Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

President's Perspective

Reaching the Summit

Brian Stevenson, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University
Published February 28, 2013
Above: photo courtesy of Scott Kress
Brian Stevenson

How can a person survive in an atmosphere with almost no oxygen? I asked myself this question while reading about the mountain climbing exploits of Sergeant Chris Drewes and Scott Kress – a Lakehead student and a Lakehead alumnus who trekked to the Himalayas in support of injured Canadian soldiers.

The answer to this question vividly reinforced what I already knew. Teamwork, a common goal, and the right equipment make it possible to ascend great heights in one of the planet's harshest environments.

In a different way, Lakehead University is scaling its own mountains and carving a path for itself that is setting us apart from other institutions. This means not only offering our students the evolving educational choices they need to make their mark. It also encompasses fostering economic development and community engagement in regions of the province that have historically been overlooked.

Lakehead is developing dynamic industrial research partnerships in Central and Northwestern Ontario and advancing the postsecondary aspirations of our community members. We are also expanding the limits of knowledge in areas as divergent as the human cardiovascular system and semiconductor technology. These scientific discoveries are part of our tradition of bettering the lives of Canadians in the cultural, social, environmental, and health spheres.

"Together, Lakehead's team members are surveying the mountainside for the next footholds and marshaling their resources to navigate the winding route to the top."

You can read about these milestones by visiting our Report to the Community website at www.report.lakeheadu.ca and get a comprehensive look at what we've been up to on many different fronts.

Together, Lakehead's team members are surveying the mountainside for the next footholds and marshaling their resources to navigate the winding route to the top. And we are getting closer. Last year Lakehead University's economic impact of operating expenditures on the City of Thunder Bay was $326.5 million and $20.6 million on the City of Orillia.

As alumni, you've been essential in giving Lakehead its strength and resilience. That's why your views are so important to us as we embark on the next leg of our journey – a major re-branding campaign that will allow us to share our unique vision with the world. Thank you to everyone who has already offered their ideas on creating a brand true to Lakehead's spirit. For those of you who haven't yet had a chance, please drop us a line at branding@lakeheadu.ca.

See you at the summit.

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