Meet Your Advisor

The Student Central team is available to offer guidance throughout your university career in relation to your program requirements, financing your education, your overall student record, and your path to graduation.  We can provide clarification, motivation and direction in making choices.  We can help you:

  • Develop your academic plan to graduation
  • Review your course selection in relation to completing degree requirements
  • Discuss academic standing, academic regulation and petitions
  • Change your major or program of study

For some programs, it is important that you meet with your Faculty Advisor first. 

Student Central Professionals

Jessica Clarke 

Kristin Grady 

Allison Gulka 

Jack Hughes 

Madison Larochelle 

Melissa Murphy

Zoe Murphy

 

Faculty Advisor Contact List 

Faculty Advisors are available to offer advice on program-specific inquiries and to facilitate your development and learning as you progress through your studies. Unless otherwise specified, your Faculty Advisor is your Program Chair.

Contact your Faculty Advisor if you need help with:

  • Selecting courses that will develop/complement knowledge of your discipline
  • Clarifying requirements for graduation
  • Providing assistance regarding internship/co-op opportunities (where applicable)
  • Discussing graduate school options and professional opportunities
  • Discussing research/volunteer opportunities in their respective discipline
Lakehead-Georgian Partnership Programs
 Program Title Program ChairProgram Coordinator
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree and Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced DiplomaDr. Carlos Christoffersen

Dr. Majid OstadRahimi
705-728-1968 ext. 1948
Majid.ostadrahimi@georgiancollege.ca
Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) Degree and Environmental Technician DiplomaDr. Sreekumari (Sree) Kurissery

Rhonda Bell-Allen

Rhonda.Bell-Allen@georgiancollege.ca

Honours Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Degree with Computer Programmer DiplomaDr. Thiago AlvesRoss Bigelow
705-728-1968 ext. 5325
Ross.bigelow@georgiancollege.ca
Honours Bachelor of Science – Applied Life Sciences (Specialization in Biomedical Techniques) Degree with Biotechnology – Health diplomaDr. Azim MallikDr. Sean Madorin
705-728-1968 ext. 1085
Sean.madorin@georgiancollege.ca
Anthropology
Chair & Primary Advisor: Dr. Matt Boyd
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee 
Orillia Campus Advisor: Dr. Tim Kaiser 
Applied Life Science
Coordinator: Dr. David Law
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk
Bioinformatics
Coordinator:  Dr. Wely Floriano
Biology
Chair: Dr. Azim Mallik
Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB) Coordinator: Dr. Adam Algar
For additional information please review the OUPFB's website at: www.oupfb.ca
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk
Email: biology@lakeheadu.ca
Business
Thunder Bay Campus

Chair - YR1 & YR2: Dr. Asad Aman
Chair - YR3 & YR4: Dr. Wing Him Yeung
Administrative Assistant:  Morna Toderash

Orillia Campus 
 
Chair: Dr. Kunle Akingbola
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Email: oakingbo@lakeheadu.ca
Chemistry
Chair: Dr. Zi-Hua Jiang
Administrative Assistant: Karen Romito
Computer Science
Chair: Dr. Thiago Alves 
Acting Chair: Sabah Mohammed
Administrative Assistant: Saziya Asif Barodawala
Criminology
Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Stevenson
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Email: isacademicadvising@lakeheadu.ca
Earth Science
Chair of Geology: Dr. Andrew Conly
Administrative Assistant: Kristine Carey
Economics
Chair: Dr. Robert Petrunia 
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer McKee
Education - Aboriginal Education

Chair: Dr. Paul Cormier
Acting Chair (July 4, 2022 to June 30, 2023): Dr. Leisa Desmoulins
Administrative Assistant: Brandi Shorthouse

Email: kie.education@lakeheadu.ca

Education - Indigenous Language Instructors' Program

Coordinator: Dr. Leisa Desmoulins
Administrative Assistant: Maeghan Chasse

Email: alp.admin.educ@lakeheadu.ca

Education - Professional Development in Education
Acting Director: Dr. Wayne Melville
Administrative Assistant: Colleen Woods
Education - Undergraduate Studies
Thunder Bay Campus 
 
Acting Chair(s): Dr. Meridith Lovell-Johnston (July 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024), and Pauline Sameshima (January 1, 2025 through June 30, 2025)
Administrator: Tina Falcigno
 
Registration Assistance: Ashley Stewardson
Email: teacher.education@lakeheadu.ca 

Orillia Campus
 
Chair: Dr. Ruth Beatty ( Jan. 1, 2024 through June 30, 2026)
Email: orchair.educ@lakeheadu.ca
Programs Officer: Julie Howell
Engineering - Chemical
Chair:  Dr. Siamak Elyasi
Administrative Assistant: Karen Toneguzzi
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Sheppard
 
Engineering - Civil
Program Chair: Dr. Jian Deng
Administrative Assistant: Karen Toneguzzi
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Sheppard
Engineering - Electrical

Chair: Dr. Carlos Christoffersen
Administrative Assistant: Sunena Shetty

Email: sshetty6@lakeheadu.ca

Engineering - Mechanical
Chair: Dr. Basel Ismail
Acting Chair: Dr. Sultan Siddiqui
Administrative Assistant: Karen Toneguzzi
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Sheppard
Engineering - Software
Chair: Dr. Abdulsalam Yassine
Administrative Assistant: Sunena Shetty
English
Chair: Dr. Anna Guttman
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Haggerty
Environmental Studies - Biology

