Dr. Ross is currently researching the influence of environmental factors on brain disease.

He has study sites throughout Ontario and in other regions of Canada. He holds several grants to support his research, including awards from the ALS Society of Canada, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Dr. Judith Woodsworth, Laurentian University President and the Vice Chair of the Board of the Medical School, shared this exciting news, "The Medical School has again demonstrated its strong commitment to recruit excellent leaders and faculty members. Their combined experience and enthusiasm will strengthen the School and create an atmosphere of confidence, as the School prepares to welcome the Charter Class of 2005."

A new medical school for the whole of Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a joint venture of Lakehead and Laurentian Universities. With main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, the school will have multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario, in large and small communities.

The School contributes to improving the health of people in Northern Ontario.


Short biography and photo of individuals are attached. For further
information, please contact:
Yonaniko Grenon
Communications Officer " East
(705) 662-7243

Lakehead University Christmas Cheer Food Drive

Lakehead University's Office of Development is spearheading a food drive for the Christmas Cheer Foundation, which is in desperate need ofdonations.

The Lakehead campaign starts today and runs only until tomorrow,Wednesday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. Non-perishable food items orsmall monetary donations can be brought to the University's Switchboard. Christmas Cheer will becollectingthe items at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to be distributed this week to the Thunder
Bay community.

For more information, contact Trish Nagorski at343-8190.

Lakehead U Participating in Megaconference

Over 360 sites connected together in world-wide videoconference event

(Thunder Bay - December 9, 2004) Today, Lakehead University joins the world to take part in Megaconference. Over 360 organizations from over 30 countries are connecting to further the use of videoconferencing in education and research, and to advance the state-of-the-art video conference technology.

Lakehead's Technology Services Centre has been working hard to bring this free global conference to Thunder Bay. It is taking place in ATAC, Room 5035, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today, Thursday, December 9, 2004. The University community has been invited to drop by anytime to take part in one of the presentations.

Each year, Megaconference occurs as a result of a tremendous amount of volunteer effort and goodwill, with the goal of connecting people together everywhere on earth where someone chooses to participate.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: If you would like to drop in to view Megaconference and to speak with one of Lakehead U's videoconferencing specialists, please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.

For further information, and for the schedule of speakers, visit


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 807-343-8177

Lakehead U Students Conduct Federal Elections Poll on Student Voting Intentions

(Thunder Bay - December 3, 2004) A recent poll of local university and college students has found that they are more likely to vote than the average citizen -- and within this demographic, the Liberals would win again. Lakehead University first-year Political Science students have conducted a Canadian federal election voter's intentions survey of post-secondary students.

The survey, conducted between November 23 and 25, was successful in polling 550 post-secondary students. The survey was structured to find specifically the student's age and gender, and to determine what their voting intention will be at the next federal election.

From the 284 female and 266 male students polled, the survey's findings are as follows:
?35% voted for the Liberals
?21% voted for the NDP
?15% voted for the Conservatives
?10% voted for the Bloc
?10% voted for the Green Party
?3% voted for Other
?15% of voters were undecided
?17% did not have any intention of voting.

?margin of error: 7.5% 19 times out of 20

The purpose of this survey was to examine the correlation between voting intentions and age demographics of post-secondary students. The students examined the intention of student voters and whether the results of this poll were statistically representative to the last federal election.

If further information is required, or for an interview with one of the Political Science student representatives, please contact Marla Tomlinson from the Office of Communications, 343-8117.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Alumni, Students Pitch in to Raise Funds for Lakehead U

(Thunder Bay - Tuesday, November 30, 2004) Lakehead University students and grads are working together to help raise money and foster a sense of pride in the University.

The Annual Fund Co-chairs, Robert Mace, BAdmin '82 (Lakehead) MBA, and Ken Owen, BA'94 (Lakehead), are working with 18 current Lakehead students to call over 25,000 alumni to ask for their continued support in the University during this year's Annual Fund Phone-a-Thon.

"Every year, we connect with alumni and ask them to give back to the University - to any department or campaign they wish," says Trish Nagorski, Lakehead University's Development Officer/Annual Giving. "Students and Alumni take pride in the University, so we feel confident we can meet our goal of raising $250,000 this year."

