Lakehead University is hosting its first Sustainability Disruption Contest on Friday, Nov. 5

November 3, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University is inviting you to attend the inaugural Sustainability Disruption Contest on Friday, Nov. 5 at 1 pm.

Similar to popular TV shows such as Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den, this online contest will feature the Wolf Pack, a panel of judges made up of exceptional Thunder Bay community leaders and disruptors.

Prepare to be engaged and entertained as the Wolf Pack judges choose the team with the best pitch as the first winners of the Lakehead Sustainability Disruption Contest.

Lakehead’s International Office will work with the winning team to implement their idea at the university, in alignment with Lakehead's commitment to sustainability as set out in the 2019-2024 Sustainability plan.

The Sustainability Disruption Contest is part of the Lakehead Makes Leaders Program where students develop key leadership skills focused on innovation, conflict resolution, disruption, flexibility, negotiations, managing uncertainty, and more.
The Lakehead Makes Leaders program is an initiative of Lakehead International,  comprised of five online leadership modules that students can complete during their studies at Lakehead.

Designed to address gaps in soft skills that are often seen in post-secondary graduates, the program's modules focus on building critical thinking skills, fostering self-reflection, and emotional intelligence, and promoting innovation and disruption, all critical to success in the labour market.

The modules build students’ soft skills and complement their academic learning. These modules are provided to students complimentary as part of Lakehead's commitment to producing the career-ready leaders of tomorrow.

Successful completion of each module counts toward the leadership section on each students’ co-curricular record. Lakehead University students who successfully complete all five modules receive a Lakehead Makes Leaders Completion Certificate, which helps set them apart – and provides assurance to Ontario employers that Lakehead students are career-ready and positioned to be leaders in the workplace.  

“Competitions like the Lakehead Sustainability Disruption Contest offer students opportunities to engage with community leaders and help foster meaningful change,” said James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International and a member of the Wolf Pack judges panel.

“This is part of our commitment to producing unconventional leaders prepared to make a difference in the North.”

Aldridge will be joined by the following community members on the judges panel: Riley Burton, Chair, School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts, Confederation College and Board Chair, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce; Lahama Naeem, President, Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU); Michael Nitz, District Vice-President, TD and Lakehead University Board of Governor Member; Richard Togman, CEO, Rent Panda; Dr. David Richards, Dean, Faculty of Business, Lakehead University; and Ledah McKellar, Sustainability Coordinator at Lakehead University.

Please join Lakehead for this fun afternoon that will support university students as they compete in the Sustainability Disruption Contest.

For more information on the Lakehead Makes Leaders Program, 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. 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 2022 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit