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2017 Alumni Homecoming Weekend

On behalf of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, we were thrilled to host alumni, family, and friends during this past weekend's Homecoming festivities.  

Those who attended enjoyed an inspirational Alumni Awards Dinner, exciting varsity sports action, intimate and interactive reunions, and the honouring of our dedicated athletes.  But more importantly, we all shared and celebrated with family and friends our time at Lakehead University. To those of you that were unable to attend, we were sorry to have missed you!

We invite you all to take the time to view and enjoy our Homecoming Weekend photo gallery.  In the meantime, mark your calendars and join us for next year's festivities, to be held September 27-29, 2018!


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Preparations for our student pancake breakfast, kicking off the Homecoming Weekend festivities.Students enjoy a free pancake breakfast, offered by the Alumni Association of Lakehead University, and sponsored by the Department of History, and Faculties of Social Sciences & Humanities, and Science & Environmental StudiesWolfie strikes a pose with Diane Robnik, Alumni & Community Relations AssociateWomen's Basketball vs. Winnipeg WesmenWomen's Basketball vs. Winnipeg Wesmen (credit:  Jarron Childs Photography)Men's Varsity Basketball vs. Winnipeg Wesmen (credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Men's Varsity Basketball vs. Winnipeg Wesmen (credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Credit: Jarron Childs PhotographyCredit: Jarron Childs PhotographyGuests take in our Foreign Film Evening, hosted by the Department of LanguagesThe tables are set to host our annual Alumni Awards Dinner in the Faculty LoungeThe tables are set to host our annual Alumni Awards Dinner in the Faculty LoungeOur awards await our exceptional alum!Our awards await our exceptional alum!Guests from near and far mingle prior to the start of our DinnerLakehead alum, Carlo Cappello, entertains guests Members of Alumni Association:  Chris Vaillant, Ashleigh Quarrell, and Mark TilburyVP External Relations, Deb Comuzzi, and Principal of Orillia Campus, Dr. Dean Jobin-BevansMark Tilbury, Director of Alumni & Community Relations, is the evening's MC A packed house recognizing our exceptional and unconventional award winnersA packed house recognizing our exceptional and unconventional award winnersDr. Brian Stevenson greets guests to the Alumni Awards DinnerDr. Michel Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Assocation of Lakehead University, offers his congratulations to our award winnersCam Clark (middle) receiving his Honourary Membership into the Alumni AssociationCam Clark giving a speech after having accepted his awardCathy Trojan (middle) accepts her Honourary Membership into the Alumni Assocation.Darren Lentz (middle) accepts his Alumni Honour AwardDarren Lentz says a few words after receiving his awardMark Tilbury announces Lloyed Lobo as the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni AwardKen Boshcoff (middle) accepts his Alumni Honour AwardKen gives his speech after having received his awardDeb Comuzzi is joined by Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans in singing "Happy Birthday" to four (4) guests attending the awards dinnerHappy birthday wishes to David Tamblyn, Mark Tilbury, Dr. Brian Stevenson and Frank LuckaiHappy Birthday!David Heroux (middle) accepts his Alumni Legacy AwardDavid gives his acceptance speechHarry Curtis and Marc Gagnon receive recognition frames for their service to the Board of the Alumni Association2017 Alumni Award winners2017 Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the Hangar2017 Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the HangarGuests look through scrapbooks filled with Lakehead Athletics' historyGuests look through scrapbooks filled with Lakehead Athletics' history2017 Wall of Fame Inductee plaqueA packed house in the HangarMembers of the Thunderwolves Varsity Hockey teamYolanda Wanakamik (middle) and her family attend the Wall of Fame ceremonyMembers of the Lakehead University X-Country Running teamSam Connolly, Induction MC greets guests in attendance (credit:  Jarron Childs Photography)Honouring the 50th anniversary of C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (credit:  Jarron Childs Photography)Student athletes with Mirella Zanatta (middle) Credit: Jarron Childs PhotographyAcademic All-Canadian athletes (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Cory Keeler thanks guests upon accepting the "Builder Award" on behalf of his late father, Bill Keeler. (credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Tom Warden, Athletics Director (far left) and Dr. Brian Stevenson (far right) pose with members of the Keeler family (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Muriel Mortson (middle) accepts her award as Female Athlete inductee (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Dr. Jack Remus (middle) receives his "Builder Award" during the ceremony (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Acadamic All-Canadian athletes (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Katie Patroch (middle) accepts her Female Athlete induction (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)John LaPlante (middle) named Male Athlete Inductee (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Joel Scherban (middle) named Male Athlete Inductee (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Unveiling of the 2017 Wall of Fame plaque (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Muriel Mortson's (far left) Women's Volleyball teammates (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Lakehead Wrestling AlumniSam Connolly, Mor Menashe, Dr Michel Beaulieu and Hayden GormanThe Alumni and Community Relations teamLou Pero (centre) with Linda Henderson (right) and guestHarry Curtis (left) and wrestling alum, Kevin Wallen (right)Former Men's Basketball alumni returning to the Zanatta Alumni Games in the Fieldhouse (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Zanatta Games (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Zanatta Games (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)Zanatta Games (Credit: Jarron Childs Photography)A crowd gathers at the Fort William Gardens for our Pre-Game socialFrancis Clayton (middle), Tom Warden (right)Guests of all ages enjoyed an exclusive event at the Fort William Gardens before Saturday night's hockey gameMembers of the Women's Hockey team (left and middle) sell 50/50 tickets before Saturday night's gameChuck a Puck for a chance to win!Jason Mallon, Executive Director of Lakehead University Thunderwolves Hockey greet guests at the Pre-Game socialMembers of the Alumni Association Board of Directors pose with 91.5 CKPR's mascot, Pinky the Prize PigGo Wolves Go!Go Wolves Go!Go Wolves Go!All decked out in Lakehead gear!Wall of Fame Inductees honoured on centre ice before Saturday night's gameHockey Alumni were given the VIP treatment at the GardensWrestling Alumni enjoying their time in the Alumni Hockey boxLinda Henderson, Anna Sampson (Alumni Associate) and Steve Jones enjoying Saturday nights game!Members of the Men's Varsity Basketball team came out to support their fellow athletesMembers of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University take a break from their AGM session, wrapping up a weekend of great comaraderie!

