Ontario Supporting Agri-Food Research in Thunder Bay

Photo of MPP Bill Mauro making the important announcement.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, made the announcement on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Ontario is transferring the operating and research programming of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station to Lakehead University to help foster innovation and strengthen Ontario's competitive edge by expanding agri-food research in Northwestern Ontario.

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, made the announcement on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in Thunder Bay today.

The partnership with Lakehead University will support the long-term sustainability of the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station and will increase the university's capacity to build new programming and research that will benefit Northwestern Ontario.


The investment builds on the province's efforts to develop a sustainable, coordinated plan to expand agriculture in Northern Ontario, such as the Northern Livestock Pilot and field crop and beef research in New Liskeard.

Supporting agriculture in the North is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. This plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The agricultural research station will now be known as the Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station (LUARS).
  • Through a new partnership with Lakehead University, Ontario is providing up to $1.65 million over five years to support Northwestern agriculture research at the provincially owned facility.
  • The Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station, founded in 1991, uses small-plot research to introduce and assess crop varieties and agricultural management practices.
  • The province supports several agriculture research operations in Northern Ontario, including facilities in Thunder Bay, New Liskeard and Emo.
  • Northern Ontario is home to more than 920,000 acres of farmed land and over 2,200 farms.

 

Quotes

“I am pleased with today’s funding announcement of $1.65 million, from the Province, to Lakehead University as it brings the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station under its administration through the creation of the Lakehead University Agricultural Research Station. I am confident that today’s announcement will ensure the future sustainability of the Station and allow it to benefit from Lakehead’s tremendous research expertise and capacity. This will also provide Lakehead with the opportunity to expand its research capacity and add to its already impressive achievements and reputation in the areas of research and innovation. I want to congratulate and thank both the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association and Lakehead University for their dedication and perseverance as we’ve worked together on bringing this partnership to fruition.”
Bill Mauro
MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan

“For well over a decade, our government has been supporting the important research that is taking place at the Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Station. I would like to thank Minister Leal and Minister Matthews for investing in this important partnership, which will support the sustainability of the station and contribute to the economic development of our agri-food sector here in Northwestern Ontario.”
Michael Gravelle
MPP for Thunder Bay – Superior North



“This investment reaffirms our government’s commitment to expanding agriculture in Northern Ontario. By investing in research and innovation, we are boosting the competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector and ensuring that our farmers in Northwestern Ontario have the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
Jeff Leal
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs


“The Agricultural Research Station’s partnership with Lakehead University will create so many new opportunities for students to learn about and innovate in Northwestern Ontario’s growing agri-food sector. Thunder Bay offers a unique learning experience for students and researchers interested in diverse soil and climate conditions. I’m excited to see the positive effects of this collaboration on the region’s economy and reputation in agri-food excellence.”
Deb Matthews
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development


“We thank OMAFRA for this contribution and look forward to growing our partnership through the Agricultural Research Station. The expertise from Lakehead University's faculty and researchers will further enable and expand the important work being conducted at this station for the agri-food sector in our region.”

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


“Northwestern Ontario's agri-food business continues to be an important economic driver for the region. This facility will help push innovation and train future scientists in the field. We thank the Ministry for providing this opportunity for Lakehead University researchers, faculty, and staff to contribute to the work being conducted at this station and its field of research.”

Dr. Brian Stevenson
President & Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University



“This investment will help build Northwestern Ontario’s agri-food capacity, sustainability and competitiveness by supporting an important partnership between local farmers and a world class research institution such as Lakehead University. It also recognizes the importance of northern agri-food research and the region’s ability to contribute data and knowledge which benefits the entire province.”
Kevin Belluz
President, Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association

Photo of MPP Bill Mauro making the important announcement.

Lakehead University Professor receives an international Field Discovery Award

Photo of Dr. Matt Tocheri at the Liang Bua site with Dr. Thomas Sutikna.

Dr. Matt Tocheri, second from right, is pictured at the Liang Bua site with Dr. Thomas Sutikna, third from right.

December 12, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s Dr. Matt Tocheri is being recognized by the Shanghai Archaeology Forum for his research on Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia.

“It is a great honour to receive a 2017 Field Discovery Award with my collaborator and friend Dr. Thomas Sutikna,” said Dr. Tocheri, Canada Research Chair in Human Origins at Lakehead University and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program.

