Restaurant Industrialist Paul Weber Leads Lakehead University Orillia Campus Capital Campaign

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Businessman Paul Weber hopes to match
the stunning success of his roadside eatery, Webers Restaurants, with his
newest project leading the Lakehead University Orillia Campus $20-million
Capital Campaign. Weber's hugely popular drive-in restaurants just north of
the GTA on Highway 11, which had become an Ontario landmark and cultural icon,
were sold in 2004. But he is not one to rest on his laurels. When he found out
about Lakehead University Orillia Campus and the plan to build it "green," he
came forward to offer to head the campaign to raise $20-million to build the
permanent campus.
    When completed, the Lakehead University Orillia Campus will be the first
such initiative in Canada to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Platinum standards. One of Canada's leading architectural firms
and specialists in the development of LEED-standard buildings, Moriyama and
Teshima, recently unveiled the first structure in Lakehead's new campus. "I
foresee Lakehead University achieving worldwide acclaim and attracting
conferences and leaders from all disciplines," Weber said.
    Currently, Weber is recruiting people to work with him on his campaign
team. "The campaign will be targeted in several geographic and industrial
sectors, including the Greater Toronto Area, the Horseshoe Valley, and the
regional community," stated campaign manager Lee Pigeau. "The campaign team
will aim at alumni and industry, as well as the "green" sector. We are looking
for leaders from all of these areas."
    Many people are interested in seeing the social and economic benefits
that will be realized by the City of Orillia and Simcoe County through the
development of Lakehead University Orillia Campus. "People of all ages and
backgrounds have been involved in making a financial investment, and by
volunteering. The spirit of leadership is very much alive in the province of
Ontario," Weber said. "People see the benefits and want this project
    Lakehead University has recently opened a Lakehead University Orillia
Campus Project Advancement office in Toronto. Anyone who is interested in the
Project or Campaign is invited to call the office at 705-330-4018 or e-mail to

    Media: Paul Weber is available for media interview and may be contacted
at 705.791-6123. If you have any questions regarding this media release,
please contact Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, 807-343-8177,, or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications,

    About Lakehead

    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 7,500 students and
2,000 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

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, (807)
343-8177,, or Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications,
(807) 343-8372,

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