Lakehead University

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The Lakehead University is a state university in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The university has two campuses. On that in Thunder Bay studying approximately 7300 students. The second is located in Orillia, about 150 km north of Toronto, where about 900 students are enrolled.


1946, the Lakehead Technical Institute was founded. The purpose was then to establish a higher education institution, which covers mainly the needs in the northwestern area of Ontario. The Lakehead University evolved from the Lakehead Technical Institute and the Lakehead College of Arts, Science, and Technology, which was founded in 1957. The teaching began on June 4, 1946 by the approval of the provincial government of Ontario. Initially, the teaching took place in downtown Port Arthur in temporary premises. In September of the same year, the first university courses were added to the curriculum.

The Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology was established by the approval of the provincial government on August 1, 1957. Some years later, the College was expanded and newer courses have been approved. On 1 July 1965 the Lakehead Technical Institute and Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology were merged and changed the name in Lakehead University.


  • Business Administration - Economics
  • Education - Education Sciences
  • Engineering - Engineering Sciences
  • Forestry and the Forest Environment - Forestry and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Health Sciences
  • Science and Environmental Studies - Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities - Social Sciences
  • Medicine - Medical Sciences
  • Graduate Studies - for postgraduate courses

Thunder Bay Campus

The campus has an area of ​​32 hectares and is located south-west of Porth Arthur, Ontario. In the years 1962-1965 also buildable land were purchased for future expansion opportunities. The first building was opened in 1957. In 2005, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine ( NOSM ) was established through a collaboration with Lakehead University and Laurentian University in Sudbury. NOSM is operated by the two faculties of the Laurentian and Lakehead University. The students can decide which location they want to study, because there are at both locations of the cooperating universities appropriate teaching and research institutions.

The Lakehead University is one of the best Ancient - DNA laboratories around the world. The Paleo - DNA Laboratory was the first university laboratory in Canada, which was recognized and honored by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC ) for forensic DNA testing. The Lakehead University Paleo - DNA Laboratory has been greatly appreciated by special research in a broad environment, especially in the documentary " The Jesus grave ".

Orillia Campus

The Lakehead University opened the first small campus in downtown Orillia in 2006 and in September 2010 another small campus was opened as an adjunct in the University Avenue. It was a new building, which was awarded the LEED Platinum badge for energy efficient buildings. A dormitory with 271 beds, several cafeterias and bookstores opened in September 2011.

Famous people

  • Steve Ashton - Minister of the Government of Manitoba
  • Ronald J. Duhamel - Member of Parliament and Senator
  • Stephen Low - IMAX film producer and director
  • Lyn McLeod - Canadian politician, Cabinet Minister
  • E. J. Dusty Miller - Mayor of Thunder Bay
  • Gary Polonsky - founding President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Diane Schoemperlen - Governor
  • Jim Foulds - Canadian politician