Lakehead-Georgian welcomes first students

Stephen Bond, Bridget Healy and Jacky Wu are part of the inaugural cohort of Lakehead-Georgian Electrical Engineering students

(from left to right) Stephen Bond, Bridget Healy and Jacky Wu are part of the inaugural cohort of Lakehead-Georgian Electrical Engineering students. 

 

September 13, 2017 - Barrie, ON

Approximately 36 students began their studies at Georgian College's Barrie Campus in September as part of Lakehead-Georgian’s first classes.  Students embarked on a four-year journey in the first two Lakehead-Georgian combined programs: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with Electrical Engineering Technology advanced diploma, and Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Ecosystem Management) degree with Environmental Technician diploma.

“I’ve always been a very hands-on person,” said Bridget Healy, a first-year engineering student. “I explored a number of other degree programs, but the university-college model at Georgian really appealed to me. I liked the idea of having one-on-one interaction with the faculty and learning practical skills.” Healy, who is from Orillia, also loved the fact she can live at home and have a short commute to school.

Lakehead-Georgian programs allow students to complete a university degree and college credential in only four years, combining academic and applied learning to graduate job-ready.

“We routinely hear from industry that they are looking for graduates who have hands-on practical experience, in addition to a theoretical foundation that comes from a university education,” said Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal, Orillia Campus of Lakehead University.

“Under the innovative partnership that is Lakehead-Georgian, our students will experience the best of a university and college education. Our goal is to provide a combination of applied and practical learning experiences that will be valued by employers. Our engineering graduates will be job-ready, equipped with the theoretical and practical skills to allow them to hit the ground running.”

Academic and service teams from Lakehead and Georgian continue to collaborate on a number of fronts, including the development of new programs for the years ahead.

“We’re very excited to have our first Lakehead-Georgian cohort of students on campus,” said Jason Galea, Dean, Academic Quality, Teaching and Learning, and Degree Partnerships, Georgian College. “Our two academic institutions continue to work diligently and creatively – ensuring our partnership grows to meet the need for degree-level education in our communities. With the Lakehead campus in Orillia and Georgian’s main campus in Barrie, we are proud to serve students and employers with innovative, collaborative programs for today’s economy.”

Two new Lakehead-Georgian programs will begin in September 2018:

  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Life Science degree with Biotechnology – Health diploma
  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Computer Programmer diploma

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For further information, please contact:

Elaine Murray
Communications Specialist
Georgian College
elaine.murray@georgiancollege.ca
705.728.1968, ext. 1003

Jaclyn Bucik
Marketing and Communications Associate
Lakehead University
jbucik@lakeheadu.ca
705.330.4008, ext. 2014

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.

 

Degrees, diplomas, certificates, apprenticeships and more – Georgian College offers more than 125 market-driven programs to accelerate your success. Georgian is Ontario’s #1 co-operative education college and #1 in graduate employment among all Ontario colleges. We're recognized as a trailblazer in entrepreneurship and social innovation education. Georgian is home to 11,000 full-time students, including 1,500 international students from 60 countries. In 2017 we are celebrating our 50th anniversary.

Stephen Bond, Bridget Healy and Jacky Wu are part of the inaugural cohort of Lakehead-Georgian Electrical Engineering students

Moira McPherson named Lakehead University’s Interim President & Vice-Chancellor

September 14, 2017 - Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair, David Tamblyn, has announced that current Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Moira McPherson, will become the University’s Interim President & Vice-Chancellor on January 1, 2018, and serve in that role until a new President is named. 

Current President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson announced, in April 2017, that he would be stepping down at the end of 2017 after seven and a half years as the administrative head of Lakehead University. 

Mr. Tamblyn explained that the Board of Governors considered various options for Lakehead's Interim President. 

"After discussions with Dr. McPherson,” he said, “the Board unanimously decided that she would be the ideal candidate to lead Lakehead as our Interim President until the work of the Presidential Search Committee is complete and Lakehead's next President & Vice-Chancellor is appointed.” 

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am very pleased that Dr. McPherson accepted our invitation to fill this key role," added Mr. Tamblyn. "During her ongoing and distinguished career at Lakehead, her passion for our University has been constant, particularly in her current role as Provost & Vice-President (Academic)." 

Dr. McPherson said she looks forward to the challenges that await her as Interim President, adding that, "I have a deep respect for our senior executive team, faculty and staff, and I am confident that we will accomplish a lot, together, during this time of change at Lakehead."

