Laurentian University

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Laurentian University
Laurentian University CoA.svg
Motto Emitte lucem et veritatem
Motto in English
Send forth thyne light and thyne truth
Type Public
Established 1960 Laurentian University of Sudbury/Université Laurentienne de Sudbury. Former name, University of Sudbury
Endowment C$41.9 million[1]
Chancellor Steve Paikin
President Pierre Zundel
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 9000
Postgraduates 515
Location Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Campus urban green belt, 304 ha (750 acres)
Sport Teams Laurentian Voyageurs
Colours gold      & blue     
Nickname Voyageurs
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, AUFC, CVU, Ontario Network of Women in engineering, U Sports, OUA, CBIE, CUP, OUSA.
Mascot Victor the Voyageur
Laurentian University.svg

Laurentian University (Université Laurentienne), which was incorporated on March 28, 1960, is a mid-sized bilingual university in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.[2]

While primarily focusing on undergraduate programming, Laurentian also features the east campus of Canada's newest medical school—the Northern Ontario School of Medicine—which opened in 2005. Its school of Graduate Studies offers a growing number of graduate-level degrees.[3] Laurentian is the largest bilingual provider of distance education in Canada.[4]


The university's campus is located on the south side of Lake Ramsey, just south of Greater Sudbury's downtown core in the Bell Grove neighbourhood, near some of the city's wealthiest residential neighbourhoods, the city's Idylwylde[5] golf course borders on the university campus to the west and the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area borders on the campus to the south.[6] The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area contains a vast network of trails used for running, mountain biking and nordic skiing.[7][8]

The university has a federated school structure, similar to that of the University of Toronto, the school also has an unusual and sometimes controversial student government structure — there are two separate student unions (in addition to the part-time and graduate student associations). The Francophone Students Association (AEF) is for francophones, while the Students General Association (SGA) is for both anglophones and francophones. However, any student can affiliate with either union, regardless of language, and because the two unions do not offer identical student services, many students from one language group change their affiliation to the other student union depending on which services they want. Consequently, in practice, the two student unions often compete with each other rather than serving distinct groups.


Laurentian's historical roots lie in the Roman Catholic church.[9] A university federation combining representatives from the Roman Catholic, United, and Anglican churches was formed in the 1959–60 academic year,[9] with the new university's space needs exceeding the capacity of the existing Collège du Sacré-Coeur facility, the university held classes in a variety of locations in the city, including the Sudbury Steelworkers Hall, until its current campus was opened in 1964.[10]

The federated colleges include Huntington College (United Church), University of Sudbury College (Roman Catholic, descended from the Collège du Sacré-Coeur established by the Jesuits in 1913), and Thorneloe College (Anglican)[11] Collège universitaire de Hearst in Hearst is the only remaining affiliated college while both Nipissing University College in North Bay and Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie were previously affiliated with Laurentian.[9] Nipissing University and Algoma University were established as independent universities, in 1992 and in 2008 respectively.[10]

There is a plaque at the entrance to the R. D. Parker Building, University Dr., Sudbury that says:

In recent years, the university has expanded its professional programs, launching the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2005 and receiving approval to launch the Northern Ontario School of Architecture in 2011.[12]


Northern Ontario School of Medicine

The university has strong ties with the mining industry, being one of the few schools in Canada offering mining engineering, and the only Canadian university located in a city where the major industry is mining, the Willett Green Miller Centre, a provincial building located on campus, houses the Ontario Geological Survey, the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories, the J.B. Gammon Mines Library, and the Mining and Minerals Division of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, it also houses the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), a not-for-profit applied research and technical service company formed through collaboration between Laurentian University and the private and public sectors, and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), a semi-autonomous research and teaching centre whose focus is field-based, collaborative research on mineral deposits and their environments.

The university is also a key partner in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), the world's deepest underground laboratory that has been providing, since 1998, new clues on the composition of the sun and the origins of the universe.

In 2004, the university, along with Lakehead University, formed the Northern Ontario Medical School.

In addition, Laurentian University has an active partnership with St. Lawrence College Tri-campus.

The university is a member of L'Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne, a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.[13]


Upon the resignation of the last president, Judith Woodsworth, Dominic Giroux became the president of Laurentian University. Woodsworth had been president of Laurentian University since July 2002; in April 2006, she was reappointed by the Board of Governors for a second five-year term which commenced in July 2007. She left the university as the new President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, Montreal. Under her leadership, Laurentian saw the opening of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2005, the creation of the university’s first six PhD programs, tremendous growth in research capacity and numerous construction projects on campus, the Board of Governors heads the university with the president. Directly to the left and right of the president is the assistant to the president, and the Laurentian University senate.

