Lakehead University names new Vice-President, External Relations

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April 15, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, is very pleased to announce that following an extensive national search, Michael den Haan has been appointed as the University’s new Vice-President, External Relations. 

Mr. den Haan brings 25 years of experience in fundraising, donor, alumni and volunteer engagement, communications, governance, and external relations. He most recently served as Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Simon Fraser University. 

Dr. McPherson is looking forward to welcoming den Haan to the Lakehead University community. “Michael comes to us with a wealth of leadership experience in philanthropy, alumni and community relations, and I am very confident that Lakehead will benefit from his many skills in this critically important role at our University,” said Dr. McPherson.

“Lakehead University is a special place,” den Haan said. “It is a community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are joined by a vision for a local and global future that is better. It is a community which is unafraid to move through challenges in order to achieve that new future. As the Lakehead community continues such important work within its current strategic framework and anticipates new opportunities in the face of shifting, regional and global realities, I’m proud and excited to join the team as their new Vice-President, External Relations.”

The University’s External Relations portfolio plays a critical role in advancing Lakehead’s strategic priorities by building and promoting key relationships with diverse internal and external audiences. As a member of Lakehead’s Executive Team, den Haan will be responsible for providing a comprehensive, integrated approach to communications, marketing and web development, advancement and philanthropy, alumni engagement, and in close collaboration with government relations.

Mr. den Haan will be based at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus while working closely with colleagues, alumni, donors and community members in Thunder Bay, Orillia, and around the world. Mr. den Haan will begin his role on May 5, 2021.

Dr. McPherson expressed her sincerest appreciation to Ann Brandt, who has served as Lakehead’s Interim Vice-President, External Relations, for over a year.

Dr. McPherson also thanked the Search Advisory Committee and KCI Search + Talent for the time and effort they committed to the search process and outcome. “Their input, perspectives, and engagement were key to helping us obtain a superb slate of applicants, and, ultimately, our successful candidate,” she added.

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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. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca

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Lakehead University awarded more than $360k for Pathway and Transfer Projects that will serve the needs of diverse student groups

April 13, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University has been awarded $367,708 from the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) to explore new seamless transfer projects and to continue working on software that will automatically analyze curriculum gaps.

ONCAT’s Seamless Transfer projects focus on policy and practice changes and interventions that affect the credit transfer system as a whole. This funding supports experimentation and innovations in credit transfer processes, helps gauge the sector’s readiness for change, and identifies realistic models that can be scaled province-wide.

“ONCAT is thrilled to be collaborating with Lakehead University,” said Yvette Munro, ONCAT’s Executive Director.

“We are excited to see how these new projects – spanning cultural, analytic, and administrative supports – will serve the needs of diverse student groups while leveraging data and cutting-edge technology to improve student access to, and navigability of, transfer pathways.”

Dr. Lana Ray

Dr. Lana Ray, Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning, has

been awarded $114,094 over the next two years, for a project entitled Indigenizing Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): Exploring how post-secondary institutions can recognize Indigenous community-based knowledge during credit and degree-granting processes.

Dr. Ray will partner with Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services, and Nokiiwin Tribal Council to explore how post-secondary institutions can recognize Indigenous community-based knowledge during credit and degree-granting processes, and support institutional readiness to implement prior learning assessment and recognition.  

Denise BaxterDenise Baxter, Vice-Provost Indigenous Initiatives, has received $105,666 for a project called Actioning and Expanding Commitment to Indigenous Learners.

This project will work with northern Indigenous institutes and colleges to explore how to identify, locate and begin to disrupt colonial structures and pedagogy in post-secondary education in terms of both transfer credit pathways and transitioning students between different types of institutions. 

Lakehead University is looking forward to further collaboration with Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, Confederation College, the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute, and Seven Generations Education Institute.

Dr. Heather MurchisonDr. Heather Murchison, Vice-Provost Institutional Planning and Analysis, will receive $77,448 for a project entitled Understanding Transfer Student Experience & Outcomes through Business Intelligence Analytics.