As Interim President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. McPherson will work with the University’s Board of Governors to oversee Lakehead’s various initiatives and operations through the presidential transition period. 

The role of Acting Provost & Vice-President (Academic) will be aptly filled by Lakehead University's current Dean of Engineering, Dr. David Barnett, effective January 1, 2018. 

Dr. Moira McPherson 

Dr. McPherson began her career at Lakehead University in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. She holds a PhD specializing in Applied Biomechanics and is regularly sought out for her scholarly and professional expertise in applied kinematic and biomechanical skill analyses by both national and international organizations. 

Following seven successful years as the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. McPherson became the University’s Associate Vice-President (Academic), prior to being appointed as Deputy Provost in 2011. She has served as the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) since 2012. 

Dr. McPherson led the development and implementation of the 2012-2017 Academic Plan, the University’s transition to the Institutional Quality Assurance process, and to a Strategic Enrolment Management Framework. She has led the development of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreements, and established and continues to guide the implementation of the Integrated Planning and Budgeting Process. 

Dr. McPherson served two terms on the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents.

Lakehead University opens new International Centre

September 12, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s increasing number of international students have a new place where they can receive the services and programs they need to succeed.

The grand opening of Lakehead’s new International Centre was held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, with students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrating the opening with tours, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and prizes.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, explained that work to establish a new International Centre has been underway for years, and it will play an important role in the University experience for all students, not just international ones.

“When we envisaged the Centre, years ago, we saw a meeting place where our domestic and international students would come together, share their distinctive cultures, and learn from each other,” said Dr. Stevenson.

“As we watched our international student population grow from 100 to over 1,000 over the past seven years, we also experienced a growing diversity of our campus which has only enriched our University and our communities in numerous ways,” he added. “With that increasing diversity came the need for more varied and centralized services and that is the role of this new Centre.”

Lakehead’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Moira McPherson, said that, “The International Centre’s staff and instructors stand ready to welcome and support the needs of our international students as they adjust to university life and life in Canada.” She added that with more faculty and students coming from outside of Canada, the University is strongly focused on the internationalization of the University and the students' academic experience.  

The new International Centre brings together various offices and teams that manage several services at Lakehead University, including spaces previously at its 1294 Balmoral and PACI buildings.

James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International, said, “Being centrally located on our campus means students can easily access supports offered by International Student Services and the International Student Lounge. This allows us to more effectively support our students’ inquiries.”

The new space, which is a modern design featuring state-of-the-art technology and a student-focused environment, is now home to Lakehead University International staff, as well as the University’s English Language Centre, International Student Services, and the Study Abroad team.

The Centre’s welcoming lobby has become one of the Centre’s most popular spots, with its stylized map of the world covering a wall that serves as the backdrop for many photos and selfies. 

“Students love the new Centre,” Aldridge added. “It’s wonderful seeing the halls and new classrooms filled with students studying, building friendships, and enjoying their down time in the lounge while participating in events.”

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 Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing & Communications, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014, 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.

 Pictured (from left) James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International, Dr. Brian Stevenson, President & Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost & Vice-President, Academic, cut the ribbon at Lakehead University's official opening of the International Centre at its Thunder Bay campus.

Lakehead University welcomes record number of international students to orientation

Approximately 550 students from around the world took part in the International Orientation held at Lakehead University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Approximately 550 students from around the world took part in the International Orientation held at Lakehead University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

August 30, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University welcomed a record number of students at this year’s International Orientation.

Approximately 550 students from more than 50 countries participated in the orientation held at the Hangar on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

“Orientation is an exciting time for students, staff, and faculty,” said Nancy Gallo, Director, English Language Centre and International Student Services.

“Local businesses and services help students become accustomed to the University and to the City of Thunder Bay,” Gallo said.

James Aldridge, Lakehead’s Vice-Provost, International, said the university continues to increase its outreach around the world.

“International students come to Lakehead University because they’ve heard about the exceptional learning environment that we offer, especially for research,” Aldridge said.

“We welcome these students and will do everything possible to assist them in adjusting to life in Thunder Bay,” he said. “We’re thrilled to see another large increase in students choosing Lakehead and we look forward to even more of our domestic students studying abroad.”

Orientation provides an opportunity for students to mingle with each other, and meet representatives from Lakehead University, Lakehead’s Student Union, the Chancellor Paterson Library, the Thunder Bay Police Service, and other important local organizations.

This year, students have come to Thunder Bay from Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea,  Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, Ukraine, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

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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.

