Lakehead announces four new Canada Research Chairs

April 13, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University is receiving $2 million to support four new Canada Research Chairs whose important research and work includes the fields of green chemicals, Indigenous mental health, fisheries, and human diversity.

Lakehead’s new CRCs are all Tier 2 researchers:

  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi – Chair in Green Chemicals and Processes
  • Dr. Christopher Mushquash – Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction
  • Dr. Michael Rennie – Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
  • Dr. Matthew Tocheri – Chair in Human Origins

“We are excited to announce Lakehead’s new CRCs because of their outstanding research and the important role they play in the Lakehead community,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research, Economic Development and Innovation.

“Our CRCs are the stars of the research world. They help develop the research and innovation that is making our future brighter, and for that we are very thankful,” Dr. Dean said.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson thanked the federal government for investing in this important research. “I am constantly impressed by the exceptional research being done by our University’s researchers. Their work is made even more promising with the support of our funding partners,” Dr. Stevenson said. 

Lakehead’s nine Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.

“Our government is proud to invest in research and innovation,” said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.  “As the Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, I am personally pleased to see Lakehead University grow as a result of this funding.”

Last week the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced 150 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 36 postsecondary institutions across the country, including Lakehead’s four new CRCS.

 “Through our government’s updated science, technology and innovation strategy, we are making the record investments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and opportunities, and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” Minister Holder said.

“Our government’s Canada Research Chairs Program develops, attracts and retains top talent researchers in Canada whose research, in turn, creates long-term social and economic benefits while training the next generation of students and researchers in Canada,” Minister Holder added.

This $139 million investment, with an additional $7.6 million in infrastructure support provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, will help promote and support research and development. Lakehead University is receiving $2 million to assist the following top-tier researchers in their work.

 

Backgrounder

Dr. Pedram Fatehi – Chair in Green Chemicals and Processes

Dr. Pedram Fatehi wants to determine how Canada’s pulping industry can be more competitive and how the mining and oil industries can be more environmentally friendly while remaining cost effective.

Dr. Fatehi is an internationally recognized researcher with an outstanding track-record in fundamental and applied research in chemical and environmental engineering, biorefining, and material, colloid and pulp and paper science.

He and his team are collaborating with researchers in various universities and industries to develop processes for producing green chemicals so that pulping, mining and oil processes can become more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

Dr. Fatehi’s research will lead to the production of green chemicals to substitute oil-based chemicals used in mining and oil industries as well as waste water treatment systems and tailings ponds.

Dr. Fatehi is an associate professor in Chemical Engineering at Lakehead University.

 

Dr. Christopher Mushquash – Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction

Through his research, Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, is identifying culturally and contextually appropriate targets of intervention by examining culture-based and Western approaches for addressing mental health difficulties and addiction among Indigenous peoples, and then developing evaluation methods.

This approach to research and intervention involves collaborative partnerships. His work is grounded in community and the idea that Indigenous understandings of wellness and methods of healing are holistic.

Dr. Mushquash disseminates knowledge broadly in Indigenous communities and in scientific and health care communities, as well as with policy and decision-makers. He also works to increase capacity in Indigenous health research through training and mentorship. 

Building upon the knowledge that exists within Indigenous traditions, languages, histories, and methods of healing, this work will support community-based priorities and efforts at improving the health of Indigenous peoples while reducing disparities in mental health and addiction. Dr. Mushquash is an associate professor in Psychology at Lakehead University and in the Division of Human Sciences at NOSM. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Mushquash is a clinical psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.

 

Dr. Michael Rennie – Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries

Some scientists use test tubes to conduct their experiments. Dr. Michael Rennie uses lakes.

With national and international partners, Dr. Rennie’s research at the International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lakes Area provides scientific evidence that informs environmental policies around the world.

Using a whole-ecosystem approach to study the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive species, Dr. Rennie and his collaborators can clearly show how lakes and their fisheries respond to stress, using extensive long-term data sets from pristine lakes to help interpret their findings. 

Dr. Rennie’s specific interest lies in how fish species respond to environmental stress, and how those responses can ultimately affect population dynamics and ecosystems.

By better understanding how fish respond to ecosystem stress, Dr. Rennie’s research will provide important information to fisheries managers, and will contribute to whole-ecosystem approaches to support economically and ecologically sustainable fisheries.

