About Us

The External Relations Team creates transformative opportunities for our students and communities by inspiring our alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to invest in Lakehead University. We work in partnership with our alumni, donors, communities, faculty, staff, and government to ensure that Lakehead delivers an outstanding student experience that will help our graduates transform the world through their exceptional and unconventional accomplishments.

External Relations is comprised of the following units: Annual Fund and Alumni EngagementPhilanthropyGovernment RelationsDonor Events, Communications, Marketing and Web Development.

Learn more about the External Relations Team

Ann

Brandt

Interim Vice-President

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone Number: +1 416-646-1416ext. 23

Email: ann.brandt@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Ann Brandt


Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement

There are more than 60,000 alumni around the world. Working in partnership with the Alumni Association, we create and deliver programs, services and communications to engage alumni, encouraging life long relationships between them and Lakehead University.

Lakehead University’s Alumni and Community Engagement Office is responsible for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with our Alumni, friends, and community partners. We act as an engagement and outreach resource for students, staff and faculty, and welcome the opportunity to consult with all in regards to newsletters, reunions, gatherings, fundraising projects and the like. Our office also coordinates the Lakehead Annual Fund, which includes payroll deduction and monthly giving. All gifts may be designated to an area or project of your choice.

Mark

Tilbury

Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement Director

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1012

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8916

Email: mark.tilbury@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Mark Tilbury

Meghan

Hanbury

Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement Manager

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1011

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8910

Email: meghan.hanbury@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Meghan Hanbury

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Dr. Michel S.

Beaulieu

Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects) and External Relations Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: UC 2002CA | Ryan Building 3021 (History)

Phone Number: +1 807-343-8010ext. 7928, +1 807-343-8010ext. 8341

Email: avp.academic@lakeheadu.ca (AVPA) | michel.beaulieu@lakeheadu.ca (External Relations and History)

Read more about Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu

External Relations Associate Sam

Samantha

Carothers

External Relations Associate

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone Number: +1 416-646-1416

Email: samantha.carothers@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Samantha Carothers

Jill

Cooper

Research Analyst

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone Number: +1 416-646-1416

Email: jcooper2@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Jill Cooper

Anna

Gagliardi

Alumni and Philanthropy Assistant

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: 1294 Balmoral, NO 1010C

Phone Number: +1 807-346-7784

Email: anna.gagliardi@lakeheadu.ca

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Jacquie

Kent

External Relations Associate

Campus: Orillia

Office Location: OA 3006

Phone Number: +1 (705) 330-4008ext. 2080

Email: jkent@lakeheadu.ca

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Amanda Gerow

Amanda

Gerow

Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: AC 123

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8155

Email: amanda.gerow@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Amanda Gerow

Anna

Sampson

Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1010A

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8972

Email: anna.sampson@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Anna Sampson

Philanthropy

The Philanthropy Department is responsible for Annual Fund, Legacy gifts and Major Gifts at Lakehead University. Working with donors, prospective donors and alumni to help them make the right gift to satisfy their philanthropic goals while supporting both university-wide and faculty based priorities.

It is important to us that all of our donors understand the impact of their gifts, the difference they can make, and how their values are reflected in the many priorities of the University.

Ann

Brandt

Interim Vice-President

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone: +1 416-646-1416ext. 23

Email: ann.brandt@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Ann Brandt

Kathryn

Davidson

Philanthropy Director

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1003C

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8476

Email: kathryn.davidson@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Kathryn Davidson

Lee-Anne

Camlin

Philanthropy Associate, Individual Major Gifts and Legacy Giving

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1003B

Phone: +1 (807) 346-7792

Email: lee-anne.camlin@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Lee-Anne Camlin

External Relations Associate Sam

Samantha

Carothers

External Relations Associate

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone: +1 416-646-1416

Email: samantha.carothers@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Samantha Carothers

Jill

Cooper

Research Analyst

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone: +1 416-646-1416

Email: jcooper2@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Jill Cooper

Anna

Gagliardi

Alumni and Philanthropy Assistant

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: 1294 Balmoral, NO 1010C

Phone: +1 807-346-7784

Email: anna.gagliardi@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Anna Gagliardi

Tara

Monteith

Stewardship and Student Aid Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1003D

Phone: +1 807-343-8198

Email: tara.monteith@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Tara Monteith

Government Relations

Working primarily with the President and the Executive Team, the Government Relations office is responsible for strategically promoting the relevance of academia, research and innovation and capital projects and special initiatives with all levels of government.

Government Relations at Lakehead University is all about connecting with policymakers so that we can help them conduct their business of formulating and executing public policy in a way that reflects all of our interests.