Psychology celebrating Mary Lysenchuk’s 50 years at Lakehead University

Photo of Mary Lysenchuk

September 8, 2017 - Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead’s Department of Psychology will soon celebrate the fact that Mary Lysenchuk has worked at the University for 50 years.

She applied in person on Friday, Aug. 25, 1967, shortly after graduating from high school.

“I met with the HR officer,” Mary said. “She took me to the Library and Mr. Belton, the Chief Librarian, dictated a letter that I had to type as a test. When I got home that day I received a call informing me I got the job.”

Mary still remembers her first day as Library Assistant – Monday, Aug. 28, 1967 – typing catalogue files, which was how they kept track of where each book was located.

“That first day was pretty busy,” Mary said. “In the past you sat at your desk for seven hours and your head was down, typing. Jobs have changed a lot since then.”

In 1969 the administrative assistant position became available in Psychology. Mary thought it would be the perfect job so she applied and was selected for the position.

It was a smaller group of employees and students on campus back then.

“We had offices in the Braun building, which was one of the few buildings on campus.  Everyone knew one another and there was a family-like atmosphere. Everyone was engaged in helping the university grow and prosper.  Every Friday afternoon everyone socialized in the Faculty Lounge,” she said.

Psychology has grown from offering a Master’s program in 1968 to now also having an accredited PhD program, which the department began offering in 1995.  

Technology also changed a lot over the years. When she started working as a Departmental Assistant, Mary worked on a typewriter. Every memo and letter was dictated and then transcribed.  Research papers were typed and retyped because if there was a change in the first page, then the whole paper had to be retyped. 

To make copies, she used a Ditto machine, then a Gestetner, and then a Xerox machine.

In the 1980s, Mary got the first computer in her department, which may have been the first on campus. “It was a Macintosh. It looked like a small box,” she said.  The screen was about six inches and there was no hard drive.  The operating system was on a disk.

“A technician from the University’s computer department came to show me how to use it. All the faculty stood around the computer in awe. I was in the doorway and could not see a thing.  That was OK because I asked the technician to come back the next day to give me the real training.” 

Mary ended up teaching other employees how to use the computer. She has also been very helpful to the 10 very different Psychology Chairs that she worked with.

“One time when I was first Chair, she asked me if there was anything she could help me with,” said Dr. John Jamieson, a former Chair of Psychology.

“I was struggling with a difficult administrative decision and I described it to her. She gave me the solution! I learned from then on always to consult with Mary when faced with a complex issue, since she knew how similar issues had been resolved in the past,” he said. “She is a pillar of strength and wisdom, quietly doing her job.”

Even after 50 years, Mary hasn’t announced a retirement date. She said she will retire when she is ready.  Throughout her career, there were days when she felt sick, but she usually went in anyway.

“I feel if I’m lucky enough to be healthy, I’m going to come to work. I don’t take much time off.”

Mary has worked with thousands of students, many of whom are now employed in Mental Health Services in Thunder Bay. She offered some advice for young people starting out in a new job.

“Stay if you enjoy it. It is rare that you find a job that you enjoy for 50 years. If you like where you are, stay there.”

When Mary retires, she will miss the wonderful people she worked with the most.  Mary worked with Sheila Delin, the Test Librarian and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Psychology for 35 years, who recently retired.

“We were a great team. Not only did we have a good working relationship, we shared coffee breaks, lunches and many good and sad occasions for 35 years. It is a gift when you work with someone for so many years and you work so well together.

“You come to work and you’ve got people coming into your office; happy, friendly, young students, fresh minds, what more could you ask for? It’s a good working environment.”

But she won’t miss having to leave the house on the snowy, cold days early in the morning, and she won’t miss having to be on a schedule.

“The first Chairman that I worked for told me that it does not matter what position you hold, everyone is important to the team.  After working at Lakehead University for 50 years I have received nothing but respect and friendship.

“It has been my pleasure to be a member of this institution’s community, surrounded by warm, kind and thoughtful people.”

On May 2, Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, recognized Mary’s dedication by presenting her with a small gift at the Employee Service Recognition Reception.

The Psychology department will hold a reception to celebrate Mary’s 50th anniversary at Lakehead on Friday, Sept. 8 from 3 to 5 pm in the Study Coffeehouse. All are welcome to attend.

Lakehead’s Fall Orientation helps students transition to university

 August 25, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

It’s not too late to apply to Lakehead University – applications will be accepted for most programs until the first week of September.