The project will leverage existing transfer student data sets developed with ONCAT support to enhance its understanding of transfer student experience and outcomes through development of enhanced analysis of transfer student data and development of data visualizations.

ONCAT has also extended and provided an additional $70,500 for the PathwAI Project led by Dr. Vijay Mago, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science.

Photo of Dr. Vijay MagoThe PathwAI Project is online software to automate curriculum gap analysis processes using modern natural language processing algorithms and post-secondary learning outcomes.

The platform will serve as an online database where all users can upload and store their course content, run analyses on programs, and customize the domain and content areas for generating and recommending articulation agreements between Ontario post-secondary institutions.

“Thanks to funding from ONCAT, these projects assist Lakehead University in its goal to create effective pathways to postsecondary education for people who face barriers to accessing higher education,” said Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Associate Vice-Provost Academic.

“They also play a significant role in Lakehead’s commitment to developing consistent and transparent transfer processes that remain student-centred.”

 

 

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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. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca

 

Established in 2011, ONCAT was created to enhance academic pathways and reduce barriers for students looking to transfer among Ontario’s public colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes. For more information, visit www.oncat.ca. ONCAT is funded by the Government of Ontario.

First Place Win for Faculty of Business Administration Students at Northern Ontario Business Case Competition

 
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Honours Bachelor of Commerce students Isabelle Michels, Francesco Sacchetti, Vishwa Shah and Sasha Wilson competed as Team #8 at the annual competition hosted by Algoma University.

The team’s winning presentation was about reducing the effects of contract cheating as teaching transitioned online during COVID-19. They proposed to introduce more support for professors and students because it is an equal effort from both parties. The team took inspiration from some of the Faculty of Business Administration’s practices during COVID-19, such as extensive use of D2L.

The judges were impressed with the team’s concepts. “The judges were very pleased with our presentation and delivery and overall group dynamic,” explains Shah.

“They thought our solutions were realistic and well presented, and could be implemented in real life. They liked our financial analysis and the way we incorporated an analogy in our presentations. They thought we would do very well in bigger case competitions.”

Case Coordinators Dr. Asad Aman and Dr. Kathy Sanderson are also pleased with the results of the students’ hard work and the benefits of participating in the competition.

“The event gives the business students from Northern Ontario universities an invaluable opportunity to interact with the leading practitioners,” Dr. Aman says. “In addition to gaining industry exposure, it also helps them develop networks.”

He adds that the diversity of the team was one of their greatest strengths, “We had a mix of domestic and international students, majoring in different areas of business.”

Dr. Sanderson emphasizes the amount of effort involved in the competition, but also the value added for students.

“Case competitions are very challenging,” she said. “They test assessment skills, critical thinking, implementation plans, and teamwork.

“This year the competitions have been virtual, adding complexity to the competition. The win by the Lakehead University team not only showcases their business knowledge and the strengths of their ideas, but their ability to perform virtually as a team.”

Well done students!

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Catch up on what's been happening with our alumni, students and faculty by reading the newsletter here

Lakehead University researchers helping newcomer women overcome economic shock caused by COVID-19

April 7, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

A team of Lakehead University researchers is interviewing and surveying newcomer women in Northwestern Ontario to determine how they can overcome the economic shock caused by COVID-19.

Dr. Kathy Sanderson, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, and her team, including Dr. Claudio Pousa, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, and Master’s students/graduates, are receiving $193,014 from the Future Skills Centre.

The research team will survey 400 women – half of whom will be newcomers. These women will reside in Northwestern Ontario, from Wawa to the Manitoba border, and the team will interview and survey them over the next two years.

At the end of March, Dr. Sanderson wrapped up a project funded by the Ministry of Labour’s Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund called Employing New Immigrants: Community and Organizational Welcoming in Northwestern Ontario.

Dr. Sanderson said she is excited to continue researching the experiences of newcomers on this new project, called Resilience of Newcomer Women in Northwestern Ontario: Overcoming Covid-19 Economic Shock, which will begin in early April.

