Lakehead University and Shaw Spotlight announce new research talk show


Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, speaks with Dr. Kathy
Sanderson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, during a taping
of Research Matters.

July 26, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University is partnering with Shaw Spotlight on a new Community Link television program that will connect the public with university researchers.

Research Matters, a monthly 30-minute talk show, will be hosted by Lakehead's Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President of Research and Innovation, and have university researchers share their journeys and research outcomes with the public.

"Community-engaged research is an important priority for Lakehead University," said Dr. Dean. "Our faculty and student researchers are often the ones behind the scenes innovating and discovering and making meaningful contributions towards our communities and regions. This series will allow us to raise their profile within the community and publicly share their research's impact beyond the University's walls. We are grateful to Shaw for its support of this programming."

The program will feature interviews with Lakehead researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines – from natural sciences, engineering, and health to social sciences and humanities. Through conversation, the show will examine the context of research, explore community connections and industry partners, and delve into the relevance and potential impact on society from a regional, national, and international perspective.

Research Matters will be accessible to viewers in Thunder Bay, Atikokan, Fort Frances, Nipigon, and Terrace Bay on Shaw Spotlight channel 10 and can be seen Monday to Friday at 9 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm.

The series is streaming on Lakehead's YouTube channel.

Funded by Shaw Communications Inc., Shaw Spotlight supports community members, local groups and volunteers to create programming and establish a forum for the sharing of locally relevant stories and information. Our passionate local producers bring to life compelling human-interest stories from their communities in diverse short-form documentaries.

Shaw Spotlight supports individuals and groups within our communities to produce content that keeps viewers connected with coverage of local events, festivals, sports and more, and offers opportunities for individuals interested in video production to benefit from training and participate as volunteers.

More information about Shaw Spotlight can be found at

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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 nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, 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 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 10,000 students in THE's 2022 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit