Lakehead plants trees to honour Gilbert, Fedderson

Orillia mayor Steve Clarke, Dr. Kim Fedderson, former Orillia mayor Ron Stevens and Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans are pictured in front of the tree planted in Feddersons honour on campus

City of Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, former Orillia mayor Ron Stevens, and Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans are pictured with Dr. Kim Fedderson (second from left) at the tree planted in his honour on the Orillia campus.


October 29, 2020 – Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University has celebrated the tremendous legacies of Orillia campus pioneers, Dr. Fred Gilbert and Dr. Kim Fedderson, with the planting of two trees to honour their legacy in leadership.

Gilbert held the post of President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University from 1998 to 2010, during which time Gilbert led the establishment of the Lakehead Orillia campus.

Fedderson distinguished himself as the founding Dean and Vice-Provost of the Lakehead Orillia campus in 2007, and then in 2015, he was appointed the first Principal of the campus.

“Great leaders know how to build strong teams. Great leaders also know how to stay the course, especially when confronted by extreme adversity,” said Orillia campus principal, Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans.

“I’m deeply honoured by the planting of this commemorative tree, especially since my scientific background is ecology,” Gilbert said. “The tree will also recognize the contributions of the University’s board and executive, and many others in the community who were instrumental in establishing Lakehead Orillia.”

“It wasn’t that long ago that we planted the first tree on campus in honour and acknowledgment of this community’s dream of building a university in the County of Simcoe,” said Fedderson. “It’s unprecedented for a community to come together to build a university for its children and its future.”

“Thanks to Dr. Fred Gilbert and Dr. Kim Fedderson, Lakehead Orillia has been welcoming and supporting thousands of students from all over the County of Simcoe and beyond since 2006,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson. “The positive impact of our Orillia campus and its many students and alumni on this region is significant." 

“We are so pleased to honour each of these two leaders with the planting of a tree on this beautiful campus,” added McPherson. “We look forward to nurturing these trees as they grow and flourish alongside Lakehead Orillia.”

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Media:  For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications & Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4010 ext. 2014 or  jbucik@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 2020, Maclean’s 2021 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.

Two plaques recognizing Dr. Kim Fedderson and Dr. Fred Gilbert sit on a podium

Lakehead University a founding partner of new UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education

October 28, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University has joined Trent University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Yukon University, the Arctic State Agrotechnological University in Russia, and Nord University in Norway as a founding partner of the Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education (Læra Institute), a new institute within the international University of the Arctic (UArctic). 

The word læra means learn or study in Icelandic, and the Læra Institute is dedicated to promoting best-practice teaching and learning about the Circumpolar North.

Funded by UiT: The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Ministry for Education and Research, over the next two years it will develop curriculum specifications, exemplar courses and pedagogical resources to support circumpolar studies, whether in-person or online.

The Læra Institute will also hold regular workshops for faculty, as well as educational symposia for students. Special attention will be paid to the varied perspectives on “circumpolarity” that exist across the Circumpolar North, particularly Indigenous perspectives. 

Photo of Dr. Michel Beaulieu

“As part of our Academic Plan, Lakehead University has committed to continue to develop regional nodes for professional program delivery with a focus on increasing access to education in northern communities through remote program delivery,” said Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Lakehead’s Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects).

“Our involvement with the Læra Institute advances that commitment,” he added.

Established in 2001, UArctic is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. Lakehead University is a founding member and the only Canadian life member.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Associate Vice-President Academic

avp.academic@lakeheadu.ca

 

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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 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 2020, Maclean’s 2021 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 in 2019. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

November is Financial Literacy Month!

Did you know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada? Throughout the month of November we have informative events with great guest speakers as well as over $500 in prizes to be won, including a grand prize draw at the end of the month! Each session you attend gives you a chance to win a $50 gift card as well as an entry into the grand prize draw.

Fill out the Lakehead University Financial Literacy Month 2020 survey (https://forms.gle/CCSGKoQ7RAoFPq1u9) for an additional three (3) ballot entries into our grand prize draw, valued at over $200.

Find more information about Financial Literacy Month, please visit www.lakeheadu.ca/flm.

Financial Literacy Month is November 1 to 30.

Maclean’s ranks Lakehead University first in Ontario among primarily undergraduate universities

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October 26, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont. 

Maclean’s has once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the magazine’s 2021 University Rankings.

