External Relations

Our Purpose Statement:

The External Relations Team creates transformative opportunities for our students and communities by inspiring our Alumni and friends to invest in Lakehead University.

We work side-by-side 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 in exceptional and unconventional ways.

External Relations exists to fulfill the mandate of the University by building public understanding and support for the University’s mission and vision.

External Relations is comprised of the following units:

Alumni and Annual Giving

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Government Relations

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Donor Events

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Communications, Marketing and Web Development

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The Office of External Relations is committed to professional standards set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international organization that has the vision to stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practice. In order to perform responsibly and honour the generous support of our donors, we adhere to AFP's Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights.

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den Haan

Vice-President External Relations

Campus: Orillia

Office Location:

Phone Number: 705-330-4010 ext. 2025

Email: denhaan@lakeheadu.ca

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Gift and Database Administrator

Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location:

Phone Number:

Email: gdadmin.er@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Natasha Frohlich



Campaign Operations Associate


Campus: Thunder Bay

Office Location:

Phone Number: +1 807-343-8010ext. 8913

Email: stephanie.giddings@lakeheadu.ca

More: Read more about Stephanie Giddings