BEd Student Fatima Ahmed Awarded Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship

A young woman wearing glasses and a hijabCongratulations to Fatima Ahmed (BEd teacher candidate, Orillia), who has been recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) 2019 Scholarship Program for her excellence in teacher education.

As noted on the OCT website, this award is granted to individuals who “demonstrate a high level of preparedness for teacher education through examples of community involvement, background and life experiences.” Fatima has fulfilled these criteria in numerous ways, including her work as an Organizational Development Advisor for HIV/AIDS Chief Strategy Officers in Botswana (2013-2015); her work as an Executive Director for a youth centre for at-risk youth in Inuvik, NWT (2009-2010); and her work as an IT trainer and a Women’s Development Officer for the provincial government in Vanuatu, South Pacific (2007).

Fatima notes that these international life experiences, along with many others – including the fact she speaks multiple languages and has lived, worked, or studied in five continental areas – were tremendous growth experiences that pushed her toward the field of teaching. She adds thanks to those who have supported her throughout her educational journey.

“During my acceptance speech at the OCT council meeting, I mentioned that getting this award would not have been possible without the help of mentors and allies," she said. "I had a few odds against me, including a challenging financial situation and an undiagnosed disability, which prevented me from excelling during my first undergraduate degree. But, through the help of mentors and allies who continued to believe in me, I was able to keep pushing in academic and non-academic fields. I’m grateful because this award says that people can excel in spite of some obstacles.”

Congratulations, Fatima, on this notable award!

Maple Leaf World Schools-Lakehead University hosts first open house of its Thunder Bay school

December 13, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Today, Maple Leaf World Schools was pleased to host the Thunder Bay community at its first open house at its new school, Maple Leaf World Schools–Lakehead University (MLWS-LakeheadU).

MLWS-LakeheadU is Maple Leaf’s third school in Canada and its first in Ontario. Located in the Avila Centre at Lakehead University Thunder Bay, this learning environment offers students an English immersion environment on campus.

Among those welcoming visitors from the University and Thunder Bay communities to its open house was Stuart McIlmoyle, President of Maple Leaf Education North America.

“Maple Leaf Education North America is proud to be opening our third school in Canada and the first in Ontario through our ongoing partnership with Lakehead University,” said McIlmoyle.

“Over the years, Maple Leaf and Lakehead have worked together to provide quality education experiences to the graduates of our Maple Leaf high schools,” he added. “The opening of MLWS-LakeheadU is a further step in strengthening our partnership. We look forward to seeing the development of the school and future joint initiatives between Maple Leaf and Lakehead.”

Students complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma program curriculum preparing them for further studies in universities around the world. MLWS-LakeheadU offers the high school program at grades 10 to 12. Focusing on academic achievement, MLWS-LakeheadU students benefit from an English language immersion experience and a unique university preparatory program giving them an academic advantage in their post-secondary applications.

Our University Partner - Lakehead University

Lakehead University has been providing educational excellence in Canada for over 50 years. Lakehead is located in beautiful Thunder Bay and Orillia, with leading edge learning spaces on campus and nearby.

The university has over 8,300 students on two campuses with 1,400 international students from around the world. Lakehead University offers a diverse learning experience for all – making it a great campus for students to grow and develop their understanding of other cultures.

Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay offers a beautiful and natural location in a vibrant, small Canadian city, which is famous for its focus on outdoor recreation, clean air, and an excellent university that attracts students from around the world. Thunder Bay has a strong connection to sports and lots of nearby skiing, hiking and other outdoor recreation.

Maple Leaf School Advantages

  • Small classes, great teachers, excellent curriculum.
  • Outdoor adventure activities throughout the year included as part of the school program.
  • Dynamic, supervised evening self-study program.
  • Academic advising and university application assistance.
  • Dormitory living with private bedrooms in a quad suite.
  • Beautiful campus and access to the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Opportunities for advanced dual credit courses with the university.
  • Optional trips organized to major university campuses in Canada.

