Lakehead’s 2014 Convocation Honours Academic and Community Achievements

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(l to r): Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers; and Lakehead Chancellor Dr. Derek Burney.

June 7, 2014 – Orillia, ON

Approximately 330 students walked across the stage and claimed their hard-earned degrees, today, as Lakehead University’s Orillia campus hosted its 2014 Convocation Ceremonies at Rotary Place.

This year, Lakehead conferred approximately 2,100 degrees to students at its Orillia and Thunder Bay campuses. In addition to lauding its graduating students, Lakehead’s Orillia Convocation is the annual occasion to confer honorary degrees, its Civitas Award, and alumni awards as it honours those who have contributed significantly to the University and our community.

“Convocation is a time-honoured tradition for graduates of all ages, and schools of all levels, around the world,” said Chancellor Derek Burney, who urged graduates to become proud ambassadors for Lakehead University. “It celebrates the success of academic achievement, a major foundation for whatever they choose to do in life.”

For the first time in the history of the Orillia campus, degrees were awarded to graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science – Environmental Sustainability program.

Degrees were also be conferred to students who completed the Bachelor and Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science (HBASc, BASc) in other disciplines, Bachelor of Education (BEd), Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW), and Honours Bachelor of Commerce (HBComm), and Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin) programs.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson explained that Convocation is a time for graduates to be celebrated by faculty, family, and friends.  “While we are extremely proud of what each of our graduates has achieved, we know that their potential is boundless and that they will enjoy many more triumphs in their lives,” said Dr. Stevenson.

“As we recognize the accomplishments of our students and honoured guests, today, we also look forward to next year, when we celebrate Lakehead University’s 50th anniversary and half a century of achievements,” added Dr. Stevenson.

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Grads proudly wearing their new Alumni scarves following Convocation ceremonies.

HONORARY DEGREE

Lakehead University grants an honorary degree to individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements and remarkable service, and who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

The Honourable Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, who delivered the commencement address to graduands, received an honorary Doctor of Laws. 

Dr. Chambers was elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in 2003 and appointed to the Executive Council of Ontario where she served for four years, first as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and subsequently as the Minister of Children and Youth Services. 

Dr. Chambers was a major supporter of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus during its initial stages. She has been recognized internationally as an active advocate for public education at all levels from pre-kindergarten to post-doctoral. 

Her contributions while in government included substantial improvements to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, non-repayable income-based tuition grants for college and university students and stronger legislation to better protect students through the Private Career Colleges Act. 

CIVITAS AWARD

TheCivitas Award, conferred annually to a community member who has made a significant contribution to the University, was awarded to Orillia naturalist, Bob Bowles.

An award-winning environmental consultant, writer, artist, nature photographer, educator, and naturalist, Bowles is known throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka regions for his exemplary ecological stewardship.

Bowles’ connection to Lakehead University goes back to 2006 – the summer preceding the opening of the downtown Orillia campus — when he was approached by biologist and Lakehead Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Nanda Kanavillil to help set up environmental research studies for students.

Among his many achievements, Bowles has founded Kids for Turtles Environmental Education, Friends of Scout Valley, and the Muskoka and Carden Field Naturalist groups. He also hosts the Rogers Cable TV series “Focus on Nature with Bob Bowles” and writes a weekly science and nature column for the Orillia Packet & Times.

Bowles is a member of the Community Relations Sub-committee of the Orillia Campus Advisory Committee and he is a frequent guest lecturer in programs such as Humanities 101.  

Past Civitas Award winners include: Will McGarvey (2013); Anderson Charters (2012); Paul Weber (2011); former mayor of Orillia, Ron Stevens (2010); Lloyd Dennis (2009); and Sue Mulcahy (2008).

Convocation 2014 also highlighted outstanding student achievements with the following honours and awards:

THE ORILLIA CAMPUS DEAN’S MEDAL

Awarded to the highest-ranking graduating student in the Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree program. This year’s recipient was Katelyn Weel, (HBASc Environmental Sustainability).

THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Award given annually to the graduating students who have occupied positions of responsibility in student organizations and who, by their activities and achievements, have earned the gratitude of the University. This year’s recipient was Olivia Manovich (HBASc/BEd).

LLOYD DENNIS AWARD

Award given for outstanding citizenship presented to the full-time student selected by her fellows, the faculty and administration as contributing most to the welfare of the university through student activities. This year’s recipient was Olivia Manovich (HBASc/BEd).