Dr. Rennie is an assistant professor of Biology at Lakehead University.

 

Dr. Matthew Tocheri – Chair in Human Origins

As Canada Research Chair in Human Origins, Dr. Matt Tocheri works to reveal important clues about the relationships of extinct species of humans (called hominins).

His analysis of wrist bones from the controversial hominin species, Homo floresienis—the so-called 'hobbits' of human evolution—is widely considered one of the strongest pieces of evidence that these fossil bones represent human origins distinct from our own.

Tocheri co-directs continuing excavations on the Indonesian island of Flores where Homo floresiensis was discovered. His work is investigating the timing and nature of the extinction of Homo floresiensis, the first arrival of modern humans on Flores, and their subsequent transition from a hunting-gathering lifestyle to a farming lifestyle.

Understanding human diversity in the past, both biologically and culturally, is key to helping make informed decisions about our species' future and the world we inhabit.

Dr. Tocheri is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Lakehead University.

 

 

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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 its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

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Lakehead’s Research and Innovation Awards celebrate excellence

Mary Lou Kelley receives her award.

 Dr. Mary Lou Kelley (middle) received the SSHRC Distinguished Researcher Award, presented by Dr. Grazia Viola, Chair of the Senate Research Committee, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University.

Peter Hollings receives his award.

Dr. Peter Hollings (middle) received the NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award, presented by Dr. Grazia Viola, Chair of the Senate Research Committee, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University.

March 12, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Awards Reception was held on Thursday, March 12 to celebrate the dedication and excellence of researchers and students.

Dr. Mary Lou Kelley from the School of Social Work received the SSHRC Distinguished Researcher Award, and Dr. Peter Hollings from Geology received the NSERC Distinguished Researcher Award.

The Distinguished Researcher Award is the highest honour conferred by Lakehead for research and scholarly activity.  

“I am honoured to be recognized as a Distinguished Researcher. My research focuses on a topic of high social importance: improving quality of life for people who are dying,” Dr. Kelley said.

“I work to create partnerships with patients, families and health care providers to develop new models of care and practical resources,” she said.

“My community partners, my research staff and graduate students based at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health are integral to the success of my research, and I want to acknowledge them for their tremendous passion, dedication and talent. My research career at Lakehead University has been a privilege,” Dr. Kelley said.

Dr. Kelley started teaching at Lakehead University in 1980. Her community-based participatory action research aims to improve access and quality of palliative care for people living in rural and First Nations communities, and nursing homes.

Her capacity development approach includes developing interdisciplinary education and resources for health care providers.

She was the recipient of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's 2011 Award of Excellence and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of her contribution to Canadian palliative care practice, education and research.

Dr. Hollings, Chair of the Department of Geology, was also honoured to receive this recognition.

“I have spent the last 13 years building a research team at Lakehead that focused on the origin of ore deposits around the world – and to have that work recognized in this way is a huge honour,” Dr. Hollings said.

“I have always worked to build teams and collaborations. This award would not have been possible without my research and industry partners, and most of all, my students,” he said.

Dr. Hollings is also the Director of Lakehead’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration launched in 2013.

In 2008, Dr. Hollings was awarded the William Harvey Gross medal by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada. He has published50 peer-reviewed publications in internationally recognized journals, 22 of those as first author, and has been successful in securing major research funding from government and industry while at Lakehead University.

“Congratulations to all of our researchers and thank you for everything you do,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President (Research, Economic Development and Innovation).

“The impact of research and innovation at Lakehead University is even more significant because of your contributions,” Dr. Dean added.

 

Award recipients

 

High Output and Publication Excellence (HOPE) Awards

  • Xin Chang, PhD Chemistry and Materials Science
  • MaryJane Moses, MSc, Biology
  • Alexander Penney, 2014 Graduate, PhD Psychological Science

Best of the Best Awards

  • Patrick Gauthier - Oral Presentation
  • Sultanah Albalawi – Poster Presentation

Postdoctoral Fellows Poster Awards

NSERC/CIHR

  • First: Sapanbir Singh Thind
  • Second: Aram Teymurazyan
  • Third: Maduraiveeran Govindhan

SSHRC/CIHR Category

  • First: Kelly Skinner

Building Research Capacity Award for 2014

  • Dr. Aicheng Chen, Department of Chemistry

Innovation Award

  • Dr. Wilson Wang, Mechanical Engineering

ERA Award

  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering

 

Senate Research Committee Awards

 

Contributions to Research Award

  • Dr. Daniel Hannah, Department of English

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Distinguished Researcher Award

  • Dr. Peter Hollings, Department of Geology

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Distinguished Researcher Award

  • Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, Department of Social Work

 

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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 its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

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Lakehead’s School of Social Work is now the YouthREX hub for Northwestern Ontario


Dr. David Tranter, Associate Professor in Lakehead's School of Social Work, participated in the launch of YouthREX.Dr. David Tranter, Associate Professor in Lakehead's School of Social Work, participated in the launch of YouthREX.