Monica Andrews, Principal of MLWS-LakeheadU

Principal Monica Andrews holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Geography from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Monica taught with Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) in Tianjin, China since 2014 before being appointed Interim Vice Principal in 2018. She has acted in several leadership roles in her years with Maple Leaf International School - Tianjin, including Academic Advisor, Department Head, Educational Coordinator, Curriculum Editor, Team Leader and Systems Coordinator. In addition to her leadership roles, Monica has contributed greatly to Maple Leaf’s extra-curricular activities at her school as coach of various sports teams and clubs.

Principal’s Welcome Message

I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you to MLWS–LakeheadU in Thunder Bay, Ont., Maple Leaf’s newest Canadian school. At MLWS–LakeheadU we have a great team of educational professionals with many years of experience in Maple Leaf schools. 

MLWS–LakeheadU offers the Ontario Secondary School Diploma Program to international students. Being located on the expansive and welcoming campus of Lakehead University allows our students access to world-class educational facilities. Our excellent facilities and location help to ensure student success and safety. 

In our school community we strive for superior academic achievement and to develop social responsibility and positive values in our students. We believe that the values of respect, responsibility, honesty and hard work are fundamental to a healthy school community.

The community and surrounding area have much to offer our students. Outdoor activities abound: skiing, fishing, hiking, running and biking are all central to the lifestyle in Thunder Bay. Lakehead’s CJ Sanders Fieldhouse and Hangar, located near our classrooms, is an excellent sports centre with a pool, indoor basketball courts, running track, and exercise training rooms. Our students are never lacking things to do during the school-day, after school and on weekends.



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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit

Cultural Day



This is a special day where all the different communities of Thunder Bay come together to share a piece of their culture through food, music, dance, and traditional clothing. To participate, please fill out the form.

To participate, please fill out the form below no later than January 27, 2020.
*Please note the following:
1. This is not a catered event, if you are making food, please bring samples for about 100 people.
2. Each club/representative will be given a $200.00 budget for food and decorations, please keep all receipts related to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information please contact

Follow this link to sign up for a table at the event.

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community celebrates alumni, researchers

Photo of people being interviewed

From left, host Madison Sameshima interviews Dr. Kathryn Sinden, Regan Bolduc, and Sara Sayed.

November 27, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon, held on November 27 at the Valhalla Inn ballroom, introduced more than 300 guests to researchers and alumni who are doing exciting work that is making an impact within the university and beyond.

The first guest was Alex Bilyk, a PhD student who helped design the drone challenge in the Thunder Bay episode of The Amazing Race Canada that aired on CTV in August.

Bilyk described working with the crew from The Amazing Race Canada and the drone challenge that producers used on the Thunder Bay episode. He spent Mother’s Day weekend filming and kept it secret from his family and friends until the episode aired.

Next up was Dr. Kathryn Sinden, a Lakehead assistant professor of Kinesiology, firefighter Regan Bolduc, a Lakehead Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology graduate and co-chair of Thunder Bay Fire Rescue’s Critical Incident Response Team, and Sara Sayed, a Lakehead Master of Science graduate, who discussed their research into post-traumatic stress in Thunder Bay firefighters.

Using wearable technology, they demonstrated the insight that they can gain while firefighters do a lift using a manikin.

The final guest was Peter Cameron, an Education alumnus who is a Grade 5/6 teacher at St. Elizabeth’s School in Thunder Bay. Cameron co-founded Make a Difference – Professional Development, bringing together educators from around the world to share one idea that makes a difference in their classroom.

In 2019, he was chosen as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow – along with 44 other highly respected educators – in recognition of his commitment to geographic education.

When Cameron graduated from Lakehead’s Faculty of Education in 1994, he never dreamed he’d have the opportunity to travel aboard the National Geographic Quest ship in Alaska. During his talk, he also described how technology allowed him to connect with students in ways he never imagined.