ALUMNI AWARDS

Lakehead Orillia Alumni Awards were awarded at the Chancellor’s Dinner, Friday evening, June 6. Award recipients included Scott Kress (HBOR/BSc ‘93), Dr. Gary Polonsky (BSc ‘77), and Eric McGoey (HBA ‘02).Community leaders, Don Ross and Dennis Smith, were also recognized with Honorary Alumnus status for their outstanding commitment to Lakehead Orillia.

 

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Media: For more information, please contact Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014, or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead’s 50th Convocation Ceremonies Honour Academic and Community Achievements

From left:  Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient, The Honourable Frank Iacobucci; Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient, The Honourable Bob Rae; Lakehead Chancellor Dr. Derek Burney.

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From left: Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient, The Honourable Frank Iacobucci; Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient, The Honourable Bob Rae; Lakehead Chancellor Dr. Derek Burney.

June 1, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON 

More than 900 students walked across the stage and claimed their hard-earned degrees, this weekend, as Lakehead University hosted its 2014 Convocation Ceremonies — the University’s 50th convocation — at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

“Convocation is a time-honoured tradition for graduates of all ages, and schools of all levels, around the world,” said Chancellor Derek Burney, who urged graduates to become proud ambassadors for Lakehead University. “It celebrates the success of academic achievement, a major foundation for whatever they choose to do in life.”

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson explained that Convocation is a time for graduates to be celebrated by faculty, family, and friends.  “While we are extremely proud of what each of our graduates has achieved, we know that their potential is boundless and that they will enjoy many more triumphs in their lives,” said Dr. Stevenson.

“As we recognize the accomplishments of our students and honoured guests, today, we also look forward to next year, when we celebrate Lakehead University’s 50th anniversary and half a century of achievements,” added Dr. Stevenson.

This year, Lakehead will confer approximately 2,100 degrees to students at its Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. In addition to lauding its graduating students, Lakehead’s Convocation is the annual occasion to confer honorary degrees and the title of Fellow of the University as it honours those who have contributed significantly to the University and our community.

Below are those who were conferred honorary degrees and the title of ‘Fellow of the University’ over the course of Lakehead University’s three Thunder Bay campus Convocation ceremonies, May 30 and 31.

HONORARY DEGREES

Lakehead University grants an honorary degree to individuals who have accomplished extraordinary achievements and remarkable service and who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Dr. Arnold Aberman has contributed to the advancement of medicine for more than 30 years, including the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), a joint initiative between Lakehead University and Laurentian University.

He was instrumental in the planning and development of NOSM. He can take credit for many aspects of NOSM’s unique structure and governance.

 As a co-director of the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Aberman was instrumental in securing recognition for the field of critical care medicine as an independent discipline in Canada.

Dr. Aberman received an honorary Doctor of Science. On Friday, he addressed graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Richard Wagamese is an internationally renowned, award-winning author, newspaper columnist and reporter who has worked in radio and television.

He is known for his many books including Indian Horse, which describes the life of an Ojibway man who, as a child, was taken from his family and his Northern Ontario home and put in the residential school system.

Wagamese’s writing has brought awareness to the horrors of the residential school system, to the discrimination that Native people have faced and the racism Native people have been subjected to.

He is an Ojibway man from Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

Wagamese received an honorary Doctor of Letters.On Saturday morning, he addressed graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Business Administration.

On Saturday afternoon, The Honourable Bob Rae and The Honourable Frank Iacobucci addressed graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Natural Resources Management, the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Honourable Bob Rae is a senior partner at OKT - Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator.

Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature between 1978 and 2013. He served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995.

During his time in government, Rae completed a review of Ontario’s postsecondary school education for the Ontario Provincial Government that resulted in the 2005 report entitled Ontario: A Leader in Learning. This report led to significant policy and budgetary changes, including substantial increases to the base budgets of Ontario’s universities.

Rae acts as Advisor to the Matawa Chiefs Tribal Council respecting the potential development of the area in Northwestern Ontario known as The Ring of Fire.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci is representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire.

He is also doing an independent review of various matters for Chief Bill Blair of the Toronto Police Service relating to police encounters with mentally or emotionally disturbed persons.

Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. 

He was the Federal Government’s Representative in the negotiations leading to the settlement agreement in 2005 relating to Indian Residential Schools, which is the largest financial settlement in Canada.  In February, 2013 he submitted his report after doing an independent review for the Ontario Government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries.

Rae and Iacobucci each received an honorary Doctor of Laws.
 

