RSC inducting Lakehead’s Dr. Charles Levkoe to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

 September 8, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have included Lakehead University’s Dr. Charles Levkoe among the incoming class of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Photo of Dr. Charles Levkoe

Dr. Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University, is one of more than 50 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which includes top mid-career leaders in Canada.

The College provides the RSC with a multi-generational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.

Dr. Levkoe is the fourth Lakehead professor to be included in the class of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC inducted Dr. Chris Mushquash in 2017, Dr. Pauline Sameshima in 2020, and Dr. Ruth Beatty in 2021.

Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.

This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, and Dr. Lori Chambers, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Lakehead University who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2021.

The RSC selected Dr. Levkoe based on his innovative work in equitable and sustainable food systems and food sovereignty, community-based research and engagement, and social and environmental justice.

“I’m deeply honoured to be nominated for this prestigious position and I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues at Lakehead University,” Dr. Levkoe said.

“My work would not be possible without the incredible knowledge, passion and commitment of the communities and people involved in my scholarship. This nomination is a testament to the value and impact of critical, interdisciplinary, community-engaged research, teaching, and action.” 

Dr. Levkoe joined Lakehead University in 2016. He is a community-based researcher who works on interdisciplinary teams across the globe to mobilize research to broad audiences and contribute towards social justice and ecological regeneration efforts.

He has co-edited three books, published over 75 articles in refereed journals and books, and regularly writes and presents his research for the public.

Dr. Levkoe is the Director of the Sustainable Food Systems Lab, Co-Editor in Chief of Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation, and he holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award. For more information on his research program visit

“We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Levkoe's induction into the Royal Society of Canada's incoming class of its College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University.

“This honour recognizes both his vision for equitable and sustainable food systems and sovereignty, but also his commitment to community-based research involving community partners regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada advises the government and the larger society, recognizes excellence, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to welcome this outstanding cohort of artists, scholars and scientists. These individuals are recognised for their exceptional contributions their respective disciplines and are a real credit to Canada,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil.

The 2022 roster of truly remarkable individuals will be invited to accept membership to the RSC on Friday, Nov. 25 in Calgary.


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