Thunder Bay Campus

Chair: Dr. Azim Mallik 

Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk 
 

Orillia Campus

Chair: Dr. David Law

Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk 
Environmental Studies - Earth Science

Chair of Geology: Dr. Andrew Conly
Administrative Assistant: Kristine Carey

Email: kristine.carey@lakeheadu.ca

Environmental Studies - Geography
Chair of Geography: Dr. Adam Cornwell 
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer McKee
Environmental Sustainability 
Acting Chair: Dr. Rosario Turvey (ending June 30, 2024)
Chair: Dr. Sreekumari (Sree) Kurissery
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Gender and Women's Studies
Chair: Dr. Lori Chambers 
Administrative Assistant: Elaine Doiron
General Program - BA
Assistant Dean: Dr. Jennifer Roth
Dean: Dr. Glenda Bonifacio
Administrative Assistant: Susan Viitala
General Program - BSc
Dean: Dr. Todd Randall
Geoarchaeology
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Boyd
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer McKee
Geography and the Environment
Chair: Dr. Adam Cornwell 
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer McKee
Geology
Chair: Dr. Andrew Conly 
Administrative Assistant: Kristine Carey
Gerontology
Coordinator: Dr. Elaine Wiersma
History
Chair: Dr. Michael Stevenson
Administrative Assistant: Sadie Stout
Indigenous Learning
Chair: Dr. Kristin Burnett
Administrative Assistant: Elaine Doiron
Interdisciplinary Studies
Chair: Dr. Jennifer Jarman
Program Coordinator: Dr. Alice den Otter
Email: isacademicadvising@lakeheadu.ca
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Kinesiology
Chair: Dr. Ian Newhouse
 
Advisors:
YR1:  Dr. Taryn Klarner
YR2:  Dr. Eryk Przysucha
YR3:  Ms. Leanne Smith (Unit Study Abroad Advisor)
YR4:  Dr. Ian Newhouse
Transfer Student Advisor: Ms. Leanne Smith

Administrative Assistant: Lori Vidotto
Languages
Chair: Dr. Isabelle Lemée 
Administrative Assistant: Lori Kapush
Law
Dean: Dr. Jula Hughes
Director of Student Services: Hope Buset
Administrative Assistant: Andrea McCall Onyefuru
Mathematical Sciences
Acting Chair: Dr. Tianxuan Miao
Chair: Dr. Razvan Anisca (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024) 
Administrative Assistant: Karen Romito
Media, Film & Communications
Program Coordinator: Dr. Alice den Otter
Email: isacademicadvising@lakeheadu.ca
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Music
Chair: Dr. Evgeny Chugunov 
Secretary: Jennifer Howie
Natural Resources Management
Dean: Dr. Brigitte Leblon
Chair of Environmental Management Program: Dr. Brian McLaren
Chair of Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry Program: Dr. Dzhamal Amishev
Administrative Assistant: Eva Scollie
Natural Science
Chair: Dr. Azim Mallik
Administrative Assistant: Heather Suslyk
Email: biology@lakeheadu.ca
Northern Studies
Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Stevenson
Administrative Assistant: Sadie Stout
Nursing
Director: Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio 
Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Maggie Pudden 
Administrative Assistant: Audrey Drebit
Outdoor Recreation
Director: Dr. Leigh Potvin
Academic Advising: Dr. Alexa Haberer, Dr. Harvey Lemelin, Dr. Julie Rosenthal & Mr. Rod Swatton 
Administrative Assistant: Lori Kapush
Philosophy
Chair: Dr. Richard Maundrell  
Administrative Assistant: Sadie Stout
Physics
Acting Chair: Dr. Hubert de Guise
Administrative Assistant: Kristine Carey
Political Science
Chair: Dr. Tobold (Toby) Rollo
Administrative Assistant: Karen Woychyshyn
Psychology
Chair: Dr. Rupert Klein 
Program Coordinator: Taylor Onski 
Email: grad.psych@lakeheadu.ca
Social Work
Director: Dr. Les Fleischer

 
Thunder Bay
Academic Advisor: Jenna Garlick 
Administrative Assistant: Madge Chan
 
Orillia Campus
Academic Advisor: Tess Buchanan 
Administrative Assistant: Lynda Kerr (705-330-4010 ext 2003)
Email: lkerr2@lakeheadu.ca
Advising: Students may contact tcbuchanan@lakeheadu.ca to book an appointment or call 705-330-4010 ext. 2003
Sociology

Chair: Dr. Chris Sanders
Secretary: Karen Woychyshyn

Email: karen.woychyshyn@lakeheadu.ca

Sustainability Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)

Acting Chair: Dr. Rosario Turvey
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey

Email: crimkey@lakeheadu.ca

Visual Arts

Chair: Mr. Sam Shahsahabi
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Howie

Email: jhowie@lakeheadu.ca

Water Resource Sciences
Program Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Diochon
Administrative Assistant: Kristine Carey

For a list of all Graduate Coordinators, please visit the Available Supervisors and Graduate Coordinators page.