Lakehead University – Thunder Bay Professor Guest Conducts at Cellar Singers Concert: November 6

Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Associate Professor and Chair of Lakehead University's Department of Music, will be the guest conductor at a concert in Orillia on Saturday, November 6. The concert is the first of the season for The Cellar Singers, a 60-voice choir that performs in the Simcoe County/Muskoka region. At the November 6 concert, Jobin-Bevans will conduct the choir, children's chorus, soloists and orchestra in a program featuring Vivaldi's"Gloria" and Britten's "St. Nicholas."

The concert takes place at St. Paul's United Church in Orillia at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ODAC office, 37 Mississaga St. Orillia or at the door.

Dr. Jobin-Bevans studied music at the University of Toronto and at McGill University, where he obtained his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting. In his capacity as Associate Professor, he conducts the Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir and coordinates the Lakehead University Opera Studio. In the Thunder Bay community, he is the founder of the Kanteletar Chamber Choir and holds the position of Chorus Master of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Jobin-Bevans was recently appointed Director of Music at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Thunder Bay.

Lakehead Leads Research to Educate Coaches, Parents, Players, and Officials on Safe Hockey Behaviours

Helmets and mouth guards are neither the problem nor the
complete solution. Mayo Clinic showcases research findings.

(October 25, 2010 " Thunder Bay, ON) Findings from the ice hockey skill development and injury awareness program Play It Cool, a Lakehead University research evaluation initiative that began six years ago, were recently showcased at the Mayo Clinic's two-day Sports Medicine Center Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion conference in Rochester, Minnesota.

The primary objective of the Play It Cool safe hockey program is to facilitate the development of knowledge among players, coaches, officials, and parents about safe hockey behaviours in both game and practice situations.

Concussions are quickly gaining the attention of sports communities as more information is being validated, linking head trauma with negative health conditions such as memory loss, depression, dementia-like symptoms, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (referred to as CTE), effects of which may not appear until the individual has long since retired from their sport.

The Play It Cool research team is led by Dr. Bill Montelpare and includes Dr. Moira McPherson, Dr. Lori Livingston, and Dr. Susan Forbes (Project Manager) from Lakehead University, as well as researchers from York University, the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick, and Acadia, Queen's, and Brock Universities.

Although members of the research team noted the increased attention and growing number of reported concussions among youth leagues, they also indicated the true rate of concussed individuals in any season and at any level is unknown because most individuals do not know when they have been concussed and many refuse to report their injury. "The incidence of head injury among developmental age hockey players is an extremely serious problem, yet accurately estimating the true incidence rate is only one issue," says Dr. Montelpare, adding, "It is equally important to provide essential education to coaches, parents, players, and officials about what to look for and how to deal with a suspected concussion."

Dr. McPherson explains, "Injury reduction is a multifaceted issue, meaning there is no single fix. No brand or model of helmet or mouth guard can be considered concussion proof. Rather, there is a need to develop an awareness of the risks and behaviours that increase the risk. Simply put, a reduction in concussion injury can only occur when there is a change in the culture of ice hockey through education."

Dr. Livingston, whose expertise includes rule enforcement in sport and the consequences of injurious behaviour, expects to see this research lead to the development of education programs that will ultimately create changes in hockey culture throughout the minor and professional levels. While at the Mayo Conference, Dr. Livingston was part of a working group (which included former NHL official Kerry Fraser) that recommended zero tolerance for contact to the head at all levels of amateur and professional hockey, a complete ban on fighting, and a change in the age at which body checking is allowed in youth hockey.

The Lakehead research team is also leading research on determining more appropriate methods to identify when a concussed player is ready to return to play. Current guidelines indicate that players should be asymptomatic (free of specific symptoms) and cleared by a health professional trained in concussion management before being allowed to return to participate. According to the Lakehead researchers, "There is a need for more objective tests to support decisions about an individual's physiological readiness to return to play."


Media: Drs. Montelpare and Forbes are available for media interview today. For more information, please contact Communications Officer Heather Scott at 807-343-8177 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. 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 U Hosts Northern Ontario Premiere of Documentary Film <i>Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo</i>

The MES-Nature-Based Recreation Tourism Program at Lakehead University, in conjunction with the Food Security Research Network and the Centre for Northern Studies, invites community members to attend the Northern Ontario premiere of the documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, produced and directed by Jessica Oreck. This event takes place on Tuesday, November 2 in Lakehead University's UC 1017 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A question and answer session with producer/director Jessica Oreck will follow from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan's age-old love affair with insects. It is a labyrinthine meditation on nature, beauty, philosophy, and Japanese culture that makes you question whether your 'instinctive' repulsion to bugs is merely a result of Western conditioning.

Premiered at SXSW 2009 as part of the Emerging Visions line-up, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo has appeared across North America with showings at theFull Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, and Cinevegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it won a Special Jury Award for Artistic Vision. This documentary appeals to people of all ages who are interested in nature and insects.

Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Jessica Oreck, Producer, Writer, and Director, works as an animal keeper and docent at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is Jessica's first feature film. She is currently in production on several animated science shows while building her own museum exhibition and researching her next feature film. This is Jessica's first visit to Northern Ontario.

For more information, please contact Adrianne Johnston, Coordinator of the MES-NBRT Speaker Series, at 807-343-8876 or

Lakehead Thunderwolves issue challenge to York Lions

Lakehead University Thunderwolves and York University Lions hockey competition to get chilly

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men's hockey team will visit Orillia this fall to face off against one of their rivals, the York University Lions. The game is set for Saturday, October 30 and will take place in Rotary Place at the new West Orillia Sports Complex on University Avenue, next to Lakehead's new campus facility.

On October 13, at a media event hosted by game sponsor, Jim Wilson Chevrolet Buick GMC, Tom Warden, Lakehead University Athletics Director, issued a challenge to the York University Lions coach, Jim Wells. "The Lakehead Thunderwolves challenge the York University Lions to agree to a dip in Lake Couchiching," announced Warden. The challenge would see the athletic director of the losing team's university participate in the polar bear dip event held during Orillia's annual winter carnival on February 13. Lions Coach Jim Wells agreed to the challenge on behalf of York University Sport and Recreation Director, Jennifer Myers, who was unable to attend the media event.

Wells confirmed that the team is up for the challenge. "We are looking forward to our upcoming game against the Thunderwolves." Lakehead University has become one our biggest rivals and we are ready for a great competition."
The Lakehead Thunderwolves men's varsity hockey team enjoyed a strong season last year, finishing third in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division and making it to the OUA finals.

Ready for the challenge: (from l to r): Jim Wilson, of Jim Wilson Chevrolet Buick GMC, the title sponsor of the Thunderwolves vs Lions hockey match, along with Brian Jeffs of Lakehead University; "Wolfie," the Thunderwolves mascot; and Jim Wells, York University Lions coach.

"This is the second Thunderwolves hockey game held in Orillia," noted Warden. "It will be a great opportunity for Lakehead - Orillia students and the community at large to enjoy a "varsity" experience." We are also pleased to be supporting our varsity program through the new rowing and curling programs at the Orillia campus and look forward to cheering on these athletes in the coming years."

The October 30 game will include a pre-game pep rally at the new 500 University Avenue campus from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for spectators to enjoy a barbeque, meet "Wolfie," the Thunderwolves mascot, and take part in a variety of fun events and win prizes.
Lakehead - Orillia Athletics and Recreation Facilitator, Liz Ross, says she expects the game will be a sell-out, with 700 spectators. "This game will be a chance for the community of Orillia to come out and see some high calibre hockey, while cheering on the Lakehead Thunderwolves to another great season."

Ross added that she is extremely pleased with the community support for the event and thanked the game's many sponsors, including title sponsor, Jim Wilson Chevrolet Buick GMC and media sponsors, The Packet and Times and KICX 106/104.1 The Dock.

Tickets for the game are on sale at Lakehead's 500 University Avenue campus and at Manticore Books on Mississaga Street in downtown Orillia. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for youth, students and Lakehead alumni. On October 30, doors open at 7:00 pm; the puck drops at 7:30 pm.

