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Lakehead University shares a remarkable year with its 2012-13 Annual Report

November 15, 2013 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON

Lakehead University is celebrating its success stories in Northwestern Ontario and Central Ontario through the release of the 2012-13 Annual Report.

The Annual Report describes the outstanding teaching and research occurring at both of Lakehead University’s campuses, and includes performance indicators and financial statements for 2012-13.

“What we’ve achieved over the past year proves that we are on the right track in our mission to be recognized as an innovative comprehensive university,” said Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson.

A major milestone was the approval of the 2013-18 Strategic Plan.

“The Strategic Plan is based on five directions – nurturing scholarship, learner-centred student experience, growth and capacity development, community engagement, and economic development,” said Board of Governors Chair Cameron Clark. “By focusing on these directions, we are endeavouring to realize our vision of providing a transformative university experience that is far from ordinary.”

“The Report to the Community is something I look forward to every year,” President Stevenson added. “This Report and these events are essential to our mission to be recognized as an innovative comprehensive university that provides an education that is about how to think, not what to think.”

Annual Report’s Top 10 Stories of 2012-2013:

  1. Canadian statesman Derek Burney becomes Lakehead’s new Chancellor;
  2. Simcoe County’s $1 million gift to Lakehead Orillia brings their total donation to $2.5 million;
  3. $1 million gift from The Paterson Foundation puts the Faculty of Law on the right path;
  4. Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration (CESME) launched;
  5. Inaugural academic appointments to the Faculty of Law;
  6. Lakehead approves Strategic Plan for 2013-2018 and undertakes major re-branding initiative;
  7. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux hired as Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives);
  8. Georgian College and Lakehead University announce a new partnership focused on innovative student learning;
  9. Lakehead faculty and students garner $2.9 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and $1.44 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for ground-breaking research work;
  10. Orillia campus reaches out to elementary students with Hands-on Science program.

Lakehead’s 2012-2013 Annual Report was presented to the Northwestern Ontario community at a Report to the Community breakfast, November 15. Central Ontario stakeholders had a Report to the Community luncheon on November 13.

Read the 2012-2013 Annual Report online at and discover why Lakehead University is far from ordinary.

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Media: To arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about Lakehead University, visit

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