Expert Speaker Series Panelists Discuss Hot Topic of Exposure to Wireless Radiation: February 22

Lakehead University, the Chronicle-Journal, Days Inn North, and Montana's, in conjunction with Research & Innovation Week 2010, are pleased to present Health Impacts of Exposure to Wireless Radiation on Monday, February 22.

During the University's second Speaker Series instalment of 2010, expert panelists Dr. Henry Lai, Dr. Magda Havas, and Dr. David Fancy, discuss their research and experience concerning wireless technologies and implications on our health and well being.

This free event takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Lakehead University Agora.

Parking is free after 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Everybody is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Lakehead University Communications Officer Heather Scott at 807-343-8177 or

February 20 Media Conference Marks Official Opening of Research & Innovation Week 2010

An upcoming media conference will celebrate the official opening of Research & Innovation Week 2010, and Minister Michael Gravelle will announce significant funding for Lakehead University.

This event takes place at Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday, February 20, at 11:00 a.m., in the foyer area that connects the Moxie's entrance to the mall's main corridor.

Research displays and exhibits will also be set up for the public to enjoy.

All members of the campus and broader communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Gwynne Dyer a Popular Choice for Upcoming Speaker Series: February 12

(February 11, 2010 -Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University administration, faculty, staff, and students are gearing up to see Gwynne Dyer take the podium tomorrow night at the University's first Speaker Series instalment of 2010.

Mr. Dyer presents Crawling from the Wreckage: Leveraging Crisis to Implement Change. He discusses U.S. President Barack Obama's most important tasks, which are to manage America's decline from "sole superpower" status, to use the country's remaining power in ways that benefit both Americans and the rest of the world, and to take advantage of the unprecedented freedom of action the current economic crisis has given him. From the presentation, Dyer's audience will be able to determine for themselves whether or not Obama is choosing to use that freedom of action.

"Gwynne Dyer is one of the world's leading geopolitical analysts and a prolific journalist, broadcaster, filmmaker, author, and lecturer. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Lakehead University, presented to him in 2009," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "We're pleased to have Gwynne again visit Lakehead University for another Speaker Series presentation, and we're confident his audience will be intrigued by his perspectives on the future of the United States."

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 Montana's. Mr. Dyer will speak at Lakehead on Friday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. He will be in the ATAC building, room 1001 (which will be linked by video conferencing to ATAC 1003 to accommodate overflow), and will also be video conferenced to Lakehead University's Orillia Campus, HP 0004. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended. Parking is free after 5:30 p.m. For more information, be sure to visit the University's online Calendar of Events at


Media: Gwynne Dyer's bio information follows below. Dr. Gilbert is available for media interview from 12 noon - 1:30 on Thursday, February 11. He can be reached via Karen Ramsdale at 807-343-8200. Mr. Dyer's itinerary while in Thunder Bay is not yet available, but it is expected that the best time to speak to him is following his February 12 speaking engagement at Lakehead. For additional information regarding this media release, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, 807-343-8177, 807-472-9113, or; or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications, 807-343-8372 or

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

His first television series, the 7-part documentary 'War', was aired in 45 countries in the mid-1980s. One episode, 'The Profession of Arms', was nominated for an Academy Award. His more recent television work includes the 1994 series 'The Human Race', and 'Protection Force', a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include 'The Gorbachev Revolution', a seven-part series based on Dyer's experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-90, and 'Millenium', a six-hour series on the emerging global culture.

Dyer's major study "War," first published in the 1980s, was completely revised and re-published in 2004. During this decade he has also written a trio of more contemporary books dealing with the politics and strategy of the post-9/11 world: 'Ignorant Armies' (2003), 'Future: Tense' (2004), and 'The Mess They Made' (2006). The latter was also published as 'After Iraq' in the US and the UK and as 'Nach Iraq und Afghanistan' in Germany.

His most recent projects are a book and a radio series called 'Climate Wars', dealing with the geopolitics of climate change. They have already been published and aired in some places, and appeared in most other major markets in 2009.

