Lakehead University Library launching Omni on December 12

The library's new academic search tool, Omni, is officially launching on December 12. Omni will be replacing both the library’s classic catalogue and Search-it-All. Omni streamlines the process of requesting materials from 13 other University Libraries, changing the way that users can access and borrow resources. The library is also excited to announce a number of user-centered policy changes, such as unlimited renewals and extended loan periods.

For more information on Omni, check out the library’s social media profiles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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

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.

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.

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 or via phone at ext. 8972

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

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


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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)


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

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

Congratulations to two Lakehead students honoured with Mayor's Community Safety Awards

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Two Lakehead University students were recently honoured with 2019 Mayor’s Community Safety Awards, presented by Mayor Bill Mauro.  



A Street Outreach Worker for the Shelter House SOS Program, Tessa has excellent credentials – she’s working on a Master of Social Work from Lakehead University - but more than that, she has the power of kindness to build trust and help empower vulnerably housed and homeless clients to find their voices and make changes. Part of a highly skilled and compassionate team, Tessa, in her role as driver, is on the road offering direct care to community members in need and helping move them out of harm’s way. With deep empathy and genuine belief in the power of people, Tessa feels privileged to work with vulnerable people, hear their incredible stories, know them personally, and care for them in ways that allow them to rely on her. As navigator and cheerleader, she works constantly to connect people to resources and services, and invests immeasurable emotional labour into ensuring the most vulnerable people in our community are safe and well.

Sponsor: Apex Investigation and Security



Since arriving in Thunder Bay four years ago, Yamaan Alsumadi has been planting seeds of hope. An anti-racism activist with strong ties to her cultural community at the Mosque, Yamaan has helped youth build resiliency skills, positive identity, and self-esteem to motivate change in their lives and the lives of others. When co-president of the Regional Multicultural Youth Council, she attended the 2019 Canada We Want Conference in Toronto and returned home to help create Thunder Bay We Want - an inclusive community committed to reconciliation, improved race relations, and safe schools and neighbourhoods. Yamaan chaired a youth-facilitated event that invited 200 secondary students to view Michelle Desrosier’s film Coming Together to Talk, share their perspective of racism in Thunder Bay, and present possible solutions. Yamaan has served on Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism Incident Reporting Working Group, and championed in-school activities such as the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Today, Yamaan continues her advocacy to build welcoming environments for youth in our city while pursuing studies in nursing at Lakehead University.

Sponsor: Generator

For more information about the recipients, please visit this page.

Become one of the first ever Global Ambassadors at Lakehead!

Lakehead University International is excited to announce the Global Ambassador Program!

This is the ultimate opportunity for students to represent Lakehead University and express their proud voice and spirit of Lakehead to future students and alumni around the world.

While enriching the student experience on campus and in the community, Global Ambassadors will also have access to exclusive events and opportunities.

Global Ambassadors are considered the leaders of today and tomorrow. As a Global Ambassador, you would represent Lakehead's diverse campus and student body. Together with the team of Global Ambassadors you would enrich the student experience on campus and share your Lakehead pride with future students. You could also have the opportunity to advance and become a leader within the Global Ambassador Program. As a Global Ambassador, you would participate in activities like...

- Connecting with future students in your home country
- Being featured in photoshoots, testimonials, etc.
- Become a campus champion for events and activities
- Volunteering with community organizations

Represent Your University - Join the Global Ambassador Program!

Are you eager to share your Lakehead experience with your home country or be the face of Lakehead for future students? Global Ambassador Program applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now open! To apply, please visit

Lakehead University named Research University of the Year for fifth consecutive year

November 7, 2019 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

For the fifth consecutive year, Research Infosource has named Lakehead Canada’s Research University of the Year in the undergraduate university category.

This is the first time that a university in Research Infosource’s undergraduate category has been ranked Research University of the Year five years in a row.

Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President & Vice-Chancellor, said this announcement recognizes the value of the University's contributions to research.

“Lakehead University's high-calibre research is thanks to the dedication of our researchers and their partners, including communities, industry and government," Dr. McPherson said. "I would like to thank Lakehead’s many researchers and their partners for helping the University earn this unique honour.”

Lakehead’s placement at the top of the country’s undergraduate universities category is based on the university standing out on a balanced scorecard of research inputs and outputs, according to the annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities by Research Infosource, Canada’s source of research and development intelligence.

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research & Innovation, said earning Research University of the Year for the fifth year in a row was the result of the exceptional success and dedication of Lakehead’s researchers, and the hard work of Lakehead’s Office of Resear Services and Economic Development and Innovation.

“This year Research Infosource also noted that we are the leader in cross-sector aggregate publication count in our category from 2013 to 2017. This shows that we are engaging with multiple partners on research projects that are outside of our university,” Dr. Dean said.

“Our partnerships show that we are producing research that is relevant and has an impact locally, nationally and internationally. We are very proud of this designation but certainly know that we didn’t get to this level on our own,” he added.

Research Infosource’s calculation of its Research Universities of the Year involves examining several factors, including the total amount of sponsored research funding received by Lakehead University, research intensity per faculty (total research income per faculty member), research intensity per graduate student (total research income per graduate student), total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

“Lakehead University has demonstrated sustained, consistent research excellence in many dimensions,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc.

“It's a testament to the quality of the research, the researchers and the research leaders," he added.

Click here to visit the Research Infosource website for more information. 


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


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 2019, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit

Discover Lakehead University at Orillia Campus Fall Open House

November 5, 2019 – Orillia, ON

Future students, their family and friends, are invited to visit and experience Lakehead University first-hand at our Fall Open House on Saturday, November 9. See for yourself why Lakehead is among Canada's Top 10 undergraduate universities according to Maclean's 2020 University Rankings.

Drop by the Lakehead Orillia Campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday to discover our wide range of programs, experiential learning opportunities, and what it’s like to be a Lakehead student. Register today at

Why come to Fall Open House? Here are the things that you’ll be able to do:

  • Take a student-led tour of campus, including classrooms, labs and residence
  • Meet future professors, staff and current students
  • Participate in interactive presentations
  • Learn about financial aid, scholarships and awards
  • Discover the amenities Lakehead has to offer – on campus and within the community

Attend for your chance to win a Freshman Prize Pack valued at $2,000 containing everything a student needs to make their first-year epic!

Can’t make it to Fall Open House? Book a campus tour at a time that works for you at

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or

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

A future student speaks to Lakehead University faculty member during open house

Lakehead feted at Newcomer Recognition Awards

First row (left to right): Tina Christman, Safani Gunasekera, Maureen Arbour, Lu-Han Wang. Second row (left to right): Sylvia Bernard, Paola Osorio, Sarah Simpson, Katie Fraser. Third row (left to right): Steve Loftus, Bolu Fabanwo, Andrew Wilcox, Dean Jobin-Bevans

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Lakehead University Orillia was recognized for its multiculturalism, three of its students was singled out for their efforts and one of its employees was also honoured at the Newcomer Recognition Awards last night.

The seventh annual awards took place at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club to recognize the efforts of community champions and local immigrants who work to make Simcoe County a better place.

“Our growing communities benefit greatly from the diverse talents, knowledge and skills of more than 62,000 immigrants who now call Simcoe County home," said Simcoe County Warden George Cornell.

"This event is a great opportunity to recognize local community champions, hear their stories and learn from their experiences of living in and contributing to our county,” he said.

The Ethnic Mosaic Alliance (EMA) hosted a silent auction to kick off a fundraising campaign to build a multicultural centre in the county. 

“I know we can’t make our dream a reality without your support,” said EMA president Shelley Sarin. “We have a long road ahead and I look for your support for future generations who want to call Simcoe County home.”

Twelve awards were given out to celebrate the achievements of local immigrants, businesses and community champions.

Multiculturalism through Education (School) - Lakehead University

Lakehead University’s Orillia campus’ new international program contributes to student success through creating opportunities for work experience, providing a supportive campus environment across faculty and staff departments, and facilitating opportunities for cultural education.

The Student Success Centre and international department work together to provide workshops for international students seeking to work in Simcoe County.

The university provides international students with a supportive campus environment by hosting a variety of events and activities in collaboration with the Lakehead University Multicultural Association (LUMA). They celebrate international holidays and the traditions of cultures represented by the students on campus. Most recently, the university launched an International Peer Mentor program.

Lakehead University Principal Dean Jobin-Bevins said this year, the school has seen a 36 per cent increase in international enrolments at the Orillia campus.

“Thank you for recognizing the strides we’ve taken as an institution,” he said.

Youth Community Champion - Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson is a fourth-year student at Lakehead University in Orillia studying sociology and english with a desire to complete her Bachelor of Education.

Simpson works as a residence advisor, striving to provide empathetic support to students of all cultural backgrounds. She co-founded the local World University Service of Canada, a group that aims to promote social justice and global development initiatives. The future goal of the group is to sponsor a refugee student to study in Canada.

In her spare time, Simpson supports youth from across Canada as a volunteer for Kids Help Phone. She also offers to help foreign-born students improve their English-language skills.

Community Champion - Katie Fraser

Katie Fraser is the international engagement specialist at Lakehead’s Orillia Campus, where she has helped increase the undergrad international student population from 10 to over 60 over the past two years.

Fraser works very closely with LUMA to support and build cultural awareness on campus. Outside of LUMA, under her direction, she promotes and runs diversity-centred events, including a Diversi-TEA in which shared teas from around the world. Fraser was also involved as a fierce ambassador for the anti-racism, #ITSTARTS campaign, ensuring Lakehead was seen as a community leader.

This past summer 20 students from Costa Rica studied English and completed 30 hours of volunteer experience with different organizations in Orillia including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Birchmere Retirement Residence, Soup Kitchen and Stephen Leacock Museum.

