Message from Dean Richards

Dean David Richards

When I assumed the role of Dean for the Faculty of Business Administration in the summer of 2019, I knew that we were facing a world in which business education and the nature of work was evolving. Advances in technology and automation are not just affecting how we work, but are shaping the types of work that we will be doing in the future. These changes are layered on top of the effects of globalization and shifting societal norms . . . and that was before Covid-19.

The Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University is continually exploring new and innovative ways to improve the learning experience of our current students, and to connect with new learners. These new approaches are built upon a solid foundation of over 50 years of high quality business education.

As one Faculty at two campuses, we are committed to providing students with rich and varied experiences that help prepare them for meaningful careers. At both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, we are continually striving to improve our programs with the introduction of new experiential learning activities within diverse and innovative programs that balance theoretical and practical applications. Small classes and engaged faculty and staff provide students with an experience that is not found in all business schools.

A key success factor for our Faculty is our engagement with the business communities in Northwestern Ontario, Simcoe County and our alumni around the world. We value the relationships we have with our partners.

Another strength of our program is the diversity within our Faculty. Whether our instructors or students come from around the corner or around the world, we appreciate the diverse perspectives they bring. 

The Faculty of Business Administration is also committed to engaging in meaningful research projects that contribute to the creation of knowledge at multiple levels. Our inclusion of students and community partners in these research projects is one way that we advance knowledge and create a unique learning experience.


Dr. David Richards (Ph. D.) Dean
Faculty of Business Administration
Lakehead University