Eight years of further excavations and study at the Indonesian cave site of Liang Bua pushed back the time of disappearance of the ‘hobbits’ of Flores (Homo floresiensis) from as recently as 12,000 years ago to about 60-50,000 years ago – around the same time that modern humans (Homo sapiens) first dispersed through the wider region and reached Australia.

The new findings were published in Nature in 2016 in an article entitled Revised stratigraphy and chronology for Homo floresiensis at Liang Bua in Indonesia. Dr. Sutikna from the University of Wollongong recently travelled to Shanghai to give a presentation about the research and to participate in the award ceremony.

“Archaeological fieldwork is extremely challenging at the best of times and especially in remote areas like Flores,” Dr. Tocheri said. “To receive such recognition from our peers for our research is really special and I am very grateful to the Shanghai Archaeology Forum Selection Committee for their effort in reviewing all of this year’s nominations.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, congratulated Dr. Tocheri and Dr. Sutikna.

“This award recognizes the many years that Dr. Tocheri and Dr. Sutikna have spent excavating the physical and cultural remains of Homo floresiensis, which roamed the earth at the same time as our species,” Dr. Dean said.

“Thank you to the Shanghai Archaeology Forum Selection Committee for this recognition and thank you to Dr. Tocheri and Dr. Sutikna for your expertise and dedication,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Photo of Dr. Matt Tocheri at the Liang Bua site with Dr. Thomas Sutikna.

Lakehead University and the City of Thunder Bay sign MOU to pursue shared opportunities

Photo of Mayor Keith Hobbs and Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University's President and Vice-Chancellor, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Mayor Keith Hobbs, left, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University's President and Vice-Chancellor, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

December 20, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs signed a memorandum of understanding today to pursue new collaboration opportunities that will build on mutual strengths and interests.

“The City of Thunder Bay and Lakehead University have a shared interest in making our city attractive to businesses, investors, highly skilled jobseekers, entrepreneurs and innovators, students and a diverse work force,” Mayor Hobbs said. “We will work together to foster dialogue, partnerships and economic development initiatives that build an innovative and prosperous City.”

Dr. Stevenson explained that the purpose of the MOU is to introduce more strategy into the relationship between the Lakehead University and the City of Thunder Bay.

“Our University and City have a long history of working together and benefitting from each other,” said Dr. Stevenson, who made a presentation about the MOU to Thunder Bay City Council at its Monday, Dec. 18 meeting. “This MOU serves to take our relationship to the next level in the interest of fostering a more strategic means of growing Lakehead and Thunder Bay, and furthering our success, together.”

Some of the shared goals include:

  • Supporting policy development through shared expertise
  • Supporting collaborative opportunities for engagement in areas of mutual expertise and interest
  • Improving opportunities and outcomes related to making Thunder Bay a better place to live, work and prosper
  • Raising the profile of both Thunder Bay and Lakehead University as leaders and collaborators

A few specific areas of collaboration may include:

  • Joint partnerships
  • Funding opportunities from other entities
  • International engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advocacy with other levels of government

City Councillor Brian McKinnon is Council’s representative to the Lakehead University Board of Governors and he engaged in a discussion with Dr. Stevenson and University staff about creating a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the City of Thunder Bay.

This MOU formalizes and gives momentum to the pursuit of future cooperative efforts and initiatives that the City and University can undertake. Meetings with City Administration to review this concept led to the motion below, approved by Thunder Bay Council on Monday, Dec. 18.

That with respect to entering into a formal partnership with Lakehead University to foster dialogue, partnerships and economic development initiatives, we recommend that City Council authorize the Mayor to execute the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, together with the President of Lakehead University; And that the City Manager be directed to assign such personnel deemed appropriate in support of the intent and purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding. And that periodic joint reporting on progress and activities made be provided to City Council.

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Photo of Mayor Keith Hobbs and Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University's President and Vice-Chancellor, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Lakehead Orillia professor named Fulbright research chair

December 22, 2017 – Orillia, ON

A look into the ways in which environmental concerns have been woven into the narrative of contemporary Canadian fiction will be the focus for a Lakehead University professor who is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair.  

Dr. Cheryl Lousley, Associate Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead Orillia, will be a Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), starting in January 2018. 

“It’s a great honour and I’m very excited,” Lousley said. “UCSB has a centre for literature and environmental research that brings together faculty from a variety of fields and departments, so I’m looking forward to developing further international collaboration with colleagues in my field.”

While in California, Lousley will work with the Department of English at UCSB, teach a seminar course on Canadian literature, and begin her research project titled “Environmental Narrative and Memory in Contemporary Canadian Fiction” at UCSB’s Literature and Environment Research Center. 

