Save the Date and plan to join this year's Research and Innovation Week 15th Anniversary Celebrations!

Save the Date and plan to join this year's Research and Innovation Week 15th Anniversary Celebrations!

  • Thunder Bay dates: February 28 to March 5, 2020
  • Orillia dates: March 9 to 11, 2020

2020 Theme, Our Creative Mind

When we think about "creativity," we may imagine artists/scientists conjuring up fantastic ideas that come from the depths of their inventive minds. Collectively, we connect our ideas, knowledge, and curiosity to create our realities. Using our creative mind, we focus on what exists, and strive to look at reality from different perspectives. Together we imagine, innovate, and discover ways through our research to improve our lives, and better our world.

Some of our confirmed events in Thunder Bay include:

  • February 29 - "Festival of Ideas" at Intercity Shopping Centre,
  • March 2nd - Public Talk: Tim Caulfield: Battling the Bunk Machines,
  • March 3rd - "Thinking Outside the Box" Research Panel,
  • March 4th - Northern Ignite Breakfast,
  • March 4th - Indigenous Business and Reconciliation Panel, and
  • March 5th - Awards Reception.

In the coming weeks, please refer to our Research and Innovation Week web page to learn more.

For additional information, please contact Rena Viehbeck, Events Coordinator, Research Services at events.research@lakeheadu.ca.

You're invited to join the 2019/2020 Campus Giving Campaign

Last year, we experienced one of the highest participation rates from Faculty and Staff to our annual Campus Giving Campaign.

In total, $40,357.04 was donated via payroll deduction to Lakehead University and other not-for-profit organizations. Not only did participation remain high, but payroll donations designated to Lakehead University increased by 58%.

As Lakehead University and the student community continues to grow, so too does the need to support the Lakehead Annual Fund. Payroll giving is the easiest way to send a powerful message to our students that we are passionate about providing them with access to scholarships and bursaries, as well as enhancing their Lakehead experience.

You can direct your payroll donation to the area of need that matches your passion and interest. When considering making a gift, we encourage you to make one that is right for you.

We encourage you to sign up for payroll deduction here.

It’s quick, easy, and more importantly, every gift makes an impact. Your first deduction will begin in January 2020.

***NEW THIS YEAR***
Employees who sign-up for payroll deduction will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one pair of tickets to see an upcoming Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey game - from our exclusive Alumni House Box at the Fort William Gardens!

Four  prizes are available to be won. Prize includes VIP seating in the Alumni House box, complimentary snacks, refreshments and an Alumni Swag Bag!

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Sampson at anna.sampson@lakeheadu.ca or via phone at ext. 8972

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, 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 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

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 www.mitacs.ca.

(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

New textbook from the Department of Economics

Kam Yu from the Department of Economics has published a new textbook titled "Mathematical Economics: Prelude to the Neoclassical Model" with Springer Nature.

The book provides a one-semester introduction to mathematical economics for first-year graduate and senior undergraduate students. Intended to fill the gap between typical liberal arts curriculum and the rigorous mathematical modelling of graduate study in economics, this text provides a concise introduction to the mathematics needed for core microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics courses. Details of the book can be found here.

County of Simcoe presents $1 million to Lakehead University Orillia

November 19, 2019 – Orillia, Ont.

Surrounded by Lakehead University students and alumni, County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell and members of County Council presented President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson, Board of Governors Chair Ross Murray, and Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, with a $1 million gift.

The gift is part of the County of Simcoe’s annual pledge to improve access to post-secondary education across the region. Today’s announcement brings the County of Simcoe’s contributions to Lakehead to $9.5 million since 2009.

“Our investment in post-secondary educational institutions supports our economy, helps to expand our labour market and provides local access to world-class education for our residents, including the 654 Simcoe County students currently enrolled at Lakehead University,” said Warden George Cornell. “Our 10-year funding commitment of $10 million supports Lakehead’s innovative programming, and ensures that Simcoe County has well-educated, job-ready candidates to help grow our 16,000 area businesses.”

During the event, County Councillors heard first-hand from second-year social work student and Midland, Ont. resident, Amanda Rego-Lynch, the impact of having a university in the community.

“I’m the first generation in my family to go to university,” said Rego-Lynch, “and I believed for a long time that I would never be able to, so this is a huge milestone for me. I may have come in a bit late (as a mature student), but Lakehead University has changed my life. And, it’s had an impact on my kids. My 12-year-old son is now saying, ‘If mom can do it, so can I!’”

Lakehead Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans reflected on the fact that without the County of Simcoe’s support and investment, many students, like Rego-Lynch, would never have the opportunity to attend university.

“The County of Simcoe’s outstanding support of Lakehead University continues to have a nurturing, positive impact on everything you see around us, but especially on our students – many of our 1,400 students come from your communities,” he explained. “The most important outcome of your investment is the success of our students, our graduates and the citizens of tomorrow.”

A success that wouldn’t be possible without a university experience where students’ unique needs and potential are embraced and nurtured explained Dr. Moira McPherson.

“Our commitment to helping students overcome barriers to access and offering every student a transformative experience is reflected in our unique pathways to entry, student support programs, extensive opportunities for experiential learning and research, strong retention and graduation, and impressive employment outcomes,” said Dr. McPherson.

“When we’re asked how many of our students find work after graduation, we can proudly say that 96.7% of our students find work within their field of study within two years – consistently above the provincial average. We’re especially proud when the places they’ve chosen to live and work are right here in Orillia and Simcoe County.”

Following the cheque presentation, councillors and students had the opportunity to interact and speak about their university experience.

Since 2009, the County of Simcoe has contributed $9.5-million t0 Lakehead University, to ensure that students in Simcoe County have access to university education closer to home.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 8,500 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. Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

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Media contacts: 

Collin Matanowitsch
Public Relations Manager
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 Ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca

 

Jaclyn Bucik
Media, Communications and Marketing Associate
Lakehead University
705-330-4008 ext. 2014
jbucik@lakeheadu.ca 

County of Simcoe Councillors presented Lakehead University with $-million gift

Remember someone who may need support during National Bereavement Day

Tuesday, November 19 is National Bereavement Day. The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health reminds you that grief has a great impact on us emotionally, physically, socially, cognitively and spiritually. Today, please think about your family members, friends and others close to you who are grieving or in bereavement, and consider the support they may need.

It’s important to know that support may be needed by those who are grieving before, during and after the course of a loved one’s journey. Recognizing their needs and supporting them in coping or healing from a loss is an essential element of care.

There are many grief and bereavement services available in northwestern Ontario. Please help those who would like or need support by sharing this information with them. Click here for a listing of community resources.

Resources are also available on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association website.

For more information on National Bereavement Day please visit http://www.chpca.net/news-and-events/bereavementday.aspx

Department of Economics team proceeds to final round of Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge

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The team members, from left to right, are Laura Polcyn, Weiqi Shi, Scott Magill, Derek Patterson, and André Gagné.

This fall, the Department of Economics took part in the fifth annual Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge. Twenty-eight universities from across Canada took part in the competition, which is designed to promote the understanding of the role that monetary policy plays in Canada's Economy.

This competition is a great example of the way the Department of Economics is engaging in experiential learning. We are happy to announce that the Lakehead team will be moving on to the final round in Ottawa in February.

Scott Magill, Laura Polcyn, Weiqi Shi, Derek Patterson, and André Gagné will visit Ottawa in February where they will compete to become the winner of the competition. The team was supervised and mentored by Dr. Karl Skogstad, Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami, Dr. Michael Shannon, and Dr. Robert Petrunia

The team spent the semester preparing a presentation that they delivered via video conference to judges from the Bank of Canada. Given the high quality of the universities the team faced, moving on to the final round is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates the quality of Lakehead students and the quality of Economics training available at Lakehead.

Lakehead University dares to be bold with Report to Community

November 20, 2019 – Orillia, Ont.

The theme of Lakehead University’s 2019 Report to the Community was Dare. Defy. Discover.

Emceed by fourth year Lakehead criminology program student, Courtney Holmes, the annual event featured students, faculty and alumni of the Orillia campus who dare to defy constraints and expectations to make discoveries about themselves and the world through unconventional scholarship and independent thinking.

“Through the Report to Community we have the opportunity to meet the people who make Lakehead Orillia such a special place – students, faculty and alumni,” stated Lakehead Chancellor Lyn McLeod. “Lakehead University is extremely honoured to serve the people of Orillia and Simcoe County and our students, both those who live here and the many who come from elsewhere to access a quality postsecondary education.”