Sleeping Giant Brewery social

On Thursday August 17, 2017, over 100 Lakehead University alumni came out to Sleeping Giant Brewery to enjoy an exclusive craft brewery experience right in our hometown.  Special thanks goes out to the Sleeping Giant staff who worked hard making sure everyone was served quickly and for providing the informative tours of the facility.  Thanks also to everyone who attended - with your support we were able to raise $2,000 towards the Lakehead Annual Fund - financial support that goes directly to our students.


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Mark Tilbury, Director of Alumni House, and Dr. Michel Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University greet guests as they arrive at Sleeping Giant Brewing CoThank you to the amazing staff who worked tirelessly to make our event a great success! Neil Irvine, President of the Thunder Bay Alumni Chapter greeting guestsDr. Michel Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead UniversityBrewery Tours were a big hit

Success Through Giving

On March 23, Lakehead University hosted a luncheon that brought together students who have received bursaries or awards and the donors who have supported them.

Students had the opportunity to thank the donors who have assisted them and share how these contributions have impacted their education and university experience. For many students, these bursaries and awards have made their education dreams a reality.

The luncheon was hosted by Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead Vice-President, External Relations with remarks from David Tamblyn, Chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors, and Dr. Michel Beaulieu, President of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University.

One of the highlights of the event was the launch of a special Success Through Giving video featuring student recipients of donor-funded awards: 

Thank you to Patricia Vo, Ryan Venn, Jocelyn Bel, Sarah Dyce, Julia Ieropoli, Katherine Beaulieu, and Josh Levac, Manager, Student Awards and Financial Aid for participating in the video.

Success Through Giving was a wonderful opportunity to gather as a Lakehead community and celebrate the generosity of our donors and the successes of the student that they have supported. Giving at every level counts, no matter the size of the contribution.