FELLOWS OF THE UNIVERSITY

The title ‘Fellow of the University’ recognizes people who have contributed to the growth, development, welfare and well-being of Lakehead University. 

Jacqueline Dojack is always ready to apply her formidable energy to helping individuals and organizations flourish.

Dojack has supported Lakehead University over the years as it evolved into an innovative, nationally-recognized institution. From 1996 to 2008, she was on Lakehead’s Board of Governors and coordinated major fundraising campaigns.

As the Board of Governors Chair from 2004 to 2006, Dojack was involved in two historic milestones: the opening of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the opening of Lakehead’s Orillia campus.

From 2007 to 2013, she was on NOSM’s Board of Directors and was part of a successful initiative to encourage doctors trained in the north to practise medicine in the north.

Dojack started as a teacher with the Lakehead Board of Education in 1968, progressing to vice-principal and then superintendent of education. She joined the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training’s northwestern branch in 1990, serving in senior positions until retiring in 1998.

Retirement offered Dojack the opportunity to found Dojack Associates Ltd., a consulting firm providing program reviews, strategic planning services and dispute resolution.

Dojack was conferred the title of Fellow of the University on Friday, May 30 at Lakehead’s 2 pm Convocation Ceremony.

Liz McWeeny and her husband Richard Buset are strong supporters of Lakehead University.

They were involved in Lakehead’s Advanced Technology & Academic Centre building campaign and the establishment of the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, and have helped create bursaries for Lakehead University students.

For 35 years, McWeeny has also been a passionate advocate for refugee rights and protection.

She began volunteering with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Thunder Bay and Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 1979 to launch the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, resettling hundreds of refugees in Northwestern Ontario. She was the diocesan coordinator for Refugee Sponsorship until 2009.

 From 1985 to 2002, McWeeny chaired the Thunder Bay Friends of Refugees, a multi-denominational group assisting refugees from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

She is a founding member of the D.O.O.R.S. to New Life Refugee Centre, and has held leadership positions with the national NGO-Government Committee on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees.

McWeeny and Buset recently directed their efforts toward poverty reduction by founding Compassionet Impact Development Canada, which supports home-building, micro-business loans, and education programs for the poor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

McWeeny was conferred the title of Fellow of the University on Saturday, May 31 at the 9:30 am Convocation Ceremony held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

Lakehead University’s Orillia campus Convocation ceremonies with take place at Rotary Place in Orillia, Ontario, Saturday, June 7, 2014, beginning at 10:00 am.

For information about all of Lakehead’s 2014 Convocations ceremonies, please visit www.lakeheadu.ca/current-students/graduation.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Derek and Joan Burney Fellowship Established at Lakehead’s CESME

 Dr. Derek Burney and his wife Joan announced the $150,000 contribution they made to Lakehead University's Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration.

Lakehead Chancellor Dr. Derek H. Burney and his wife Joan announced a $150,000 contribution to establish a postdoctoral fellowship within CESME.

May 29, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Today, Lakehead Chancellor Dr. Derek H. Burney and his wife, Joan, announced a generous gift of $150,000 to establish a special postdoctoral fellowship at the University.

The Derek and Joan Burney Postdoctoral Fellowship is the first fellowship established through Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME).

The new postdoctoral fellowship will be affiliated with Lakehead’s Department of Economics within the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies. The fellowship will fund a three-year bridging position at the University for a researcher who is between their PhD and a faculty position.

“It is because of our education and what we were able to do with it, that we are in a position today to make this donation to CESME,” said Dr. Burney. “It is one that we sincerely hope will inspire others to do something similar in support of Lakehead University.”

Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, explained the importance of the Burneys’ gift: “As the Burneys’ generous gift will most certainly help push CESME closer to its goals, my hope is that their gesture encourages others to make philanthropic contributions to the Centre and Lakehead University.

“The returns on these kinds of investments are long-term, and are felt throughout Northwestern Ontario,” added Dr. Stevenson.

CESME’s Director, Dr. Pete Hollings, said, "By creating this postdoctoral fellowship, Derek and Joan Burney are making a strong commitment to CESME.

“By directly supporting the people who undertake the research into resource development in Northern Ontario, the Burneys recognize the important role that CESME will play in our region’s future," Dr. Hollings explained.

Dr. John Mason, Project Manager, Mining Services for the Thunder Bay Economic Development Commission, explained the significance of CESME’s new Fellowship. “It’s important to invest in strategic Northwestern Ontario mining industry players like Lakehead University and CESME because the mineral sector is a far-reaching and impactful economic driver in this region, and will continue to be for years to come,” he said.