March 10, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Department of Social Work has become Northwestern Ontario’s hub for the Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX).

YouthREX is a provincially-funded program that allows each hub to engage with small and grassroot youth-serving organizations by providing a variety of supports and resources to help empower young people by involving them in the process.

“The purpose of YouthREX is to improve well-being outcomes for youth in Ontario,” said Dr. David Tranter, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Lakehead University. 

“In order to accomplish this, we are focusing on three areas:  Knowledge Mobilization, capacity building and customized research and evaluation supports,” Dr. Tranter said.

As a part of Ontario’s Youth Action Plan, YouthREX is a province-wide initiative based at York University with five regional hubs across Ontario that promote the integration of research evidence and evaluation in the development and delivery of Ontario’s programs. 

“YouthRex is a dynamic and evolving initiative that supports positive youth development included in Ontario’s evidence-based strategic framework, Stepping Up, which identifies seven themes of well-being,” said Sarah Baum, YouthREX Northwestern Regional Hub Manager. 

The YouthREX regional hubs will engage grassroots organizations that serve youth, academic partners, youth and policy stakeholders for capacity-building, knowledge mobilization, and research and evaluation opportunities. 

YouthREX has received $3.75 million in funding from the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services with extensive contributions from King’s University College, Western University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University and Carleton University. 

The YouthREX hub at the School of Social Work is actively looking to partner with youth serving organizations.  Anyone who is interested can please contact Sarah Baum, Northwestern Hub Manager, at (807) 630-6318 or sbaum@lakeheadu.ca

For more information about YouthREX, please visit http://youthrex.com.

Follow us on twitter:  ‪@REXforYouth

 

 

 

 

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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 its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Bahram Dadgostar Renewed as Lakehead’s Dean of Faculty of Business Administration

Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Lakehead University’s Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Lakehead University’s Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

June 26, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson is pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. Bahram Dadgostar as Dean of the University’s Faculty of Business Administration.

“Dr. Dadgostar’s renewal acknowledges the dedication and contributions he’s made to the growth and success of his faculty, to Lakehead University, and to the communities we serve,” said Dr. McPherson.

Under Dr. Dadgostar, Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration has continued to offer one of the finest undergraduate business programs in Canada, as demonstrated by the numerous awards won by its students over the years. 

Dr. Dadgostar said he was grateful for receiving unanimous support from those who provided feedback during the decanal renewal process. “I’m thrilled to be renewed as dean, and I look forward to achieving some very important goals in the next four years.”

During what will be his fifth term as Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, Dr. Dadgostar’s has set his sights on several goals, including enhancing and expanding Lakehead’s Business programs, establishing a centre for entrepreneurship, and obtaining international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dr. Bahram Dadgostar

Dr. Dadgostar’s academic experience extends 38 years at over six different universities in five countries, including the past 20 years as Lakehead University’s Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

After earning his PhD from Iowa State University in 1977, Dr. Dadgostar joined Lakehead University as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 1983. Three years later, he moved to the Faculty of Business Administration to pursue his interest in Finance. Since then, Dr. Dadgostar has shared his academic, research, and professional knowledge and skills with students, colleagues, and community. His contributions range from helping organizations with their strategic finance initiatives to serving on boards, including as chair of the Board of Canadian Federation of Business School Deans, and as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Canadian Consortium of Management Schools. He currently sits on the Board of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.

 

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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.

50/50 Draw

Dear Lakehead Community Members, 

As you all know, this has been a truly special year for our University – we have been celebrating the exceptional 50-year journey that has led us to where we are today. 

From the launch in January to the incredibly successful inaugural Homecomings in Thunder Bay and Orillia — and all the wonderful celebrations and events in between — this was a year to remember. 