Fraser works collaboratively with the Wellness Department to find suitable healthcare for international students. Fraser is currently introducing the SPICE (Seniors Partnering with Immigrants in Conversation Exchanges) to the Orillia Public Library with the desire to pair Lakehead’s Academic English Program students with local seniors.

Immigrant Youth - Lu-Han Wang

Lu-Han Wang is a third-year international student from Taiwan studying at Lakehead University in Orillia. Wang helped start a peer mentoring program designed to support new international students at the Orillia campus. She now mentors 20 new international students. A member of the Lakehead University Multicultural Association (LUMA), Wang also helped plan events on campus to increase cultural diversity and inclusion awareness.

Immigrant Mentor - Bolu Fabanwo

Fabanwo came to Canada from Nigeria as an International student at Lakehead University in Orillia, graduating in 2019 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Business Administration.

During his studies at Lakehead, he founded and acted as president of the Lakehead University Multicultural Association (LUMA). Under Bolu’s leadership, LUMA’s membership has increased to become the largest club on the Orillia campus at more than 50 student members. In 2017, he received a Lakehead Leadership award for diversity and inclusion.

As an international student, Fabanwo uses his own experiences establishing himself in Simcoe County and the City of Orillia to help and mentor others who are in similar situations.

Immigrant Artist - Safani Gunasekera

Safani Gunasekera was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada in 2005. She moved to Simcoe County in 2014, and now resides in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Gunasekera has a passion for wildlife photography, recently chronicling the adventures of a beaver family as they built a dam in a local subdivision reservoir. Gunasekera is an active and founding member of the Passion Made Studio Art Tour in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

“Thank you for recognizing my work,” said Gunasekera. “Being recognized for my talent and finding my passion is the best thing that could happen to me in Canada.”

Immigrant Entrepreneur - Paola Osorio Silk

Paola Osorio Silk was born in Mexico. She graduated from the University of the Gulf of Mexico and came to Canada after she graduated.

Silk has always had a passion for fashion. Leaving behind her hospitality career, Silk made the life-changing decision to pursue her passion for fashion and create an e-commerce store, Shilango. She employs artisans giving them a fair wage. She uses organic and vegan materials like hazelnut shells, orange peels, and cantaloupe seeds, to create environmentally friendly and cultural clothing.

Silk met with business international students at Lakehead University in June to share her experiences as an entrepreneur in Canada. She mentors new entrepreneurs through programming offered by the City of Barrie. Most recently, Silk facilitated workshops on environmental sustainability at the Barrie Public Library.

“What an honour it is to be up here,” said Silk. “Thank you to Simcoe County for opening the doors to me and my family.”

Culturally Diverse Workforce - Innovative Automation

Innovative Automation is a privately owned company based in Barrie. They provide factory automation solutions to different industries, including the automotive, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and plastics sectors. Innovative currently has 11 per cent of employees who are foreign trained. Their employees speak 15 languages including Latvian, Dutch, Afrikaans, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Kannada, and Hindi.

The company increases employment opportunities for immigrants in Simcoe County by maintaining an active presence in the community. The company also gives back to the community by paying each employee for two days of giving their time in a volunteer capacity.

“We don’t focus on where people come from; we focus on the talent,” said Innovative Automation’s president Steve Loftus. “It makes it an interesting and dynamic place to work. It’s allowed us to reach out into the world. They educate us and bring in new opportunities.”

Welcoming Work Environment / Marketing and Outreach - La Clé

La Clé provides child and family services, employment and training services as well as cultural and radio activities.

In recent years, La Clé has increased the cultural diversity of its staffing complement. Currently, La Clé has a dozen employees from various countries including Haiti, Syria, African countries, Russia and France. Immigrant employees now make up approximately 20 per cent of the organization’s workforce. They make it a priority to assess foreign credentials and place immigrant employees in the appropriate salary grid.

For many years, La Clé has worked to make sure its workplace and programing are culturally inclusive. The organization’s communication strategy represents Canada’s diversity by using photos of individuals of diverse backgrounds in its materials.

Multiculturalism through Education (Educator) - Bethany Winger, Andrew Wilcox and Daniel Wilcox

Bethany Winger, Andrew Wilcox and Daniel Wilcox are grade six, seven and eight teachers at Timothy Christian School in Barrie.

The teachers and students created a manual/guide to inform the school community on actions that welcome Syrian refugees, which was shared with churches and a number of community organizations.

Guided by Bethany, Andrew and Daniel, the students worked together to impart knowledge, understanding and compassion to refugees who had previously been living in dangerous situations.

“We set out to show them that they belong here, and that we are a community that cares,” said Andrew Wilcox, who received the award on behalf of the group.

Service Excellence - Maureen Arbour

Maureen Arbour is the newcomer employment services co-ordinator for Georgian College’s Job Finding Club for Immigrants. The program started in 2017 under her guidance and teaches newcomers interview and resume building skills, provides job search assistance and emphasizes the value of developing a professional network. The initiative has been approved for five more years of funding by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

The 12 recipients of the County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards