At Lakehead University, we're definitely not Business as usual.

Lakehead University offers innovative programs in business commerce at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. At Lakehead, we will prepare you to become a leader in today's global marketplace by providing you with a challenging business education focused on the development of new knowledge, new perspectives and new ways of learning.

Explore business issues through case-based learning, presentations, group work and stimulating lectures that will challenge your ability to analyze, interpret, create and problem solve.

Be Part of a Winning Faculty

Surround yourself with winning business students and take part in the annual business competitions in which we participate. Our Accounting Team competed against 14 other universities in the 10th annual GAAPS Competition (Gathering of Accounting Academics, Practitioners, and Students) and came out on top winning 1st place.

Program Overview

The first two years of the Commerce program at the Thunder Bay campus will provide you with a broad background in all the core business functions including Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management and Marketing, to prepare you for the constantly changing business world. After second year, you will then choose to specialize in a particular area of interest to you. Majors include: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, International Business and Marketing. Additionally, we are developing new programming in the area of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

At the Orillia campus, immerse yourself in a business education that also allows you to study the arts and sciences. Customize your degree to focus on a non-business area that can then lead you to the business world in that particular field.

In your final year of your business studies at Lakehead, for 8 months, you will work with corporations and your fellow classmates to solve real-life business problems and put your business skills to the ultimate challenge. After graduation, apply your knowledge and skills in exciting business careers or entrepreneurial pursuits.

Get Paid Work Experience

To gain a competitive advantage, you may also consider co-op where you can apply your innovative business education to the real world business environment. Co-op can be either 4, 8, 12 or 16 months in length. Visit our Co-operative Education Website for more information.

AACSB Certification

Our Faculty of Business Administration's Thunder Bay campus has joined the ranks of elite business schools by earning its AACSB certification.

This globally-recognized hallmark of excellence guarantees a challenging and relevant curriculum delivered by the most highly-qualified faculty.

Fewer than 5% of business programs worldwide have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) - and Lakehead University's Thunder Bay Campus is one of them.

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The Business Student Scene

Thunder Bay Campus

Lakehead University Business Association (LUBA)
LUBA on Facebook
LUBA on Twitter

Orillia Campus

Business Orillia Student Society (BOSS) on Facebook
BOSS on Twitter

Studying Abroad
Studying abroad has always been something that I have wanted to do.

Conor Jones, studying Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Administrative Studies) at the Orillia campus did a semester in Sweden.

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Transitioning from College
Lakehead University offered an impressive transfer program and an opportunity to study in smaller interactive classroom settings...

After a college diploma and some time in the work force, Derek Wentzell transferred into the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) at the Thunder Bay campus.

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Small Classes Help Me Achieve More
I chose Lakehead because of the success rate of Lakehead Business graduates in the workplace...

Honours Bachelor of Commerce student, Regina Hunter, values the open door policy of Lakehead professors.

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Program Offerings within the Faculty of Business

Thunder Bay Campus

Choose from the following 8 majors in your second year of the HBComm:

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources/ Industrial Relations
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Information Systems

Orillia Campus

HBComm Majors:

Global Entrepreneurship


Lakehead University will prepare you for a rewarding and diverse business career. Whether you want to stay local or travel abroad, Lakehead business graduates are prepared to tackle the business world in some of the following careers:

  • Marketing Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Investment Banker
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Representative
  • Lawyer
  • Business Teacher
  • Training Officer
  • Payroll Manager
  • Employee Benefits Director
  • Database Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • Business Economist
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sales Manager

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