Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Faculty Lounge

19th Annual Research and Innovation Week Awards of Excellence

Join us as we honour Lakehead University’s outstanding researchers. We will celebrate the achievements of faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as well as the contributions made by our valued research partners and sponsors. We hope to see you there!Photo of Dr. Chander Shahi, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, with two graduate student award winners

List of awards to be presented at this year’s event:

  • Distinguished Researcher Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Research Support Award
  • Building Research Capacity Award
  • Community Engaged Research Award
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • Indigenous Partnership Research Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Three-Minute Thesis Awards
  • GRADflix Competition Award
  • Graduate Studies Research Excellence Awards
  • Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners

Event Details:

4:00PM............................Registration and Networking

4:30PM............................Welcome - Awards presentation begins

6:00PM............................Closing Remarks

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Guests, external to Lakehead University, are welcome to contact Bethanie at


To register, please contact Bethanie Kramer, Research and Innovation Events Coordinator and Administrative Officer, Office of Research Services, at


What is the dress code? Business Casual Attire

Will there be refreshments? There will be complimentary appetizers, non-alcoholic punch, tea & coffee. There will be a CASH bar available.

May I bring a guest? Yes, please feel free to bring a guest. However, we WILL require you to register your guest, as this is a catered event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Printed tickets are NOT required, we will have a registration manifest at the door.

What are my parking options upon arriving at the Lakehead campus? Guests, external to Lakehead University, are welcome to contact Bethanie at

R&I Week Awards Gala Poster

Orillia Campus Research and Innovation Week Opening Ceremonies

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 11:00am to 11:30am EST
Event Location: 
Orsi Family Learning Commons
Event Contact Name: 
Office of Research and Innovation
Event Contact E-mail: 

Join us in launching the 19th Annual Research & Innovation Week with greetings from local dignitaries.

Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 11:30am to 4:00pm EST
Event Location: 
University Centre - The Agora / Senate Chambers

About the Event

The Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the contributions of emerging researchers at Lakehead University. This conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present a poster or an oral presentation on a research project they are working on or have completed while engaging in scholarly debate with their peers.
Presentations will be peer-judged by the participants. Winners from each Faculty will be invited to lunch with the President. 
Event Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Event Information:
  • Oral Presentations: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Senate Chambers
  • Poster Presentations: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, University Centre, The Agora


Winners Luncheon with President Dr. Gillian Siddall Friday, March 15, 2024 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Faculty Lounge
 Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference Poster

Research and Innovation Week at Goods & Co.

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Goods & Co. Market

Join us at the Goods & Co. Market for our Interactive Research and Innovation Week Displays!

Image Showing Superior Science at R&I Week DisplayFree Public Event for All Ages!

Don't miss out on:  Lakehead University hands-on experiments and demonstrations.

Activities Include:

  • DNA extraction process analysis
  • Inspect insect, mammal, and fungi specimens
  • Art-based brainstorming for healthy workplace and workers
  • Chemistry demonstrations
  • Health promotion to exercise physiology
  • Superior Science
  • City Studio collaborative projects
  • Shelby Gagnon, Lakehead alumni with her solo exhibition 'Biiskaabiyang - Returning to Ourselves' and try dry scraping a stretched hide


Poster for R&I Week Goods & Co Event

Location:  Goods & Co. Market (251 Red River Road)

Prizes to be Won!

Industry Panel: Optimize Your Business Using Artificial Intelligence

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
Event Location: 
OA 1022
Event Contact Name: 
Office of Research and Innovation
Event Contact E-mail: 

4 to 4:30 p.m., Reception and networking

4:30 to 4:45 p.m., Welcome

4:45 to 6 p.m., Panel discussion

Join us for an insightful industry panel on harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support your business. Discover innovative strategies and practical applications as industry leaders share their expertise on leveraging AI for growth and efficiency. From intelligent automation to enhancing customer experiences and data-driven decision-making, this expert panel will dive into the transformative potential of AI. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how AI can revolutionize your approach and drive success in today’s dynamic market.

Space is limited.

Dr. Vicki Kristman: Distinguished Researcher Talk - "What Can Employers Do To Keep Employees Healthy? Build a Hockey Team: Eight Important Workplace Factors Impacting Employee Health and Disability"

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Event Location: 
CASES Atrium, Lakehead University

About the Event

Employee physical and mental health is vital for workplace engagement and productivity. Unfortunately, unhealthy work environments are prevalent today. Offering wellness programs or wellness days are not the drivers of employee health in the workplace. Instead, improving the overall work environment is a far more effective way to keep employees healthy. I will describe eight workplace factors that I believe are the most important in defining a healthy work environment. I will use the hockey team as a metaphor for how employers can address these factors. I will close the presentation by briefly describing a current study testing my beliefs in Northwestern Ontario workplaces.

