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Lakehead University’s 18th annual Research and Innovation Week will be here soon. Register now for these events and more!


Research and Innovation Week Opening Ceremonies

Event Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Lakehead University Agora

Lakehead University's 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week will be celebrated in Thunder Bay from February 27 – March 2, 2023 with the theme Improving our Lives through Research.

You are cordially invited to attend:

Opening Ceremonies

Join us in launching the 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week with greetings from dignitaries and a proclamation from the City of Thunder Bay.

Date: Monday, February 27, 2023

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Lakehead University, Agora

No registration is required for opening ceremonies.

Photo of Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Speaking at R&I Week Opening Ceremonies

Rowing Across the Atlantic: Strategies to Reach Your Goals - Monday, Feb. 27


 Join us for a luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Julie Angus, CEO and co-founder of Open Ocean Robotics, on Monday, Feb. 27 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Faculty Lounge.

Registration required. Please register by Monday, Feb. 20 at:

About the Speaker

Julie Angus is a leading adventurer, bestselling author, scientist, and entrepreneur. She was awarded National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award when she became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. She is currently the CEO and co-founder of Open Ocean Robotics, a marine drone company that is transforming how we understand and protect our oceans. Julie has an honorary doctorate from McMaster University and is a Royal Canadian Geographic Society Fellow. In 2020, she was awarded Innovator of the Year by BC Business, and in 2021 she was recognized as Industry Icon by the BC Cleantech Industry.

Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean seemed impossible at times – the distance was too vast and the obstacles too great. Yet through goal setting, managing risk, perseverance and dealing with the unexpected, including two hurricanes, Julie crossed 10,000 km of open ocean. By juxtaposing the difficulties she faced to the challenges in our business and personal lives, Julie offers an insightful and entertaining perspective on how to overcome our fears, learn more about ourselves, and set goals that help us reach our ambitions.


Ignite - Trivia Edition - Tuesday, Feb. 28


Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 4:00 to 6 pm EST

Event Location: Lakehead University Faculty Lounge

IGNITE Interests.     IGNITE Conversations.     IGNITE Connections.

IPED invites you to an early evening of trivia fun where three speakers will showcase their research, project, innovation or journey. Interactive presentation software will allow our audience to: learn more about current research and partnerships; participate in a fun and interactive way; and provide an opportunity to network, form teams and win prizes.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This event is open to all students, faculty and staff from any department as well as business, industry, not-for-profit groups, and all levels of governments throughout the region.

 Speakers List to Date:

  • Dr. Nathan Basiliko, Faculty of Natural Resources Management
  • Maxwell Robinson, Ingenuity Ascend Graduate
  • Dr. Anna Koné, Health Science

 Event Details

4:00PM............................Registration and Networking

4:30PM............................Welcome - Presentations begin

5:45PM............................Closing Remarks

Event is in Partnership with:

Lakehead University's Ingenuity - On Campus Student Business Incubator Space

Thunder Bay's Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)


To register for this event, please click here.


18th annual Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence - Thursday, March 2


Join us as we honour Lakehead University’s outstanding researchers. We will celebrate the achievements of faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as well as the contributions made by our valued research partners and sponsors. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 2
4 to 6 pm
Faculty Lounge

List of awards to be presented at this year’s event:

  • Distinguished Researcher Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Research Support Award
  • Building Research Capacity Award
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Three-Minute Thesis Awards
  • Three-Minute Research Awards
  • Graduate Studies Research Excellence Awards
  • Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners

Event Details:

4:00PM............................Registration and Networking

4:30PM............................Welcome - Awards presentation begins

6:00PM............................Closing Remarks

Free on-campus parking.


To register, please click here.  Please register by Friday, February 24, 2023.


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