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Graduate Students' Association

The Executive Board

Courtney T. Moore, President


My name is Courtney Moore and I am the President of Lakehead University’s Graduate Students’ Association.

I have been a student at Lakehead University for six years now. I completed my HBSc in Chemistry with a minor in Professional Ethics in 2015, and achieved Chartered Chemist status in May 2017. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science(MSc) in Chemistry under Dr. P. Fatehi.

I have maintained active involvement within the university and the community. I have been a guest speaker for the Superior Science Girls Club and Thunder Bay Catholic Schools. I have assisted in community-based fundraisers for the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Foundation, Mary J. L. Black Library.

I have been involved with several organisations including the Regional Science Fair, Lakehead University’s Science Olympics, Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Water Resource Association, the Association of Chemical Professionals of Ontario, Thunder Bay Rowing Club, Alpine Club of Canada, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

I have been an Executive board member for a variety of University based clubs including Lakehead University’s Society of Chemists, Events Coordinator; Lakehead University’s Philosophy Society, Treasurer; Lakehead University’s Graduate Students’ Association, Chair; and CUPE 3905, Material Sciences Steward.

I am honoured and excited to serve and represent graduate students at Lakehead University for the 2017-2018 academic year. It is my goal to ensure the positive representation and consideration of all graduate students within the University.  If you have any comments, question, concerns, or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Jocelyn Bel, Vice President Thunder Bay


My name is Jocelyn Bel and I am the Vice President (Thunder Bay) of Lakehead University’s Graduate Students’ Association.

I have been a Lakehead student for six years now.  I began with my undergrad in Applied Bio-Molecular Science, last year I earned my Masters in Business Administration, and now I am currently earning my Masters degree in science where I am studying microbiology.

I feel that I have the experience to coordinate GSA events, and represent you! I have been extensively involved at Lakehead over the past six years and I am excited to be able to join the executive team of GSA this year to focus on improving life at Lakehead for graduate students.

From my time at Lakehead, I have worked on campus over the school years as Superior Science’s Girls Club coordinator, on campus in the summers of my undergrad as the director of Superior Science summer camp, been involved in the student union as an elected director to the board for two years, a student leader for orientation, served as a student representative on committees and for events, as well as director, vice-president, and president of the student alumni association.

I am honoured to serve as your VP Thunder Bay for the 2017-2018 school year to help plan and implement the events you as grad students want to have! We are all in the same boat of dealing with courses, research, and some of us even have graduate assistantships.  I promise to help ensure that we have social events that are fun and exciting, and when we get together, we engage in inclusive, open-minded and supportive discussions/conversations.  As your VP Thunder Bay, I will advocate for issues that are important to you!

Lynn Remmelgas, Vice-President-Orillia


Hello All! I am a grad student at Lakehead’s Orillia campus. I live in the Almaguin Highlands, ~120 km north of Orillia, where I raised my children before returning to university at Lakehead. In my free time, you can usually find me out with my horses or hiking with my dogs. I look forward to serving as the VP Orillia GSA Executive for another year.







Tyson Bouchard, Chair


My name is Tyson Bouchard and I am the Chair of Lakehead University’s Graduate Students’ Association.
I have been a Lakehead Student for seven years now. I completed my HBSc in Biology in 2014 and I am now working towards a PhD in Biotechnology, where I am focussing on toxicity testing methods for industrial effluents.
Throughout my time at Lakehead, I have been involved with the Lakehead University Student Union, the Lakehead University Student Alumni Association, as well as various clubs around campus. I am excited to apply the skills I have gained from my past experiences to our Graduate Student Association. As the Chair, I ensure that the executive team stays organised and continues to advocate for graduate students within the Lakehead University community.


 Harutyun Poladyan, Treasurer


Harutyun Poladyan is a Ph.D. candidate in Biotechnology program with a particular interest in Organ-specific Positron Emission Tomography devices. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field of nuclear physics.

He started his career as a laboratory assistant in CANDLE Synchrotron Research Institute starting from the fourth year of his Bachelor’s studies. Later, during his master’s degree project, he was a junior scientist in the RF laboratory of the same institution. Currently, he is working on Positron Emission Mammography Device in Advanced Detection Devices group under the advisement of Dr. Alla Reznik. In addition to perusing his PhD, he is also having regular classes with undergraduate students in Student Success Center where he tutors physics.





AyyappaKumar SistaKameshwar, Secretary


My name is Ayyappa Kumar Sista, I am the secretary (Thunder Bay) Lakehead university Graduate student association, for the academic year 2017 and 2018. I have joined Lakehead university as a PhD student in Biotechnology in the year 2015. Currently, I am working on developing fungal based biofuel production and understanding its molecular complexities.

Currently, I am working as a teaching assistant and closely associated with CUPE association as a steward. And also in the past, I have worked for the student associations during which I have attained relevant troubleshooting skills. I sincerely believe that I will apply my skills and expertise in creating a joyous and encouraging environment for the graduate students within the Lakehead University community.