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.

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community celebrates important people, achievements

Photo of Lakehead alumna Colette Lepage describing her journey to become a NASA engineer to Lisa Laco.

Lakehead alumna Colette Lepage, left, described her journey to become a NASA engineer to Lisa Laco.

 November 7, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON 

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

The CBC’s Lisa Laco hosted the annual luncheon at the Italian Cultural Centre on November 7, which featured interviews with some of the exceptional people who helped make the last year a special one.

Guests included Colette Lepage, a Lakehead alumna from Chemical Engineering who is an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Lakehead English Professor Scott Pound with student Gavin Shields.

For many years, Lepage has been working with a multinational team of scientists and engineers on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful telescope ever built, at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. “It will look back in time to capture the first light after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago,” she said.

The Chemical Engineering program at Lakehead included a challenging curriculum with group projects, public speaking, and mentoring, Lepage said.

“The very best thing about Lakehead was that you weren’t a number. Two professors in particular – Dr. Nirdosh and Dr. Puttagunta – had a big impact on me. They wanted to make you the best engineer possible,” she said.

Dr. Pound described how he and students in his third-year Life Writing class, including Gavin Shields, met with Hospice Northwest clients, volunteers, and bereaved family members, to help write their memoir.

It was a unique challenge. “There was no template for this kind of project – and we weren’t interested in bland chronological summaries,” Dr. Pound said. They wanted compelling narratives that revealed the humanity of each person – a legacy that could be passed on.

“We also hoped that these memoirs would help destigmatize the larger conversation about death and dying,” Dr. Pound said.

Shields, who is an Indigenous Learning student at Lakehead, collaborated with an elderly woman who had looked after her terminally ill husband for four years. “He had just passed away when I started interviewing her,” Shields said. “She was trying to put her life back together.”

He was moved by the way the memoir changed her perspective. “At the start of the course, she was a lady who didn’t think she had done much of importance, but she came to realize she’d had a worthwhile life,” Shields 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 Thunder Bay campus on the province was $1.3 billion, while its Orillia campus contributed $122.7 million. 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: 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 named Research University of the Year for third consecutive year

Research Infosource logo

 

October 27, 2017 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

For the third consecutive year, Research Infosource has named Lakehead Canada’s Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category.

Lakehead’s placement at the top of the country’s undergraduate universities category is based on the university standing out on a balanced scorecard of research inputs and outputs, according to the annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities by Research Infosource, Canada’s source of research and development intelligence.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President & Vice-Chancellor, said he was very pleased that his institution was able to come out on top, once more.

“Lakehead’s success in research and innovation has been steadily growing for years,” he explained. “That is due, in part, to the collaborations we enjoy with various industry, government, and community partners. Because of those partnerships, Lakehead is able to offer more research opportunities to our researchers and students.” 

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research & Innovation, said earning Research University of the Year, again, was the result of the exceptional success and dedication of Lakehead’s researchers, and its Research Services and Economic Development and Innovation teams.

“We’re excited that Lakehead has earned the top spot three years in a row,” he said.

Research Infosource’s calculation of its Research Universities of the Year involves examining several factors, including the total amount of sponsored research funding received by Lakehead University, research intensity (total research income per faculty member), research outputs based on total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

"Lakehead University is demonstrating a consistently high level of research performance among its undergraduate university peers, both in terms of research income and publication output,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc., adding it’s impressive that Lakehead placed first for the third year in a row.

Click here to visit the Research Infosource website for more information. 

 

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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 Professor will be inducted into the Royal Society of Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Photo of Dr. Christopher Mushquash

October 26, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Dr. Christopher Mushquash will soon be the first Lakehead University professor inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The Associate Professor of Psychology at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus will travel to Winnipeg for the November 24 induction ceremony.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is a new initiative within the Royal Society of Canada that recognizes scholars who are early in their career. Dr. Mushquash is one of 70 incoming members who represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

“It’s a great honour to be included among those new scholars, artists and scientists who are doing such important work,” said Dr. Mushquash, who began his career at Lakehead University in 2011.

Dr. Mushquash holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction and an appointment in the Human Sciences Division at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is a clinical psychologist with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in Thunder Bay and a member of Pays Plat First Nation, located approximately 175 km northeast of Thunder Bay.

His area of interest could have been very different. Dr. Mushquash started studying biochemistry in university, and then switched to psychology.

“I began thinking about the skills I would need to be helpful to my community. I had a longstanding interest in mental health and addiction, and decided to develop my knowledge as a means of helping Indigenous peoples experiencing difficulties in these areas,” he said.

Dr. Mushquash said it’s important to understand the culture and context of the people you are helping.