Lousley’s research will focus on the study of contemporary Canadian novels and short stories, looking at the ways in which environmental concerns have been narrated in Canadian fiction. Her interest in memory aims to shift the focus away from future environmental concerns that tend to dominate discussion to look at how our environmental histories tend to be forgotten.

“We talk about a number of great losses and sacrifices made in the development of our country, such as during war, but environmental losses, such as from polluted waterways, mining and climate change, do not tend to have the same profile and public memory,” said Lousley. “We always think that environmental problems are going to come in the future and that contributes to us carrying on in denial of climate change.”

In particular, she hopes her research will unveil the ways that different Canadian contemporary writers have been intervening in the narrative of Canada by the way in which they talk about our environmental past – writing stories back into awareness so that we can remember the ecological suffering that also happened during the development of our nation.

Lousley began her career at Lakehead University in January 2011. Previously, she has been a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Munich, Germany), and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leeds (UK) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and International Council for Canadian Studies. She received her PhD in 2006 in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and her Master of Arts at the University of Toronto. She is also the editor of the Environmental Humanities series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Fulbright Canada, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America, is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that encourages mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America by providing academic and cultural opportunities. 

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Media contact: Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing and Communications Associate, Lakehead University, jbucik@lakeheadu.ca or 705-330-4008, ext. 2014.

Lakehead University has approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead Orillia associate professor Dr. Cheryl Lousley posing for a headshot.

Lakehead University Building Closures

December 5, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s PACI, 1294 Balmoral, and Balmoral Street Centre buildings currently have no power and are closed.

Please contact your supervisor or professor regarding any interruptions to work or exam schedules. If you require access to any of the buildings, contact Security Services at 343-8911.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University raised $57,725 on Giving Tuesday

November 30, 2017 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Lakehead University raised $57,725 on Giving Tuesday (November 28th), thanks to the generosity of alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University.

Giving Tuesday is a relatively new Canadian initiative for charitable giving.  Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” it is when individuals, groups, and organizations, join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite charitable causes, and think about others.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout,” said Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, External Relations. “Last year was the first time Lakehead University participated in Giving Tuesday, and we raised nearly $42,000 – so to top that by more than $15,000 is very exciting.”

Dr. Michel Beaulieu, President and Chair of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, said he was extremely happy with how much was raised for student financial aid.

“Thank you to everyone who donated online and in person at Lakehead Thunder Bay and Lakehead Orillia,” he said. “Your contributions will help fund scholarships and bursaries that will enhance the student experience at Lakehead University.”

A special thank you to the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, which matched the first $24,500 in gifts.

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University lecture focuses on the impact of climate change

November 27, 2017 – Orillia, ON

Join Dr. William Gough, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean at University of Toronto Scarborough, for the latest lecture in the Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) 2017/2018 Speaker Series, on Thursday, November 30 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Gough’s lecture, “Climate Change Opportunities: Community Gardens in First Nations in Ontario’s Far North”, focuses on how climate change and the increase in atmospheric temperature has the potential to influence the growth of community gardens, especially potatoes, in Ontario’s far north.  The lecture will be held at Lakehead Orillia on the second floor of Simcoe Hall, Room 2014.

This session is free and open to the public. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at nkanavil@lakeheadu.ca.

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Media contact: Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing and Communications Associate, Lakehead University, jbucik@lakeheadu.ca or 705-330-4008, ext. 2014.

 

Lakehead University has approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University hosting a discussion by Senator Art Eggleton about a Basic Income Program

November 14, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Join Senator Art Eggleton, former Mayor of Toronto and past federal cabinet minister, for the latest installment of Lakehead University’s Harold G. Fox Education Fund Lecture Series, on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 7-8 pm. 

Senator Eggleton will host a discussion of why a Basic Income Program could be a more efficient method of alleviating poverty in Canada, which will be held in Lakehead University’s John N. Paterson Auditorium on the third floor of PACI (401 Red River Rd.).

Free admission. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by visiting www.lakeheadu.ca/eggleton.

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

Lakehead Orillia celebrates people, achievements at Report to the Community

Lakehead Orillia launched its 2016-2017 Report to the Community on November 10 in Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University launched its 2016-2017 Report to Community at a luncheon on November 10 in Orillia, Ont.  Pictured (from left) are President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson, Board of Governors Chair David Tamblyn, Lakehead alumna Kaitlyn Watson, Lakehead Orillia professor Dr. Beth Visser, and Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans.

