Lakehead University’s In Conversation talks returning to the Thunder Bay Public Library

January 20, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University’s free In Conversation talks are returning to the Thunder Bay Public Library with exciting presentations planned for this semester.

You put WHAT in the lake?! Why whole-lake experiments are necessary to understand human impacts on freshwater – Saturday, Jan. 25

For the past 52 years, researchers have been conducting whole-lake experiments at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area to understand human impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

These experiments have provided often unexpected results, and have had a major hand in shaping environmental policy both in Canada and around the globe.  

“But why do we need to do experiments in a whole lake? Why can’t you do them in a lab?”, you might ask. Dr. Michael Rennie, Associate Professor at Lakehead University and Research Fellow at the Experimental Lakes Area will explain why, and review some of the experiments (and policy impacts) of both past and ongoing experiments. Join Dr. Rennie for this free In Conversation talk at 2 pm on Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Mary JL Black Community Program Room.

Learn more about Lakehead University’s Wolf Den athletics expansion – Saturday, Feb. 22

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.

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.

Join Tom Warden, Lakehead’s Athletics Director, for this free In Conversation talk at 2 pm on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Waverley Library.


Canadians, Climate Change and Teaching – Saturday, March 28

Imagine being in the middle of a crisis that, somehow, no one knows much about.

Our recent study of Canadians and climate change found just that. While Canadians are overwhelmingly aware of climate change and concerned about its impacts, many do not know the basic causes and are therefore ill prepared to engage with how to tackle it.

That's not surprising; we also found that most teachers do not teach about climate change and most of those who do, spend little time on it. In fact, we found that many teachers also lack basic knowledge about climate change.

It's no wonder that we're in a climate crisis when we're also in a climate change education crisis. The good news? Most Canadians think climate change should be taught in schools and teachers want professional development to help them teach it.

Join Dr. Paul Berger, Lakehead’s Chair of Graduate Studies & Research in the Faculty of Education, for this free In Conversation talk at 2 pm on Saturday, March 28 at the Brodie Library. Come ready to discuss this. 



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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