“My work is focused on determining evidence-based approaches that align with First Nations values, understanding culture-based approaches to healing and wellness, and ensuring that these approaches are appropriate for the context – depending on the community and factors such as remoteness, and access to other resources, or determinants of health,” he said.

Dr. Mushquash thanked Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, staff and leadership at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Dr. Andrew Dean and Dr. Batia Stolar for their support and the nomination, as well as the Canada Research Chairs program, his mentors Dr. Sherry Stewart and Dr. Patrick McGrath, collaborators, colleagues, and especially the Indigenous communities and organizations he works with each day.

“I’d also like to thank my wife, my son, my family, and Pays Plat First Nation for all of their support,” he said. 

Dr. Mushquash was nominated because he is a prolific researcher who has published 41 articles in peer-reviewed journals, three book chapters, and 27 reports, letters, and non-peer reviewed publications. He has given more than 150 presentations to local, regional, national, and international audiences on a range of topics in Indigenous mental health and addiction. This output far exceeds the norm in his field and is of the highest caliber, his nomination letter said.

“Congratulations to Dr. Mushquash,” said Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “He is an outstanding researcher whose work and outreach activities are already having a substantial impact, and we are very proud of him and this prestigious recognition of his invaluable work.”

This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.

 

 

 

 

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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 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead Orillia hosting Homecoming celebration this weekend

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – Orillia, ON

It’s the biggest weekend of the year at Lakehead University and everyone is invited. The University’s annual Homecoming celebration takes place on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, with festivities happening both on campus and off.

“Homecoming draws many alumni back to campus to reconnect and reminisce about their time at Lakehead,” said Dr. Michel Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University. “We’re proud to welcome alumni, their families, and the broader communities to campus to take in our events and activities.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a self-guided tour of downtown Orillia, where alumni and friends can enjoy the flavours of exceptional local restaurants. 

On Saturday, enjoy a Pancake Breakfast at ODAS Park Fairgrounds in support of the Annual Fund, while mingling with alumni, current students, faculty, and community members.  In the evening, join us at York University to cheer on our Thunderwolves men’s and women’s basketball teams as they take on the York Lions.

A full list of Homecoming weekend events can be found at lakeheadu.ca/homecoming. Registration is required.

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Media contact:  Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing & Communications Associate, 705-330-4008 ext. 2014, or jbucik@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 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead Orillia unveils tipi on campus

A powerful symbol is now visible on the Lakehead University Orillia campus.  The new tipi, raised by the University last week, serves as a sign that Lakehead is committed to ensuring it is a safe gathering space for Indigenous learners.

“Raising a tipi on campus is a culturally significant moment for Lakehead Orillia,” said Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal, Lakehead Orillia. “It symbolizes the University’s commitment to supporting and enhancing Aboriginal knowledge and culture through education, to help our students, faculty, staff, and community partners further understand and appreciate Aboriginal perspectives and traditions.”

In conjunction with the tipi already in place on the Thunder Bay campus, the tipi on the Orillia campus will serve as a meaningful and social space for students, faculty, and staff.

“Not only will the tipi help promote and share Indigenous culture and knowledge, it will also function as a place where other disciplines can interact with each other and bridge a sense of understanding of concepts that may be missed within certain classes,” said Winston Boudreau, Lakehead Orillia student and clan representative of the Turtle Island Student Circle.  “I think it is a step forward to having a strengthened partnership with neighboring communities and promoting a sense of inclusiveness within the campus.”

“The tipi and surrounding gardens are a part of a living, growing, gathering place for learning and sharing of ideas between students, faculty, and staff,” said Allysha Wassegijig, Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator at Lakehead Orillia.  “We want to make sure that Lakehead University is a welcoming place, where Indigenous peoples, history, and way of life are celebrated through education, respect, and diversity.”

Traditional Helper Cliff Sharpe began the event with a smudging ceremony, using the cleansing smoke from sacred medicines, sage and tobacco, to bless the tipi and all those who attended.  Following the ceremony, staff, students, and faculty, participated in men’s and women’s teachings with Sharpe and Luanna Harper.

The tipi is the culmination of Turtle Island Student Circle’s goal to create a space embraced and supported by the community both inside and outside of Lakehead.

The tipi will eventually be painted with traditional designs and colours, as directed by local Elders.

Lakehead University impacts Ontario’s GDP by more than $1.4 billion per year

Photo of Dr. Brian Stevenson describing the economic impact study.

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead's President and Vice-Chancellor, left, and Dr. Camillo Lento, from the Faculty of Business Administration, right, described the Economic Impact Study released on Monday, Oct. 23.

October 23, 2017 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

A new report reveals that Lakehead University has an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion per year on Ontario’s gross domestic product (GDP). 

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, said the report confirmed his belief that the University’s impact was greater than previous estimates.