Guests at this year’s event included Gia Spiropoulos, Master of Education student, alumna Dana Clark, and Lakehead’s Dr. Cheryl Lousley, Associate Professor and Research Chair in Environmental Humanities.

Dr. Lousley spoke passionately about storying the climate change emergency and provided examples of how environmental concerns have been woven into the narrative of Canadian fiction.  

In her talk, Spiropoulos shared her journey to Lakehead, her passion for basketball, and documented the incredible research opportunities she has participated in during her master’s program. Working with lecturer and SSHRC post-doctoral fellow Dr. Ellen Field, Spiropoulos is working on developing hands-on, inquiry-based learning resources for teachers to help introduce education around climate change into today’s classrooms.

Clark, a graduate of Lakehead’s media studies program, talked about her global social impact movement, Heroic Humans. The online platform inspires, celebrates, empowers and acknowledges acts of heroism big and small all over the world.  To date, it has featured almost 200 people from around the globe who show exceptional examples of courage, bravery, love, and resilience in everyday life.  Clark’s work on Heroic Humans earned her the 2018 Mindful Millennial Award from The Notable Life.

“This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and alumni are having on the economy and society,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor. “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.”

“At Lakehead University we have a deep and authentic commitment to education, innovation and the dreams of our diverse population of students,” explained Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal of Lakehead Orillia. “This is supported by the significant milestones we’ve celebrated in 2018-2019.”

Those milestones 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.

In addition to celebrating the academic, research, and community accomplishments, 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 the University’s Thunder Bay campus on the province was $1.3 billion, while its Orillia campus 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 daredefydiscover.ca to view Lakehead University’s 2018-2019 Report to the Community.

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Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or jaclyn.bucik@lakeheadu.ca.

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 ten 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead Orillia's report to community student, faculty and alumni speakers

Lakehead University encouraging community members, friends to support the Wolf Den athletics facility

November 25, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University is embarking on a $1.8 million campaign to support the construction of the dynamic new Wolf Den athletics facility, a project that students overwhelmingly supported in a referendum in 2018.

Set to open in 2020, the new 30,000 square-foot Wolf Den will be connected and built adjacent to the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse. Students are contributing $11 million of the $12.8 million construction cost.

August Ricketts, a former varsity basketball player and current fitness enthusiast, is excited to experience the Wolf Den.

 “As a Lakehead University student and former varsity athlete, I have spent quite a bit of time in our current athletics facility over the years,” Ricketts said.

“I have come to understand and recognize the importance of supporting the Wolf Den and how beneficial it will be. The new addition will provide a modern and bright space, to not only Lakehead students but to members of the Thunder Bay community as well.

“There will be more available time for students and community members to utilize the courts for recreational activities as well as give them increased access to more cardio and weight equipment. The addition will also give students another space to study comfortably and de-stress from school,” she added.

The expansion will allow Lakehead to double the space dedicated to weight lifting, cardio and gym areas that the current space provides, for both students and community use.

The Wolf Den will include a multi-purpose gymnasium, modern weightlifting area, new aerobics studio, expanded club team storage and offices, new space for recreational programming, multi-use boardroom, student study areas, a lounge and meditation centre, and a wellness clinic. The new facility will also provide accessibility enhancements for users who have disabilities.

 “This is an exciting project that we are very proud to be part of,” said Farhan Yousaf, LUSU’s Vice-President, Finance and Operations. “It will be a new facility for students, where they can study, relax and work out in one building.”

Tom Warden, Lakehead’s Director, Athletics, said the space would meet the needs of Lakehead’s students – and students played a role in every aspect of its creation.

“Lakehead students have driven this new facility,” he said. “They’ve been the ones who have championed it, financed the majority of it, designed it, and developed it.

“Together with the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse and the Hangar, the Wolf Den will ensure that Lakehead University Athletics continues to provide dedicated space and programming to meet the health, wellness and recreation needs of our students and the wider community,” Warden said, adding that he hopes the public will contribute whatever they can to help make this facility a reality.

“Students are the primary funders. As we move forward with this campaign, we hope our community members, corporate community, and friends of the university will see the value of this facility for the region and the city, and help make this project happen,” he added.

For information about how you can donate to the Wolf Den, visit lakeheadu.ca/wolfden or contact Kathryn Davidson at (807) 343-8476 or kathryn.davidson@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

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