Lakehead University

Lakehead University

December 17, 2008 16:44 ET

Lakehead University Geology Receives $10,000 from ACTLABS

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) - The Lakehead University Geology Department has received a $10,000 donation from the Activation Laboratories Group of Companies (ACTLABS), a group which performs analytical services for clientele located worldwide. Coming on the heels of a $10,000 donation from CDN Resource Laboratories, the ACTLABS funds will also be used for the purchase of microscopes.

Dr. Pete Hollings, Associate Professor in the Department of Geology says, "We are very grateful to our industry partners for supporting the research and teaching that goes on in Geology at Lakehead University. This department places a strong emphasis on 'hands-on' geology, and the equipment allow us to offer an education that maximizes hands-on learning. In turn, this makes our graduates very employable in the mining and exploration industry."

The new microscopes will be used to train students in the identification of rocks and minerals, a fundamental skill for all geologists. This ability is critical for all aspects of geology as it is one of the building blocks on which advanced studies or research build. The skill set developed by students in the Geology Department at Lakehead will serve them well whether they choose to pursue a career with the government, academia or in industry.

ACTLABS was established in 1987, and provides contract analytical services covering all aspects of analysis from academic research applications, exploration, environmental baseline studies through mine development and production to analysis of refined metals. It also provides analytical services to many other fields, including Petroleum Exploration & Refining, Industrial Minerals, Forensic, Pharmaceutical & Clinical, Environmental & Occupational Health, Agriculture and Materials Testing areas.

Dr. Eric Hoffman, President of ACTLABS says "The future of exploration discovery in northwestern Ontario relies on training students in the geological sciences and helping them to develop the skillsets to enable them to meet the future needs of the exploration industry. We are pleased to be able to provide this support in aid of enhancing the petrography laboratory, and look forward to enhancing our relationship with Lakehead University staff, faculty, and students in future years."

In addition to the sample preparation work for faculty and students, the lapidary facility at Lakehead University also undertakes commercial work for the local mining and exploration industry.

Media: Dr. Pete Hollings is available for media interview. For more information or to arrange interview times, please contact Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, at 343-8177, or

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Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

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