Thunder Bay, Wednesday, March 8th

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
The Study, Lakehead University

International Women's Day poster


Thunder Bay, Tuesday, March 7th

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: 
The Agora, Lakehead University

Friedmann Poster 

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Round Table Discussion: What Can We do About Mercury in Our Water?

Event Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Art Gallery


  •  Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes will do an opening including the Water Song.
  •  Dr. Michael Rennie, Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (Biology, formerly with Experimental Lakes Area).
  • Dr. Brian Branfireun, Canada Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability, cross-appointed with Earth Sciences and Geography at Western University.
  • Judy Da Silva (Environmentalist and member of Grassy Narrows First Nation).
  • Dr. Peter Lee (Biology, works with Seine River First Nation).
  • Dr. Peggy Smith Interim Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, and Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management (Moderator).

- Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm - 

This event is made possible with the generous support from:

Aboriginal Initiatives, Research Services, the Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Natural Resources Management, the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery


Making Connections: A Workshop Bringing Together the Conversation on Water and Sustainability

Event Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
ATAC 5036, Lakehead University

Situated by Lake Superior/Gitchigami, our community is reminded daily that water is essential for the survival and productivity of all living things. Water is an essential aspect of our lives biologically, socially, economically, culturally, and also spiritually. Food production, energy production, access to clean and safe water, and peace and security are just a few ways water is critical to our survival.

“Making Connections” will provide a space for researchers, professionals and community members to come together to learn and share their involvement in local, regional, and global water issues related to sustainability. 

Participants will have three minutes to summarize their research or involvement in the area of water and sustainability. An informal gathering with refreshments will follow.

To further partnership and capacity building, an online, open-access catalogue of the research and projects presented will be created.

- Refreshments will be available -

Registration is required. RSVP to:


Thunder Bay, Tuesday, October 18th

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Lakehead University Faculty Lounge

Thunder Bay, September 9th and 15th, 2016

Event Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Meet out front of the Chancellor Paterson Library

You don’t need to go far to access beautiful scenery and tranquil nature that is around us! The Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Centre for Place and Sustainability will be offering guided walks to explore some of the natural features and lesser-known stories of campus. During the walk, we will invite discussion surrounding place and sustainability in an informal and friendly setting, all in the spirit of discovery and sharing. There will be two walks:

Friday, September 9th, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and

Thursday, September 15th, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

We welcome all students to join, especially new, incoming students. Start your Lakehead experience off right and explore parts of the trail system that are right here on campus! You may even get to see some of the wildlife that lives here as well!

Meet out front of the Chancellor Paterson Library

Some additional info: Please dress appropriately for the weather, including footwear for walking on uneven ground.

Contact email:


Orillia, August 11, 2016

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Event Location: 
500 University Avenue

Lakehead’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is launching a new “Sustainable Communities” speaker series to give the community an opportunity to hear from scholars beyond Lakehead University. 

Saidul Islam


The first talk takes place on Thursday, August 11 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Lakehead’s 500 University Avenue campus and features Dr. Md Saidul Islam, associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

His topic will be “Globalization Project and the Neoliberal Paradox: Quest for a Sustainable Earth.” 

Dr. Saidul Islam’s research interests include international development and environmental sociology with particular emphasis on the global agro-food system, global commodity networks, global environmental governance, agrarian change, and labour and gender dimension in rural development. 

“The new series will focus on topics covering the three main research areas of the RCSC – environmental sustainability, political economy, and social justice,” explains Centre Director, Dr. Nanda Kanavillil. “This is a chance for members of the University and the public to hear from scholars on a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics – all related to having a positive impact on the sustainability of our communities.” 

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities was established in 2014 to focus on interdisciplinary research that supports sustainable communities. The Centre’s unconventional approach to research, with an emphasis on multi-disciplines and collaboration, will be a catalyst for research funding and community partnerships. 

The August 11 talk is free and open to the public. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at