As our celebrations conclude, we cannot help but reflect on what a wonderful group effort it has been, and how incredibly proud we are of everything we have accomplished together. We would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all students, alumni, donors, sponsors, staff, faculty and community members who made our celebrations in Thunder Bay and Orillia such a tremendous success. 

We would also like to congratulate the winner of our 50/50 Draw (License #M754627) - Mr. Richard Buset. 

A special thanks to everyone that supported this initiative. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to create a new student scholarship. A second scholarship will be created as a result of the contributions from our generous 50th sponsors. These will serve as a lasting legacy of the 50th Anniversary. 

Have a safe and restful holiday season!


Yours very truly, 

Dr. Brian J.R. Stevenson 

President & Vice-Chancellor 

 

Deb Comuzzi 

Vice-President, External Relations

Lakehead University Chair, 50th Anniversary Task Force

Lakehead Orillia announces Fall semester Athletes-of-the-Month

December 10, 2015 – Orillia, ON

A determined golfer, world-class dancer, and leading hockey goal scorer were recently named as Lakehead Orillia’s Athletes-of-the-Month in recognition of their outstanding performance over the past semester.

Each month during the school year, the Plastics Protect & Holliswealth Athletic Achievement Award is presented to a student athlete to recognize exemplary leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance.

Lakehead Orillia Athletes fall 2016

Three student athletes from Lakehead University’s Orillia campus were recently awarded Athlete-of-the-Month awards, recognizing their outstanding accomplishments. The recipients are (l-r): September – Brett Gibson, Varsity Golf; October – Jaclyn Boyd, Dance Team; and November – Andreas Alexiou, Men’s Hockey.

In September, Brett Gibson, a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student, won the award for his tenacity and performance at the 2015 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Golf Championship, which took place at Hunters Pointe Golf Course in Welland, Ont. Brett maintained his focus throughout three tough days of competition, during which the team experienced rain showers, cold temperatures, 50 km/h winds, and a two-hour storm delay. He improved his score each day and finished the tournament with the lowest single round and tournament score for Lakehead. Brett, originally from Kitchener, is a transfer student from Connestoga College, where he studied business. This is his first year at Lakehead University.

A former Team Canada dancer won the Athlete-of-the-Month award for October. Jaclyn Boyd, from Hamilton, is a third year student in the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science/Bachelor of Education program. With her background in international competition, including a gold medal win at the 2010 world competition, Jaclyn has quickly become an invaluable member of Lakehead’s Dance Team. “Her high energy and positive outlook is infectious and has really helped the team prepare for rehearsals and competition – she is a wonderful teammate,” said her coach.

November’s award went to Andreas Alexiou, of Ajax, who is also a third-year student in the Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science/Bachelor of Education program. He has been  a member of the Men’s Hockey Team for three years is currently the leading scorer. Always a strong offensive threat on the ice, Andreas is known for his excellent work ethic, giving everything he has during every shift.

In addition to honouring the efforts of individual athletes, the award provides $500 to support the athlete’s team or club activities.

The award was established under the direction of former Olympic and Canadian championship athlete, Michelle Cowell, who represents the award donor, Plastics Protect & HollisWealth.

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

 

In 2015, Lakehead University celebrates 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

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Lakehead professor brings political science studies to Georgian College students

December 8, 2015 – Orillia, ON

For the first time, students enrolled in the two-year General Arts & Science program at Georgian are studying Political Science as part of the requirements of the program, thanks to the development of new courses by Dr. Doug West, Associate Professor with the Departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and Political Science at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus.

West is just finishing up fall courses on Politics in Canada at both Lakehead University and Georgian College, representing a milestone in the Georgian Lakehead partnership.

“This is a wonderful way to introduce more students to Political Science and the careers that it can lead to,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead University Provost & Vice President Academic. “With the articulation agreement we have with Georgian, students can now transfer into our new program in Political Science at Lakehead Orillia to turn their diplomas into degrees.”

Political Science was added to Lakehead’s degree programs at the Orillia campus in September 2015, although it was one of the original programs at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus. The Department recently celebrated a 50-year reunion with faculty and alumni.

In addition to the Politics in Canada course, West will be teaching Global Politics as part of the Georgian program in the winter semester. Both courses are now required for the Arts & Science diploma program.

“It’s very encouraging to see the interest among students at both the College and the University,” said West. “Political Science is about civic engagement and helps students realize their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Everyone should have at least one course in political science; it helps them connect to their community.”