Aline Chrétien, the wife of former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, was named the university's first chancellor on September 22, 2010.[14] She was succeeded by Steve Paikin on October 26, 2013.[15]

Laurentian University's affiliate universities each have a chancellor, the chancellor is largely a ceremonial role, and has little participation in the day-to-day operations of the university. The chancellor for the affiliated University of Sudbury is prominent Sudbury lawyer André Lacroix Q.C./c.r. LL.D. (from the law firm Lacroix Forest LLP/s.r.l.). The chancellor for the affiliated Thorneloe University is Anne Germond. And the first chancellor of the affiliated Huntington University is Edward (Ted) Conroy, another prominent Sudbury lawyer from the law firm of Conroy Scott Trebb Hurtubise LLP. University administration is the responsibility of the Board of Governors, headed by the chairperson of the Board of Governors, this post is currently held by Jennifer Witty.[16]


  • Stanley G. Mullins (1963–1970)
  • R.J.A. Cloutier (1970–1972)
  • Edward J. Monahan (1972–1977)
  • Henry Best (1977–1984)
  • John Daniel (1984–1991)
  • Ross Paul (1991–1998)
  • Jean Watters (1998–2001)
  • Judith Woodsworth (2002–2008)
  • Dominic Giroux (2009–2017)[17]

Chairpersons of the Board of Governors[edit]

  • Ralph D. Parker (1960–1965)
  • Horace J. Fraser (1965–1969)
  • W.J.(Bill) Shea (1969–1971)
  • W.B.(Bill) Plaunt (1971–1973)
  • Jean-Noël Desmarais (1973–1978)
  • André Lacroix (1978–1981)
  • Frank Clumpus (1981–1984)
  • Normand Forest (1984–1987)
  • Alan Querney (1987–1991)
  • Roberto Grosso (1991–1994)
  • Jamie Wallace (1994–1996)
  • Douglas Los (1996–1998)
  • Robert Del Frate (1998–2001)
  • Maureen Lacroix (2001–2004)
  • Jim Smith (2004–2007)
  • Carolyn Sinclair (2007–2010)
  • Floyd Laughren (2010–2013)
  • Michael Atkins (2013–2016)
  • Jennifer Witty (2016–Present)

Undergraduate programs[edit]



Social Sciences


Professional programs[edit]

School of Management[edit]

  • Commerce and Administration
  • Sports Administration

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

The first medical school in Canada to be opened during the Digital Age, NOSM’s four-year Undergraduate Medical Education e-curriculum emphasizes the use of broadband technology to bridge the distance between campuses, and to facilitate an extensive distributed learning model that is unique in modern medical education.[18]

Program information[edit]

Commerce and administration[edit]

Laurentian's school of commerce and administration was founded in 1960, it is modeled on the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business. The school offers small class sizes, one-on-one teaching, and an outstanding faculty.[citation needed] The School of Management offers a wide variety of programs, from MBAs to honours degrees in Commerce and Sports Administration (SPAD).

The school utilizes the case study method, in which it teaches through extensive use of business case studies, the case method enables class discussion of real business problems, which will apply the concepts, decision making methods and tools to those situations to help develop analytical and decision making skills. Students get involved in the community by studying real organizations of their choice, participating in research projects sponsored by businesses in the community and solving real problems.[citation needed]

Education (B.Ed.)[edit]

Laurentian has both English and French language education programs for teacher training.

  • L`École des sciences de l'Éducation (Consecutive Education, French)

In the Alphonse Raymond building, at the east end of campus, is "L'École des sciences de l`éducation de l`Université Laurentienne". Named after Father Alphonse Raymond, and opened in 1974, the building houses classrooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a small gymnasium, and offices for more than a dozen professors. Students attending L'École des sciences have a variety of programs from which to choose, the school, for example, offers a traditional consecutive post-grad B.Ed., a newer concurrent B.A. Educ. degree that can be taken full or part-time, the possibility of engaging in studies on-line, and the chance for certified teachers to complete additional qualifications. B.Ed. students who attend L'École des sciences must complete fifty days of practicum placement focusing on observation and practice teaching. The program provides many of the French-speaking teachers who work in Ontario's publicly funded education system, particularly in schools located in the northeastern section of the province.

  • School of Education (Concurrent Education, English) In September 2003, Laurentian began offering an English bachelor of education. This concurrent B.Ed. is a four or five-year program taken along with an undergraduate degree. The primary goal of the English-language bachelor of education program is to foster the development of a new generation of reflective educators who employ holistic teaching approaches, the curriculum features an emphasis on equity and diversity as well as the infusion of aboriginal issues and content. At the moment, the program is offered in just two of the three areas of potential concentration: the primary/junior and junior/intermediate divisions. A new school of education building - based on sustainable environmental principles and located across from L'École des sciences at the east end of the campus – was completed in the summer of 2008, the program requires a 75% average over one's first four years (weighted 12.5/12.5/37.5/37.5) in order to progress to the final (or Pro Year). The 75% minimum average required for entry in the final year means a nearly 80% entering grade in reality, so the annual Pro Year class (ranging from about 65 to 95 students) constitutes a rather elite cohort compared to most other Ontario concurrent programs. Many graduates have gone on to employment with both the local Sudbury boards, with other school boards across Ontario, while many others have acquired employment in Alberta, B.C., and Saskatchewan, with a significant number working overseas (particularly in Britain).

