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Lakehead University Magazine Spring/Summer 2008

Lee Pigeau appointed Capital Campaign Manager

By Frances Harding

Lee Pigeau
Lee Pigeau

Lakehead has hired a seasoned fundraiser to manage its $10-million capital campaign in support of creating a sustainable campus in Orillia. Lee Pigeau lives in Orillia and until very recently was Executive Director of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation in Orillia. He began his new position, reporting to Bonnie Moore, Director of University Advancement, on November 19, 2007.

“The role of the Capital Campaign Manager is to provide expertise and support to the Director of University Advancement, the Orillia Campus Dean, and a volunteer campaign cabinet to raise the $10 million required to help finance the construction of the permanent Orillia campus,” says Moore.

“I am excited to be working for Lakehead,” Pigeau says. “The expansion of the University and the presence of a permanent campus in Orillia will make such a positive impact on this community. I care about Orillia, and I am proud to have been selected to play a lead role in this project.”

Born and raised in a rural area outside of North Bay, Lee Pigeau has worked as a fundraiser and a volunteer in some of Canada’s largest cities and smallest rural communities. His passion for volunteering was sparked during his grade school years, and he has worked with, and motivated and learned from hundreds of volunteers ever since. He officially launched his fundraising career at the United Way of Greater Toronto, and went on to the United Way of Edmonton as the Senior Campaign Manager, Business and Education. In addition, he has served as Campaign Director for Trent University’s successful $17-million Beyond Our Walls campaign.

Work on the development of the permanent campus in Orillia is already well under way. In January, Orillia City Council gave a gift of $10 million to Lakehead in the form of 85 serviced acres of land on which to build the University and $5 million in cash.

You may contact Lee Pigeau by phone: (705) 330-4018 or by email: lpigeau@lakeheadu.ca

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