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