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“Newcomers are a vital part of our labour pool and many are underemployed,” Dr. Sanderson said.

“This project will allow us to determine new strategies for increasing the participation of new immigrant women in Northwestern Ontario.”

Newcomer women were already severely disadvantaged regarding employment, and COVID-19 has exacerbated this situation, she said.  Many newcomer women work in health care, personal care services, and retail: areas of high demand during the pandemic.  This comparative, longitudinal study in Northwestern Ontario will allow the research team to reconceptualize how employment supports are delivered.

Dr. Sanderson and her team are doing this project as part of Lakehead’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (CIER).

“At CIER, we recognize that immigration is crucial to the viability of our region, and COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges that newcomer women are experiencing when seeking participation in the regional labour market,” said Dr. Michael S. Dohan, Director, CIER, at Lakehead University.

“We congratulate Dr. Sanderson on her recent grant to assist her and her team in conducting this important community-based research,” Dr. Dohan added.

This research partnership aims to build knowledge and provide recommendations for skills innovation, recovery, and new ways forward for newcomer women in the face of economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre (FSC), said creating a research partnership that benefits newcomer women in Northwestern Ontario is a perfect example of programs FSC is investing in to build an inclusive workforce of the future that leaves no-one behind.

“Newcomer women will benefit from this partnership, which aims to build knowledge and provide recommendations for skills innovation, recovery, and new ways forward for this population that was hit hard by the pandemic,” Barata said.

“This project will identify opportunities and barriers they face and examine how employment support is delivered. This is just one of the exciting shock-proofing projects that FSC is investing in to build a future playbook for shared prosperity, and help Canadian workers and businesses seize opportunities in our future economy.”    

Led by Lakehead University in Thunder Bay – in partnership with immigration and economic experts – this project will examine both the rural and urban effects of COVID-19 on newcomer women. The research team will produce meaningful results that can be applied across the country, including identifying opportunities and barriers to full labour participation by newcomer women in the wake of COVID-19.

“Lakehead University appreciates the support from the Future Skills Centre for this research project,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“The outcomes that are anticipated from this study should positively contribute to strategies for better inclusivity of new immigrants to Northwestern Ontario."

The project will make recommendations related to increasing labour participation that will be shared with newcomers, decision makers and through traditional academic outlets. 

The project, ‘Resilience of Newcomer Women in Northwestern Ontario: Overcoming Covid-19 Economic Shock’, is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

 

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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. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca

 

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. As a pan-Canadian community, the Centre collaborates to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada's Future Skills Program.

Read the March 2021 newsletter for the Department of Health Sciences now

The March 2021 newsletter for the Department of Health Sciences is now out!

Our vision is to be a leader in applied health research and comprehensive health education that enables and supports individuals and communities to achieve optimal health. 

As the Department of Health Sciences continues to grow, so too does our desire to celebrate our faculty and student achievements.  We sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this latest update, which includes shared stories, success and news.

Read the latest edition of our newsletter here.

Congratulations to Dhivya Chandrasekaran for publishing a paper in ACM Computing Surveys

Congratulations to Dhivya Chandrasekaran, MSc Computer Science student, who has published "Evolution of Semantic Similarity - A Survey" in the ACM Computing Surveys journal with her supervisor Dr. Vijay Mago.
 
The paper provides a comprehensive view of existing semantic similarity systems for new researchers who intend to experiment and develop new innovative ideas to address the challenges of semantic similarity in sentences.

ACM Computing Surveys journal is one of the top most journals in Computer Science with an Impact Factor of 7.990.
 
More information about the paper can be found here.

Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law launching Indigenous Law and Justice Institute

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Professor Nancy Sandy will serve as the Director of
Lakehead's new Indigenous Law and Justice Institute.
 
 
March 24, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will receive up to $437,139 to launch an Indigenous Law and Justice Institute, the Maamawi Bimosewag – They Walk Together, and expand the law program, thanks to the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program offered by Canada’s Department of Justice.

Starting April 1, the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute will advance community collaboration and curriculum innovation in Indigenous law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

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Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Dean Jula Hughes said she is excited to oversee the project with guidance from the Anishinawbe Omaa Minowaywin, the law school’s Indigenous advisory council. She is pleased to announce Professor Nancy Sandy as Director of the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute. 

“The Indigenous Law and Justice Institute is an expression of the commitment of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law to be a partner in the revitalization of Indigenous laws,” Dean Hughes said.

“We are so grateful to the Indigenous communities and organizations who are working with us.  We want to also thank the federal Department of Justice for making the Institute possible,” she said.

Robin Sutherland, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s Director of Indigenous Relations, said this is an exceptional opportunity for the Faculty to engage even more with Indigenous communities and organizations, to revitalize laws, develop curriculum and broaden research.

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“It is also a recognition of our unique position in the legal education landscape as a northern law school committed to Indigenous peoples, lands and interests, and we thank the Department of Justice, Lakehead University and the Indigenous partners that continue to support us,” he said. 

This funding allows Lakehead University to meet call to action #50 in the Truth and Reconciliation report, collaborating with the federal government to establish an Indigenous law institute for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

The first pillar of the Institute’s work will be building and sustaining relationships. It will work with current and future Indigenous partner communities and organizations to build capacity within the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute as well as in Indigenous communities towards the revitalization of Anishinaabe and Métis law.

Land-based learning forms the second pillar of the Institute’s work. The Institute will lead curriculum development and delivery of a law camp that will engage faculty and community in Indigenous land law.

This camp will include Indigenous law revitalization, restatement and codification methodologies, awareness of Indigenous political and service organizations and cultural competencies for effective and ethical lawyering on behalf of Indigenous people, communities and organizations.

The third pillar of the Institute will foster a lively research environment for students, community-based researchers and faculty in the area of Indigenous law. The Institute will build on the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law’s existing Indigenous law conference to bring together community leaders and members, knowledge keepers, scholars and students.

The Institute will train students to conduct interviews with Elders and knowledge keepers. By developing and applying grounded methodologies, the Institute will investigate treaty history and practice, conduct community-based workshops, and document Anishinaabe and Métis law, legal principles and processes in culturally-appropriate and community-accessible ways.

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is committed to making a difference by providing access to justice, and leading the way for northern communities.

By offering legal education with a triple mandate in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC), its curriculum provides students with a legal education that will prepare them to practice law in Northern Ontario and Canada while understanding the issues pertinent to the land and peoples of this region.

A big thank you (miigwech) to the existing Indigenous partner communities and organizations, without whose support this project would not be possible: Anishinabek Nation, Fort William First Nation, Grand Council Treaty #3, the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Chiefs of Ontario.

 

For media inquiries, please contact Dean Jula Hughes at dean.law@lakeheadu.ca or Robin Sutherland, Director of Indigenous Relations, at directorir.law@lakeheadu.ca.

 

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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. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 98th among 766 universities from around the world in THE's 2020 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Congratulations to Lindsey Holmstrom on receiving a Regina Borowska Scholarship

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Congratulations to Lindsey Holmstrom, a student in the Collaborative BScN program, who is one of the 2021 Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) award winners.

Lindsey has won a Regina Borowska Scholarship. The Regina Borowska Scholarship is awarded to individuals who wish to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, with preference given to post-diploma RNs, RPNs, and applicants whose professional career goals enable them to contribute to the advancement of nursing.

Congratulations Lindsey!

Congratulations to Dr. Thangarajah Akilan for being selected to guest edit a special issue of Journal of Imaging

Congratulations to Dr. Thangarajah Akilan, Assistant Professor in Software Engineering, for being selected to be the guest editor of a special issue called Efficient Deep Learning Models for Resource-Limited Learning for Journal of Imaging.

More information about the special issue is available here.

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