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 7,700 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

Lakehead University Appoints New President

(February 10, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) Brian J.R. Stevenson, current Provost
and Vice-President Academic at the University of Winnipeg, will become Lakehead University's sixth President and Vice-Chancellor on August 1, 2010, following the retirement of current President Dr. Frederick Gilbert on July 31, 2010.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Incoming President

Stevenson, who has a stellar record of leadership in academia and government, was unanimously selected by Lakehead University's Board of Governors following an
extensive international search that drew many talented and accomplished academic
leaders, states Kevin Cleghorn, Chair of Lakehead's Board of Governors.

The appointment is made after a year-long search conducted by a diverse Presidential Search Committee composed of board members, alumni, faculty, students, senators, administration, and aboriginal representation. "After intense discussion the search committee agreed that the right candidate would infuse our institution with a collegial, open, student-centred approach while continuing to promote a vigorous research climate that looks beyond the University to forge partnerships and joint ventures locally, nationally, and globally," says Cleghorn. "The Board concurred that Brian Stevenson brings all these attributes to the table and is well equipped to move Lakehead University forward with experience, purpose, and vision."

Past Chair of the Board of Governors, Don Campbell, observes that, "Among the candidates, Brian Stevenson stood out for his significant academic achievements, his solid background in complex issues management in both academic and government spheres, and his straightforward approach to diagnosing and streamlining many aspects of university life. His current position at the University of Winnipeg makes him no stranger to the significant budgetary and enrollment challenges and opportunities faced by post-secondary institutions everywhere."

Stevenson has extensive background in international affairs, including positions as Senior Policy Advisor in Ottawa to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Along with his academic credentials from the University of Victoria and Queen's University and more than a decade of senior administrative responsibilities at both the University of Alberta and University of Winnipeg, Brian Stevenson also uniquely brings to his new position a global outlook that is expected to serve Lakehead University well into the next decade and beyond.

Brian Stevenson has excellent memories of his undergraduate days at the relatively small campus of the University of Victoria. The close personal connections students make at smaller universities are, he believes, crucial to creating the best kind of educational environment. He is passionate about interacting with people on campus and is excited about building strong and lasting relationships in an atmosphere of openness, consultation, and cooperation. Stevenson's extensive background in external relations working with governments, business, granting agencies, alumni, donors, and other stakeholders, will ensure that all parties feel they have a seat at his table.

Stevenson, born in Victoria, B.C., spent his early years in Mexico and the United States but returned to B.C. to attend the University of Victoria where he graduated with an HBA in Political Science, and an MA focused on Public Policy. He received his PhD in Political Studies from Queen's University before returning to Mexico to teach at the prestigious Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). From there he was appointed as Visiting Imperial Oil/Royal Bank Professor of International Business at the University of Alberta, left to work as Senior Policy Advisor in Ottawa to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade, then returned to the University of Alberta as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) before taking leave to work in Washington D.C. for the Organization of American States and later as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Brian Stevenson, his wife, Judy Davies, and their children, Cecilia and Isabel, are very pleased to be moving to Thunder Bay where they have relatives and will be closer to family.

Read Dr. Stevenson's bio to learn more about him.


Media Interviews
For further information or to interview Dr. Stevenson, and Chair of the Board of Governors Kevin Cleghorn, please contact Communications Officer Heather Scott at 807-343-8177, 807-472-9113, or, or Director of Communications Eleanor Abaya at 807.343-8372, or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Named Canada's value-added university by Maclean's for five years, Lakehead has a campus in Thunder Bay, and Orillia, Ontario, where a permanent LEED Platinum campus is under construction. With over 8,000 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, Lakehead 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

Student Bake Sale Raises Hundreds for Haitian Relief

The Lakehead University Business Association (LUBA) held a bake sale on January 28 and 29 to benefit disaster relief in Haiti. A total of $867.10 was raised and donated to the Canadian Red Cross. The donation is eligible for matched funds from the Government of Canada.

