Welcome to Lakehead University

A member of the research centre examining some samples

As a comprehensive and research-intensive university, Lakehead strives to nurture discovery, support innovation, and celebrate achievements. As a newly designated "Innovation and Economic Prosperity" University, "Supporting Innovation" is one of the pillars in our Research Plan, and Lakehead is committed to making a difference in our communities, and on our campuses, through innovation that collaboratively develops understandings of social issues and inspires action for positive change. 

Lakehead University is continually recognized nationally and globally and has been ranked the top in Canada by Research Infosource in its category for research income. Lakehead is home to a number of research centres conducting cutting edge research related to mining and exploration including Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining & Exploration (CESME), The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (CIER) and Enhancing the Prevention of Injury & Disability at Work (EPID@work). The University has a long history of supporting the mining sector in Northern Ontario through research partnerships, analytical services and workforce development.

For example:

  • The Geology Department at Lakehead has trained the next generation of outstanding geoscientists for careers in the minerals industry, government and academia for more than 50 years. The department is focused on traditional aspects of geology with both an Undergraduate and Graduate program that trains in the skills needed by industry .
  • Lakehead's Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) is a multidisciplinary research Centre of geologists, chemical engineers, biologists, economists and environmental scientists, focused on supporting the mining sector through research partnerships. CESME actively coordinates "Discovery Days" with organizations that enable researchers at Lakehead to present their work to company reps on specific challenges identified within the company.
  • Lakehead’s NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Mineral Exploration has developed collaborations with multiple industry partners exploring for and developing critical metal deposits including Impala Canada, Clean Air Metals,  and Generation Mining, Evolution and Goldshore. With support from NSERC, these partnerships are developing new models for a diverse range of Ni-Cu-PGE (nickel, copper, platinum-group elements) mineralization styles and training the next generation of geoscience professionals. 

Researchers in the fieldThe University is home to several labs that are fully accessible to industry and other stakeholders for their analytical testing needs.

The Environmental Laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation and offers multi-parameter testing of soils, sediments, biological tissues, vegetation, waters and specific chemicals.

The Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre (ATRC) is an ISO17025:2017 accredited facility that specializes in regulatory testing/monitoring of the effects of effluents on aquatic organisms. ATRC tests a wide range of samples including discharges from mines and includes acute testing using both Rainbow Trout and Daphnia magna.

Lakehead University's Innovation, Partnership and Economic Development Office (IPED) is designed to make partnerships and accessing services at the University seamless. Our office will assist you in terms of identifying the right expertise or lab facilities within the University, facilitating introductions and identifying the best funding sources for the project.  We look forward to developing opportunities for collaboration and partnership. Please reach out to schedule a meeting today.