Lakehead University and Georgian College formalize partnership; announce two new joint academic programs

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Representatives of Lakehead University and Georgian College sign an agreement to formalize their partnership and announce two new degree/diploma programs. Front row, from left, are Lakehead Board of Governors Chair David Tamblyn; Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson; Georgian President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes; Georgian Board of Governors Chair Tom McBride. Back row, from left, are Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman; Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown; Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes; Orillia Councillor Ted Emond; Georgian Student Governor Kirk Sarfo; and former Georgian Vice President Catherine Drea.

June 8, 2017 - Simcoe County, ON

Lakehead University and Georgian College signed an agreement today formalizing their partnership to bring increased degree options to central Ontario. They also announced the latest offering of two new combined programs to begin September 2018.

Presidents of the two institutions signed the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership in front of both boards of governors, government representatives and invited special guests.

“Today is a very special day for Lakehead University and Georgian College,” said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We have the great pleasure of announcing two more programs that will be offered to students under the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership, thereby doubling the number to four programs designed to give students the practical and theoretical skills they need to succeed in the workforce.”

“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,” said Georgian College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes. “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.”

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.

Two new Lakehead-Georgian programs announced today 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

Meanwhile, students in the first two Lakehead-Georgian Partnership programs will begin their classes this September in:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree with Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma. It is the first engineering degree in central Ontario
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science - Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree with Environmental Technician Diploma

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.




FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES: Mark Hall, Senior Communications Specialist, Georgian College, or 705.728.1968, ext. 1008.


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


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.