Watch our Report to the Community Video

Watch our Report to the Community Video

November 24, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon recognized the influential people and events from the last year and celebrated the University’s 50th anniversary.

People from Thunder Bay gathered at the Valhalla Inn on November 24 to celebrate the release of the University’s special commemorative 2014-15 Annual Report.

Brian MacIvor was among the group of community members, students, faculty and staff who were interviewed by CBC Thunder Bay’s Lisa Laco in a talk-show format during the luncheon.

MacIvor described why he and the Thunder Bay legal community support the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

Other participants included Professor Emeritus John Whitfield, who discussed Lakehead’s early years and evolution.

Jocelyn Bel is a Master of Business Administration student who described her experiences as a Lakehead undergraduate student and as co-director with Superior Science.

Dr. Matthew Tocheri, assistant professor in Anthropology, was interviewed about his experiences as a Lakehead student, his work at the Smithsonian, about returning to Lakehead as a Canada Research Chair, and about the Homo floresienis dig that he participated in.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson shared highlights from the annual report and his vision for the future of the Thunder Bay campus.

“As we celebrate 50 years of success in Thunder Bay, I am increasingly focussed and encouraged by what our future holds, including the drive to bring even more international students to our classrooms and communities, and increased and rewarding community outreach,” he said.

The Annual Report stated that Lakehead Thunder Bay’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $316 million on the City of Thunder Bay in 2014, and a $6-billion economic impact on the City over the last 50 years. 

Also highlighted in the Report, Lakehead received $22 million in external research funding in 2014, and Re$earch Infosource ranked the University second in Ontario and third in Canada in the undergraduate category.


Click here to watch the Report to the Community video.



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In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.