The goal of CESME is to encourage and support research, education and outreach activities regarding the nature and impacts of mineral resource exploration and extraction particularly in Northern Ontario.

To learn more about CESME, please visit www.cesme.lakeheadu.ca.

For more information about this newly established CESME Fellowship, please contact CESME Director, Dr. Pete Hollings, at (807) 343-8329, or peter.hollings@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Summer School on Medical Imaging launches fourth successful year

May 28, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Scientists with the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) and Lakehead University are delighted to welcome students to the 2014 Summer School on Medical Imaging (SSMI).

Now in its fourth year, the SSMI is a 16-week, multidisciplinary program designed to create the next generation of highly skilled professionals in the field of medical imaging — one of the most important tools for the future of medicine.

The SSMI emphasizes technical and scientific skills, and their application in a broader, “real-life” context that extends beyond the laboratory, said program founder and TBRRI scientist Dr. Alla Reznik, who spearheaded and directed the program in its first three years. 

“We want these students to understand and define research successes in the context of current and future patient needs, their communities, business and industry needs, and their own careers,” said Dr. Reznik, who is the Canada Research Chair in Physics of Medical Imaging at Lakehead University.

“The work is not only about being in the lab – it requires an understanding of healthcare problems in order to develop new technologies and treatments that will meet patient needs. It requires linkages with business and industry in order to bring research products to market. It is not limited to research,” Dr. Reznik said.

SSMI is one component of Dr. Reznik’s six-year, $1.6 million CREATE grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  A larger goal of the project is to create a medical imaging program at Lakehead University.

Dr. Reznik’s colleague, TBRRI researcher and Lakehead professor Dr. Mitchell Albert, will take over the role of SSMI program director for 2014.

“The Summer School in Medical Imaging is a great example of how TBRRI partners with Lakehead University to train and retain our region’s youth,” said Dr. Roxanne Deslauriers, acting CEO for TBRRI and Vice-President, Research, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

“In the past, many Thunder Bay students felt that they had to leave the city to pursue education and careers in science. Now our youth are realizing they can have a top-quality education and career in the medical field — without leaving Northwestern Ontario.”

 “It is the energy and ideas of students that so often fuel research,” said Dr. Mark Gallagher, Professor and Chair, Physics Department, Lakehead University. “Lakehead is proud to partner with TBRRI on this initiative to give our students first-class training and experience in medical imaging in Northwestern Ontario.”

Participating students work directly with TBRRI and Lakehead scientists on research projects they present to their peers and instructors at the end of the course. Students also have the opportunity to shadow physicians during image-guided clinical procedures at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

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Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
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Lakehead University

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead’s 2014 Fellows of the University

May 28, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Two individuals will be thanked and honoured for their significant contributions to Lakehead University’s growth, development, and well-being during the University’s 2014 Convocation ceremonies.

Jacqueline Dojack and Liz McWeeny will receive the title of ‘Fellow of the University’ in recognition of their contributions to Lakehead University and Thunder Bay.

“Liz and Jacqueline have played exceptional roles in championing our University’s growth and helping achieve its goals,” said Cameron Clark, Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.

“These individuals have put considerable time and energy into fundraising to create new buildings, programs, and scholarships for our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses – and for that we are very thankful,” Clark added.

“Finding community members who are this dedicated and talented is not an easy task,” said President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We confer upon them the title of Fellow of the University in recognition of their hard work and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.”

Jacqueline Dojack is always ready to apply her formidable energy to helping individuals and organizations flourish.

Jacqueline Dojack is always ready to apply her formidable energy to helping individuals and organizations flourish.

Dojack has supported Lakehead University over the years as it evolved into an innovative, nationally-recognized institution. From 1996 to 2008, she was on Lakehead’s Board of Governors and coordinated major fundraising campaigns.

As the Board of Governors Chair from 2004 to 2006, Dojack was involved in two historic milestones: the opening of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the opening of Lakehead’s Orillia campus.

From 2007 to 2013, she was on NOSM’s Board of Directors and was part of a successful initiative to encourage doctors trained in the north to practise medicine in the north.

Dojack started as a teacher with the Lakehead Board of Education in 1968, progressing to vice principal and then superintendent of education. She joined the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training’s northwestern branch in 1990, serving in senior positions until retiring in 1998.

Retirement offered Dojack the opportunity to found Dojack Associates Ltd., a consulting firm providing program reviews, strategic planning services and dispute resolution.

