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As the geographical centre of North America and the largest metropolitan centre in Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay has a population of over 120,000 (CMA) residents.

Historically, the City's location as a gateway to vast tracks of wilderness made it a strong participant in resource industries like the fur trade and forestry. Today, Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario are demonstrating the capacity to build and sustain a knowledge-based economy that provides a diversity of good jobs and academic opportunities for our citizens.

The Northern Ontario Medical School, Canada's first new medical school opened in 2005. Lakehead University's Faculty of Law will welcome students in September 2013. The law program will focus on Aboriginal law, natural resource law and small practice. It will start with a class of 55 students and hope to have about 170 when the faculty is fully running in the three year program.

The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) is pioneering a new standard of excellence in the clinical investigation of novel molecular imaging-based diagnostic technologies for disease prevention, early detection and image-guided treatment.

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