If you are accepted, the Thunderwolves Howl! Fall Orientation will welcome you and other new students to Lakehead University and introduce you to the Thunder Bay campus.  Orientation will run from Monday, Aug. 28 until Saturday, Sept. 2, and will focus on helping students successfully transition to Lakehead University.

“Students will definitely enjoy the Quest for the President’s Cup, which offers them a chance to explore campus, learn about the supports and services, get to know each other, and win prizes donated by local businesses,” said Jo Krisko, Manager of the Student Success Centre.

“All of Lakehead’s Orientation events offer a chance for new students to be introduced and connected to the Lakehead and Thunder Bay communities, as well as familiarize themselves with resources that will help them transition to university life,” she added.

Events and activities will cater to students entering from high school, college/university transfer, international, Aboriginal and mature students.

“These events will ensure students have a positive introduction to Lakehead and start the year prepared and excited for this new academic adventure,” said Chris Glover, Director of Student Affairs. “Our programming engages students in the University experience and helps them to develop a sense of belonging at Lakehead.”

The Thunderwolves Howl! Orientation is being organized by the Student Success Centre, Residence & Conference Services, and the Lakehead University Student Union.

For more information please click here.  

For information about applying to Lakehead, click here.

Schedule

Monday, Aug. 28

  • 9 am to 4:30 pm – Natural Resources Management Orientation in the Braun Building room 1021
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • 9 am to 4 pm – Native Nursing Entry Program Orientation in the School of Nursing Building room 1021
  • 9 am to 4 pm – Native Access Program Orientation in the Ryan Building room 2026  
  • Day One of Orientation for new students to Lakehead’s Faculty of Law.
    9 – 9:40 am: Opening Prayer by Elder. Welcome from Faculty of Law Dean Angelique EagleWoman. Welcome from Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Expectations for the Legal Profession” – Dean EagleWoman.
    9:45 – 10 am: Introductions of the Faculty Members, Instructors and Staff
    10:10 – 10:40 am: Thunder Bay Law Association (TBLA) President Rene Larson
    10:40 – 11 am: Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins
  • 10 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3 pm – Learn to use city transit, hosted by the Student Success Centre in the Agora
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Board games and information booth in the Agora
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • 9 am to 3:30 pm – International Student Orientation in the Hangar
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Board games and information booth in the Agora
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • 8 am to 12:30 pm - It's Residence Move-in Day!
  • 9 am to 12:00 pm – Orientation registration in the Agora
  • 9 am to 12:45 pm – Campus tours starting in the Agora
  • 9 am to 2 pm – city tours leaving from the Agora
  • 12 pm to 5 pm – Faculty of Engineering Orientation
  • 2 pm to 4:30 pm – Faculty orientation sessions in various locations
  • 9 pm – Cinema under the stars outside Residence

Friday, Sept. 1

  • 8:45 am – Motivational Speaker Ian Tyson in UC 2011
  • 10:15 am to 11:30 am – Safety Bingo in UC 2011
  • 11:50 am – Procession from the Chancellor Paterson Library to the Hangar
  • 12:00 to 12:30 pm – Opening Commencement in the Hangar
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm – President’s Picnic in the Hangar
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm – Varsity Madness in the Fieldhouse
  • 2:30 to 5 pm – The Quest for the President’s Cup in various locations
  • 5 to 7 pm – Mature and Transfer Student Dinner Party in the Faculty Lounge
  • 7 to 9 pm – Monte Carlo night in the Agora

Saturday, Sept. 2

LUSU day trips

  • Buses to Sleeping Giant, Fort William Historical Park, Tubing on the Kam, Paintball Mountain leave from the Agora at various times throughout the day
  • Downtown Scavenger Hunt – bus leaves from the Agora at 11:30 am, hunt starts at the Red Lion Smokehouse at noon
  • 7 pm to 9 pm – LUSU Carnival outside the ATAC building

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  • First day of classes

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • 12 to 5 pm – Maadaadizi Post-Secondary Student Orientation at Marina Park, to welcome Aboriginal students to Lakehead University and post-secondary school.

 

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8372, 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 researchers receive Canada Foundation for Innovation funding

Photo of Dr. Leila Pakzad and Dr. Amir Azimi.

Dr. Leila Pakzad and Dr. Amir Azimi.

August 16, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Two Lakehead University professors are each receiving around $100,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund to pursue important research using new equipment.

