Lakehead University opened R and I Week by inviting the community to participate

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Dr. Andrew P. Dean hosted the opening ceremony for Lakehead University's 11th annual Research and Innovation Week.

March 7, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University held the opening ceremony for its 11th annual Research and Innovation Week on Monday, March 7 and Dr. Andrew P. Dean invited the community to participate in the many events. 

“This is the time of year when we show the community the important research and innovation happening at Lakehead University,” said Dr. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation.

“There are lots of events happening this week where people of all ages can listen to professors and students talk about their expertise. All of the events are open to the public and we hope to see you there.”

Dr. Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, said he was excited to be at Lakehead University. He emphasized why it’s important to invite the public to explore research and innovation.

“Research is fundamental to innovation, but its impact is limited unless people understand, appreciate and ultimately embrace it,” Dr. Hewitt said.

“Driven by the spirit of creative inquiry and intellectual curiosity, great humanities and social sciences research expands our knowledge of who we are, where we have been and where we are going. SSHRC is working to put Canada at the forefront of research excellence, contributing to a lasting culture of innovation to the benefit of Canada and the world,” he said.

 During the opening ceremony, Councillor Frank Pullia read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Keith Hobbs, stating that March 5 to 11 is officially Research and Innovation Week in the City of Thunder Bay.

For the full schedule of events, please visit


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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.