To find out how you can support student scholarships, bursaries, and awards at Lakehead University, please contact:

Jennifer Labine, CFRE

Philanthropy Director

(807) 343-8899


2016/2017 Varsity Season Photo Gallery


We had a blast this year welcoming so many supporters to our Varsity away games.  We were blown away, community by community, at the number of alumni, friends, and family members who came out to cheer on our beloved Thunderwolves.


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!


We wanted everyone to know how much the coaches and players appreciated your support.  Having fans in the stands can be a tremendous advantage for a visiting team.  In fact, at our November Thunderwolves hockey game in Waterloo, there were more Lakehead fans than hometown ones!  When we scored our first goal, the athletes on both teams were shocked by the cheers from the stands.  The coaches and players also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with many of you before, during and after the games.

We were excited to visit Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Sudbury, North Bay, Waterloo and Ottawa.

There were conversations with many people throughout the varsity season that were illuminating to us.  They asked us questions about our athletes and what kind of support our teams need.  They recognized that away games for our Thunderwolves are not as simple as taking a bus to the town next door.

They asked us to get back to them with how alumni could help.  We listened. 

Should you decide to help our dedicated student athletes, here’s how you can make a one-time gift on our secure online giving page here or you can learn more about becoming a monthly donor online here. 

With either option, you can designate your gift to a specific team, or to our Athletics Program in general.  Simply type your preference into the box upon selecting "Other"

We’re going to be back with an even more ambitious schedule of engagement in collaboration with our varsity teams.  Keep an eye on your Inbox starting in September.  See you next season. 


Go Wolves Go!


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Guelph area alumni enjoying some refreshments post-gameWBB's Coach Kreiner giving team a pep talkThe crowds at the Gryphon Athletic CentreAthlete supporters enjoying a game at Queen's UniversityMembers of the WBB during O CanadaDiane wearing her Lakehead swag.Young fans joined in on the funEnthusiastic alumni enjoying the game in Waterloo, ONMen's hockey in action vs. the Waterloo WarriorsFans enjoying the game and wearing their Lakehead colours!Fans enjoying the game and wearing their Lakehead colours!Even little fans got in on the hockey action!Glad to have our alumni join us in Waterloo, ON!Enjoying some camaraderie with fellow alum.Supportive fans (and alum!) in Sudbury, ONWBB team warming up at Laurentian UniversityTalking strategy during a break in playMBB warm upMembers of WBB team join in on the fun after their gameCrowd treated to enthusiastic cheer from Laurentian's cheerleading squadPlayers' parents checking the score during a break in playWomen's warm up at Nipissing UniversityPep talk from Coach KreinerGreat shot by our Women!Men warming up before they face-off against the Nipissing LakersIt's almost game time!MBB team getting a pep talk from Coach FurtadoLakehead fans getting ready to cheer on our Thunderwolves!An enthusiastic bunch!Men's basketball action against the Nipissing Lakers

Meet and Greet at The Foundry

A fantastic evening of socializing and networking was held on January 25th for our Thunder Bay alumni! Over 80 people registered to attend and packed the upper level of city's popular Foundry Pub.  Grads from over the decades and Lakehead's many disciplines mingled and reminisced about their time at university, and shared with us their desire to meet up again!  

Many thanks to all those who made it out and we look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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Welcome to the Foundry!Alumni Association president, and Lakehead alum, Dr. Michel Beaulieu chatting with a guestThunder Bay Chapter president, Neil Irvine greeting guests in attendanceFormer engineering grads School of Business alum enjoying one another's company

GTA Alumni cheer on Thunderwolves @ Ryerson

A record-breaking 90 Lakehead University alumni came out to cheer on the Thunderwolves basketball teams as they faced-off against the Ryerson Rams on January 6th, 2017.  While they played hard and fought tirelessly, they fell short with a 88-64 loss.  Although they didn't win, the team coaches and athletes very much appreciated our large and cheerful fans!  

We return to the Mattamy Centre on Thursday. February 2nd as the Thunderwolves are in town to face the Rams in varsity hockey action, Saturday, February 4th in Waterloo against the Waterloo Warriors, and Saturday, February 11th in Guelph, ON in basketball games against the Guelph Gryphons.  Families are welcome!  Visit for details!