Meet Holly Schinkel, Presidential Scholarship Winner

When you come from a small town, the idea of going away to university can be daunting - especially if you're 17 years old and home was the comfortable cocoon of a small northern town with just 300 souls.
That was the reality for Holly Schinkel, who grew up in Charlton, halfway between Kirkland Lake and New Liskeard. So, when she thought about her post-secondary education, she knew that a massive university campus in a big city was not for her.

"That's why Lakehead-Orillia appealed to me so much; it was in a smaller city and on a smaller campus," said Schinkel.

The opportunity to land a scholarship was also a big motivator for Schinkel, the fourth of six children from her family to pursue post-secondary education.

She was most interested in the prestigious Presidential Scholarship for those with an average over 90% and a strong community-service component on their resume.

A perennially strong student, Schinkel worked even harder in Grade 12, which paid off with an impressive 95% average. And she attained that lofty mark while playing basketball, volleyball, and soccer at Englehart High School, while volunteering at her church.

A driven student, she also has a heart to help others. That's why she jumped at the chance to join 120 students from all over Canada on a 'Hero Holiday' to the Dominican Republic.

"The trip was between Grade 11 and Grade 12 and it was organized through Absolute Leadership," said Schinkel of the 10-day sojourn overseas.

This was not a holiday. "We visited a garbage dump where a lot of Haitian refugees were basically living and was awful. We also went to a hospital to visit children and the hospital was what I would imagine a jail would be like. It was all cement, there were bars on the windows and there were 15 kids in a room, jammed in together."

Schinkel and the others also helped build a kitchen at a church/school that was previously built by other missionaries.

"I had always heard about poverty but I wanted to see it with my own eyes," said Schinkel. "It was a real eye opener and it really made me realize how privileged we are in Canada."

When Schinkel was short-listed for the Presidential Scholarship with four others, she learned she would be flown to Thunder Bay for an interview. As part of the process, she was asked to give a five-minute presentation. She chose to talk about that trip to the Dominican.

A few weeks later, she got the phone call saying she was the winner of the coveted President's Scholarship: $7,500 per year as long as she maintains an 85% average.

"It's amazing. For our family, there are four of us in university right now so it's really helpful," said Schinkel, whose sister Heidi, 19, also goes to school at Lakehead - Orillia, where the sisters share an apartment. "It means a lot to us."

Being able to go to school in Orillia also means a lot to Schinkel, who is pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

"I really love the small-town atmosphere here and I love that the classes are smaller," said Schinkel. "It's really great because you get to know the profs and they know you. It's just more energizing and personal. I like that kind of classroom setting," said Schinkel, who wants to be a math teacher.

Schinkel is impressed by the new 500 University Avenue campus, is already making new friends and has begun to get involved in campus life, playing intramural soccer on Tuesday nights.

"I really like it here," she said. "It's a big adjustment leaving home but it's been great here."

Lakehead Announces New Board Members

(October 1, 2010 " Thunder Bay, Ontario) Lakehead University is pleased to announce the new members of its Board of Governors, as elected at the Annual Meeting on October 1. Joining the Board as new members are: Erin Carter, Ken Chase, Sharon Stone, Katie Spurvey, Mark Tilbury, Murray Walberg, and Eric Zakrewski, Nancy Bouchard, and David Tamblyn. Colin Bruce will serve as the new Chair, Cameron Clark as the new Vice-Chair, and Kevin Cleghorn as the Past Chair.

All new members are thrilled with the opportunity to join the Board and are eager to serve the University in their new roles, as are Mr. Bruce and Mr. Clarke.

The Board of Governors meets six times throughout the year. Its membership comprises representatives from the University community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Aboriginal Management Council; the City of Thunder Bay; Lieutenant Governor and Council appointments; and members who are elected at large.

Board members have strong ties to Lakehead, as well as the city and the region. They are dedicated to offering their perspectives on a number of important issues, which ultimately provide valuable and continued support toward excellence in education at the University. "¨"¨Dr. Brian Stevenson, President, Lakehead University, says "As Ilook forward to what will be a year full of challenges and opportunities, I am extremely grateful to be able torelyon the wisdom, energy, and commitment these Board members provide. Lakehead University both inspires, and is nurtured by, the loyalty they personify."


