History Faculty Receive $74,000 SSHRC Research Grant

20 September 2015 - Thunder Bay

Michel S. Beaulieu and Ronald Harpelle  have been awarded $74,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to help Northern Ontario communities use lessons from the past in the forestry industry.

Beaulieu and Harpelle will conduct a historical analysis of resource-based communities in Northern Ontario and Uruguay, examining each in light of national and international trends in the region’s primary industries. “We will look at both sides of the hemispheric coin to better understand how communities developed and adapted to global shifts in the forest industry,” Dr. Beaulieu said.

In total, Lakehead University researchers are receiving $637,800 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

“Our researchers are some of the best in the world,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “These projects will be of great benefit to Ontario and Canada,” Dr. Dean said. “This exceptional research couldn’t happen without SSHRC funding,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Lakehead University’s SOS Lecture Series Returns for Summer 2013

(May 14, 2013 – Orillia, ON)

Lakehead University’s “Summer of Sustainability” (SOS) series is back this summer with new environmental sustainability issues and solutions to discover.

The SOS public lecture series takes place at Lakehead Orillia’s University Avenue campus and is free and open to the public. Participants can expect to have their eyes opened to environmental matters presented by special guest speakers from across Ontario. Following each presentation, those in attendance will have the unique opportunity to discuss their concerns, questions and perspectives in a relaxed and open setting.

Dr. Thamara Laredo, organizer of the SOS series and professor of chemistry at Lakehead Orillia, describes the series as a place where open discussions on environmental issues can occur. “Attendees are welcome to bring their perspectives and views, but the series has no political or group association,” said Dr. Laredo.

SOS lectures take place once a month, from May to August, on a Tuesday between 7 and 9 pm.

The first of this summer’s series is May 21, 2013. The kick-off lecture, Resilience in the Lake Simcoe Watershed, features guest speaker Seanna Davidson from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Environment and Resource Studies. Seanna will share her distinct perspective on how individuals and organizations have worked in collaboration to foster a healthier Lake Simcoe.

Admission and parking are free. For a list of all event dates, topics, and speakers, visit the Lakehead University Orillia website at www.lakeheadu.ca or contact Thamara Laredo at 705-330-4008, ext. 2645 or tlaredo1@lakeheadu.ca.

Download the full schedule here.

SOS schedule 2013

Media:  For more information, please contact Lakehead University’s Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.


Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

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