Lakehead University Orillia invites community to learn about local research

Lakehead University’s annual Research & Innovation Week offers a chance for the community to learn more about the research taking place at the university.  Events take place from March 4 to 6 at the University Avenue campus. All events are free and open to the public.

February 26, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University will showcase the best of student and faculty research during 2019 Research and Innovation Week, March 4 to 6 at the Orillia campus.

Based on this year’s theme, Rise of the Machines, many of the talks will discuss how technology can change the world and highlight the exceptional research being conducted at Lakehead University.

The week kicks-off on Monday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Orsi Family Learning Commons with presentations from Lakehead Orillia faculty, highlighting the University’s current research projects and partnerships. This will be followed by a panel specific to research within the Faculty of Education at 1:30 p.m. in room 2014.  

On Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in room 1033, Dr. Alana Saulnier, assistant professor and criminology program coordinator at Lakehead University, will speak on the topic of police use of body-worn cameras in Canada. Dr. Saulnier is the primary investigator for the Durham Regional Police Service body-worn camera evaluation. To register for this presentation, please email

Lakehead Orillia lecturer Dr. Kevin Willison will present “Fuzzy Logic as a Contributor to an Ethos of Using Machines” on Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in room 2010. Dr. Willison will explore the growing utilization of fuzzy logic as a contributor to an ethos of using machines worldwide. That afternoon, the Orillia Native Women’s Group will be presenting their Storytelling Circle Project with Dr. Sandra Jeppesen at 2:30 p.m. in room 2019. And, the Department of Sustainability Sciences will host a mini conference on science and sustainability from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 2017.

The final forum of the day, “Using Technology to Fight Human Trafficking”, will be presented by Dr. Natalya Timoshkina, associate professor, School of Social Work, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 2020. As space is limited, the public is asked to register for this presentation by emailing

The evening of March 5 will feature keynote speaker Dan Dunsky, Vice President, Engagement at Public Inc. and creator and former executive producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”. Dunsky will present “A Hinge Moment from Humanity” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 1033. To register for this presentation, please email

The week will close with a presentation by Dr. Xue Han on business and e-health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 2017. Dr. Han, a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, will explore how we can facilitate patient engagement in an age of advanced information technology. 

One highlight of the week will be the student research presentations, happening daily (March 4 to 6) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Orsi Family Learning Commons. The public is invited to attend.

Registration is not required unless mentioned above. All events take place at 500 University Avenue in Simcoe Hall and are free and open to the public. Please visit for more information about all of the events happening this week.

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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 Infosourcenamed Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit