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Quick Facts About Our Campus

Lakehead Orillia campus

Date of Campus Establishment

  • In September 2006, the Orillia campus opened its doors at Heritage Place with a charter class of 104 students. The University opened a second Orillia location on University Avenue in 2010, which offers a full campus experience with residence and cafeteria facilities.


  • Chancellor: Lyn McLeod
  • President & Vice-Chancellor: Dr. Moira McPherson
  • Orillia Campus Principal: Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans
  • Orillia Campus Associate Vice-President: Frank Cappadocia


  • Current (2014 – 2015): Over 1,450 students

Faculty and Staff

  • Total number of full- and part-time staff and faculty (2014): 200 (approx.)

Academic Programs

  • Arts & Science
    • BASc; HBASc: an interdisciplinary approach to study through unique degree programs that combine the worlds of both arts and sciences
    • Majors include: Anthropology, Criminology, English, Environmental Sustainability, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Media Studies
  • Business 
    • Honours Bachelor of Commerce (HBComm)
    • Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin 1-year college transfer program)
  • Education
    • HBASc/BEd Concurrent and one-year BEd Consecutive
  • Social Work
    • HBSW 4-year and 1-year post-degree programs 

Campus facilities 

  • The University Avenue campus is located on an 85-acre site in West Orillia. Current facilities include academic building (Simcoe Hall), residence, cafeteria and bookstore.
  • Heritage Place, 1 Colborne St. West, downtown Orillia – Education classrooms and administration, learning commons, library
  • Current student capacity (for both downtown and University Avenue): 2,000 students
  • Residence: 250 single rooms
  • Residence & Conference Centre
  • Residence is open for summer accommodation and conference events
  • Food services on campus are provided by Madison County Food & Beverage Co.
  • Campus facilities at both University Avenue and downtown (Heritage Place) sites are available to the community for meetings and events.
  • Facilities at University Avenue include:
    • 2 lecture theatres (120/200 seat)
    • 40- and 60-seat classrooms
    • Learning Commons and Cafeteria 

University Avenue: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®

  • The University Avenue campus is the first in North America to be entirely built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification standards.
  • One of the more distinct and noticeable features of the facility is its green roof. Over 50% of the roof is covered with a natural ground cover, which acts as a cooling agent and helps manage runoff.
  • The building also uses a geothermal heating system.
  • In 2011, the Academic Building was recognized with an Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award.

Economic Impact

  • $40 million on the City of Orillia, Simcoe County and surrounding communities 

Athletics & Recreation

  • All students receive membership with the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka
  • Lakehead Orillia is a member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA)
  • Varsity teams: Golf - Men's and Women's.  Indoor Soccer - Men's and Women's 
  • Extramural Athletics - Hockey - Men's and Women's.  Basketball - Men's and Women's.  Dance. 
  • Plus: Intramural sports and campus recreation
  • Varsity team name: The Thunderwolves; Mascot: Wolfie

Community Outreach (Highlights)

  • Hands-on Science program: to provide enhanced math and science programming on campus to elementary school children
  • Gifted Conference: an annual conference on campus for gifted elementary students throughout Simcoe County
  • Eco-reach: an enhanced on-campus program for high school students
  • Fall Preview Day and March Break Open House
  • Public lectures: In Conversation with Orillia Public Library; The Lakehead Challenge with Midland Cultural Centre; Aboriginal Speaker Series
  • Humanities 101: a program to provide a university experience to adults who would otherwise not have the opportunity due to financial and other barriers.  

Lakehead University – Historical Milestones

1946 - Lakehead Technical Institute is established, offering diploma programs in mining and forestry and university courses in Arts and Science.

1965 - On July 1, Lakehead University receives official university status.

2002 - Medical school is created – a dual campus with Lakehead in Thunder Bay and Laurentian in Sudbury

2006 - Orillia campus opens in downtown Orillia

2010 - Orillia campus opens University Avenue Academic Building, followed by residence and cafeteria buildings, all built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental design standards.

Lakehead's Orillia campus launches Canada's first Interdisciplinary Honours BA/BSc in Environmental Sustainability and celebrates the opening of its main Academic Building in September 2010. The building, which features a green roof and many other energy efficient features, is certified as LEED® Platinum building.

2013 - Faculty of Law opens in Thunder Bay, the first new law school in Ontario in 44 years offering specializations in Aboriginal law.

2013 - A new brand is launched with the tagline "Exceptional. Unconventional." The brand framework is based on extensive research and captures the essence of what makes Lakehead unique and valued: greater likelihood of success, unconventional scholarship, independent thinking, and potential over credential.