CityStudio is a multi-partner community campus engagement initiative with a focus on projects that support the City’s Community Safety & Well-Being Plan's Priority Areas.

How CityStudio Works

The CityStudio Thunder Bay model works through a project cycle where people come together to co-create projects, and create solutions. The model works like this:

  • Bring municipal staff together to brainstorm opportunities for collaboration
  • Match opportunities with post-secondary courses and form partnerships between faculty, students and staff
  • Students develop projects with support from CityStudio, faculty and staff partners
  • Students develop and/or test their projects in the community and present their final results
  • Share all student work with staff partners and celebrate top projects with the community

How CityStudio Works

Benefits of CityStudio Collaborations

Post-Secondary Partner Benefits                      

→    Supports Strategic Plans/Priorities by providing a direct channel for campus community engagement.

→    Provides students with project-based learning opportunities and professional network development.

→    Connects faculty with new local research opportunities.

Student Benefits

→    Provides engaging and relevant learning opportunities.

→    Strengthens employability with professional network development.

→    Creates civic awareness and a sense of connection to the local community.

Municipal & Community Benefits

→     Supports municipal strategic plans and staff work plans.

→     Increases community engagement while retaining student talent.

→     Engages local citizen and community expertise.

→     Inspires residents with action on-the-ground initiatives in their neighbourhoods.


We invite you to Engage with CityStudio!

Contact: Karen Kerk, the CityStudio Coordinator by email or at (807) 631-4997.

Partners: The City of Thunder Bay, Lakehead University, NOSM University, Confederation College.


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