The CFI is providing $107,638 to Dr. Leila Pakzad, an assistant professor in Chemical Engineering, who will use a device known as an online ultrasonic spectroscopy system to monitor the distribution and size of particles, and the concentration of solids contained in the mixing process. Her research will assist in making soap, paint, food, cosmetics, and other products.

“This study’s findings could lead to cost savings, improved equipment design, enhanced quality of products, and more efficient use of power in mixing operations,” Dr. Pakzad said.

The CFI is providing $99,476 to Dr. Amir Azimi, an associate professor in Civil Engineering, to measure water flow using a Particle Image Velocimetry system. 

He will study how water mixes with sediments, ice and bubbles; how that water flows in pipes and channels; and how water and a mixture of ice and water flows over hydraulic structures.

“The outcome of my research will enable engineers to properly design complex structures such as aeration tanks and mixing reactors in wastewater treatment plants, and understand natural processes such as erosion, sedimentation, ice jam, and natural purification of water in rivers,” Dr. Azimi said.

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, thanked the CFI for recognizing the important research happening at the University.

“And thank you to Dr. Pakzad and Dr. Azimi for exploring improved methods in Chemical and Civil Engineering.”    

 

 

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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.

Lake Trout adjust their behaviour in the face of a changing climate, new study

August 15, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Canadian scientists have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behaviour due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.

For years scientists told tales of fish such as Lake Trout adapting their feeding behaviour as temperatures change, but no empirical evidence existed. Now, a recently completed 11-year study at IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) in northwestern Ontario reveals that Lake Trout have a remarkable ability to adjust their behaviour in the face of changing water temperatures.

“These findings are important for understanding how Lake Trout and other temperature-sensitive fish will respond to climate change,” said Matthew Guzzo, a PhD candidate in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Biological Sciences and lead author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Lake Trout are reacting rapidly to changes in water temperature. As soon as the water became too warm, the fish left the shallow, more productive water, and went to the deep part of the lake where the food is of lower quality. And when a top predator is forced to change what it eats, it impacts not only its own well-being, but the whole food web.”

Guzzo and co-authors Paul Blanchfield, Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Michael Rennie, Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University, found that changes in water temperatures, not food availability, guide the Lake Trout’s movements. This fact comes with complex repercussions.

“Our study confirms the importance of springtime shoreline resources in these small boreal lakes for Lake Trout, and how in warmer years their access to this resource is limited,” said Rennie.  “The prediction from this observation is that climate warming should result in slower-growing trout in poorer condition, due to reduced shoreline access.”

The study focused on the ice-free season in the lakes. In a world warming due to climate change, earlier springs bring an earlier opportunity for the trout to forage on energy-rich minnows in shallow water. But a warmer climate means longer, hotter summers, and the water quickly heats beyond the predator’s preference, forcing them to move to cool, deep, less productive water. As a result, the scientists observed a reduction in the fish’s growth and condition, which can impact their reproductive success.

“Lake Trout are a sentinel species – the canary in the coal mine for boreal lakes,” said Blanchfield.  “Our findings provide evidence that Lake Trout are struggling to cope with a rapidly-changing and stressful thermal environment.”

All this could have profound and severe impacts on future populations and their ability to persist through the ever-intensifying effects of climate change.

“This current study isn’t the whole climate change story. It’s showing that fish can adapt to changing conditions. Their behaviour is not static. They’re not just sitting ducks,” said Guzzo. “We are showing that for now Lake Trout can continue to live in these areas that will warm by making the best of a bad situation, but what this means for the long-term persistence of these and other cold-water fish populations is unclear.”

Funding for “Behavioural response to annual temperature variation alter the dominant energy pathway, growth, and condition of cold-water predator” was provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Manitoba Fish Futures, the University of Manitoba, DeBeers Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and IISD-ELA.

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Interviews: The researchers are available for interviews upon request.

For more information, please contact:

Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, Lakehead University, 807-343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca

Sean Moore, Communications Officer, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963, or sean_moore@umanitoba.ca

Sumeep Bath, Media and Communications Officer, IISD-ELA, 204-958-7700 ext. 740, or sbath@iisd.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.

University of Manitoba PhD student Matthew Guzzo inserts a telemetry tag into a Lake Trout. It harmlessly records valuable information.

Lakehead University renews the Dean of Engineering

August 8, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson is pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. David Barnett as Dean of the University’s Faculty of Engineering.

“Dr. Barnett has been extremely dedicated to Lakehead University and to the Faculty of Engineering,” said Dr. McPherson. “I look forward to continuing to work with him to achieve goals set out by the Faculty and the University.”