“Given the breadth and depth of Lakehead’s social and economic connections within our local and regional communities, we were interested in re-examining how we look at our role and impact,” Dr. Stevenson said. “The results were eye-opening.”

The new Economic Impact Study found that Ontario’s GDP benefits from the Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus to the tune of $1.301 billion per year, and from its Orillia campus with $122.7 million per year.

The study’s leaders, Dr. Camillo Lento, Associate Professor in Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration, and the faculty’s Dean, Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, explained that the amounts were estimated based upon the University’s operating and capital spending, student and visitor spending, alumni spending, human capital development, and research and development.

“In preparing our estimates, we worked with various internal and external stakeholders to ensure that we adopted a robust, comprehensive, and accepted approach that was based on reliable data and multipliers,” said Dr. Lento.

“Working with Statistics Canada, we used an Input-Output Model to estimate the impact of our University’s spending on Ontario’s GDP,” he explained. “We also worked with the Council of Ontario Universities to adopt the same approach that was used in its recent economic impact study that looked at all Ontario universities.”

Dr. Dadgostar added that while this report illustrates how important Lakehead University is to the economy of Ontario, and to Thunder Bay and Orillia, “the social and cultural impacts of Lakehead University are of equal importance.  We should not forget about the social impacts of our University even though we are unable to quantify them."

Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, who was appointed Principal of Lakehead’s Orillia campus earlier this year, said the study helped him further appreciate how connected his campus and University are to the city and region.

“We knew, intuitively, that Lakehead Orillia was deeply connected to the economic well-being of the region, however this report unequivocally demonstrates the critical role that we play as a public university,” he said.

President Stevenson added that as one of Canada’s top universities, Lakehead is attracting students, faculty, staff, and researchers from around the world, and that has real positive impacts.

“This study proves how our ongoing efforts to build and strengthen relationships with our municipal and regional partners, business and industry, non-profits, and First Nation and Métis communities, are helping enhance economic growth and quality of life for our communities, regions, and the province.”

 To read the report, click 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 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 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

NSERC awards $2.3 million to Lakehead researchers

October 20, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University researchers are receiving more than $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for innovative research.  

The funding will support research projects that explore a variety of areas – from biology and chemistry and physics to engineering and geology and computer sciences.

“Our NSERC grant recipients demonstrate the breadth of high-calibre, innovative research being undertaken at Lakehead University,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “We are very proud of our recipients, who are exceptional scientists seizing opportunities to excel in their research.”

Dr. Laura Curiel, an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering, received $120,372 for a Verasonics Ultrasound device that will allow Dr. Curiel and her team to continue their work finding new materials, new electronics and new processes that will make significant improvements to ultrasound therapy and imaging.

“Our hope, in particular for Canada, is to make ultrasound therapy more affordable and more portable, to allow remote locations to benefit from it without having to move to urban centres,” she said.  “This will also be translatable to developing countries.”

Dr. Vijay Mago, an assistant professor in Computer Science, has received $100,000 to develop the software platform and hardware for a real-time analytic tool that will analyze large-scale social networking websites to determine the effectiveness of public health awareness social media campaigns.   

“We know that more and more people rely on online sources for health information including symptoms, treatments and general health-related advice,” said Dr. Mago.

“With this research we will be able to identify the effectiveness of public health awareness strategies used by health agencies and medical associations around the globe, by monitoring the reach and engagement with their content versus the onset of public health events.”

Dr. Amanda Diochon, an associate professor in Geology, is receiving more than $100,000 over the next three years to develop an outreach program that provides culturally responsive, hands-on learning opportunities for Indigenous youth in Northwestern Ontario.

“We hope that integrating Aboriginal and Western ways of knowing into learning will encourage Indigenous students to pursue careers in science,” Dr. Diochon said.

Funding from NSERC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities. In 2017/18, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

The following Lakehead University researchers have also been awarded NSERC grants and scholarships, for a total of $2,329,414.

Collaborative Research & Development Grant (four-year grant)

  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, Process Development for the Production of Lignin Based Flocculants and Dispersants, $320,000 (in partnership with FPInnovations).

 

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant (one-year grant)

  • Dr. Laura Curiel, Department of Electrical Engineering, Increasing Efficiency of Focused Ultrasound Transducer Applications,   $120,372.
  • Co-applicants:
  • Dr. Carlos Christoffersen, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Samuel Pichardo, Department of Electrical Engineering, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI)
  • Dr. Oleg Rubel, McMaster University
  • Dr. Han Chen, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, LI-8100A-S2 Soil Gas Flux System Survey Package, $40,838.

  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, Particle Size Analyzer for Investigating Flocculation and Dispersion Systems, $121,393.

