Lakehead University Orillia celebrates ‘Our Creative Mind’ during Research & Innovation Week 2020

February 25, 2020 – Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University will showcase the best of student and faculty research during Research & Innovation Week 2020, March 9 to 11 at its Orillia campus.

The goal of Research & Innovation Week is to celebrate and raise awareness of the university’s world-class research expertise, and encourage collaboration among the research community, industry, government, and local partners.

Lakehead researchers are using this year’s theme, Our Creative Mind, to showcase the way they imagine, innovate, and discover through research to improve lives and better the world.

On Monday, March 9, Lakehead will host “Celebrating our Partnerships: Indigenous Community Research Panel” with a dynamic group of researchers and community partners who will speak on their community-based research projects in the fields of education, social work, science and anthropology. Facilitated by Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead, the panel will feature Lakehead professors including Dr. Ruth Beatty, Dr. Chris Murray and research partner Aaron Genereaux, Tribal Council Engineer for the Ogemawahj Tribal Council. This panel will be presented from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

On Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Lakehead presents “Sense, Nonsense, and Science” with the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, Dr. Joe Schwarcz.  In this highly visual and entertaining presentation, Dr. Schwarcz will examine some serious, as well as some frivolous, experiences in dealing with the public and emphasize the importance of fostering critical thinking. To register for this presentation, visit

Lakehead Orillia Principal, Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans will speak to what inspires creativity and innovation in the Office of the Principal in “Henry Aldrich: Oxford’s ‘Builder Dean’ and Polymath” on Tuesday, March 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come and learn more about the life and times of one of the most celebrated creative minds of the English Restoration period, presented in the context of his original musical compositions. To register for this presentation, visit

Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., will feature “A Maker Movement: Research and the Future of Healthcare” with Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. During the presentation, Stumpo will share his thoughts on research and innovation in the healthcare sector. He will focus on the key elements necessary to bring people together towards a shared purpose to challenge the status quo and create win-win opportunities with different ways of approaching common problems. To register for this presentation, visit

One highlight of the week will be the student research presentations, happening daily in the Orsi Family Learning Commons.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless mentioned above. All events take place at the Orillia campus at 500 University Ave.

For a complete list of Research & Innovation Week activities and events, please visit


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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