Dojack will be conferred the title of Fellow of the University during on Friday, May 30 at Lakehead’s 2:00 pm Convocation Ceremony held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

Liz McWeeny and her husband Richard Buset are strong supporters of Lakehead University.

Liz McWeeny and her husband Richard Buset are strong supporters of Lakehead University.

They were involved in Lakehead’s Advanced Technology & Academic Centre building campaign and the establishment of the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts, and have helped create bursaries for Lakehead University students.

For 35 years, McWeeny has also been a passionate advocate for refugee rights and protection.

She began volunteering with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Thunder Bay and Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 1979 to launch the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, resettling hundreds of refugees in Northwestern Ontario. She was the diocesan coordinator for Refugee Sponsorship until 2009.

From 1985 to 2002, McWeeny chaired the Thunder Bay Friends of Refugees, a multi-denominational group assisting refugees from Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

She is a founding member of the D.O.O.R.S. to New Life Refugee Centre, and has held leadership positions with the national NGO-Government Committee on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees.

McWeeny and Buset recently directed their efforts toward poverty reduction by founding Compassionet Impact Development Canada, which supports home-building, micro-business loans, and education programs for the poor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

McWeeny will be conferred the title of Fellow of the University on Saturday, May 31 at the 9:30 am Convocation Ceremony held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Professors Release Book on Strengths-Based Approach

Lakehead University's Dr. Ed Rawana spoke about the benefits of using a strengths-based approach in schools during Friday's book launch.

Lakehead University's Dr. Ed Rawana spoke about the benefits of using a strengths-based approach in schools during Friday's book launch. 

May 23, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Dr. Ed Rawana and Dr. Keith Brownlee have released a book describing how educators can adopt a strengths-based approach to teaching that will help students reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom.

Entitled Reshaping School Culture: Implementing a Strengths-Based Approach in Schools, Dr. Rawana and Dr. Brownlee co-authored the book with Lakehead Public School principals Michelle Probizanski, Heather Harris and Denise Baxter.

“This book will be beneficial for anyone who works with children,” said Dr. Rawana, child and adolescent clinical psychologist, Director of the Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development, and Director of Lakehead’s Graduate Clinical Psychology Program.

“One of the major recommendations is for the teacher to examine a child’s strengths along with their challenges. The teacher can then encourage the child to use these strengths to address some of the challenges that might be behavioural or academic, or both,” Dr. Rawana said.

This shift in focus can provide the added benefit of more effective classroom management. If students are aware of their strengths then they’re more likely to use them, and if teachers are aware of their students’ strengths, they can capitalize on them, he said.

“This strengths-based approach also provides an opportunity to engage parents in a positive discussion by talking to them about their child’s strengths along with their challenges. This creates a sense of partnership between the educators and the parents that can only be helpful to the student,” Dr. Rawana said.

A strengths-based approach also helps staff and students build strong relationships with each other that promote positive educational experiences.

“When educators ensure that every interaction takes into consideration the positivity students bring to the school community, students thrive, building strong relationships; and when something goes wrong, all are more ready and willing to make things right,” said Probizanski, the principal at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

The book was published through Hignell Printing and launched May 23, 2014 at a workshop for teachers and principals at Sherbrooke Public School in Thunder Bay.

From the Lakehead Public School Board, Denise Baxter, middle, Michelle Probizanski, left, and Heather Harris each discussed ways a strengths-based approach in schools can help students overcome challenges.

From the Lakehead Public School Board, Denise Baxter, middle, Michelle Probizanski, left, and Heather Harris each discussed ways a strengths-based approach in schools can help students overcome challenges.

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

 
 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Commemorates Daniel Beardy Memorial Award

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy, from left, his wife Nellie Beardy, and Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson took part in a ceremony to commemorate the life of Daniel Beardy.

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy, from left, his wife Nellie Beardy, and Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson took part in a ceremony to commemorate the life of Daniel Beardy.

May 16, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson and Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy commemorated the life of Beardy’s late son, Daniel, with a ceremony.

The Daniel Beardy Memorial Award was created in 2012 in memory of Daniel. Today’s event commemorated the ten years since Daniel’s passing, in 2004.

Dr. Stevenson explained that the purpose of the academic award is to honour Daniel’s life. “Daniel epitomized the spirit, drive, and dreams that institutions such as Lakehead are responsible for helping nurture in all students,” he said.

“We are deeply touched by this Memorial Award,” said Chief Beardy. “The award is both a commemoration and an honour that will keep the name and spirit of our beloved son Daniel alive forever. Daniel worked hard and excelled in everything he set his mind to, and this award goes out to recipients who hold those same ideals.”

Chief Beardy and Dr. Stevenson each presented a personal cheque of $750 to be put towards the award that has, thus far, helped two Lakehead students achieve their post-secondary dreams.

“My hope is that people will join myself and Regional Chief Beardy in ensuring that this award continues to support the dreams of Lakehead students for years to come, and perpetuate Daniel’s memory at our University,” Dr. Stevenson added.

The first recipient of the Daniel Beardy Memorial Award was Trevor Gamache, in 2012-2013. Now a teacher with the Thunder Bay Catholic School Board, Gamache’s letter of thanks was read aloud at the commemoration. It explained that he played for theFort William North Stars — the same hockey team Daniel suited up for. “I quickly discovered Daniel’s tragic story through coaches and teammates who knew him much closer than I,” wrote Gamache. “It became inspiration in the locker room, and supported our motto of ‘Do it now, as tomorrow may never come’.”

The letter describes Daniel as a ‘dedicated and passionate athlete with a bright future before his life was taken’ on August 1, 2004: “Through stories and knowledge passed down in the hockey locker rooms, even recently through my 4 seasons with the Lakehead Thunderwolves, Daniel’s passion continues to inspire students and athletes in the Thunder Bay area.”

Daniel Beardy, a Muskrat Dam First Nation band member, learned to play hockey on a frozen lake with snow banks for boards. His talent and passion for hockey was recognized during the 2003-2004 season when he was named both the top goaltender in the Superior Junior Hockey League and second place goaltender in the National Canadian Junior “A” hockey league. Daniel Beardy was a dedicated individual whose desire for excellence and willingness to work hard inspired and motivated those who knew him.

The Daniel Beardy Memorial Award is conferred upon a Lakehead University undergraduate student with a minimum average of 70% in their courses. For more information about this award, and how to contribute to it, please contact Lakehead University’s Philanthropy Director, Jennifer Childs, at (807) 343-8899, or jennifer.childs@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Researchers Receive TVN Fellowship Award

May 13, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Two researchers from Lakehead University are receiving the highly prestigious Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) fellowship award of $50,000 per year for two years. Eight such awards are being presented in Canada.

The purpose of the award reflects TVN’s mandate: to develop highly qualified professionals who can thrive in a multi-disciplinary health care environment.

Lakehead University’s Dr. Lana Ozen, a Post Doctoral Fellow in Health Sciences, and Kathy Kortes-Miller, a PhD candidate in Education, are proud to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

Dr. Lana Ozen

Dr. Ozen’s research project is called A mindfulness intervention in long-term care for frail elderly, families and formal caregivers. It involves a form of meditation where elders will become aware of and accept thoughts, feelings and body sensations by practicing weekly.

“The TVN fellowship is an excellent opportunity for me to continue studying the potential benefits of mindfulness in older adult populations who may be experiencing a diminished quality of life due to chronic conditions,” Dr. Ozen said.

“For this fellowship, I am interested in adapting a mindfulness intervention as a means of improving quality of life and mental health for frail elders in long-term care, as well as their family and formal caregivers,” she said.

Dr. Ozen is uniquely positioned through her program of research to make an important difference in the lives of many seniors living in the community and in long-term care. 

“By using this mindfulness intervention, Dr. Ozen seeks to improve the quality of life of seniors who are facing challenging emotional situations,” said her research supervisor, Dr. Michel Bedard, Professor in the Department of Health Sciences.

“Thanks to TVN, Lakehead University and St. Joseph’s Care Group, Dr. Ozen can continue her research for another two years.  I am extremely pleased that we can retain such an emerging researcher in Thunder Bay,” Dr. Bedard said.

Kathy Kortes-Miller

Kortes-Miller’s research project is called Interdisciplinary End-of-Life Care Education Using High Fidelity Simulation in Long-Term Care. It allows long-term care staff to use life-sized simulation manikins for hands-on, experiential learning.

The High Fidelity Simulation technology produces lung, heart, and stomach sounds in the manikins, in addition to voice projection capabilities to help train long-term care workers by bridging communication theory with practice.

This research focuses on promoting comfort of staff with end-of-life communications, which has been identified as critical by families of loved ones who are in long-term care.

“The overall contribution of this research is to improve the quality of end-of-life care to frail elderly people living and dying in long-term care homes by providing staff with innovative, interdisciplinary palliative care education and promoting teamwork,” Kortes-Miller said.