Lakehead tied for first overall among Ontario universities in its category, and ranked eighth out of 19 primarily undergraduate universities from across Canada.

“I’m very pleased at how we ranked this year,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson. “These rankings recognize our ongoing and renowned commitment to providing a transformative university experience, grounded in exceptional scholarship and unique student potential.”

While over 90 per cent of Lakehead’s domestic undergraduate student population faces at least one barrier to postsecondary education, Lakehead University has the highest graduation rate among all universities in Maclean’s primarily undergraduate category.

“At Lakehead University we are committed to supporting student success by helping them realize their potential and achieve their career goals,” Dr. McPherson explained.

This year, Maclean’s University Rankings place Lakehead first in Ontario in student awards (tied), faculty awards, and total library expenses; second in student/faculty ratio, social sciences and humanities grants, total research dollars, scholarships and bursaries, and library acquisitions; and third in medical/science grants, operating budget, and in reputation.

Lakehead is the only university in Maclean's primarily undergraduate category to be included in Canada's top 20 universities for Computer Science.

Dr. McPherson added that Maclean’s annual rankings are just one way potential students can learn more about the Lakehead University experience.

Potential students can also learn more about the Lakehead University experience at the virtual open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Registration details are coming soon.

You can read the full Maclean’s rankings here.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 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 2020, Maclean’s 2021 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 in 2019. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s fall open house is going virtual

October 16, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Take the first step to achieving your career goals by registering now for Lakehead University’s virtual open house, happening on Saturday, Oct. 24, and have a chance to win free tuition for your first year.

There has never been an easier way for you and your family to learn more about Lakehead University – from the comfort of your home.

Through videos, downloadable program info packages, and one-on-one chats, you can learn about the University’s vibrant student life, its degree programs, scholarships and bursaries, and other important admissions information.

“This virtual open house promises to be an exceptional introduction to the academic opportunities available through Lakehead University,” said Lynn Hurrell, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment (Domestic). 

“Students will learn how Lakehead’s degree programs, smaller class sizes, hands-on learning opportunities and high career employment rates make a degree from Lakehead extraordinarily valuable.”

The open house will feature a virtual exhibit hall where you will pick up a virtual backpack and visit with 21 different booths to collect brochures and faculty and program videos and most importantly, chat one-on-one with current faculty, researchers and student services teams. 

“At Lakehead, our faculty know you by name and care about your academic growth and success,” Hurrell said. “By connecting with them now – before you become a Lakehead student – you can begin having important conversations that will help you personalize and shape your academic career.”

In addition to learning more about Lakehead’s diverse degree programs, you will be able to chat with a variety of support services staff who will guide you through your academic career, including the Admissions office, Indigenous Initiatives, Student Awards and Financial Aid, Student Wellness, and Student Success to name a few.

Future students attending the virtual open house – or any of Lakehead’s many virtual events happening this year – will be automatically entered into a draw to win free first-year tuition. 

Lakehead University has world-renowned faculty and researchers, which is why Maclean’s Magazine includes Lakehead in its annual top 10 list of undergraduate universities in Canada and Research Infosource has named Lakehead the Research University of the Year for five consecutive years.

The Lakehead Experience: A Virtual Open House will run from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 24. Register now to reserve your space by visiting lakeheadu.ca/openhouse.

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

Join us on October 24, 2020 for the Lakehead experience virtual open house

LU prof published graphic novella about the opioid crisis

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"Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge" is a new, short web-based comic co-authored by Lakehead Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice Dr. Max Haiven.

It explores the longer history of the ongoing opioid crisis, which has to date killed over half a million people in the US alone and has ruined the lives of many more.

With tragic deaths from overdoses rising in Thunder Bay and across Canada during the lockdown, this comic contributes to demanding that society take a hard look at how we got here.

The comic, based on a chapter of Haiven's recently published book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts (Pluto 2020) focuses on the longer history of drugs, empires and racism, tracing the roots of today's crisis to the 19th century Opium Wars.

It explores the links between the drug crisis and the tide of far-right political revenge that has recently swept the United States and other countries.

The comic can be read for free at http://empiresofpain.com where visitors can also find essays and audio.

Lakehead University’s Teaching & Learning Week

Lakehead University’s Teaching Commons, in collaboration with Lakehead International, will be hosting its annual Teaching & Learning Week from Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30.

This year’s theme is Anti-Racism and Pedagogies of Inclusion and will feature guest speakers on topics including Indigegogy, Cultural Intelligence, Queering your Classroom, Inclusive Language, and Anti-racist pedagogies.

All events will be hosted online, beginning with opening ceremonies and a keynote speaker on Monday, Oct. 26 from 1 - 3 pm and closing on Friday, Oct. 30 10 am - 12:00 pm with a celebration of our teaching award winners and the Distinguished Instructor Award lecture.

The Teaching Commons with Lakehead International invite you to this informative and transformative learning experience!

Please see https://teachingcommons.lakeheadu.ca/teaching-and-learning-week for more information about this event.

Social Impact Challenge

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Ingenuity, Lakehead University's Business Incubator, along with its community partners have created a challenge with a cash prize.
Submit the online application by October 11th, the top five applications will be chosen to create a five minute video of their business idea (business pitch).
You will also receive support for creating your video.
Winners to be announced during BDC's Small Business Week October 23rd.

All ideas are welcome! Application available at ingenuity.lakeheadu.ca
For more information contact Alyson MacKay, Manager Ingenuity
manager.ingenuity@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University launching its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

September 30, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University launch its first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan today, resulting from a year-long process of planning, research and consultation led by the President’s EDI taskforce.

Composed of senior administrators, academics and student leaders, this taskforce ensured that the process for developing the plan would be a coordinated mechanism for driving equity, diversity, and inclusion at Lakehead University over five years.

The plan is a living document, meaning that although its vision, mission and goals will not change, the activities will be assessed year by year to ensure that the University achieves its goals.

Lakehead University’s EDI goals include recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and workforce; supporting and accommodating our people through EDI services; innovating and leading on EDI knowledge creation and education; communicating our EDI work and our EDI values; and encouraging EDI within the university governance system.

The plan’s mission is to institutionalize equitable and inclusive principles and practices to realize a University where diversity thrives. Its vision is to create a university that is plural and diverse in its content, structures and people.

“This action plan reflects Lakehead’s commitment to a university community where the human rights of all students, faculty, and staff are respected and realized,” said Dylan Mazur, Lakehead’s Director, Human Rights and Equity.

Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, thanked the taskforce members for their work and dedication developing this plan, which they accomplished through essential consultation and contributions from members of the entire University community.

“This action plan represents a commitment to building and fostering a university where we can live, learn, and work in an environment that is equitable and inclusive for all,” Dr. McPherson said.

To review the action plan, click here.

 

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

RSC inducting Dr. Pauline Sameshima to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

photo of Dr. Pauline Sameshima
Dr. Pauline Sameshima

September 24, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have included Lakehead University’s Dr. Pauline Sameshima among the incoming class of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies and Professor in the Faculty of Education, is one of 50 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which includes top mid-career leaders in Canada.

The College provides the RSC with a multi-generational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.

Dr. Sameshima is the second Lakehead professor to be included in the incoming class of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC inducted Dr. Chris Mushquash, from Psychology, into the class in 2017. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.

The RSC selected Dr. Sameshima based on her innovative work in curriculum theory, poetic inquiry, teaching, research dissemination, and civic engagement development.

“I am humbled that President McPherson nominated me,” she said, “and I’m honoured that the work on community engagement, collaboration, researching, teaching, and learning through the arts is being recognized.

“The arts nurture imagination, decision-making, and flexibility of thought – critical skills needed to re-invent new curricula for our lives as we navigate the pressing breakdowns in our earth, health, and social systems.”

Dr. Sameshima joined Lakehead University in 2012. She is a curriculum theorist who works on interdisciplinary teams across science and humanities fields to mobilize research to broad audiences and provide innovation to collaborations.

She is the Director of the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab, Curator of the Lakehead Research Education Galleries, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

“Congratulations to Pauline and thank you to the RSC for recognizing her important work,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “She is a highly innovative researcher and artist who brings her unique vision to every project she partakes in.”

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada advises the government and the larger society, recognizes excellence, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to recognise this year’s exceptional cohort of inductees, as the contributions of these outstanding artists, scholars and scientists have significantly impacted their respective disciplines at both national and international levels,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil.

The 2020 roster of truly remarkable individuals will be invited to accept membership to the RSC on Friday, Nov. 27 in Toronto.

This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 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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