Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law unveiled new name and logo for the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute

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Co-Directors Robin Sutherland, left, and Larissa Speak unveiled the Institute's new logo, a Thunderbird, on Thursday,
Jan. 26.

January 26, 2023 – Thunder Bay, Ont.  

Today Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law unveiled the new Anishnaabemowin name of the Indigenous Law and Justice Institute and a new logo at a ceremony in the John N. Paterson Auditorium.

The new name, Mino-Waabandan Inaakonigewinan, means “seeing the law in a good way.”

Elder Ron Linklater bestowed the new name on the Institute during a naming ceremony at Bora Laskin’s inaugural summer land-based learning camp in August 2022.

Designed by local Anishinaabe artist Ryan Pooman, the new logo is a Thunderbird. The logo represents power, protection, and strength – qualities associated with vision and leadership that will guide the Institute.

Originally led by former Professor Nancy Sandy as Director and supported by Sherry Abotossaway as Outreach and Research Coordinator, the Institute currently consists of Co-Directors Larissa Speak, Assistant Professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, and Robin Sutherland, the Director of Indigenous Relations at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

Anna Chief, the Indigenous Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator with Indigenous Initiatives at Lakehead University, is the Institute’s Land-Based Learning Coordinator.

“Today, we are extremely excited to share the Anishinaabemowin name we were ceremonially gifted at our inaugural summer land-based learning camp, as well as the logo created for our institute,” Speak said.

Both the name and logo reflect the important work the Institute is doing with communities to revitalize Indigenous laws and legal orders. 

“Mino-waabandan Inaakonigewinan,’ or ‘seeing the law in a good way,’ is something we strive for daily through our law program and the Institute’s activities. The Thunderbird image also relates to seeing law in a good way and reflects our location in Thunder Bay, especially with Fort William First Nation being our closest neighbour and home to Anemki Wajiw, or Thunder Mountain,” Sutherland said. 

“Looking ahead to the future, we are excited to continue working to fulfill community needs in terms of law revitalization, hosting our biennial Indigenous Law Conference, expanding our land-based learning camp, building our resource library, and supporting student and faculty research.  We are sincerely grateful to the Department of Justice and the Law Foundation of Ontario for their ongoing support,” Speak said.

 

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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 in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University researcher studying early mental health intervention app for adolescents

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Dr. Aislin Mushquash and her team will conduct a randomized controlled trial to investigate if the JoyPopTM app
is an effective intervention for adolescents experiencing mild to moderate mental health symptoms who are on
the waitlist for outpatient services.

January 25, 2023 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Dr. Aislin Mushquash, a Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, is receiving a prestigious SickKids/Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Research Grant.

The three-year, $299,938 grant will fund a unique study aimed at improving mental health for 12-to-18-year-old youth in Northwestern Ontario.

Dr. Mushquash and her team will conduct a randomized controlled trial to investigate if the JoyPopTM app is an effective intervention for adolescents experiencing mild to moderate mental health symptoms who are on the waitlist for outpatient services.

The study will be in partnership with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, two of the busiest organizations providing mental health services to youth in Northwestern Ontario.

“As psychologists, we talk about the detriments of excessive screen time,” Dr. Mushquash said. “But we have an opportunity to turn the phones that youth already have in their pockets into a positive resource.”

Dr. Mushquash’s earlier studies established that the JoyPopTM app can help older youth develop better emotion regulation strategies and reduce symptoms of distress, that users see value in the app, and that youth and service providers are open to integrating the app into usual care. She said that the primary goal of the next trial is to find out if younger youth seeking mental health services can also benefit.

The study will also investigate differences across the gender spectrum and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, whether this early intervention reduces the level and amount of services needed downstream, and whether the app increases the willingness for youth to engage with services more fully once they are able to access them.

“That’s a new piece we’ll be measuring – the motivation and the readiness for counselling after using the app,” she said.

The need in Northwestern Ontario is greater than most places in Ontario and Canada. Wait times are longer and there are fewer mental health clinicians to serve youth in need. If successful, this app could help address those factors to provide support faster.

“Of course, an app will never replace coming in and talking to a counsellor, social worker, or psychologist. But we hope it can be something that allows youth to start building their capacity and skill set in the short term.”

The JoyPopTM app is a made-in-Canada solution developed in collaboration with researchers at McMaster University and Clearbridge Mobile. Currently, the app is available for the iPhone and iPad.

Dr. Mushquash’s team purchased used iPhones that they will give to youth who do not have one for the duration of their research, thanks to a Thunder Bay Community Foundation grant received during their pilot research.

New Investigator Research Grants enable early-career researchers to make a meaningful contribution to the fight for children’s health. SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health jointly sponsor these grants.

This program provides child health researchers who are early in their careers with support so they can compete for research grants with more senior investigators.

