Lakehead Student & Faculty Member Win Innovation Awards

Congratulations to Lakehead student Shayna Parker (MHSc) and Dr. Pedram Fatehi who won innovation awards from the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (NOIC) at its recent awards ceremony.

Shayna won the Young Innovator of the Year award.

She was recognized for a video game she is developing for mobile devices to help post-stroke and brain-injury patients regain the use of their hands.

Her project was also awarded $50,000 last fall from the Ontario Brain Institute's (OBI) Entrepreneur Program. The OBI program provides funding over a one-year period to help post-graduate students focus full-time on commercialization activities related to a neuroscience-based opportunity. 

Dr. Fatehi was awarded the Innovation Hero of the Year Award, which is given to an individual who takes an innovative approach to improve his/her organization, business, or community.

According to NOIC, “Dr. Fatehi’s focus on cross-disciplinary learning, combined with his research and commercialization efforts into green and environmentally friendly pulp and paper solutions make him deserving of this award.”