Our Departments' Events and Initiatives: Join us on Campus!

We love planning events so much - we don't just support our clients visions and goals: we like to plan our own as well! See below upcoming events that you can attend, sign up, join, or learn more about! 


November 16, 2023 12pm to 6pm: Home for the Holidays Market, AGORA 

Heading Home for the Holidays Market will be in the centrally located ‘Agora’ on our Thunder Bay main campus, with easy access to students, staff, faculty & guests.

If you are able we will be taking donations for either of the following Lakehead University programs
Food Resource Centre: Grocery store gift card of any amount
International Student Services: Winter clothing (Hats, mitts, scarves, jackets, sweaters, blankets, or boots)
For more information on how to sign up to be a vendor click the link below.

For More Information, contact Tiia Einola, Jr Conference Coordinator, Food and Conference Services, at booking.confserv@lakeheadu.ca

Home for the Holidays Market Poster - Agora

December 9, 2023 5:30pm: Small Business Snowflake Soiree - Holiday Dinner Buffet with Live Musical Entertainment 

Food & Conference Services at Lakehead University is calling all small businesses in the community to come and enjoy the first annual Small Business Snowflake Soiree.

This fabulous evening will include a festive holiday dinner, welcome drink, and Dueling Piano's with Danny Johnson & Richard Tribe! 

Date: December 9, 2023
Doors: 5:30pm
Dinner Buffet: 6:00pm
Entertainment & Bar Service: 5:30pm-10:30pm

Tickets: $65.00 + HST each
Table of 8 (includes 2 x bottles of wine): $520 + HST each

Follow the link below to get more information and to purchase your tickets: https://ec.lakeheadu.ca/.../small-business-snowflake-soiree/

Questions? Please reach out to conference.services@lakeheadu.ca

Small Business Holiday Dinner Buffet Poster

 Sustainability: Re-usable Container Program Launch - Cano Co, Main Dining Hall - Thunder Bay Campus

October 25, 2023 – Thunder Bay, Ont.   

Lakehead University launched a reusable container program in dining facilities on its Thunder Bay campus on October 25. 

Students, faculty, and staff signed up for the free app-based program in the Agora and Main Dining Hall. When they downloaded the app, called Cano, they received a free coffee and a Persian donut. 

Working with Montreal-based start-up Cano Co., Lakehead continues to be a leader in sustainability as it promotes the transition from single-use packaging to reusable food containers. 

Heleena Stephens, Lakehead University’s Acting Director of Food and Conference Services, was excited about the launch. 

“We have worked collaboratively with Aramark and the Office of Sustainability to bring the right program to our institution and to our city," Stephens said. 

Lakehead wanted a streamlined program for on-campus food service providers on a user-friendly platform for students, faculty, and staff. 

“It was very important to move away from piecemeal solutions and singular approaches to sustainability initiatives by considering how we might utilize our positions as a lead employer and institution,” Stephens said. 

She was optimistic that other institutions and organizations across the city might follow Lakehead’s lead in adopting this free, reusable container program as Thunder Bay strives to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

The Cano Co. program has many benefits for organizations and users. The no-fee platform makes the program accessible for students who can also earn free food and drink rewards by using the program and returning their containers promptly. 

The app-based program tracks how many takeout containers a user has diverted from waste and recycling streams and the corresponding reductions in carbon emissions, enabling institutions to track waste and emissions savings over time. 

“We know that single-use plastics and food packaging contribute to the climate crisis and climate injustices.  We are thrilled that comprehensive solutions such as the Cano Co. container program are becoming more common and more accessible,” said Aynsley Klassen, Lakehead’s Sustainability Coordinator. 

“It is important that we act now, with an eye toward how we can continue to expand programs like these on our campuses and in our communities.” 

The Cano Co. reusable container program can be accessed at Lakehead University on its Thunder Bay campus at Aramark locations in the Main Dining Hall, with plans to expand the program in the winter term. 

To learn more about the program, visit canocompany.com/en/home or download the free Cano Co. app on the Apple store or the Google Play store.