"¨MEDIA: New members are also available for interview today following the 1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting that takes place in Lakehead's Senate Chambers. Patti Merriman, Secretary of the Board of Governors, can be contacted should you require interviews with Board members following today's announcement. Patti can be reached at 807-343-8614 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

Conference on Italian-Canadian Studies Draws Researchers from Across the Country

The Institute of Italian Studies-Lakehead University (IISLU) and the Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture (aig+c) have partnered with the Mariano Elia Chair of Italian Studies at York University to sponsor a national conference/workshop toward the creation of a national archive on the Italian-Canadian experience.

This event will bring researchers and scholars from across Canada to Lakehead University from October 2 - 3 to discuss their research in the field of Italian-Canadian Studies.

The IIS-LU and the aig+c also sponsor a free public lecture which takes place on October 1, starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Valhalla Inn. At this event, Professor Bruno Ramirez presents a keynote address entitled Looking Backward, in Search of my Steps.

New Research to Improve End-of-Life Care in First Nations Communities

(September 27, 2010 ?" Thunder Bay, Ontario) A research team based at Lakehead University??s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) has recently been awarded a five-year, $1.825 million Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Aboriginal Health Intervention Grant dedicated to improving palliative care services in First Nations communities. The project was lead by Principal Investigators Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, CERAH Research Affiliate and Professor of Social Work at Lakehead University, and Dr. Kevin Brazil, Director of St. Joseph??s Health System??s Research Network and Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University.

??"Addressing the unmet need for accessible, culturally appropriate palliative care services for Aboriginal people in First Nations communities is a growing social obligation and an emerging Canadian policy priority,? says Dr. Kelley. ??"Participants in First Nations communities have much to teach all of us about the process of supporting local capacity building,? she adds.

To examine this issue, four First Nations communities were chosen as partners and study sites, including Naotkamegwanning First Nation, Fort William First Nation, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and Peguis First Nation, of the Kenora, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, and Winnipeg areas respectively. The outcome of the research will include a model and guidelines for developing palliative care. Perhaps more importantly will be the documentation of the process that identifies critical components of success in developing palliative care services in local communities. Lessons learned from this project have the potential for application to other First Nations communities also in need of developing local palliative care services.

??"The importance of this funding is that it acknowledges the need for end-of-life care and services in the First Nations communities,? says Dr. Brazil, noting that, ??"Not only is this a chance to improve and make services more accessible for Aboriginal people in First Nations communities, but it becomes a mutual learning opportunity for everyone involved.?

This research project is a collaborative effort by a team of researchers, Aboriginal health organizations, and the four First Nations communities who have committed to work together for five years while developing palliative care services and knowledge within their communities.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, President, Lakehead University, says, ??"This palliative care project is an exciting initiative in the best tradition of action-oriented research. What might be equally important, though, is that this research team has shown the rest of us the way to holistically combine research, service development and community engagement. As is so often the case, the best way to develop a new strategy is to copy the actions of the people who are already doing it. Thank you to all for this very exciting new approach.?

"All researchers, First Nations community members, and decision makers involved in this project should be extremely proud of the work this model has and will surely continue to accomplish,? exclaims Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President, Lakehead University. ??"This milestone achievement is reflective of genuine teamwork that spans community borders, and will pave the way for future benefits concerning Lakehead's research portfolio.? Dr. Wang expects this achievement to progress Lakehead's standing as one of Canada's top 25 research-intensive universities, as well as the creation of continued and much-needed community-based partnerships, improved infrastructure for future grants, and positive implications for the University??s overall reputation as a world-class research facility.

Members of the research team responsible for securing a $1.825 M Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Aboriginal Health Intervention Grant. The team comprises representation from Lakehead University's Centre for Education on Research and Aging in Health (CERAH),
St. Joseph's Health System's Research Network,
and four First Nations communities from
areas across Ontario and Manitoba.


MEDIA: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley and Holly Prince, Project Manager, are available for media interviews. To arrange interview times, please contact Heather Scott, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177 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

Lakehead - Orillia Grand Opening

Lakehead University - Orillia Celebrates Opening of Canada's first LEED® Platinum University Campus

On September 23, Lakehead University celebrated the opening of its new academic building at 500 University Avenue in Orillia. The new facility represents the first phase in the development of Canada's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum university campus.

"With the opening of our new LEED® Platinum campus, we are able to showcase our commitment to environmental sustainability while educating students to be leaders who understand the challenges of the future," said Lakehead President Dr. Brian Stevenson.

The new $43-million academic building was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the City of Orillia and by donors to Lakehead - Orillia's Your Bright Future Campaign, including the County of Simcoe.
"The Government of Canada has invested in innovation and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Canadians and set the foundation for economic prosperity," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "This investment has created jobs for people now and in the future, will provide the infrastructure Lakehead University's Orillia Campus will need for years to come, and will encourage innovation for the benefit of all Canadians."

"This is our future," said City of Orillia Mayor Ron Stevens, as he pointed to the new building. "The Lakehead - Orillia campus allows students in our communities to be able to afford a university education, a dream that drove the original local pioneers of post-secondary education decades ago," added Stevens.

Simcoe County Warden, Cal Patterson, also expressed his support for the Lakehead campus. "First and foremost, it's going to create jobs here. These students can stay in Simcoe County and become successful right here." Patterson demonstrated the commitment of Simcoe County to the University with a special presentation of a limited edition bust statue of John Graves Simcoe to Lakehead President, Dr. Brian Stevenson.

The new facility represents an exciting evolution for Lakehead's Orillia-based campus, which first opened in 2006 in downtown Orillia with approximately 120 students. Today, close to 1,000 students are enrolled and attend classes in downtown Orillia, and now at 500 University Avenue. All undergraduate students study at the new University Avenue facility, while professional and post-degree programs continue to be housed at the downtown location.

"We are delighted with the new building because it realizes every hope we had," said Kim Fedderson, the dean of the Orillia campus. "We have a particular philosophy of education at Lakehead that is inquiry-based and interdisciplinary. This building was designed with that in mind - it's student-centred."
The Grand Opening event offered visitors an opportunity to explore the facility and to see how students are learning amidst the bright, open spaces and state-of-the-art facilities.

For Lakehead to meet the LEED® Platinum certification, which is the highest standard that exists, it made a wide-ranging commitment to go "green". The LEED® certification system recognizes performance in five key areas including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. One of the more distinct and noticeable features of the facility is its green roof. Over 50% of the roof is covered with a natural ground cover, which acts as a cooling agent and helps manage runoff.

The building also uses a geothermal heating system. Over 130 holes were drilled to a depth of 300 feet in order to take advantage of the heat stored below the surface of the earth. Another key and environmentally focused element of the building is its unique rain-water retention pond, which collects water for use in the building's non-potable water functions such as toilet flushing.

The new academic building is the first phase of construction at the 500 University Avenue site. Lakehead University has developed a master plan for the 85-acre property. The next phase is the completion of a 271-bed residence and construction of a cafeteria, both scheduled to open in September 2011.

The official ceremony concluded with an unveiling of an original painting created by local artist Will McGarvey, to commemorate the opening of the new campus. Poster copies of the painting were distributed to all those in attendance at the Opening.

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This Year's Fall Harvest a Great Success

Over 500 guests attended Lakehead's Third Annual Fall Harvest at the Sweat Lodge Site on Saturday, September 18. Facilitated by Elders and community members from the Thunder Bay and Fort Frances areas, attendees were able to enjoy twenty different stations that demonstrated everything from hide tanning to fish smoking and bannock making. These activities provided diverse cultural teachings, information about traditional ways of living off the land, delicious food samples, and an excellent cultural learning experience for guests of ages.

As noted by Beverly Sabourin, Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives, "This year's event offered a great feeling of community togetherness and a strong sense of spiritual power."

A sincere thanks is extended to the University community for supporting this event and adding to its success. Thanks are also given to the dedicated volunteers, including students, staff, and faculty who helped.

This event would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Fall Harvest Committee, including representatives from:

Aboriginal Awareness Centre
Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services
Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Initiatives
Lakehead University Elders Council
Lakehead University Native Student Association
Native Nurses Entry Program
Orientation and Commuter Services
Seven Generations Education Institute
Fort William Historical Park

Elder Agnes Hardy demonstrates bannock making to community and student volunteers