Community Partners

Welcome Prospective Partners

Lakehead is committed to fostering community-based research in Northern Ontario and Simcoe County with community organizations and Indigenous communities.

As a community or not-for-profit organization, you have many opportunities to collaborate with Lakehead researchers through existing funding options. Such partnerships can be valuable in:

  • Offering new insights on key issues
  • Building strong networks
  • Providing direct benefits to communities
  • Furthering social justice at large
  • Advancing respect for Indigenous worldviews and knowledge

Representatives of communities, agencies, corporations and associations can contact us if they would like to:

  • discuss specific research ideas and goals that need some assistance from a researcher at Lakehead University
  • participate in networking events for community members to meet with researchers
  • learn about grant opportunities that promote partnerships with Lakehead University
  • invite researchers or research facilitators to specific events

Research facilitators carefully listen to the needs and goals of community members and use their expertise and networks to facilitate relationship-building, project team creation and implementation, and grant application support.

Download our guide to research partnerships for non-profit and public sector organizations in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County.

There are a wide array of research topics that can be supported at Lakehead University. There are specialists in the areas of, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Aging
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Families, Seniors and Youth
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • Indigenous Culture, History, and Research Methodologies
  • Industry
  • Labour and Employment
  • Mining
  • Natural Resources
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Transportation

Lakehead University also has a number of research centres that might fit specific interests. Please click here for a listing of these centres. Community organizations are welcome to contact these centres to share their ideas for possible research collaboration.

We welcome your participation in creating new research projects! To submit an idea for research collaboration, please submit the following information to Dr. Nicole Westlund Stewart, Research and Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator: