Lakehead University’s first Giving Tuesday was an exceptional success

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Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor of History and Alumni Association President, was one of many people who participated in Giving Tuesday at Lakehead University.

December 1, 2016 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON  

On Tuesday, November 29th, Lakehead University initiated its first-ever Giving Tuesday event, which officially kicks-off the giving season. 

The University’s Social Media Champions did a tremendous job all day long sharing the message and encouraging others to support Lakehead’s students through an online or in-person gift – thank you!  A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Lakehead’s students, faculty, and staff.  The University, alumni, and civic leaders were so generous and we are most grateful. 

In total, $19,684 was donated online, in-person and over the phone in support of Lakehead’s exceptional and unconventional students.  These gifts were generously matched by the Alumni Association for a combined total, to date, of $39,684.  Any gifts received by December 6th will be included in the Giving Tuesday total. 

“I’m very grateful for this support of our hard-working students,” said Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor of History and Alumni Association President.  “Without the help of our dedicated alumni and many friends living across the country and beyond, we could not have achieved this amazing result.” 

“The Alumni Association of Lakehead University has shown tremendous leadership with their matching gift on Giving Tuesday,” said Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead’s Vice-President External Relations. “On behalf of our students, who will benefit from these gifts, let me express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Giving Tuesday initiative.” 

If you would like to donate to Lakehead University, please visit donate.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.

 

 

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 
 

Students from across the province will explore Lakehead University at Fall Preview Day

December 5, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Staff, faculty and students at Lakehead University look forward to welcoming prospective students to campus for an exciting day of exploration and discovery at the annual Fall Preview Day on Tuesday, Dec. 6. 

Prospective students of all ages will tour the campus from 9:30 am to 4 pm, discovering the wide range of programs through specialized presentations, and exploring everything they can do at Lakehead at the Student Life Expo. The students also have a chance to win a Freshman Prize Pack valued at $2,500! 

“Last year we welcomed close to 500 visitors from across the city, region and province for Preview Day at Lakehead, including students from southern Ontario,” said Emily Shandruk, Manager, Undergraduate Recruitment. 

“Preview Day shows prospective students what we offer at Lakehead University and why Lakehead is a great way to realize your potential. Through specialized program sessions and tours, you can see all our facilities and explore the environment you will learn in,” Shandruk said. 

Fall Preview Day is not only for prospective students – families and friends can explore together to see their future university and participate in the program and information sessions. 

For more information, visit mylakehead.ca/events.  

Major funding for research on when oxygen first entered Earth’s atmosphere

Photo of Dr. Phil Fralick

December 8, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

A Lakehead University professor is part of a research team receiving more than $2.7 million to explore when oxygen first entered Earth’s environment by examining rocks near Red Lake, Ont. 

The European Research Council has announced the major grant to study Earth’s early ocean and atmosphere.

Funding will be allocated over five years to Dr. Stefan Lalonde, European Institute for Marine Studies, Brest, France, and Dr. Philip Fralick, Department of Geology, Lakehead University, to perform the research. 

Primitive photosynthesizing organisms were responsible for adding oxygen to the planet’s ocean-atmosphere system, but it is unknown when this occurred. 

The study by Drs. Lalonde and Fralick will focus on rocks in the Red Lake area of Northwestern Ontario where 2.93 billion year old limestone, which formed in the ocean, is present. 

Fossil structures in these rocks hint at the presence of photosynthesizing organisms, which this study will more fully investigate. These structures are called stromatolites, and modern ones are built by bacteria that can photosynthesis, but it is unknown whether the very old fossils were also built by photosynthesizing bacterial. 

This study will use the chemistry of the limestone to ascertain if photosynthesis was adding oxygen to the marine environment almost three billion years ago. Knowing when oxygen was first added to the atmosphere on Earth is important as its presence created the largest change to surface conditions since this became a solid planet. 

The presence of oxygen allowed for more complex organisms than bacterial to develop, and thus was critical for the evolution of animals and plants, Dr. Fralick said, adding that he is very excited about the upcoming research project. 

“This funding will allow us to explore when photosynthesis started on our planet, paving the way for the development of multicellular life,” Dr. Fralick said. “It also validates the level of research that is being conducted by Dr. Lalonde’s group at Brest and here at Lakehead.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, said this is more great news for Lakehead. 

“Lakehead was recently named research university of the year for the second year in a row – and this is another example of the exciting research being conducted at the University,” Dr. Dean said. “Thank you to Drs. Fralick and Lalonde for all of their work, and thanks to the European Research Council for recognizing the importance of this research.”

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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.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Federal Government announces new Canada Research Chair at Lakehead University

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Dr. Charles Levkoe

December 2, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON

An assistant professor in Lakehead University’s Department of Health Sciences, Dr. Charles Levkoe, has been named the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement today in Toronto.

Dr. Levkoe’s research project will investigate ways that academics and community-based practitioners, such as food producers, public health workers and Indigenous communities, can build more equitable and sustainable food systems to address social, economic and environmental challenges.

"As the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems I am excited to engage with the research and lived experiences of scholars, practitioners and social movements to build more sustainable food systems for all,” Dr. Levkoe said.

“I look forward to working closely with faculty and students at Lakehead University and with people in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region to better understand solutions that are socially just, ecological regenerative and have a regional economic focus.”

With this announcement, Lakehead now has 11 Canada Research Chairs.

“This is great news for Lakehead University, for Northwestern Ontario, and for Dr. Levkoe,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Levkoe and thank the Federal Government for once again recognizing the important research happening at Lakehead,” he said.

Recently, and for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead University research first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

“It is fantastic news that Lakehead University is among this year’s Research Chair recipients,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women.

“Lakehead continues to be a leader in research and innovation. This announcement will allow the University to continue to attract the world’s most accomplished and promising minds and further their excellence in research.  Lakehead University truly is exceptional and a tremendous asset for Northwestern Ontario,” she 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.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Giving Tuesday an opportunity to support students

Giving Tuesday

November 25, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University is participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time on Tuesday, November 29.

Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving.  Seen as the "opening day of the giving season," it is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others. 

On Lakehead’s first Giving Tuesday, the Lakehead University Alumni Association has agreed to match the first $20,000 in gifts. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift. 

By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, contributors support the University's students, as donations will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience, and support student athletes.
Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Make a gift early – the Giving Tuesday portal (donate.lakeheadu.cais open as of Friday, November 25.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Alumni and Community Relations office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The University looks forward to making its first ever participation in Giving Tuesday a success and thanks the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

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

 

 

 

Lakehead University participating in Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday poster

November 25, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Lakehead University will be participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 29. 

Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving.  Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others. 

On Lakehead’s first Giving Tuesday, the Alumni Association has agreed to match the first $20,000 in gifts. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift.   

By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, you support the University's hard-working students. Your donation will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience and support student athletes.  These are the four pillars of the Lakehead Annual Fund.

 
Everyone is encouraged to: 

  • Make a gift early – the Giving Tuesday portal (donate.lakeheadu.ca) will be open on Friday, Nov. 25.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Alumni and Community Relations office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
  • Come see staff at the Giving Tuesday booth in the Agora on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Thunder Bay and show your support.  

 

Thank you in advance for helping to make Lakehead University’s first ever Giving Tuesday event a success and thanks to the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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 Report to the Community Celebrates Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Lakehead alumnus Matt Pearson discussed the challenges and successes in being a part owner of the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company.

November 23, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon celebrated the innovative changemakers and events from the last year with a roomful of important stakeholders. 

The gathering was held on Wednesday, November 23 in the Embassy Room at the Victoria Inn to celebrate the 2015-16 Annual Report, hosted by CBC Thunder Bay’s Lisa Laco.

One of the luncheon speakers was alumnus Jeff Burke (HBESc’07), who launched Brule Creek Farms with his wife Andrea in 2008 after being involved in a research project with Lakehead University’s Food Security Research Network (FSRN). Dr. Mirella Stroink, a member of the FSRN, described the important work that the group does to improve access to food.  

One of the owners of the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Lakehead alumnus Matt Pearson (Bed’14), discussed the brewery’s challenges and successes. 

Laco also interviewed Sasha Bubon, a PhD student studying chemistry at Lakehead and a research physicist with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. Bubon talked about the positron emission tomography scanner he is developing to detect breast cancer. 

At the luncheon, Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson described the excellent work being done by the University’s researchers and alumni.

“This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and alumni are having on the economy and society – and that’s why we are calling them changemakers,” Dr. Stevenson said. 

In addition to the academic, research, and community accomplishments, Lakehead’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $319 million on the City of Thunder Bay in 2015-16.

Other Report highlights included being named Canada’s #1 research university in its category by Re$earch Infosource and first in total research dollars in Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings. 