"As an Alumnus, I feel a sense of duty to give back to the institution -- to maintain the quality of education I enjoyed," says Dr. Dean Gresko, HBSc '85, Lakehead. "I also feel that it is important to give back to the community where I have experienced success. Having a world-class institution in the city gives Thunder Bay a sense of pride and status, not to mention the University's economic impact on the City. If every graduate gave even a small gift, collectively it would provide a significant benefit to Lakehead's students".

Last year, $188,000 was raised through the Annual Fund, surpassing the goal of $175,000. Alumni are able to direct where their gift is applied. Some fundraising priorities at Lakehead U are:

Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC)
ATAC provides students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art facilities for learning and technological training. All ATAC classrooms are wired to integrate computer, multimedia, and network technologies as well as being linked to distance education facilities.

Scholarships and Bursaries
Approximately 50% of Lakehead students rely on some forms of financial assistance, e.g. the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

Library Technology
Much progress has been made in advancing Library Technology. Just recently the Library acquired the Voyager Information Management System which manages the online catalogue, circulation and acquisitions all in one seamless interface accessible via the Internet. As well, a Citation Server has been added to the system, which has opened the Library's virtual doors to distance education students. It is the Lakehead University's priority to keep these systems upgraded and running at their highest efficiency.

Alumni may also choose to invest in a particular faculty/department, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, or to Athletics.

Members of the Media interviews and/or photos can be arranged through Ms. Nagorski by calling 343-8910. Photos available upon request.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Day of Discovery at Lakehead University

Program Information Day Will See Over 375 High School Students on Campus

(Thunder Bay) Lakehead University is gearing up to welcome over 375 Grade 12 students from Thunder Bay and the region on campus for Program Information Day 2004 on Friday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One lucky student will win his/her first year of tuition at Lakehead.

"This exciting day of discovery gives students the opportunity to explore the wide variety of educational opportunities available at Lakehead," says Robert Perrier, Senior Recruitment Officer at the University. "Visiting students will start their day off by attending an information fair in the Agora, where more than 35 academic departments will be on hand with interactive and informative displays which promise to enlighten students to the possibilities that exist in their own backyard."

What: Program Information Day 2004
Where: Lakehead University Campus (See schedule for locations)
When: Friday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The schedule is:
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Information Fair, Agora
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Lunch, Ryan Building. Room 1042
12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Individual Presentations #1, Various Locations
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Individual Presentations #2, Various Locations
1:55 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Closing Event, Ryan Building, Room 1042

The winner of the first year tuition at Lakehead will be announced at 2:00 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to attend specialized individual presentations focusing on a particular academic area. Students will meet with professors and have their questions answered about studying at Lakehead.

For additional information regarding Program Information Day 2004, please contact Robert Perrier at (807) 343-8674.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory, Genesis Genomics Expanding

Dr. Carney Matheson, Director of the Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory
(Thunder Bay - November 26, 2004) Lakehead University's Paleo-DNA Laboratory, along with Genesis Genomics, received funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) today. This funding, to be used toward expansion of the facilities, was announced by The Honorable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of NOHFC.

"This investment will ensure there is further growth in molecular research in the region," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University. "Lakehead University's Paleo-DNA Laboratory and Genesis Genomics Inc. are leading-edge research facilities, and are forerunners in biotechnology research. Funding such as this will assist the continued development of these laboratories and allow for more efficient research and business applications."

(l to r) The Honorable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of NOHFC, MPP Michael Gravelle, Lakehead University President Dr. Fred Gilbert.

Lakehead University, through the Paleo-DNA Laboratory and in co-operation with Genesis Genomics Inc., will receive $343,300 to purchase equipment and undertake renovations for the establishment of DNA Sequencing Chip technology facilities. Acquiring this technology will ensure that Lakehead University continues to be a leader in the field of DNA analysis. Genesis Genomics is a private sector research company dedicated to the early detection of cancer.

"The McGuinty government is pleased to support the expansion of Lakehead University's DNA facilities, which will further enhance the region's life sciences sector," said Bartolucci. "Initiatives such as this will help attract an increasing number of medical and biological researchers, academics, and private sector research facilities to the Northwest."

"Our laboratory is continually growing, and the inclusion of this new technology will help further development of the Paleo-DNA Laboratory," says Dr. Carney Matheson, Director of the Lakehead University Paleo-DNA Laboratory. "In the field of biotechnology it is important to move forward with advancements in technology, and with help from agencies like NOHFC, we will be able to integrate new services and research capabilities into our Lab."