Graduate programs[edit]

Laurentian offers a wide-variety of graduate programs, in both English and French.[19]

Federated schools[edit]

Huntington University

Nipissing University in North Bay and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, both now independent universities, were federated schools of Laurentian.

Laurentian's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is also taught in colleges across Ontario as part of one of three agreements between colleges and the university. Graduates of these collaborate programs receive Laurentian degrees upon graduation, the Northeastern Ontario Collaborative Nursing Program (NEOCNP) is a partnership between Laurentian University, Cambrian College, Northern College, and Sault College. St. Lawrence College offers Laurentian's Nursing Program through an agreement called the Laurentian–St. Lawrence Collaborative Nursing Program. Finally, Collège Boréal provides the Nursing program through an agreement with Laurentian University's French-language "sciences infirmières" program.

St. Lawrence College also offers Laurentian's Bachelor of Business degree, a four-year program.

Research centres[edit]

Science Buildings

Student life[edit]

Demographics of student body (2015–16)[20]
Undergraduate Graduate
Male 37.5% 35.1%
Female 62.5% 64.9%
Canadian student 94.5% 87.3%
International student 5.5% 12.7%

Students' General Association/Association Générale des Étudiants[edit]

The SGA-AGÉ is the largest student union at Laurentian, with around 5100 students, it offers services in both English and French, although in recent years the English services have become predominant. The association is presided over by a board of directors consisting of representatives of each of the academic departments and residences, as well as commissioners representing groups within the school (francophone, aboriginal, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, international students, women, cultural affairs and special needs), three university senators and the executive. Under the by-laws the board only comes into existence on the first day of classes of the fall session and is dissolved at the end of the winter session, for the remainder of year the executive has the full powers of the board.[21]

The executive consists of the president and two vice-presidents (student life and Policy and Advocacy), supplemented by an executive director, a director of membership services, a campus and community outreach coordinator and a creative media manager, the staff of the association is relatively small; president and staff are all full-time employees. The vice-president of Policy and Advocacy is a full-time employee from May 1 until the first day of classes in the fall term, when he or she becomes part-time, the vice-president of student life is a part-time employee from the second Monday in August onward. The Chief Returning Officer is a part-time employee during the election campaign, the editor of Lambda, the director of CKLU, the manager of Pub Down Under and the manager of the games room are part-time employees of arm length operations.

In 2016, the SGA-AGE became a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.


The university's campus radio station, CKLU-FM, broadcasts at FM 96.7 in both English and French. Its campus newspapers are Lambda in English and L'Orignal déchaîné ("The Unchained Moose") in French. Lambda is a member of Canadian University Press, and CKLU is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.[22]


Laurentian Voyageurs logo.
Voyageurs' women's hockey team 2013–14.
Voyageurs' women's hockey team 2013–14.

The university's varsity teams, known as the Voyageurs for the men's teams and the Lady Vees for the women's teams, compete in basketball, soccer, rowing swimming, cross-country running, golf, curling, and Nordic skiing. There are also competitive club teams including lacrosse and a plethora of intramural sports programmes, the Lady Vees basketball team have been one of the most successful franchises in the history of the U Sports Women's Basketball Championship, winning the title seven times. Notable alumnae of the basketball team include broadcaster Sylvia Sweeney, the varsity rowing team within its five-year history has produced a national team athlete and captured medals at both the OUA championships as well as gold medals at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.

In 2017, the women's varsity curling team, consisting of Krysta Burns, Megan Smith, Sara Guy, and Laura Masters, captured the OUA Curling Championship (the first for the program and first OUA team banner for the University since 2003) followed by the Curling Canada/USports Championship (the first for the program and first USports team banner for the University since 1991).

The current director of the athletic department is Peter Hellstrom.

Pipe Band[edit]

LUPB bagpipers in Laurentian tartan at Sudbury Celtic Festival, May 2011; blue/green/gold kilts in front row

The Laurentian University Pipe Band (LUPB) was formally launched by past university president Dr. Judith Woodsworth during spring convocation on Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Laurentian is one of the first schools (after Queen's University) to design its own tartan (registered in the tartan index) and the third post-secondary institution in Ontario to have its own pipe band (along with Queen's and the Royal Military College). Membership includes Laurentian and Northern Ontario School of Medicine students, alumni, and non-affiliated community members, the band complement includes bagpipes, snare, tenor, and bass drums as well as a highland dancing troupe.