In November 2015 Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which involved a rigorous five-year process. 

Established in 1916, AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and less than five per cent of the world’s business schools have earned it. 

Read more about the exceptional work being done by Lakehead’s researchers, students, and alumni by clicking here.

 

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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.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosourceranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus is closed today (Friday, Nov. 18)

November 18, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON

Due to current weather conditions, all scheduled university classes at Lakehead's Thunder Bay campus are cancelled.  

Only those employees who have been identified by their supervisors as essential workers are requested to report to work.

Buildings remain open for anyone who needs to come in.  The library is closed.  

Please exercise caution while driving.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first 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’s Report to the Community celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship

November 17, 2016 – Orillia, ON    

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon recognized the innovative people, programs and projects that are making a difference at the University and in its communities.

People from across Simcoe County gathered at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club on November 17 to celebrate the release of the University’s 2015-16 Annual Report, which describes the accomplishments of the University and the 10th Anniversary of the Orillia campus.

Guests were welcomed by Bruce Waite from Lakehead’s Board of Governors, who shared highlights from Lakehead Orillia’s 10th Anniversary year. “Thanks to the support of the City of Orillia, the County of Simcoe, and many community partners, our 10th Anniversary celebrations exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Waite said.

Those in attendance enjoyed a talk show-style presentation hosted by author and playwright Dan Needles. 

The talk show portion of the luncheon opened with interviews with Grace Runciman, a third-year student who volunteers with the Orillia Area Community Development Corp. and Brandon Pitawanakwat, a student who transferred from Georgian College and is opening a business in Simcoe County, and with Dr. Herman van den berg from the Faculty of Business

Alum Jenny Thomas captivated the audience by sharing her Lakehead story with all its ups and downs – from personal challenges to winning top awards at graduation, all while maintaining a successful retail business and looking after four children. Thomas explained how Lakehead not only helped prepare her to reach her goals, but also made her a more effective entrepreneur.

Two Young Alumni Award recipients were also honoured: Josh Briand, who graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from the Orillia campus in 2014; and Ofelia Jianu, who attained her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees at Lakehead University and is now a member of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the Ontario of University Institute of Technology (UOIT).  

Ofelia Jianu accepted her award and explained how Lakehead changed her life by inspiring her to become a professor of Engineering.

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Lakehead graduate Ofelia Jianu (centre) is presented Lakehead’s Young Alumni Award from Mark Tilbury, Alumni and Community Relations Director (left) and Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

Josh Briand, a Canadian Forces veteran, overcame a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis to return to school, complete his degree, and go on to pursue his goal in the field of social work.  Briand is currently working as a social worker in British Columbia. Mark Tilbury, Alumni and Community Relations Director, accepted the award on his behalf.

With a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, the luncheon included an update on the University’s Business programs by Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. Dr. Dadgostar discussed the recent accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACB), new programs in Entrepreneurship and Accounting for business students, and a new Entrepreneurship Certificate Program that is open to all non-business students.

“This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and alumni are having on the economy and society,” said Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor.

“We feel extremely fortunate to have such dedicated community partners who have helped us achieve dramatic growth over the past 10 years. We look forward to many more years of success with you,” Dr. Stevenson added.

In addition to the academic, research, and community accomplishments, Lakehead Orillia’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $47 million on the City of Orillia and the surrounding region in 2015.

Also included in the Report, Lakehead was named Canada’s #1 research university in its category by Re$earch Infosource and first in total research dollars by Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings.

Click here to read more about the exceptional work by Lakehead’s researchers, students, and alumni.

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

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Participants of Lakehead’s Report to Community, held on November 17 at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club, gather for a photo: (l-r) Lakehead student Brandon Pitawanakwat, Lakehead Alum Ofelia Jianu, guest host Dan Needles, Lakehead President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead student and alum Jenny Thomas, Lakehead student Grace Runciman, and Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Kim Fedderson.

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Author/playwright Dan Needles acted as guest host at Lakehead University’s Report to Community event, where he interviewed students Grace Runciman and Brandon Pitawanakwat, along with professor of Business Dr. Herman van den Berg.

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead 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. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.

Canada and Ontario invest in post-secondary infrastructure at Lakehead University

$9.5-million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation

Photo of participants from media conference.

From left to right, Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River; the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines; the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women; Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; Dr. Amanda Diochon, Director of Lakehead’s Water Resource Science Program; Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

November 10, 2016 – Thunder Bay, Ontario – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $9.5-million investment in Lakehead University will do just that by fostering the training needed for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines.

Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation—one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment exemplifies that vision in action.

Lakehead University will receive $9.5 million to modernize and expand an existing building to create a new state-of-the-art research complex to be known as the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences. The new centre will enable Lakehead University to offer advanced training courses and will help local businesses and start-ups commercialize their products and services and help grow the region’s economy.

Federal-provincial investments in this project include:

  • $7.96 million from the Government of Canada; and
  • $1.54 million from the Province of Ontario.

Lakehead University will provide an additional $9.07 million, for a total project investment of $18.57 million.

In total, universities and colleges throughout Ontario will receive more than $1.9 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

As a result of these investments, students, professors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art facilities that advance the country’s best research. They will collaborate in specially designed spaces that support lifelong learning and skills training. They will work in close proximity with partners to turn discoveries into products or services. In the process, they will train for—and invent—the high-value jobs of the future. And their discoveries will plant the seeds for the next generation of innovators.

That is how the Strategic Investment Fund will jump-start a virtuous circle of innovation, creating the right conditions for long-term growth that will yield benefits for generations to come.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history—about $160 billion over 12 years—which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the Province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

 

Quotes

“This once-in-a-generation investment by the Government of Canada is a historic down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes. This investment will create conditions that are conducive to innovation and long-term growth, which will in turn keep the Canadian economy globally competitive.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

 

“Our government is committed to supporting innovation and economic development, which will help grow the economy across Northern Ontario. This investment will allow Lakehead University to modernize its facilities so that students, local businesses and innovators can create and innovate in state-of-the-art environments.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

 

“This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to making Canada a leader in science, technology and innovation. This facility will create growth in northwestern Ontario and contribute to a diverse and skilled work force. I look forward to seeing the progression across all industries in the region and to creating more opportunities for our young Canadians.”

– Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River

 

“Today’s investment in Lakehead University’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences will give students in Northern Ontario access to state-of-the-art laboratories and provide space for them to advance their research and develop new technologies. By supporting this important project, our government is helping to grow the local economy and create jobs for Thunder Bay residents today while providing students access to high-quality education and training facilities to support the jobs of tomorrow.”

– The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines

 

“Lakehead University has positioned itself as a leader in the area of research and innovation, both provincially and nationally, and at the same time, has helped to drive economic growth in Thunder Bay and the region. I am pleased that the province is investing in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences. This investment will allow Lakehead to further enhance its tremendous work in supporting the development and enhancement of the knowledge economy in Thunder Bay and the region.”

– The Honourable Bill Mauro, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs

 

“This funding will make it possible for our talented researchers and students to do their work to the fullest of their abilities in new labs with state-of-the-art equipment. Thank you to the federal and provincial governments for this support.”

– Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Lakehead University

 

“Thanks to the federal and provincial governments, Lakehead University will create a new space on campus that will allow our researchers to answer important questions and create exceptional innovations that will impact this region and the world. This investment will significantly increase research and entrepreneurial opportunities at Lakehead University.”

– Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University

 

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario are providing more than $950 million for research infrastructure at institutions across Ontario.
  • Canada’s Innovation Agenda is designed to ensure our country is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will promote economic activity across Canada and help Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.

 

Associated links

 

Follow Minister Bains on social media.

Twitter: @MinisterISED

 

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Contacts

 

Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Status of Women

613-291-5561

 

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777

ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

 

Backgrounder

Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund

 

The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund is a $2-billion initiative designed to modernize research and commercialization facilities at Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics.

Through the program, the Government of Canada is partnering with the provinces and territories to fund projects that:

  • improve the scale or quality of facilities for research and innovation, including spaces for the commercialization of research;
  • improve the scale or quality of facilities for specialized training at colleges focused on industry needs; and/or
  • improve the environmental sustainability of research and innovation-related facilities at universities and colleges.

Research and teaching hospitals, research parks, and business incubators and accelerators are also eligible for funding through their affiliated university or college.

The Fund will support up to 50 percent of a project’s eligible costs. The remaining funding will come from other partners, such as provincial and territorial governments, and the institutions themselves.

These once-in-a-generation investments will promote economic activity across Canada. They will result in state-of-the-art facilities to not only train the next generation of highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs but also serve as hubs of discovery and collaboration. They will nurture the development of innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.

The Fund will also support the Government of Canada’s climate-change objectives by investing in the design and upgrade of energy-efficient buildings.

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