Under Dr. Barnett, Lakehead’s Faculty of Engineering has continued to grow and develop.

Recognized for its unique pathway for college engineering technologists to complete an engineering degree through the transfer program, the Faculty of Engineering has also expanded direct entry and international enrollments, developed new graduate programs, and expanded its research profile.

Dr. Barnett said he was grateful for the strong and continued support of the faculty, staff, and students that he has had the pleasure to work with during his service as Dean.

“I’m honoured to continue leading the Faculty of Engineering as we build on our many successes and continue to strive for excellence in engineering education and research,” he said.

In addition to ensuring the quality and success of the programs in Thunder Bay, Dr. Barnett will have a new focus as Lakehead builds its partnership with Georgian College, including the delivery of engineering programs in Barrie.

Dr. David W. Barnett

Dr. Barnett joined Lakehead University as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in July 2012. Prior to joining Lakehead, he spent several years in the aerospace industry working primarily on electromagnetic signature analysis.

After completing his doctoral studies, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Saint Louis University. Dr. Barnett later became Chair of the young Biomedical Engineering Department where he focused on program development and his research in biomedical signal processing and electrophysiology.

In his 10 years as Chair, he guided the development of a highly successful program recognized for the quality and success of graduates.

In addition to his DSc degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Barnett earned an MSc degree at the University of Washington and a BSc degree from Bradley University, all in electrical engineering.

He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, BMES and a senior member of IEEE.

 

 

 

 

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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.

The Joyce Family Foundation makes $1 million donation to Lakehead’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program

August 2, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

The Joyce Family Foundation is donating $1 million to a unique program at Lakehead University that mentors Indigenous high school students from Northwestern Ontario.

Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson said that thanks to this significant contribution, Lakehead’s Aboriginal Mentorship Program (AMP) will continue to remove barriers to access post-secondary education for young people, in perpetuity.

“The Joyce Family Foundation’s gift is more than a financial gift,” said Dr. Stevenson. “The Joyce family has made an investment in the future generations of Indigenous students by providing Lakehead University’s AMP program with the means to continue to make their university dreams possible.”

Dr. Stevenson also thanked the Foundation’s board, including Ron Joyce, Grant Joyce, Steven Joyce, the Hon. Edward Lumley, Rob MacIsaac, Aileen O’Rafferty, and Michele Allison-Thornley.

“AMP’s success depends on our ability to connect with high school students on an annual basis as they move through their studies,” said Lisa Harris, AMP Coordinator.

“This contribution allows us to focus on fulfilling our commitment to Indigenous youth,” she added.

When Lakehead started AMP in 2013 there were 40 Indigenous youth enrolled in the program. Last year (2016/2017), the program worked with over 2,750 youth from grade one to 12 through outreach programming both on and off the Thunder Bay campus; of these youth, 250 were high school students who worked exclusively with the AMP program. 

“That incredible growth in numbers really demonstrates the need for programs such as this,” Harris said.

Dr. Peggy Smith, Lakehead’s Interim Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, thanked The Joyce Family Foundation for recognizing the value of AMP reaching out to Indigenous high school students.

“This is another significant piece in our efforts to improve Indigenous student enrolment at Lakehead University,” Dr. Smith said.

AMP allows high school students to visit the Lakehead Thunder Bay campus to compare healthy versus cancerous skin cells, tour the Paleo DNA and chemistry labs, learn about the human body using the School of Nursing and Northern Ontario School of Medicine manikins, do archaeological digs on campus, participate in outdoor scavenger hunts using GPS, and more.

“The Joyce Family Foundation recognizes Lakehead University as a leader in First Nation education attainment through its Aboriginal Mentorship Program, and we are happy to offer this support,” said The Joyce Family Foundation founder Ron Joyce.

“I believe that education can unleash great potential, and this program is doing just that,” he added.

The Joyce Family Foundation (formerly The Joyce Foundation) is a private, family foundation created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce, who co-founded TDL Group Ltd. which licenses Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and around the world. Through its strategic philanthropic work, The Joyce Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting the social, economic and emotional well-being of children and youth by empowering them to develop into healthy, confident, independent contributors to Canadian society. Visit www.joycefamilyfoundation.com.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, Lakehead University, at 807-343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Maureen O'Neill, Foundation Administrator, The Joyce Family Foundation, at 905 336-6993, or moneill@joycefamilyfoundation.com

 

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.

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