Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Campus News

Published July 15, 2013
Professor Cynthia Wesley Esquimaux

New Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives

Professor Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is Lakehead's new vice-provost, Aboriginal initiatives. She is actively engaged in a variety of environmental and humanitarian causes and has held the Nexen Chair in Aboriginal Leadership at Alberta's Banff Centre for the past four years. Her teaching and academic writing has focused on historic and inter-generational trauma within the Aboriginal community. A member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation, Wesley-Esquimaux says that she is "very aware of the value of positive community relations and the need to build strong and productive conversations between people from diverse populations."

President's Golf Invitational in Orillia

On August 19, the President's Golf Invitational (formerly the Lakehead Orillia Golf Tournament) will celebrate five years of supporting Lakehead University students. This fundraiser has grown tremendously with 144 golfers raising a record $100,000 last year. Three Lakehead Orillia students have each received $5,000 entrance scholarships over the past three years and this year, a new $5,000 scholarship was established for a graduating business student. The inaugural scholarship recipient is Honours Bachelor of Commerce student David French. Funds raised by the 2013 President's Golf Invitational will support three initiatives critical to Lakehead University Orillia and Simcoe County – student scholarships, athletics, and the Humanities 101 program which provides a university experience to people facing financial and other barriers.

Sign up for an exciting day of golf on August 19 and help Lakehead students achieve their educational dreams. Contact Jacquie Kent at (705) 330-4008 Ext. 2080 or

Honorary Degree Nominations

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee invites you to nominate an outstanding person for an honorary degree. Lakehead University grants honorary degrees to individuals with a history of extraordinary accomplishments and remarkable service who support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The degrees will be awarded at the 2014 Convocation ceremonies on the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. To access the nomination form and for further information, please visit the University Secretariat's website at:

Send your nomination to:

University Secretariat UC 2004,
Lakehead University 955 Oliver Road,
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
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The Thunderwolves face the Ravens for the CIS gold medal

Basketball Victory

The men's basketball team bounced away with a silver medal in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 tournament. It was Lakehead's first Canadian championship gold medal game since 1977. This nail-biting showdown with the Carleton Ravens was the final game for graduating Thunderwolves: Matthew Schmidt, Joseph Jones, Brendan King, Greg Carter, Yoosrie Salhia, and Ben Johnson. "This group of seniors has helped elevate the program from the literal bottom of the heap to the silver medal," Coach Scott Morrison says. "Their accomplishments will be applauded for years to come."


"Building better relationships between mining companies and the communities where they work will be critical to the development of Northern Ontario," says Geology Chair Peter Hollings. He is also the director of Lakehead's recently launched Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) which will support research and outreach activities focused on mineral exploration and mineral extraction as well as the social, economic, and environmental impacts of these activities. CESME researchers will take a collaborative approach to economic development by partnering with First Nations, government, and the mining industry.

New Arts Gathering Place

The Lakehead Orillia Centre – A Gathering Place for Arts, Culture and Community was launched this summer to offer creative learning opportunities for the general public. Inspired by the vibrant regional arts scene, the "Centre," in cooperation with several community partners, provides gathering places throughout Simcoe County to participate in the arts. Under the direction of Program Coordinator Kathy Manners, an eclectic mix of programs is being provided from "Shakespeare Seductions" and "Mariposa Folk Expressions" to "Life Books" and "Film School Smarts." Learn more by visiting Lakehead University's website at

Pathways for College Students

Lakehead's Senate has approved new articulation agreements that are opening up exciting opportunities for Georgian College students and supporting Lakehead University's recruitment goals. Graduates of Georgian College's General Arts and Science diploma program are now eligible for course credits in Lakehead's HBASc or BASc Interdisciplinary Studies programs, with specializations in Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. Graduates of Georgian's Environmental Technology diploma program are eligible to transfer into the HBASc Environmental Sustainability program. For more college transfer details, visit Lakehead's website at:

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Liz Ross (l) with athletes: Josh MacDonald (hockey), Sandra Best (equestrian) and Cassandra Uyl (curling)

Go Team!

Lakehead Orillia has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). This new status came into effect on May 1 and expands varsity sports and athletic competition options. Varsity men's and women's curling will begin in the 2013-14 season and new varsity sports teams will be added over the next five years. The OCAA membership will also boost the growth of extramural clubs such as soccer, hockey, and basketball. Congratulations to Liz Ross, athletics and recreation facilitator, and the Student Affairs department for their success in developing this new alliance.

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Breaking sod for Orillia's Research Garden

Research Partnership Wins Award

A cutting-edge research partnership between Lakehead University and EcoPoly Solutions Inc. was recognized with the Business Achievement Award for Technological Advancement from the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce in February. Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Chris Murray leads the research team to improve the company's degradable plastic film products which are designed for worldwide agricultural use. A research garden developed on campus is being monitored by student researchers testing the new products.

Humanities 101 Grads Celebrate

Lakehead Orillia celebrated its second successful Humanities 101 program in April with fifteen students completing the 12-week course. At the graduation ceremony, valedictorians Christina Doucette and Erica Noble made moving speeches that inspired the audience of family, friends, community leaders, and Lakehead faculty and staff. The program provides a university experience to people who would not otherwise have the opportunity.

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Raising awareness about food security in Lakehead's Agora

Cross-Canada FoodRide

Megan Clark and Adrian Arts are bicycling 10,000 km to raise $100,000 in food and monetary donations for Canadian food banks for their initiative called FoodRide. These two Lakehead students began pedalling on April 25 in Victoria, British Columbia. "Food banks were created as a temporary emergency service in the early 80s," explains Adrian, "and are now a daily necessity to a growing population." The FoodRide team is taking action by organizing food drives with community and campus food banks in every province throughout their gruelling trek. The team will end their journey in St. John's, Newfoundland, on September 8. Donate online by going to

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