"Genesis Genomics is very pleased to be working with the University to combine our research efforts," says Dr. Bob Thayer, President and CEO of Genesis Genomics. "The expansion of the facilities signifies a growth in the biotech research field, and this is a benefit to all partners."

Lakehead University's Paleo-DNA Laboratory
Lakehead University's Paleo-DNA Laboratory has been among the pioneers in the application of modern molecular genetic techniques and technologies to the study of archaeological, degraded, and Paleo-DNA. Experience gained through the analysis of very difficult to work with exceptionally degraded material allows us to offer very high quality genetic analytical services for forensic and paternity purposes. In addition, we undertake research projects involving the study of disease in ancient populations, wildlife classifications, and both modern and ancient human identification, among others. For more information, visit:

Genesis Genomics
Genesis Genomics Inc. is a cutting-edge biotech research corporation currently developing a new universal detection tool that will identify the early stages of cancer, for early effective treatment. For more information, visit:


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Minister Tours Tallships Adventure Learning Centre

Dr. Tom Puk (left) shows TALC to the Minister of Tourism and Recreation Jim Bradley (far right)
(Thunder Bay - November 24, 2004) The Minister of Tourism and Recreation Jim Bradley and Sergio Buonocore, General Manager of Fort William Historical Park, toured the Tallships Adventure Learning Centre (TALC) on Wednesday, November 24.

He was greeted by the staff of the Lakehead University Faculty of Education's Department of Lifelong Learning. Dr. Tom Puk, Chair, explained the different features of the facility. The Minister and his entourage observed a group of children from the Home and School Association who were climbing the rigging of the simulated "tallship" at one end of the facility and a group of adults involved in an organizational capacity-building session at the other end.

TALC is an indoor challenge course program composed of connected stations/challenges, designed and operated by the Department of Lifelong Learning. The stations require individuals and teams to face certain physical and emotional challenges while negotiating the various elements.

"Because of the unique nature of the various challenges, people must operate outside their usual comfort zones," says Dr. Puk. "These situations help to break down barriers and allow colleagues to see and understand each other in a supportive, safe, adventurous, fun-filled environment."

Tallships provides for stimulating experiences that encourage people to visualize for creative solutions.

A number of organizations, groups, and teams have started to make bookings. TALC staff will work closely with organizations to develop custom-designed packages that provide a sequence of activities that meets the needs of each group. The facility is open to the public as well as the University community.

For more information, please contact the Department of Lifelong Learning at 343-8836 or visit the new TALC website at

A New Era for Cancer Research in Thunder Bay

(Thunder Bay -- November 22, 2004) A commitment to work

(l to r) Dr. Roger Strasser (NOSM), Mr. Ron Saddington (Regional Health), and Dr. Fred Gilbert (Lakehead U).
together to "enhance tomorrow's cancer care" was made this morning by the leadership teams at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (Regional Health), Lakehead University (Lakehead U), and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). The three senior executives announced today the creation of a new institute of cancer research in Thunder Bay. The new research partnership, ICR Discoveries, will bring together the best cancer research talent of the three institutions. Ultimately, the partnership will grow the critical mass of cancer researchers in the city and attract new dollars to Thunder Bay for cancer care clinical trials, medical physics and imaging research, wet lab or biosciences research, health outcomes research, and supportive care or psychosocial research.

The three organizations are currently the major players in health services research in Thunder Bay. To date, millions of dollars have been raised by Lakehead U and Regional Health's Integrated Cancer Program researchers, collaborating under the auspices of an informal agreement.

The implementation of a jointly managed cancer research institute will open doors to new sources of research funding, opportunities, and recruitment, that otherwise might be unavailable. "Cancer is now the number one health problem facing the residents of our region," stated Michael Power, Vice President of Regional Cancer Services at Regional Health. "One in three residents of Northwestern Ontario will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. To effectively reduce this growing burden, we must be active in the cancer research arena. Our commitment to this portfolio will enable us to offer tomorrow's care today as well as to recruit and retain the brightest lights in the business, individuals who will ensure we are offering cutting edge and state-of-the-art therapies to our patients."