The LUBA Executive and Faculty of Business Administration extend sincere thanks to all who supported the bake sale, with special thanks to Starbucks (Chapters) for donating hot coffee, and to Five Star Bakery for contributing baked goods.

Inspiring Future Leaders: First-Year Engineering Students from Across Ontario Flock to Lakehead U for Three-Day Conference

(February 5, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) From February 5 - 7, Lakehead University's Engineering Students Society (ESS) is pleased to host the First-Year Integration Conference, which is expected to attract approximately 70 first-year engineering delegates from Ontario universities.

As Fiifi Markin, engineering student and VP External for the ESS notes, "This event provides unique networking and leadership opportunities to students in engineering." Markin adds this is the first year the conference has been held at Lakehead University, and the event line-up offers dynamic speakers from the field, interesting tours, and fun social events and activities.

The tour portion of the conference takes place on Saturday, February 6, and offers attendees the chance to learn about Lakehead University's involvement in the Steel Bridge and Formula-1 SAE Race Car competitions, held nationally, as well as the University's Virtual Reality Laboratory and Powerhouse. Having the Powerhouse as part of the tour will showcase some of Lakehead's newest energy conservation initiatives, including new boilers which were recently changed from steam to boiling water, the power grid, and the power holding station.

Among other expert speakers, Nicole Maillette Seller, Lakehead alumna and Project Engineer at Bombardier Transportation in Thunder Bay, will provide a company overview of Bombardier while highlighting the work undertaken at the Thunder Bay plant and the role(s) engineers play there. Joining Nicole is her co-worker, Mike Kowal, Olympic Torch Bearer in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in December 2009. Nicole and Mike will present the Olympic torch, which was developed by Bombardier. It will be taken apart for engineering students to see, and Nicole will share information about the design and development processes of the torch and what they entailed.

An interactive session will place before the conference wraps up, during which teams comprising engineering students from different universities will work together to combine their skills and knowledge in building and programming robots.

Lakehead's Faculty of Engineering offers unique engineering programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering. Lakehead has the only Faculty of Engineering in Canada where, after completing high school, you can earn a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and an Engineering Technology Diploma in four years. The Faculty also offers post-diploma engineering degree programs in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software Engineering designed specifically for graduate engineering technologists.

Lakehead has made a name for itself in the national Steel Bridge competition, in which civil engineering team members have consistently performed well, placing 10th in 2001, second in 2002, fifth in 2003 and 2006, fourth in 2007, and third in 2009. Lakehead's is the only Canadian team to place in the top five overall since the inception of the competition.

For more information about Lakehead University's Faculty of Engineering, Steel Bridge team, or Formula-1 SAE Race Car, please visit the Faculty of Engineering website.


Media: Mr. Fiifi Markin is available for interview. Please contact him directly at 807-343-8804, 807-343-8888 ext. 5970, 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 7,700 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

Gwynne Dyer Returns to Speak at Lakehead University Speaker Series 2010

Lakehead University, the Chronicle-Journal, Days Inn North, and Montana's are pleased to present guest speaker Gwynne Dyer, who is a well-published Freelance Journalist, Author, Political Analyst, and Lecturer.

Mr. Dyer presents Crawling from the Wreckage: Leveraging Crisis to Implement Change. U.S. President Barack Obama's most important tasks are to manage America's decline from "sole superpower" status, and to use the country's remaining power in ways that benefit both Americans and the rest of the world. The current economic crisis has given him unprecedented freedom of action. Is he choosing to use it?

This event takes place:

Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: ATAC 1001 and 1003 (Thunder Bay) with video conferencing to HP 0004 (Orillia)
Cost: Free of charge

Everyone is welcome.
Parking is free.
Seating is available on a
first-come, first-served basis.

The Lakehead University Speaker Series is a public lecture offered as an information-sharing event. For more information, please contact Heather Scott, Lakehead University's Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 or

Lakehead University Increases First Choice High School Applicants: More students list Lakehead University as first choice on university applications

(January 22, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University has seen a 7.9% increase in the number of high school students who have listed Lakehead as their first university choice for the 2010-2011 academic year compared to last year at this time. Additionally, overall applications from high school students to Lakehead are up 6.2%. According to data recently released by the Ontario Universities Applications Centre (OUAC), universities across the province have comparatively lower average application increases of 2.7% and 2.1% respectively.