 

November 10, 2017 – Orillia, ON

The theme of Lakehead University’s 2016/2017 Report to the Community was Partnerships and Pathways.

The annual luncheon at Hawk Ridge Golf Club on November 10, featured a talk-show style presentation hosted by Lakehead Orillia Principal, Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, and interviews with some of the exceptional people who helped make the last year a special one.

Guests included Lakehead Orillia Psychology Professor Dr. Beth Visser, and Kaitlyn Watson, a Lakehead alumna from Education and Interdisciplinary Studies who is a researcher, teacher, and activist.

For many years, Dr. Visser has been exploring the dark side of human nature, trying to figure out how people can be callous, manipulative, and exploitive. “I couldn’t understand how people couldn’t care about their actions, so I started studying them,” she said.

Visser captivated the crowd with stories about her research, including a personality profile of the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates, and a new collaboration with colleagues from Brock University with the support of a Social Sciences and Human Research Committee (SSRHC) grant that will explore psychopathy and victim selection.

“There is no template for the research that I do,” explained Visser. “Generally our research topics come out of discussion and a meshing of ideas, but at the end the goal is to ensure that it tells you something about the real world.”

Watson described how a first year Indigenous content requirement course had a consequential effect on her education and led her to dedicate her research, teaching, and activism to Indigenous issues. "It was an awakening moment," she said. 

Currently completing a PhD at Western University, her work builds upon the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its calls to action to educate all Canadians about Indigenous peoples and settler responsibilities.

Watson explained how Lakehead not only helped prepare her to reach her goals, but also influenced her to take the road less travelled.

“The best thing about Lakehead was that it helped me grow not only as a student, but as a person. I had professors who had a significant impact on me.  They helped lead and support me along the path to success,” she said.

The Report to the Community was a chance to celebrate the year’s other successes, including the incredible financial impact that Lakehead has on the province.  

Lakehead University adds approximately $1.4 billion per year to Ontario’s gross domestic product. The annual economic impact of the University’s Orillia campus on the province was $122.7 million, while its Thunder Bay campus contributed $1.3 billion. Lakehead University employs the equivalent of 6,277 full-time employees.

“The Report to the Community is a chance to look back on the year’s successes and to celebrate everything that we have achieved,” said David Tamblyn, Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said the University is dedicated to a student-centred approach that will lead to student success.

“At Lakehead University we are committed to tearing down barriers to post-secondary education and replacing them with pathways,” Dr. Stevenson said. “We do this because we believe in our students. And they believe in us.”

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Media contact: Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing and Communications Associate, Lakehead University, jbucik@lakeheadu.ca or 705-330-4008, ext. 2014.

Lakehead University has approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Achievement Program to help Thunder Bay Catholic District students attend Lakehead University

Photo of signing.

Pino Tassone, left, Director of Education for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and Dr. Brian Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday for the Achievement Program.

November 8, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Eligible students in the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board can now begin earning financial support in grade 4 as part of Lakehead University’s Achievement Program after officials signed a memorandum of understanding on November 8.

Qualified participants are enrolled in grade 4, and continue with the Program until grade 12, with annual opportunities to earn financial assistance by completing specific requirements at their school, at Lakehead University, and in the community.

At the end of those nine years, the accrued value of their individual financial support will help fund each participant’s first year at Lakehead University.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, established the Achievement Program in 2011 in an effort to remove financial barriers and help students obtain a post-secondary education at the University.

“Financial need should not be a barrier for young people to pursue their dreams,” Dr. Stevenson said. “The Achievement Program has helped many young people earn credit towards university fees, and this agreement will enable even more students to attend Lakehead University,” Dr. Stevenson said.

Pino Tassone, Director of Education for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, said he was very excited that students from his School Board are participating in the Achievement Program.

"This initiative opens doors for students who face economic limitations and barriers, making post-secondary education a reality rather than a dream,” Tassone explained. “Our students are our future, and we are proud to partner with Lakehead University to further their academic success.”

According to Achievement Program Coordinator Amanda Stefanile, approximately 19 Grade 4 students from Thunder Bay’s St. Ann School will have the opportunity to participate in the Achievement Program.

“I am very honoured to connect with the many wonderful students and families in the Achievement Program,” said Stefanile. “This program allows students to become familiar with our campus and helps them build self-confidence so they can dream big.”

 

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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 approximately 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 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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