Research & Innovation Week 2023

Why R&I Week?!

Research and innovation week attendees watching one of the presentationsLakehead University's 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week's planning is well underway and we're pleased to return to an in-person event. The events (e.g workshops, student poster/oral presentations, and speaker panels) will run from February 27 to March 2, 2023 on the Thunder Bay campus, and from March 7 to March 9, 2023, on the Orillia campus.

Lakehead University's R&I Week delivers on 3 key goals:

  1. To celebrate and showcase research excellence
  2. To raise public awareness about research and its benefits to society, and
  3. To facilitate research collaborations

Research excellence is promoted throughout the year, but especially during our annual Research & Innovation Week. A number of awards are given out during this week, including the Distinguished Researcher Award, the Research Excellence Award, the Building Research Capacity Award, the Innovation Award and many more.

Research & Innovation Week provides an avenue for researchers (faculty, students and research staff) and their partners, to showcase their research. The event includes both graduate and undergraduate student conferences. Achievements in graduate student research are celebrated through the Three-Minute Thesis, Three-Minute Research and Graduate Student Research Excellence awards, which encourages high quality presentations and publications by graduate students.

The contributions of faculty and students are also promoted locally, nationally, and internationally to raise the profile of Lakehead University's research activity and expertise.

Each year, a theme is chosen to guide topics for presenters. The chosen theme for the 2023 Research & Innovation Week is "Improving Our Lives Through Research."

Improving our Lives through Research

Curiosity propels us to discover life’s mysteries, and research enables us to improve every aspect of our lives. We strive to make our world an exceptional place, and work to make our present lives and futures brighter as we learn from our past. Research – whether in scientific discoveries, in health and wellbeing, in understanding society and culture, or in partnering with community and industry – is the cornerstone to understanding problems, finding solutions, and improving our lives.

Check back often for an updated listing of events and news!

Program of Events (Thunder Bay)

Monday, February 27
Research and Innovation Week Opening Ceremonies
 February 27, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
 Lakehead University Agora
R&I Week Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Julie Angus: "Rowing Across the Atlantic: Strategies to Reach Your Goals"
 February 27, 2023 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
Research Showcase Keynote Presentation: "Community-Based Workplace Research: How to get involved with EPID@Work" - Drs. Kathy Sanderson, Deborah Scharf, Vicki Kristman
 February 27, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Senate Chambers
Guided Art Tour
 February 27, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
 CASES Building
Tuesday, February 28
A Conversation with the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada
 February 28, 2023 - 9:15am to 10:30am
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
Graduate Student Conference: Poster Presentations
 February 28, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 Lakehead University Agora
Meet Your Fisher Scientific Rep.!
 February 28, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 Lakehead University Agora
"Functionalized Water-Soluble Lignin-Derived Polymers": Distinguished Researcher 2022 Presentation, Dr. Pedram Fatehi
 February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
Research Showcase: "Implementing and Evaluating the JoyPopTM App as a Tool to Support Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth in Northwestern Ontario" - Dr. Aislin Mushquash, Ishaq Malik, Jaidyn Charlton
 February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 Senate Chambers
Research Showcase: "Developing Sustainable Co-culture of Wild Rice and Fish Farming with Indigenous Communities" - Dr. Vince Palace
 February 28, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
IGNITE - Trivia Edition
 February 28, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
"Large Language Models - Changing the Landscape of Natural Language Processing Research", Dr. Vijay Mago: Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Speaker Series Presentation
 February 28, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
 ATAC 1001
Wednesday, March 1
Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference - Poster Presentations
 March 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
 Lakehead University Agora
Rita Nicholas Undergraduate Research Conference - Oral Presentations
 March 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
 Senate Chambers
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 CASES Atrium
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Research (3MR)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 CASES Atrium
Thursday, March 2
Research Showcase: "Electric Vehicle Battery Health Monitoring and Management" - Dr. Wilson Wang
 March 2, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 CASES Boardroom, FB 2005
Celebrating Lakehead University's Faculty Authored Monographs
 March 2, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
 Online event
"From Trekkies to MAGA: How the Internet Changed Fandom and How Fandom Changed Politics": Distinguished Researcher 2022 Presentation, Dr. Monica Flegel
 March 2, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
"The Red Erotic: A Praxis of Body Sovereignty" - Dr. Savage Bear
 March 2, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Research Showcase: "Innovations in Music Composition and Performance"
 March 2, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
 Jean McNulty Recital Hall, William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts
Research Showcase: "The Effect of a Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Intervention on 6 Month Exclusivity Among Primiparous Women: A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial" - Dr. Karen McQueen
 March 2, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023
Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence
 March 2, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
 Lakehead University Faculty Lounge

Program of Events (Orillia)

Wednesday, March 1
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 CASES Atrium
Graduate Student Conference: Three Minute Research (3MR)
 March 1, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
 CASES Atrium
Tuesday, March 7
Faculty Poster Display
 March 7, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
 Orsi Learning Commons
Opening Ceremonies
 March 7, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  Orsi Learning Commons
Climate Action Summit
 March 7, 2023 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  Alumni Commons
"Like a String of Beads/âniskôhôcikan: Indigenous Futurisms" - Chelsea Vowel
 March 7, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
 Online event (In-person viewing is possible in Thunder Bay in AT 3006)
Keynote Speaker: The Capitol Riots and Performance Crime with Dr. Sandra Jeppesen
 March 7, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
 OA 1025
Wednesday, March 8
ENSU Undergraduate Posters
 March 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
 Orsi Learning Commons
Research Showcase: "Sustainability through Chemistry"
 March 8, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
 OA 2018
A New Knowledge Mobilization Tool On Ethics For Community Based Participatory Researchers
 March 8, 2023 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
 OA 2018
Keynote Speaker: Corporate Responsibility in Reconciliation with Denise Baxter
 March 8, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
 OA 1022
Thursday, March 9
Why Cybersecurity Matters Now More Than Ever
 March 9, 2023 - 7:30am to 9:00am
 OA 1022
Moss Workshop
 March 9, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:30am
 OA 2018
Friday, March 10
Adventure Therapy: Experiential Workshop Opportunity
 March 10, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
 ROOM OA2017 & Outside

Thank you to our Sponsors

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Innisfill Economic Development

Chronicle Journal
Lakehead University Ingenuity
Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission

The county of Simcoe
The city of Barrie
The city of Orillia
Georgian College

Bio Enterprise - Canada's food and agri-tech engine
LUSU - Lakehead University Student Union
Fisher Scientific

Thank you to Lakehead's internal units for your support and participation

Lakehead University

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
Faculty of Business Administration
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Conference Services
Indigenous Initiatives
Innovation, Partnerships, & Economic Development
Media Relations
Research Services
Student Affairs
Technology Services Centre
Vice President of Research and Innovation
Web Development

Special thanks to our photographer, Pierre Nantais from Studio Pierre, and our graphic designer, Rusty Brown from Rusty Brown Digital Design