Alumni Spotlight


Launching NASA Telescopes on Outer Space Odysseys

Monday, November 6, 2017 /

Colette Lepage (BEng’99) woke up with a sense of dread on the morning of May 11, 2009. The Space Shuttle Atlantis was preparing to blast into space for the final servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope and Colette – a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) engineer – would be there for the launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Into The Deep

Monday, August 7, 2017 /

Last summer, Jason Epp (BEng’15, Electrical) descended 700 feet into the Atlantic Ocean to document a World War II battlefield that had never been seen by the human eye.

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Teaching, Technology, and the Tragically Hip

Monday, June 19, 2017 /

Lyrics made popular by classic rock band The Tragically Hip wafted through the door of a tenth-grade classroom this past autumn. Inside, an unconventional history class was taking place at Thunder Bay’s Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

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A Dedicated and Dynamic Public Servant

Monday, May 15, 2017 /

Annette Butikofer has always been a self starter who jumps in with both feet. Currently, she’s responsible for about 4,000 IT professionals in her role as information technology branch assistant commissioner and CIO with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). “My team provides IT development and support services to the CRA, as well as to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA),” she explains.

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An Inspirational Student

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 /

Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus was the last place that fine arts student Vanessa Magee thought she’d end up. “I didn’t enjoy high school and I didn’t think I was smart enough for university,” she explains.

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Tommy Sullivan Finds his Calling in Small-Town Alberta

Thursday, March 16, 2017 /

May 3, 2016, started out as an ordinary morning for Tommy Sullivan (BEd’13). He had no inkling that the wildfire roaring through northern Alberta would reach Fort McMurray that day. The teacher and hockey coach left the Fort McMurray condo he shared with his wife Anna to drive to work at his school in nearby Fort McKay – a First Nation community of about 400. By lunchtime, smoke was rolling into the schoolyard, and at three o’clock, Anna sent him a photo of the fire nearing their condo building.

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Like Father, Like Son and Daughter

Monday, September 5, 2016 /

Dr. Somashekhar (Som) Naimpally, Lakehead University Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, published close to a dozen books and over 100 research papers in his lifetime. His daughter Anuradha (Anu) and sons Shivshanker (Shiv) and Ravi were born in India. Som moved his family to several cities in the United States, Canada, and India before coming to Lakehead University as a mathematics teacher and researcher in 1971.

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The Music Man

Friday, May 20, 2016 /

You’re seated in the audience. Live, before your eyes, a song takes shape a piece at a time. In just minutes, one man records each separate instrument, harmony, and sound effect in the song, then plays it all back to accompany him as he sings on stage. You have just been treated to a Jean-Paul De Roover performance.

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All In The Family

Monday, April 18, 2016 /

At age nine, Gina Huneau (HBK’06) knew she wanted to be a leader in the health and fitness industry. “This is when I started taking karate classes," she says. "By age 14, I was teaching them. This childhood experience inspired my career.”

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