She partnered with Lakehead’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health, St. Joseph’s Care Group, Elisabeth Bruyere Residence in Ottawa and Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto for this research.

“This Fellowship award will allow me to expand my PhD dissertation research that I am currently completing here in Lakehead’s Faculty of Education with my supervisor Dr. Lisa Korteweg,” Kortes-Miller said.

The TVN Interdisciplinary Fellowship program allows Kortes-Miller to focus on three areas she is passionate about: interprofessional education in health care, educational technologies and improving palliative and end-of-life care for elderly who are ill.

“Kathy is a talented early researcher who has combined her backgrounds in Social Work and Education to explore and evaluate innovative educational programs for long-term care staff who want to learn more about palliative care,” said her research supervisor, Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Research Chair in Palliative Care and Professor of Social Work and Gerontology.

“Her research has practical benefits to long-term care residents and the health care system. Kathy represents the next generation of health care researchers being trained at Lakehead University,” Dr. Kelley said.

 

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

About TVN

Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) is a national network funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Program (NCE). TVN was created to improve care for our frail elderly by fostering productive partnerships and collaborations among researchers, health care professionals, policymakers, and patients, their families and support systems, and by supporting these collaborations through funding research, mobilizing knowledge and training the next generation of highly qualified personnel. TVN focuses on the frail elderly across all settings, promoting a collaborative approach to improving care by that supports multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral teams working to develop solutions to improve care. To-date, the Network has provided over $14M in funding for research and training programs, engaging over 1,000 researchers, trainees, health care professionals and policymakers, and is actively facilitating new partnerships with key stakeholders to guide their national agenda. For more information, visit www.tvn-nce.ca.

Lakehead University’s inaugural TESL class receives certification

Graduates Melissa Blanchard, left, and Jean Begin celebrated their accomplishment with a cake.

Graduates Melissa Blanchard, left, and Jean Begin celebrated their accomplishment with a cake.

April 24, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON 

The inaugural class of Lakehead University’s 2013 Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate program has now received its Level 1 Certification through TESL Canada, which means that their qualifications to teach English as a Second Language will be recognized around the world.

The Department of Professional Development in Education at Lakehead’s Faculty of Education offers the TESL Certificate Program in a face-to-face format consisting of 100 hours of coursework and a 20-hour compulsory practicum.

“This program explores curriculum organization, principles and methods of instruction applied to teaching English as both a second or an additional language, and the development of Literacy of English Language Learners in Canada and abroad,” said Dr. Donald Kerr, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Professional Development in Education.

“Students also develop an understanding of basic linguistics and its application in the fields of additional language acquisition and English language development,” Dr. Kerr said.

Six students have now completed the program and have received their certification from TESL Canada.

“This program provided me with both the theoretical foundation and practical strategies I need to confidently teach adult language learners,” said Melissa Blanchard, one of the students who is now certified.

“Currently, I am employed as a sessional English as a Second Language instructor at Confederation College where I have had the pleasure of teaching students from Brazil, China, South Korea, Libya, Peru, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Italy, France, and other places.

“These students motivate and inspire me every day. Completing Lakehead University's TESL Non-Credit Certificate program has truly been a life-changing experience,” she added.

The TESL program has also changed graduate Jean Begin’s life, as he looks forward to applying his more than 20 years of self-employment experience to interacting with all kinds of people.

“This means I can start on a new adventure, explore new parts of the world, and meet new people,” he explained. “My plans are to teach English in the hospitality industry – either in hotels, bars or the food service industry. I have even lined up a couple of doctors interested in improving their English.” 

“We’re really pleased for our graduates, and for their accomplishments in recognition of their hard work. These graduates are now well placed to find work across Canada and around the world. The TESL program is the latest example of innovation at the Faculty of Education,” said Lakehead University’s Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Connie Russell.

The next TESL program starts Monday, May 5, and runs until Thursday, May 29. For more information please visit http://tinyurl.com/mq3z6wn.

 

 

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

April 23, 2014 – Thunder Bay, ON

Over 2,000 degrees will be conferred during Lakehead University’s 2014 Convocation ceremonies. Graduates will celebrate their achievements with family and friends over the course of four ceremonies at our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, between May 30 and June 7.

In addition to commemorating Lakehead students on their graduation, five honorary degrees will be conferred – four in Thunder Bay, and one in Orillia.