The growth of Political Science at both postsecondary institutions is helping to fulfill the objectives of the Georgian Lakehead partnership and enhance the access to education options in the region.  Above all, it supports career and further education opportunities for students. A Political Science Degree can lead to careers in public service, journalism, or in social service agencies and government relations. Some students also pursue law school or international public service with their training in Political Science.

For further information about program options at Lakehead University and Georgian College, visit lakeheadu.ca or georgiancollege.ca.

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 Doug Alumni

Dr. Doug West, Associate Professor at Lakehead Orillia, (centre) has introduced new Political Science courses to both Georgian College and Lakehead University students. Lakehead’s Political Science program recently celebrated 50 years. Dr. West is shown here with alumni (l-r) Sean McKay and Michael Fox.

 

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

 

 

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Violence against women and girls must stop

Photo of candles.

Candles were lit in memory of the 14 women who were killed at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

December 7, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

LUSU’s Gender Issues Centre held a service at Lakehead University for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Monday, Dec. 7.

The memorial service was held to honour and remember the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

In 1991, Canada declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to honour the women who lost their lives and to renew the commitment to end violence against women.

“This is a day to remember not only the women senselessly killed 26 years ago, but also the women who lose their lives to violence each day,” said Stephanie Simko, Coordinator of the Gender Issues Centre.

The memorial included several local speakers, a photo display of the 14 victims of the L’Ecole Polytechnique, and roses and candles honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and women and children who lost their lives this year as a result of domestic violence.

“In Canada and around the world, women are victims of violence simply because of their gender,” said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

“Violence against women and girls must stop,” Dr. Stevenson said.

 

 

 

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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 its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s English Language Program earns Languages Canada accreditation

November 30, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s English Language Program has earned accreditation from Languages Canada, which reviews and accredits top ESL programs across the country.

“This prestigious accreditation not only validates the fine work being done by our academic and administrative staff, but it also speaks to the excellent student services and community-based activities offered by the program,” said Leigh-Ellen Keating, Director of Lakehead University International.

This designation opens up opportunities to attract students from around the world and to partner with world-class educational institutions. 

“Obtaining this certification has been a goal since the inception of the program. I’m grateful to have had such a dedicated and competent team working towards this achievement,” Keating said.  

One of the requirements of Languages Canada is that all teachers are TESL Canada certified. “There are very few TESL Canada certified teachers in Thunder Bay so we have consistently had to source our teachers from other cities,” Keating said.   

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education runs a fantastic TESL Canada recognized TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) program.  Graduates from the 100-hour course meet the requirement not only to work in a program certified by Languages Canada, such as Lakehead’s English Language Program, but at schools across the globe.

Languages Canada also represents Canadian institutions on the international stage.   

“We are delighted to welcome Lakehead University’s English Language Program to our roster of accredited English and French language education programs in Canada,” said Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. “We look forward to supporting their international reach by ensuring quality language programs.” 

For more information on Lakehead’s Cert TESL program, please visit:     www.lakeheadu.ca/academics/departments/education/pd/register-for-a-course-or-workshop/course-and-workshop-database/node/19816

 

 

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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 its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Love, Sex, and Mate Choice the topic of Lakehead’s next In Conversation event

November 26, 2015 – Orillia, ON

What are the differences between sex, romantic love, and attachment? Why is it sometimes difficult to integrate all three? Why do people often repeat dysfunctional patterns in love, despite saying “I will do better next time?”

These will be some of the questions that Lakehead University’s Dr. Les Fleischer will address at the next In Conversation event at the Orillia Public Library on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15 pm.

Dr. Fleischer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Lakehead Orillia, and is also a psychoanalyst and member of the faculty of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His research interests include adult and adolescent mental health, psychoanalysis, dreams, and the education of mental health professionals.

In his talk: Love, Sex, and Mate Choice: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, he will discuss how an understanding of the unconscious and neuro-biological factors can help us understand these complex phenomena.

Admission is free to the In Conversation events, but registration is required and is accepted by email at info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca; by phone at 705-325-2338; or in person at the Library (36 Mississaga St. West).

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 Dr. Les Fleischer

Dr. Les Fleischer, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work at Lakehead University, will be “In Conversation” at the Orillia Public Library on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15 pm.

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

In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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