Madison Sameshima, a student in Lakehead’s Master of Science in Management program, was the master of ceremonies for the annual luncheon.

Some milestones that were celebrated at the luncheon included being named ‘Research University of the Year’ in the undergraduate category for the fifth year in a row by Research Infosource and being included among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities by Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings.

“Today was an opportunity to meet some of the people who learn, teach, and advance research, scholarly and creative work at Lakehead—each empowering themselves and our learners to become the next generation of leaders,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor.

“This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and alumni are having on the economy and society,” Dr. McPherson added.

Lakehead also celebrated the incredible financial impact it has on the province. Lakehead University adds approximately $1.4 billion per year to Ontario’s gross domestic product. The annual economic impact of Lakehead Thunder Bay on the province was $1.3 billion, while Lakehead Orillia contributed $122.7 million. Lakehead University is responsible for 6,277 full-time equivalent jobs.

“The Report to the Community is a chance to celebrate the year’s successes and connect with the communities within Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County,” said Ross Murray, Q.C., Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.

Visit to view Lakehead University’s 2018-2019 Report to the Community.






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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 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit


Be an Orientation Leader!

Attention all students! Lakehead is looking for help with next year's New Student Orientation programming. Visit to apply to be an Orientation Volunteer!

Introducing Lakehead’s new Fulbright Canada Research Chair

Photo of Dr. Nancy Langston

Dr. Nancy Langston is Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University. She will serve as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions at Lakehead University.

Her most recent book, Sustaining Lake Superior (Yale University Press, 2017), examines the environmental history of climate change, industrial development, and toxics in the Lake Superior basin. Since July 2013, Dr. Langston has been a professor at Michigan Technological University. During 2012-2013, she was the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science at Umeå University in Sweden. She served as professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 17 years.

She has written four books, 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular journalism. Former President of the American Society for Environmental History, Dr. Langston has raised over $750,000 in competitive external funding, and she has won awards from the Marshall Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Society for Environmental History, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

Dr. Langston's research at Lakehead University will examine the restoration of woodland caribou and common loons in the north. Although both species have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for decades, they remain at risk in northern landscapes. What can we learn from past efforts at recovery, and what new strategies need to be adopted to sustain populations of migratory species in the Anthropocene? Sustainable management of migratory species requires integrative, multidisciplinary research that examines the history of policy and restoration efforts.

Dr. Langston’s first seminar, free and open to the public, will launch the Natural Resources Management seminar series, Monday, Jan. 27 in AT 5036 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia), called Mongolia's reindeer herders: Conservation in a Changing Climate (see poster below). 


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Sports and recreation volunteers

Do you enjoy sports and recreation? Want to meet new students and get involved on campus? Lakehead University International is looking for a few volunteers to help host intramural sports nights. This is a great volunteer experience and perfect for building up your resume. If you are well versed in a sport, can show some sports skills and maybe referee a game or two we'd love to have you! If you have knowledge of basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and any other games, sports or events that you think would be fun please contact Looking forward to meeting you!

Faculty and Staff Mobility Opportunities - Turkey

Through its ERASMUS+ agreement with Ondokus Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey, Lakehead faculty and staff have the opportunity to undertake a teaching and/or training/professional development mobility experience. Up to five mobility opportunities are available to active full- and part-time Lakehead Faculty and Staff, to take place during spring/summer 2020 at OMÜ. Selected participants will receive a 1,500 Euro travel grant plus a 140 Euro per diem to cover the costs of the stay. Faculty and staff in the academic units of Biology and Education will have priority for three of the five spots, but applications for all fields offered at OMU will be accepted. The application deadline is February 7, 2020.

Teaching Mobility
This activity allows teaching staff to teach at OMÜ in any subject area/academic discipline offered at OMU.
• Teaching Period: from 2 days to 5 consecutive days (excluding travel time)
• Teaching hours: Minimum 8 hours teaching per week (or any shorter period of stay).

Training Mobility
This activity supports the professional development of teaching and non-teaching staff as well as the development of involved institutions.
• Training Period: from 2 days to 5 consecutive days (excluding travel time)
• Training hours: Minimum 4 hours per day

For more information about OMU, please visit their website,

For more details and an application form, please contact Jill Sherman at

Up-and-coming Thunder Bay researcher earns Mitacs & NCR-IRAP Award for Outstanding Commercialization

Thunder Bay, Ontario — An up-and-coming researcher at Lakehead University has been recognized for his innovative work to develop a cutting-edge medical imaging technology that delivers high-resolution pictures at a much lower dose of radiation, providing a breast imaging alternative to mammography, positron emission tomography (PET) scan and other imaging devices.

The breakthrough work has earned Oleksandr Bubon the Mitacs & NCR-IRAP Award for Outstanding Commercialization, awarded by Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada for business and academia. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 26.

Bubon — a postdoctoral fellow studying under Canada Research Chair, Professor Alla Reznik, at Lakehead University and Senior Scientist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute — is being recognized for developing a novel solid state imaging technology that exposes patients to 10 to 15 times less radiation than traditional PET scans. At the same time, the technology delivers highly sensitive, accurate images that can detect extremely small tumours in their earliest stages of cancer, particularly in women who have denser breast tissue than average.

“It is an honour to receive this award and have my research recognized in this way,” said Bubon, who serves as Medical Chief Technology Officer of Radialis Medical, a joint venture of Lakehead University and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute co-founded by Bubon and Reznik in February 2016. “There is a huge need for this lower-dose, high-resolution imaging device and we’re only just beginning to see the incredible potential this technology has.”

The technology is currently being developed and tested by Radialis Medical. The latest prototype — a fully enclosed system on wheels — is in clinical trials at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto with validation results expected to be available before the end of the year. The company is now working to scale its manufacturing and quality control efforts, and expects to be firmly established as a medical device manufacturer ready to seek FDA and Health Canada approval by mid-2020, Bubon said.

The Mitacs & NCR-IRAP Award for Commercialization is presented to a Mitacs intern for an idea brought from research that is either on the market or soon to be commercialized. Bubon is one of eight Mitacs award winners nationally, chosen from thousands of researchers who take part in Mitacs programs each year. The remaining seven recipients were recognized for outstanding innovation or exceptional leadership in other areas of research.

“Innovation in Canada continues to be inspired by the groundbreaking work of up-and-coming researchers that touch all industry sectors and help to fuel the economy,” said Jennifer Wilkie, Mitacs interim CEO. “Their achievements are truly remarkable and Mitacs is honoured to support them, and broker important connections between industry, post-secondary institutions and government that make their leading-edge work possible.”      

“We know that employers are looking for students and graduates with real-world experience so they can make an immediate impact in the workforce,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By working with Mitacs to support experiential learning and the innovative work of researchers like Oleksandr Bubon, we can help more people get the meaningful, hands-on learning opportunities they need to secure good jobs and support Ontario’s growing economy.”

For more information about the Mitacs awards and a full list of winners, visit

(Pictured) Iain Stewart, President of National Research Council Canada, presents the Mitacs NRC  IRAP Award for Commercialization to Oleksandr Bubon of Lakehead University. Oleksandr is recognized for his work developing an innovative breast imaging alternative to mammography, pet scan, and other imaging devices. His invention delivers high-resolution pictures at a much lower dose of radiation than existing alternatives. His project was in collaboration with Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and Radialis Medical with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Oleksandr Bubon of Lakehead University is presented with the Mitacs NRC IRAP Award for Commercialization

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and the Aboriginal Mentorship Program are looking for Volunteers and Tutors

 If interested in volunteering your time to mentor or tutor, please contact Outreach Coordinator Chelsey Commisso at