Facts and Figures

Research at Lakehead: A Commitment to Discovery, Innovation, and Achievement

In recent years, Lakehead has markedly proven its commitment to research and innovation:

  • CANADA’S RESEARCH UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR in our peer category: Re$earch Infosource 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Over the past 15 years, Total Research Funding has increased by 62.5%
  • Ranked as the top performer in CANADA:  NOT-FOR-PROFIT RESEARCH INCOME in the undergraduate category by Re$earch Infosource for the period 2013-17
  • Corporate Sponsorship: Ranked third among Canadian undergraduate universities in Re$earch Infosource’s SPOTLIGHT ON UNIVERSITY CORPORATE RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS 2013-2017 in terms of Corporate Research Income
  • Over the past 15 years, the number of Full-Time Graduate Students increased by 323%
  • Over the past 10 years, the Number of Graduate Programs increased by 41%


A highly skilled and dedicated team of experts, including

  • 11 Canada Research Chairs
  • 2 NOHFC Industrial Research Chairs
  • 5 Lakehead University/Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute Research (TBRHRI) Chairs
  • 17 Lakehead Research Chairs (past and current)


A dedication to six strategic research priorities:

  • Cultures, Societies, and Social Justice
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Research
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Informatics, New Materials and Technologies
  • Sustainability, Resources, and the Environment