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


For further information, please contact:

Elaine Murray
Communications Specialist
Georgian College
705.728.1968, ext. 1003

Jaclyn Bucik
Marketing and Communications Associate
Lakehead University
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


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