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Homecoming Weekend 2016

Lakehead University held it’s 2nd annual Homecoming celebrations on September 30st - October 2nd, hosting alumni and their families from across the country.  Thanks to everyone who travelled home to share your university memories with us.  We invite you to enjoy our photo gallery.

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Lakehead University homecoming graphicWelcome home!Wolfie making new friends Wolfie greeting students WolfieDr. Brian Stevenson with best friend, WolfieWolfie joining some alumni at the Welcome ReceptionHorsing around with WolfieThunderwolves hockey vs. the Lethbridge Pronghorns Men's Basketball vs. Winnipeg WesmenZanatta Men's Alumni basketball Zanatta Men's Alumni basketball Alumni Awards Reception in the Faculty LoungeJoy Himmelman awarded the Honourary Alumni AwardNathan Lawrence honoured with an Outstanding Young Alumni AwardNathan speaking at the podiumColeman Hell honoured with Outstanding Young Alumni AwardColeman Hell accepts his alumni awardLiana Frenette receives an Alumni Honour AwardLiana Frenette speaking at the podiumDavid Lod speaking at the podium2016 Alumni Award winners

The 2016 Alumni Summer Tour

If there is an opportunity to engage and celebrate with our Alumni- we'll take it!  That was the case over the summer of 2016- one we affectionately refer to as "The 2016 Alumni Summer Tour."  Check out some of our photos we took during our national (and sometimes international!) adventures.  Enjoy! 

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A persian care package for our friends in the UKAlumni Association Board member Jennelle (centre) enjoying her time with Lakehead alumni living in London, England.2016 grad, Lauren (pictured here) and a group of her classmates travelled to China and proudly wore their alumni scarves while visiting the Great Wall!Our Finland Chapter hosted a special celebration event in Helsinki honouring Dr. Keijo Virtanen, and brought along extra Alumni hockey jerseys to share with guests!Dr. Michel Beaulieu (centre right), Alumni Association VP, presents Dr. Keijo Virtanen (centre left) with a special gift A group of golfers (most of whom are Lakehead alum) got together for their annual tournament at the Nottawasaga Inn and were visited by our Alumni Association board member, Josh, who gave them some alumni swag!A group of alumni in Southeast Asia met for the first time, led by Judy Chia (near right) Marketing and Alumni officer based in Kuala LumpurWhile travelling in Tokyo, Lakehead President, Dr. Brian Stevenson (right) met with alum Nicholas Choy (centre) (HBSC ’03, MSC ’07)A Calgary group gets together during a Calgary Chapter event, celebrating the Calgary StampedeThe Alumni Association hosted a group of alum during their Roadshow Event at Ayden Kitchen and Bar in Saskatoon in JuneDr. Brian Stevenson (standing) and Dean of Business, Dr. Bahram Dadgostar (seated, right) hosted a luncheon for Business grads living in Calgary

Hello Helsinki!

On May 17th a small reception co-hosted by the Department of History, the Lakehead University Alumni Association, and the Canadian Embassy was held in Helsinki to honour Dr. Keijo Virtanen, the former Rector of the University of Turku and expert historian on Finnish migration issues and history. He will be receiving an honorary doctorate at convocation in Thunder Bay on May 28. Michel S. Beaulieu and Jenna Kirker also presented Canada's Ambassador to Finland, Andree Cooligan, and AALU Finland Chapter President Carmen Pekkarinen with brand new alumni hockey jerseys!

Crowd gathered during Finland receptionCrowd gathered during Finland receptionDr. Michel Beaulieu begins presentation to Dr. Keijo VirtanenDr. Keijo Virtanen presentationDr. Keijo Virtanen is presented with a gift by Dr. Michel BeaulieuDr. Keijo Virtanen is presented with a gift by Dr. Michel BeaulieuAlumni hockey jersey presentationsFinland Chapter president, Carmen Pekkarinen wearing her new jerseyWolfie enjoying the festivitiesJenna Kirker,  Michel S. Beaulieu, AALU Finland Chapter President Carmen Pekkarinen and Canada's Ambassador to Finland, Andree Cooligan, wearing their brand new alumni hockey jerseys!