Lakehead SMA focuses on accessibility, FNMI support, and regional partnerships

August 15, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Ontario and Lakehead University emphasizes the institution’s focus on accessibility; its support for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit learners, and its use of technology-enabled learning. The SMA highlights Lakehead’s commitment to economic development in Orillia and Thunder Bay through applied research, community collaborations, and its support for institutes and initiatives such as the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and the Ring of Fire development. The agreement also acknowledges the Lakehead University Centre for Analytical Services (LUCAS), which has provided 77 regional partners with access to research equipment and services. Further areas of strength include experiential learning, student/faculty ratios, and its student success facilities. Five program areas are identified in the SMA as proposed areas for growth: business, entrepreneurship, and innovation; engineering; health sciences/health and medicine; social justice/Aboriginal emphasis, and sustainability. Lakehead SMA