“Congratulations to Dr. Mushquash for receiving this important grant and thanks to SickKIds and CIHR for the funding,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“This research will allow Dr. Mushquash to build upon her previous evaluations of JoyPop and to extend it to youth. It is absolutely clear that finding and evaluating the effectiveness of new methods to help our youth with mental health symptoms has never been more important.

“This is particularly important in Northwestern Ontario where capacity for mental health counselling is less than in other areas of the province,” Dr. Dean said.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8110 ext. 8372 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 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 in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Dr. Camillo Lento named a Fellow by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

January 23, 2023 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dr. Camillo Lento, an Associate Professor in Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration, 

Dr Camillo Lento

received the Fellow distinction on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Toronto after being nominated by his peers and selected by his professional body.

Each year, the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario seeks to honour select members with the Fellows (FCPA) distinction to formally recognize those who have rendered exceptional service to the profession through their achievements and contributions, in their careers and in the community.

Dr. Lento has taught over 70 financial accounting and assurance courses at Lakehead University and received the Distinguished Instructor Award in 2019.

In his role, Dr. Lento has served on the supervisory committee of 30 graduate students and was instrumental in developing Lakehead’s CPA-Accredited Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

He is also the lead author of Canadian Financial Accounting Cases, a casebook adopted by educators at colleges and universities across Canada.

“I am honoured to have been nominated and selected for this recognition by my peers and professional colleagues. I have had exceptional family support, mentors and colleagues throughout my career who share this recognition with me,” he said.

Dr. Lento has published 38 articles in peer-reviewed journals and often has his financial insights featured in The Globe and Mail. Now an Associate Editor of Accounting Perspectives, he has volunteered his considerable experience to several journals and the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

Dr. Lento has been active locally and provided leadership to the Thunder Bay-Northwest Chartered Professional Accountants Association for 14 years, overseeing the unification of the three legacy bodies into CPA Ontario and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Jaclyn Bucik, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at 705-330-4010 ext. 2014 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 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 in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead to Participate in First-Ever SDG Week Canada

SDG Week Canada is a national collaboration from March 6 to 10, 2023 featuring workshops, panels, and other interactive programming to increase awareness of and engagement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on university and college campuses. Brought to you by the Sustainability Hub at UBC, SDSN Canada, and Colleges and Institutes Canada, and locally through the Office of Sustainability. SDG Week Canada aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the SDGs through interdisciplinary teaching and learning opportunities on post-secondary campuses.
  • Build long-term momentum around the SDGs in Canada’s post-secondary sector by embedding and institutionalizing the SDGs in campus operations, strategic planning, teaching, learning, and research.
  • Create a cross-disciplinary collaborative environment for post-secondary institutions to work together and across sectors to advance the SDGs in Canada.
  • Integrate the guiding values of the SDGs to create inclusive and respectful conversations to inform universal, transformative, and interconnected solutions.

We invite faculty, staff, departments, and student clubs and organizations to plan and host an SDG-themed event during the week. To find out more, please contact the Office of Sustainability at dlee2@lakeheadu.ca. Our SDG Week Team can share information about this national event, and help you to plan, coordinate, promote, and host a successful event during the week of March 6-10.

SDG Week Canada March 6-10

Gillian Siddall appointed Lakehead University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor

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January 20, 2023 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.  

Dr. Gillian Siddall has been named Lakehead University’s next president by the University’s Board of Governors. The announcement was made earlier today in a notice to students, faculty, and staff by Lakehead University Board of Governors Chair Maria Vasanelli. Dr. Siddall will become Lakehead’s ninth president on July 1, 2023.

Vasanelli, who also served as Chair of the President’s Search Committee, was very pleased with the committee’s work to select a successor to current Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, who ends her distinguished term in June 2023.

“I am very proud of all the time and work members of our Presidential Search Committee undertook to arrive at this point, including a thorough review of a competitive list of applicants and our engagement in a consultation process that heard from many segments of our University community,” said Vasanelli.

“The result of everyone’s efforts is a candidate who understands our University — its people and achievements, our unique campuses and the communities and regions they serve, and Lakehead’s goals and potential.”

Vasanelli thanked Dr. McPherson for her ongoing dedication as president especially given the global events of the last few years.

“Dr. McPherson has led the University successfully through many challenges, including those posed by the pandemic,” explained Vasanelli.

“She has advanced Lakehead University's strategic and academic priorities, and strengthened collaboration with our communities near and far, leaving a legacy of a strong national and global profile and reputation.”

Dr. Siddall,who has been the President of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver since 2018, is very familiar with Lakehead University and is looking forward to returning in her new role.

“Lakehead University is a vibrant place where I’ve spent much of my career and I’m thrilled to rejoin the community that is very special to me,” said Dr. Siddall.

“I look forward to working collaboratively to advance priorities in reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion, climate action and excellence in research, teaching and learning. In addition to my personal connection to Lakehead, the university’s diverse offering of programs, strong international presence, stellar research record and clear commitment to the student experience energizes me. There is so much good to build on and I’m looking forward to achieving excellent work together in the years ahead.”

 

Dr. Gillian Siddall first joined Lakehead University in 1998 in a tenure-track appointment at Lakehead University in the Department of English. She went on to become the founding director of Lakehead’s Teaching and Learning Centre before serving as Dean of the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for six years.

Prior to joining Emily Carr University (ECU), she served as Vice-President Academic and Provost at Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design University.

As President at Emily Carr, Dr. Siddall led a number of initiatives, including developing ECU’s first equity, diversity and inclusion action plan; advancing the university’s commitment to reconciliation and Indigenization through curriculum, research and increasing the number of Indigenous faculty and staff; initiating ECU’s first climate action plan; and continuing to advance ECU’s international ranking for art and design education, most recently ranked as 24th and the only Canadian art and design university to rank in the top 50.

Dr. Siddall is an advocate of Indigenization and decolonization within the university sector. She holds an honours BA and MA in English from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in English from the University of Western Ontario. Her research area is Canadian literature, and she has published extensively on the subject of musical improvisation. She is also a jazz vocalist and co-founder of the Guelph Jazz Festival.

“The Board of Governors looks forward to working with Dr. Siddall while acknowledging Dr. McPherson’s successful presidential tenure,” said Vasanelli.

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8110 ext. 8372 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 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 in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University Student Union announced a major gift to Lakehead University

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LUSU President Lahama Naeem, right, presented Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead's President and
Vice-Chancellor, with a cheque for $300,000 to create 15 new bursaries and assist the University in its
greatest area of need.

January 19, 2023 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Today the Lakehead University Student Union announced a gift of $300,000 to Lakehead that will create 15 new bursaries and assist the University in its greatest area of need.

Out of the $300,000, $150,000 will be used to create 10 student bursaries at Lakehead Thunder Bay and five at Lakehead Orillia. Lakehead will designate the other $150,000 to student experience priorities, which will include library spaces and student awards.

“The Lakehead University Student Union is very excited to present this major gift to Lakehead students. We believe that all students should have barrier-free access to education and are proud to use this gift as a step towards this goal,” said Lahama Naeem, LUSU President.

“The Lakehead University family prides itself on making learning accessible and ensuring students succeed regardless of background or life experience,” said Michael den Haan, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, External Relations.

“The Lakehead University Student Union has been an active partner in this idea since the Union formed over 40 years ago, and I am both thrilled and inspired that Lakehead students believe so strongly in this mission that they are supporting it financially with this significant gift,” den Haan added.

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, explained how LUSU continues to be a key contributor to the expansion of student resources on both campuses, adding that, “This gift exemplifies LUSU’s strong tradition of supporting our students and its commitment to their success.”

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8110 ext. 8372 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 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 in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth 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 www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

Research and Innovation Bulletin

The Research and Innovation Bulletin is distributed weekly every Tuesday by the Office of Research Services and includes information on research funding opportunities, events, workshops and news/updates from our funding partners.

The latest version of the R&I Bulletin (as well as past issues) can be accessed by clicking here.

Register now for Superior Science’s Girls Club!

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It’s not too late to register for Superior Science’s 2023 Girls Club! Girls Club is a place where girls from grades 3-8 can learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and engage in exciting lessons and hands-on activities! Meetings will be held on the Lakehead University campus for 8 Saturdays beginning January 14th and ending April 1st.

Each meeting will feature an exciting STEM related theme, including coding and technology, the human body, engineering and more! A session will take place in the morning from 9:00am-12:00pm for girls in grades 3-5 and with another afternoon session from 1:00pm-4:00pm for girls in grades 6-8.

Our instructors are women in science programs at Lakehead University who are excited to share their love of learning and passion for STEM! For some sessions, we will be welcoming female mentors from our community as special guests.

For more information, visit our website at superiorscience.ca or email us at supersci@lakeheadu.ca

Click the link below to secure your spot!

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SuperiorScience?orglink=camps-registration

Save the date - Research and Innovation Week 2023

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Planning for Lakehead University’s 2023 Research and Innovation Week is well underway and we are pleased to return to in-person events. The events will begin on Thunder Bay campus, February 27 through March 2, 2023 and Orillia campus, March 6 through March 8, 2023.

Our 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week theme is: “Improving our Lives through Research.”

Curiosity propels us to discover life’s mysteries, and research enables us to improve every aspect of our lives. We strive to make our world an exceptional place, and work to make our present lives and futures brighter as we learn from our past. Research – whether in scientific discoveries, in health and well-being, in understanding society and culture, or in partnering with community and industry – is the cornerstone to understanding problems, finding solutions, and improving our lives.

Further information regarding planned events and registration will be shared over the next few months.

If you're looking for more information visit www.lakeheadu.ca/ri or contact:

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