About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is your place to live and learn. Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience, a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. We also promise excellence in research: Lakehead is the proud host to 9 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute.

Date of Establishment

Lakehead University was established on July 1, 1965.


Our Chancellor is Lyn McLeod.


Our President and Vice-Chancellor is Dr. Moira McPherson.


Lakehead University has 8,680 students, 7,042 of which are full-time (as of November 1, 2011/2012).

Faculty and Staff

We employ 319 full-time faculty and 1,850 staff, including 715 full-time positions (as of 2011/2012).


Our University is a comprehensive institution, which offers a broad range of degree and diploma programs within ten faculties.

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Medical School (West Campus)
  • Law
  • Science and Environmental Studies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


Our University has seen 60,514 students graduate (as of Convocation 2017).

Residence Accommodation

We provide 1,436 on-campus accommodations for our students (as of 2011/2012).

Total University Expenditure

Our University had a total operating expenditure of $159 million in 2010/2011.

Economic Impact

Lakehead's economic impact on the City of Thunder Bay in fiscal 2010/2011 was $323.7 million. Our economic impact on the City of Orillia in fiscal 2010/2011 was $16.5 million.

Orillia Campus

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. The combined enrolment at the two Orillia campus sites grew to over 1,300 students between 2012 – 2013.