Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

2012-13 Annual Report Highlights

President's Message

Published February 08, 2014

Top Ten Stories of the Year

  1. Canadian statesman Derek Burney becomes Lakehead's new Chancellor
  2. Simcoe County's latest $1 million gift to Lakehead Orillia brings their total donation to $2.5 million
  3. $1 million gift from The Paterson Foundation puts the Faculty of Law on the right path
  4. Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) launched
  5. Inaugural academic appointments to the Faculty of Law
  6. Lakehead approves Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 and undertakes major re-branding initiative
  7. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux hired as Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives)
  8. Georgian College and Lakehead University announce a new partnership focused on innovative student learning
  9. Lakehead faculty and students garner major funding for ground-breaking research work:
    • $2.9 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
    • $1.44 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    • $1.1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  10. Orillia campus reaches out to elementary students with Hands-on Science program

In 2012-13, I had the pleasure to be part of our Board of Governors' strategic planning process which articulated a new mission for Lakehead University – to be recognized as an innovative comprehensive university that teaches students how to think, not what to think.

This year's Annual Report has many stories about how we are transforming the communities we serve – whether it's opening a new Faculty of Law that will increase access to justice for people living in Ontario's north or sharing our expertise in ancient DNA analysis with archaeologists around the world.

I am proud to say that Lakehead is home to exceptional and unconventional students. They are passionate about their individuality and their communities. And they have the courage and drive to realize their dreams and succeed in their own ways.

We believe our students want an innovative comprehensive university where they have the highest chance of success. We believe in the diversity that comes from having students from many cultures and traditions. And we believe they want the intellectual freedom to pursue the unconventional.

Go online to: to read the full 2012-13 Annual Report.

It's a great opportunity to read fascinating stories about the discoveries and achievements of our faculty, students, donors, and friends who make Lakehead University such a vibrant academic community.

Thank you. Merci. Miigwetch.

Brian J.R. Stevenson, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor
Lakehead University
graphic pie charts and stats indicating how many students and faculty were enrolled in (or employed after graduating from) professional programs
A few report highlights

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