Discovery Grants – (five-year grants, unless otherwise indicated)

  • Dr. Wensheng Qin, Department of Biology, $140,000, Understanding and optimizing enzyme efficiency for cellulose biodegradation.
  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, $24,000, Design of lignin based flocculants/dispersants for various aqueous systems.*
  • Dr. Md Nur Alam, Department of Chemistry, $110,000, Applications of highly-reactive chemical cellusloses and their derivatives with novel properties and unique functionalities.
  • Dr. Mitchell Albert, Department of Chemistry, TBRHRI, $225,000, Hyperpolarized Xenon MRI biosensors development program.
  • Dr. Zi-Hua Jiang, Department of Chemistry, $110,000, Modulation of innate immune responses.
  • Dr. Xiaoping Liu, Department of Electrical Engineering, $110,000, Finite-time adaptive control of nonlinear systems and its applications.
  • Dr. Peter Hollings, Department of Geology, $110,000, Geochemistry of pyroxene-phyric komatiites in the Southern Superior Province; implications for Archean geodynamics.
  • Dr. Gautam Das, Department of Physics, $105,000, Investigation into optical fiber waveguides, lasers and applications.
  • Dr. Hubert de Guise, Department of Physics, $105,000, Understanding quantum systems with higher symmetries.
  • Dr. Vijay Mago, Department of Computer Science, $100,000, Reliable and efficient real-time tools for collecting and analyzing large health datasets.

 *One-year grant.

 

Discovery Development Grants (two-year grants worth $20,000)

  • Dr. Carlos Christoffersen, Department of Electrical Engineering, Design of circuits for biomedical therapy devices.
  • Dr. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan, Department of Civil Engineering, Integrated electrokinetic-phytoremediation of contaminated soils.

Engage Grants (up to six months)

  • Dr. Lew Christopher, Biorefining Research Institute, Department of Biology, Generating Sugar Streams from Pulp and Paper Mill Sludge, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Domtar Inc.).
  • Dr. Ayan Sadhu, Department of Civil Engineering, Cost-effective Fault Diagnostics of Material Handling System in Critical Mining Site, $24,290.00 (in partnership with North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine Ltd).
  • Dr. Salama Ikki, Department of Electrical Engineering, Quadrature Spatial Modulation for Large-Scale MIMO Systems, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Ericsson).
  • Dr. Ehsan Rezazadeh Azar, Department of Civil Engineering, Improving Productivity of Material Cutting and Movement in Steel Fabrication Plants, $22,198.00 (in partnership with Coastal Steel Construction Ltd.).
  • Dr. Amir Hossein Azimi, Department of Civil Engineering, Innovative Methods for Condition Assessment of Wastewater Collection Systems, $25,000.00 (in partnership with the City of Thunder Bay).
  • Dr. Aicheng Chen, Department of Chemistry, In situ Electrochemical Determination of the Surface Area of Aluminum Targets, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Hupe Manufacturing Ltd.).
  • Dr. Salama Ikki, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mine Safety System Using Wireless Sensor Networks, $25,000 (in partnership with GoldCorp Inc.).
  • Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Identification of the Causes and its Control of Foaming in Membrane Bioreactors, $25,000 (in partnership with Goldcorp Inc.).

PromoScience Grants (three-year grants)

  • Dr. Amanda Diochon, Department of Geology, Bridging Ways to Knowing Over Water, $100,758.00.
    • Co-applicants:
      • Dr. Robert Stewart, Department of Geography and the Environment
      • Dr. Michael Rennie, CRC in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries, Department of Biology
      • Dr. Peter Lee, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Christopher Murray, Sustainability Sciences (Orillia Campus), EcoReach,         $21,000.00.
    • Co-applicants:
      • Dr. Thamara Laredo, Sustainability Studies/Chemistry (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Victoria Te Brugge, Laboratory Coordinator, Sustainability Studies (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Rosario Turvey, Sustainability Studies/Geography (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Maria Grazia Viola, Department of Mathematics (Orillia Campus)

Connection Grant (up to three months)

  • Florence Bailey, Economic Development and Innovation Office, Lakehead University Industry Connections, $8,865.00.
  • Dr. Amir Hossein Azimi Department of Civil Engineering, Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Multiphase Flow Systems,    $2,700.00.
  • Dr. Lew Christopher, Biorefining Biorefining Research Institute, Department of Biology, International Forest Bioeconomy Planning Summit, $15,000.00.

 

Graduate Student Awards

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (two-year award)

  • Eric Searle, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, $70,000.

 

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (three-year award)

  • Islam Abu Mahady, Department of Electrical Engineering, $63,000.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's Program– (one-year awards)

  • Jeffrey Andrew-Cotter, Electrical Engineering, $17,500
  • Nicholas Frayn, Electrical Engineering, $17,500
  • Sophie Kurucz, Geology, $17,500
  • Zeke Sedor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, $17,500

 

 

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