“Convocation is a celebration of the time and hard work our students have dedicated to their studies,” said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. “This year, we are also proud to honour five exceptional people – this year’s honorary degree recipients – who will offer words of wisdom and inspiration to our new graduates as they move into the next phase of their lives.” 

Please see the convocation schedule, below.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 2 pm (Thunder Bay Community Auditorium)

Arnie Aberman photo

Dr. Arnold Aberman will address graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Dr. Aberman has contributed to the advancement of medicine for more than 30 years, including the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), a joint initiative between Lakehead University and Laurentian University.

He was instrumental in the planning and development of NOSM. He can take credit for many aspects of NOSM’s unique structure and governance.

As a co-director of the Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Aberman was instrumental in securing recognition for the field of critical care medicine as an independent discipline in Canada.

Dr. Aberman will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 9:30 am (Thunder Bay Community Auditorium)

Richard Wagamese photo

Richard Wagamese will address graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Business Administration.

Wagamese is an internationally renowned, award-winning author, newspaper columnist and reporter who has also done work in radio and television.

He is known for his many books including Indian Horse, which describes the life of an Ojibway man who, as a child, was taken from his family and his Northern Ontario home and put in the residential school system.

Wagamese’s writing has brought awareness to the horrors of the residential school system, to the discrimination that Native people have faced and the racism Native people have been subjected to.

He is an Ojibway man from Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

Wagamese will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 2 pm (Thunder Bay Community Auditorium)

The Honourable Bob Rae and the Honourable Frank Iacobucci will address graduates and undergraduates from the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Natural Resources Management, the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Bob Rae photo

The Honourable Bob Rae is a senior partner at OKT - Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. He works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator.

Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature between 1978 and 2013. He served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995.

During his time in government, Rae completed a review of Ontario’s postsecondary school education for the Ontario Provincial Government that resulted in the 2005 report entitled Ontario: A Leader in Learning. This report led to significant policy and budgetary changes, including substantial increases to the base budgets of Ontario’s universities.

Rae acts as Advisor to the Matawa Chiefs Tribal Council respecting the potential development of the area in Northwestern Ontario known as The Ring of Fire.

Frank Iacobucci

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci is representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire.

He is also doing an independent review of various matters for Chief Bill Blair of the Toronto Police Service relating to police encounters with mentally or emotionally disturbed persons.

Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. 

He was the Federal Government’s Representative in the negotiations leading to the settlement agreement in 2005 relating to Indian Residential Schools, which is the largest financial settlement in Canada.  In February, 2013 he submitted his Report as an Independent Reviewer for the Ontario Government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries.

Rae and Iacobucci will each receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014 – 10 am (West Orillia Sports Complex)

Mary Anne Chambers photo

Mary Anne Chambers will address graduates and undergraduates in Master of Business Administration, Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Education (Consecutive and Concurrent), Honours Bachelor of Social Work, Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and Bachelor of Arts and Science. 

Chambers was elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in 2003 and appointed to the Executive Council of Ontario where she served for four years, first as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and subsequently as the Minister of Children and Youth Services.

Chambers was a major supporter of Lakehead University’s Orillia campus during its initial stages. She has been recognized internationally as an active advocate for public education at all levels from pre-kindergarten to post-doctoral.

Her contributions while in government included substantial improvements to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, non-repayable income-based tuition grants for college and university students and stronger legislation to better protect students through the Private Career Colleges Act.

Chambers will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus convocation ceremonies will take place at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, May 30-31. For a complete schedule of Lakehead University’s 2014 Thunder Bay campus convocation ceremonies, visit https://www.lakeheadu.ca/current-students/graduation/thunder-bay-campus-ceremony/schedule.

Lakehead’s Orillia campus convocation ceremonies will take place at the West Orillia Sports Complex on Saturday, June 7, at 10:00 am. For a complete schedule of Lakehead University’s 2014 Orillia campus convocation ceremony, visit https://www.lakeheadu.ca/current-students/graduation/orillia-ceremony/convocation_schedule.

 

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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by a new Strategic Plan (2013-2018), our University is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses, in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Home to Ontario’s first new Faculty of Law in 44 years (Fall 2013) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's West Campus, Lakehead is among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities (2014 Maclean’s University Rankings), as well as 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada for its innovative research (Re$earch Infosource). Our Orillia campus is the first in North America to be built entirely to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. Share your Lakehead story as it relates to our Strategic Plan at www.lakeheadu.ca/presidents-office/nurturing-passion, and learn more about Lakehead at www.lakeheadu.ca.

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