About the Speaker

Photo Dr. Vicki Kristman:  Lakehead University Distinquished ReseacherDr. Vicki Kristman is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Director and Senior Scientist of the EPID@Work Research Institute at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She holds a Lakehead University-Ontario Research Chair in Injury & Disability Prevention. She is an epidemiologist with a doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She completed the CIHR Work Disability Prevention strategic training program as a postdoctoral fellow at the University Health Network in Toronto. In 2014, Dr. Kristman was awarded a prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award for her program of research on “Preventing Work Disability through Accommodation”. She conducts research to better understand factors associated with health, particularly mental health, and disability in the workplace to develop and test interventions to improve the lives of workers.

Event Poster: Dr. Vicki Kristman -Distinguished Researcher Talk "What Can Employers Do To Keep Employees Healthy? Build a Hockey Team: Eight Important Workplace Factors Impacting Employee Health and Disability"

Dr. Scott Hamilton: Distinguished Researcher Talk - "Bearing Witness to Tragedy: The Search for Unmarked Graves at Indian Residential Schools"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
CASES Atrium, Lakehead University

About the Event

Canadian Indian Residential Schools (IRS) operated for about 160 years, with at least 4,130 recorded deaths and the fate of thousands more children remaining unknown. Since the 2021 Kamloops IRS investigations, many Indigenous nations have initiated searches for the unmarked graves of these children. This process includes collecting survivor testimony, archival investigation and ground searches that rely heavily on remote sensing methodologies. This work is mindful of the risk of exacerbating intergenerational trauma, the practical limits of the methods employed, and the necessity for Indigenous sovereignty over results. It also involves building local capacity and integrating outside technical expertise when needed. Academics involved in these activities must view it as ‘research service’ that is unlikely to lead to conventional publication. This complexity is explored with examples from ongoing investigations.

About the Speaker

Photo of Dr. Scott Hamilton:  Lakehead University Distinquished ReseacherDr. Scott Hamilton is a professor in the Lakehead University Department of Anthropology. He is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian who specializes in the northern plains and subarctic, and with a career that straddles academic and applied research. Over the past decade, he has been involved in Indian Residential Schools investigations, first as a researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and more recently as a resource person serving various Indigenous communities that have begun the search for unmarked graves.



 Photo: Chris McEvoy

 Event Poster: Dr. Scott Hamilton -Distinguished Researcher Talk "Bearing witness to tragedy: The search for unmarked graves at Indian Residential Schools"


Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute Health Research Speaker Series: "The Application of the Adverse Events Severity System in Northwestern Ontario"

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online event

Presented by:

Dr. Travis E. Marion, MD. MSc. BEd. FRCSC.
Northern Ontario School of Medicine University (NOSMU), Division of Clinical Sciences,Thunder Bay Campus, Program
Director, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Assistant Professor


About the Speaker

Dr. Marion, MD. MSc. BEd. FRCSC. is an orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing at Thunder Bay Health Sciences Centre, and regional centres since 2017. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Sciences at NOSM University and is the current Spine Surgery Medical Lead at the TBRHSC. Dr. Marion is an active member in multiple medical societies including the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), Canadian Spine Society (CSS), Canadian Orthopaedic Trauma Society (COTS), and the Orthopaedic Trauma Society (OTA). Dr. Marion has international clinical experience, and actively participates in various multinational studies. As the recipient of multiple grants, his research interests include adverse events, and quality improvement as it pertains to delivery of orthopaedic and spine care within Northwestern Ontario. He has presented his work nationally and internationally, and his research has garnered multiple awards.





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Event Poster for: The Application of the Adverse Events Severity System in Northwestern Ontario

2023-24 CMC Ontario Concert Series: Featuring CMC Ontario Associate Composers

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Jean McNulty Recital Hall William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts

Evgeny Chugunov, piano; Patrick Horn, viola; E-Chen Hsu, clarinet Sean Kim, piano/organ; Derek Oger, piano; Damian Rivers-Moore, horn

In collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre - Ontario Region and the Lakehead University Department of Music

Poster for:  CMC Ontario Concert Series Event

Please click here for more information.

Digital Health Lab Project Poster Session

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Atrium, CASES Building

About the Event

Digital Health Image (Doctor with Icons)Discover the future for digital health innovation in Thunder Bay!
Join us, as 14 MBA student teams from Lakehead University present digital health solutions designed to tackle challenges within our healthcare system. This is a prime opportunity for healthcare professionals to connect with innovative ideas, collaborate on real-world projects, and access regional resources to ignite your own digital advancements. Join us to be part of transforming healthcare in our region.


  • Introduction to Digital Health Innovation resources and activities in our region
  • Brief one-minute presentations by the MBA groups
  • Symposium and poster session – ask the groups questions and network!

For more information, please email Mike Dohan at