The Regional Cancer Care Program currently has two world-class career scientists working at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Ron Saddington, President and CEO at Regional Health announced the appointment of the third career scientist to the cancer care team today. Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe from Mainz, Germany, has selected Thunder Bay as her next research stop, due in large part to the establishment of ICR Discoveries. She is expected on site in May 2005. Dr. Zehbe is the first scientist hired after the partnership agreement formally signing ICR Discoveries; she brings a number of years of focused expertise to the new research collaboration, and anticipates growth and expansion of research over the next few years. "When I was looking for my next challenge and I came across the Cancer Centre in Thunder Bay, I was impressed with the credentials and scope of work already in place," she said. "With a focused program on cancer research, and academic and medical applications, there is no limit to the evolution of this new institute, so this was really an easy decision for me."

Along with Dr. Zehbe's appointment, the search for a new Chair of Research is underway. The Chair will adopt a leadership role in the strategic direction of the institute, as well as lead a program in his/her own field of cancer research.

"The memorandum of understanding (MOU) that we have signed sets the stage for a formal and enhanced collaboration on cancer research," said Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead U. "ICR Discoveries will stimulate academic research, have an impact on the research profile of Northern Ontario, influence the socio-economic well-being, and aid the retention and recruitment of research professionals. The establishment of ICR Discoveries as an umbrella organisation is expected to enhance synergies for research funding and innovation. Lakehead University is very positive about this partnership. Enhancing cancer research capability in Northwestern Ontario through a dedicated strategic plan, and a focus on innovation and collaboration, will foster the regional growth of research. Within the next five to ten years, Lakehead U is poised to become one of the top 25 research universities in Canada."

The research program at the cancer centre is already perceived by many as "world class," with lead researchers collaborating with investigators around the world, using cutting-edge equipment, and providing a training ground for students. "The results and achievements from the existing research program are widely recognized", said Ron Saddington, President and CEO of Regional Health. "We have to remain at the fulcrum of cancer research to ensure that the community in Northwestern Ontario continues to benefit from our prevention and treatment initiatives, and we will achieve this through initiatives such as ICR Discoveries. We are embarking on a new era of research that will support and enhance patient care, complement provincial and national research activity, and address local and regional needs. We are looking to position ourselves as unique, competitive, and concentrated on developing an international reputation."

ICR Discoveries will foster enhanced collaboration between the three institutions in an effort to attract new research funding, provide a platform for the recruitment and retention of cancer care professionals and investigators in cancer research, enhance the profile and prestige of Northwestern Ontario in the national and global research community, and strengthen the technical capability and the programs and services that are offered by the partner institutions.

As well, ICR Discoveries will provide education and training for students, researchers and physicians who would like to engage in cancer research, assist in the establishment of educational programs that will produce researchers in Northwestern Ontario, and generate economic growth through new investors and community partners.

The partners have signed a formal agreement committing their institutions to work together to develop ICR Discoveries. A number of phases have been completed to date, including a needs assessment (financed through a grant from the Northern Ontario Cancer Research Foundation), a business plan, and a functional plan.

As a result of the affiliation with Lakehead U, Regional Health has an added benefit; it qualifies as an eligible research institute under the Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit Program. Under the direction of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Health Sciences Centres that are affiliated with Ontario universities and can demonstrate collaboration on mutual interests in academic, research and educational programs, can offer private companies and donors an enhanced tax credit program.

Additionally, there have been discussions between the partners and the Northern Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF), to determine the logistics of raising funds for the new institute. The NCRF has committed new research equipment for the venture through its commitment to the research program at the cancer centre, and it is anticipated that the relationship will also formalize over the short term.

"This new agreement will benefit both the research leaders and the students," said Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of NOSM. "Our students will have the unique opportunity of carrying out research projects in different laboratory environments and will benefit from the research expertise available both at the University and Regional Health."

With Lakehead positioning itself to become one of the top research universities in Canada over the next number of years, ICR Discoveries is a timely venture, to generate activity around research as a whole and create a potential bank of talent through training and recruitment. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a strong advocate for the partnership. "We feel that it's important to fully support this initiative; we believe that the potential for a venture such as this can only lead to opportunities and expansion into other areas of expertise, which will provide new energy and interest in Northwestern Ontario as a whole," Dr. Strasser reinforced.

A new brand and logo was launched in support of the Institute and the public can source additional information by going to the new website at

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Don Edwards, 684-6010

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tracie Smith, 766-7314

Lakehead University
Marla Tomlinson, 343-8177