"Lakehead is Ontario's smallest comprehensive university, and we offer a breadth of academic programs that provide a more personalized educational experience," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "We are continually growing recognition of our name and reputation through successful branding and awareness campaigns, recruitment efforts, scholarship opportunities, and research activity. I am not surprised at this increase in applications because Lakehead is a great choice - for first-year undergraduate students as well as mature, international, and graduate students. Lakehead truly is Canada's number one value-added university."

Robert Perrier, Manager of Undergraduate Recruitment, notes various recruitment-based initiatives that have further attracted incoming students to Lakehead University this academic year. Lakehead has expanded its outreach efforts to incorporate a more aggressive approach across Ontario, as well as a wider geographic span that includes high schools in Western Canada. Prospective students have also learned more about Lakehead through the institution's recent branding campaign which included a social media component, as seen on Facebook and other web-based media. Additionally, various campus events geared to senior high school students, recently revamped to include more flexible schedules and improved, hands-on activities, have drawn a record number of attendees from Thunder Bay and Southern Ontario. Lakehead also ramped up its visibility at the 2009 Ontario Universities' Fair by greeting potential students and answering their questions at a new, visually attractive information booth that was well received by students and parents attending the Fair. "There are more students coming into the university system than ever, but this is also a time of greater competition among universities across the province and the country," Perrier explains. "A number of smaller and medium-sized universities are receiving better returns because students are realizing that a more personal university experience is right for them, and Lakehead continues to be a prime contender on that list. Bigger is not necessarily better anymore - students want a quality education and a quality of life that Lakehead has been recognized as providing for years."

Lakehead University was one of the first universities to offer a Free Tuition Scholarship to students applying directly from Canadian high schools with an average of 95% or more. The first recipients of the top scholarship entered Lakehead last fall and quadrupled those students entering Lakehead with grade point averages of 95% or higher. Amid ever-rising tuition costs, Lakehead continues to offer this incentive and other entrance scholarships to attract and retain the best and brightest students from Thunder Bay, Orillia, the rest of Ontario, and Canada.

Lakehead is still accepting incoming applications. Additional information can be found at

: Dr. Gilbert and Robert Perrier are available for media interview. To arrange interview times, please contact Communications Officer Heather Scott at 807-343-8177 or; or Director of Communications Eleanor Abaya at 807-343-8372 or

Lakehead's Aboriginal Students Benefit from Provincial Investment

Lakehead's Aboriginal students will benefit from a new student bursary, and enhanced programs and services. To support Aboriginal learners, the Ontario government is investing $1,013,265 at Lakehead University.

The McGuinty government has created a bursary program to help Aboriginal students with financial need to attend college, university, or Aboriginal post-secondary institutions, and is also investing in a range of Aboriginal student support services at post-secondary institutions across the province. These efforts are aimed at ensuring more Aboriginal students pursue and succeed at post-secondary education.

"Lakehead University is dedicated to working with Aboriginal peoples in furthering their educational aspirations," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, Lakehead University President. "This funding enables Lakehead to implement an Elders in Residence Program at the Orillia Campus while expandingits existing Elders in Residence Program in Thunder Bay. It also provides the monies needed tocontinue buildingour community outreach activities, partnership opportunities, and retention support programs."

Funding in the amount of $653,434 is also being invested at Confederation College.

Read the Province's media release to learn more.

Lakehead Conducts Driving Research with International Partners: Call for Local Participants

(January 18, 2010 - Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University and Candrive, the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly, are pleased to announce that researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have joined Thunder Bay and six other centres across Canada for a long-term study on older drivers. Among other key objectives, this study aims to develop a simple, objective screening tool to assist health-care professionals in identifying the characteristics of both safe and unsafe older drivers.