Cultivating productive relationships and strong lines of communications with Queen’s Park and Ottawa and our regions in Northwestern Ontario and Central Ontario is essential.

We achieve this by:

  • Strengthening the Lakehead brand through solutions based advocacy and thought leadership
  • Work with all parties, including ministers, parliamentarians, political staff, and senior bureaucrats
  • Build broad-based support for priority projects

Richard

Longtin

Government Relations, Director

Campus: Toronto Office

Office Location: 95 King St. E, Toronto ON

Phone: +1 (416) 659-2052

Email: richard.longtin@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Richard Longtin

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Dr. Michel S.

Beaulieu

Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects) and External Relations Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: UC 2002CA | Ryan Building 3021 (History)

Phone: +1 807-343-8010ext. 7928, +1 807-343-8010ext. 8341

Email: avp.academic@lakeheadu.ca (AVPA) | michel.beaulieu@lakeheadu.ca (External Relations and History)

Read more about Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu

Donor Events

The Office of Donor Events is responsible for the planning and execution of events for External Relations, Lakehead University Board of Governors, the Office of the President’s and various University departments at both Lakehead Thunder Bay and Lakehead Orillia, as well as the GTA and Toronto area.

The primary focus of Donor Events is to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate all gifts to Lakehead University within the context of the University's Donor Stewardship Recognition plans.

Patti Merriman

Patti

Merriman

Donor Events Manager

Manager

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: AC 125

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8614

Email: patti.merriman@lakeheadu.ca

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Diane

Robnik

External Relations Associate

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: AC 125

Phone: +1 807-343-8747

Email: lakeheadevents@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Diane Robnik

Communications, Marketing, and Web Development

The Communications, Marketing and Web Development team, provides strategic and creative leadership in promoting Lakehead University’s unique position in the marketplace. We are responsible for implementing strategic marketing plans and tactics that are aligned with the Vision and Mission, Academic Plan, Strategic Plan, Strategic Enrolment Management Plan, and Communications Plan of Lakehead University.

We lead the execution of pan-university communications and marketing initiatives, ensuring the effective use of resources and integration with central communications and marketing objectives. We collaborate with University partners on photography, videography, graphic design, copywriting, project management and websites, utilizing internal resources and working with external agencies and freelancers.

The Web Development portfolio manages the University’s website and portal, which encompasses the creation of the overarching strategy and tactics involving all facets of the University’s web presence. Working with the Website and Portal Advisory Committee, we take the lead on the planning, development, implementation, and maintenance and troubleshooting of Lakehead’s website assets.

This team is also responsible for the editorial direction, design, production and distribution of the University’s Alumni magazine (Journey), and the President’s Annual Report and Report to the Community events, at both campuses.

Clayton

Browne

Communications, Marketing and Web Development

Director

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 2015

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8193

Email: clayton.browne@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Clayton Browne

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Jaclyn

Bucik

Media, Communications and Marketing Associate

Personnel

Campus: Orillia

Office Location: OA 3005

Phone: +1 (705) 330-4008ext. 2014

Email: jbucik@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Jaclyn Bucik

Melissa

Kastern

Marketing and Branding Associate

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 2015

Phone:

Email: melissa.kastern@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Melissa Kastern

Tracey

Skehan

Communications and Marketing Associate

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 2015

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8134

Email: tlskehan@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Tracey Skehan

Brandon Walker

Brandon

Walker

Media, Communications and Marketing Associate

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 2004

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8372

Email: brandon.walker@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Brandon Walker

Web Development

Spencer

Ranta

Manager

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO1002C

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8499

Email: sranta@lakeheadu.ca

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Stefan

Hoard

Web Designer

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: 1294 Balmoral, NO1002

Phone:

Email: shoard@lakeheadu.ca

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Ian

McLeod

Web Designer

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: 1294 Balmoral, NO1002

Phone:

Email: imcleod@lakeheadu.ca

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Justin Michel

Justin

Michel

Web Developer

Personnel

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: 1294 Balmoral - NO1002B

Phone: +1 (807) 343-8939

Email: jpmichel@lakeheadu.ca

Read more about Justin Michel

Administrative

Patti

McCluskey

External Relations Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: UC 2004

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8300

Email: patti.mccluskey@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Patti McCluskey

Katie

Friday

Gift and Database Administrator

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1013B

Phone Number: +1 807-343-8194

Email: katie.friday@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Katie Friday

Jen

Steers

Campaign Operations Associate

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location: NO 1013A

Phone Number: +1 (807) 343-8913

Email: jcsteers@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Jen Steers