The theme of this year’s Research and Innovation Week is Our Creative Mind

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Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro reads the proclamation at this year's opening ceremony.

February 26, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University Thunder Bay is hosting its annual Research and Innovation Week from Feb. 26 to March 5, with a theme of Our Creative Mind.

The various talks and activities will interest you and your family and friends, no matter how old (or young) they are, especially Saturday, Feb. 29 when researchers will be at the Intercity Shopping Centre.

Lakehead University researchers and students will host interactive booths at the mall from 10 am to 6 pm for the Festival of Ideas. When you stop by the mall, you will learn more about drones, virtual reality, science experiments, green energy, music, doggy DNA, artificial intelligence, and you can also attend an Indigenous Fashion Show. Participate in the Passport Draw for a chance to win prizes.

Also on Saturday, visit the Brodie St. Public Library from 2 to 4 pm for a discussion called Has the internet changed the way we think about creativity?, hosted by Lakehead English Professor Scott Pound as well as other creative individuals from Lakehead University and Thunder Bay.

Then on Monday, March 2, from 2 to 3:30 pm a Research Outside the Box panel discussion will be held in the Faculty Lounge at Lakehead University, featuring Lakehead University researchers and moderated by Professor Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta.

At 7 pm on Monday, Professor Caulfield, host of “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” on Netflix, will discuss Battling the Bunk Machines: Health in the Era of Celebrity, Social Media and Twisted Facts, in ATAC 1003. Unless you have already registered you may not be able to attend because registration is at capacity.

On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Nancy Langston will discuss Climate Change, Policy Choices, and the Future of Woodland Caribou in ATAC 1003 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Langston is Lakehead’s new Fulbright Canada Research Chair  in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions and a Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University.

Then on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 am, attend a free Northern Ignite breakfast to discover pathways between industry and Lakehead University researchers, students and faculty. This breakfast is by registration only and while spaces are available.

Visit to register for Northern Ignite and for more information about all R and I Week events.


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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


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