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Lakehead U adds food research chair

Sustainable food on Dr. Charles Levkoe’s plate
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Dr. Charles Levkoe, Lakehead University

Lakehead University’s Dr. Charles Levkoe has been named a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems by the federal government.

Science minister Kirsty Duncan made the selection of the assistant professor in the Thunder Bay’s university’s health sciences department in Toronto, Dec. 2.

Levkoe’s research will investigate ways that academics and community-based practitioners, such as food producers, public health workers and Indigenous communities, can build more equitable and sustainable food systems to address social, economic and environmental challenges.

"As the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems I am excited to engage with the research and lived experiences of scholars, practitioners and social movements to build more sustainable food systems for all,” Dr. Levkoe said in a Lakehead news release. “I look forward to working closely with faculty and students at Lakehead University and with people in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region to better understand solutions that are socially just, ecological regenerative and have a regional economic focus.”

Lakehead now has 11 Canada Research Chairs.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Levkoe and thank the federal government for once again recognizing the important research happening at Lakehead,” said Andrew Dean, Lakehead’s vice-president of research and innovation.

“Lakehead continues to be a leader in research and innovation,”said Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Patty Hajdu. “This announcement will allow the University to continue to attract the world’s most accomplished and promising minds and further their excellence in research.”