Similar to other school groups, the band is managed by an executive council consisting of a president, vice-president, band manager, secretary and treasurer. Elections occur annually in the fall for all positions with criteria for each outlined by the LUPB constitution, the council is responsible for constitutional review, event planning, financial management, public relations and liaison with Laurentian's president's office. All technical aspects of day-to-day musical instruction (including repertoire development) is conducted by the pipe major and drum major, these positions are filled by the elected council annually with interested parties submitting their names for scrutiny. Individuals are selected based on merit and experience. Like other clubs, the band recruits new members at the beginning of each semester but willingly accepts interested parties at any time.[23]

Practices are typically held weekly during the academic year with breaks during holidays and the summer; in November 2012, a new website was created to communicate the band's efforts moving forward for the public as well as for musicians in the community.


The R.D. Parker Building

Fraser Auditorium[edit]

The Fraser Auditorium in the Fraser Building is another large-volume auditorium, though it is more formal than the Great Hall and is regularly used for the larger first-year classes, seating up to 669 people,[24] the Fraser Auditorium is also used for special events and conferences, but a student's most memorable visit will likely be for convocation ceremonies, held within the auditorium each spring. In addition, the Fraser Auditorium has hosted the Falconbridge Lecture Series hosting such guests as Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, and Senator Roméo Dallaire (March 2006).

The auditorium also sometimes hosts cultural events, such as theatre and concert performances, and was the original home of the city's Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario and Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Ben Avery[edit]

The Ben Avery is the sports building on campus and is the focal point of the non-academic action, the Ben Avery has a weight and cardiovascular room, an IAAF eight-lane 400 metres (1,300 ft) Mondo track (2010) that complements the sport fields with seating for 5000, a four-lane indoor track, a rock climbing wall, a bouldering room, an Olympic size swimming pool with high rise diving boards, squash courts, basketball courts, badminton nets, and the home of the pot-banging cheer club.[25]

Many students will write their final exams in the Ben Avery.


With over 765 acres (310 ha) of land owned by the university, Laurentian has its own private beach. There are five freshwater lakes in the immediate campus area. School and residence activities are held at the beach year round, the beach is a 15-minute or less walk from all of the residences.[26]


The Laurentian Residences offers five unique residences under the supervision of the main campus and three located at the main campus under the supervision of the federated colleges.

Single Student Residence (SSR)[edit]

The Single Student Residence is an apartment style complex, with apartment units for 4–6 residents, containing a living room, kitchen, and washrooms, the entire complex includes rooms for 387 students in 72 apartments. Student Street, consisting of a convenience store, computer room, mail room, snack bar, and games room, among other rooms and services, is located at the bottom of the SSR complex. A $5.9 million renovation of the residence began in 2013.[27]

University College Residence (UC)[edit]

The University College Residence is a ten-storey co-ed building with single and double (shared) rooms, providing accommodations for 240 students. University College is also connected to Student Street, giving students access to the same amenities available to SSR students.

Married/Mature Student Residence (MSR)[edit]

The Mature Student Residence offers furnished apartments for those who have accumulated over 90 university credits, the residence is generally thought of as the quietest at Laurentian. Rooms consist of one bedroom, a living room, bathroom and kitchen.

The West Residence[edit]

This is a new residence completed in 2007, it is designed for students who have spent at least two years at the university and obtained a minimum of at least 60 credits. The residence consists of same sex apartment style rooms and cost $14.5 million CAD.

Thorneloe Residence[edit]

The Thorneloe University College Residence provides accommodations for 58 students, this residence offers large kitchens, a sauna, and common rooms. In 2004 the former administrative offices were transformed into a suite for four students. Thorneloe University College, although founded by the Anglican Diocese of Algoma, welcomes all students at Laurentian.[28]

University of Sudbury[edit]

The University of Sudbury Lucien Matte Residence houses 174 students in 92 single and 41 double bedrooms, the University of Sudbury, although associated with the Roman Catholic Church, welcomes those of all religions.[29]

Huntington University[edit]

Huntington Residence houses 184 students in dorm-style rooms. Kitchens and TV lounges are present on both floors, the residence is located with the Academic complex which includes classrooms and a library. Huntington University is affiliated with the United Church of Canada, but does not require religious affiliation.[30]

East Residence[edit]

This is the newest residence on campus, completed for the 2012–2013 school year, this is a 12-story residence building and is for upper-year students (minimum 60 university credits) and has 62 self-contained apartments. Each unit has three or four single bedrooms, living room, kitchen and two bathrooms, the apartments are wired for cable TV, high-speed internet and telephone. In addition, this new residence is connected to Student Street.[31]

Notable alumni[edit]

Former Laurentian University logo

Noted faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


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