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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Brilliant Energy Institute

Ontario Tech University’s newly established Brilliant Energy Institute is positioned to be a change agent leading Canada’s energy transition. The Brilliant Energy Institute will harness the significant research and sectoral expertise at the University, in collaboration with other universities and industry partners, to mobilize Canada’s transition to a sustainable energy future and change how Canadians utilize energy for daily life. The new energy paradigm, both locally and globally, remains to be defined, but it will be technology-driven. Ontario Tech University is committed to creating and developing tech with a conscience, a commitment that is so important for shaping this paradigm.
The Brilliant Energy Institute will inform a national conversation on the new energy paradigm, while leading and propelling change. It will serve as a research and resource hub focused on Canada’s energy future. It will be a source of unbiased information, based on science, providing information and resources to many stakeholders to inform decisions, innovations, investments and policy development.

The Brilliant Energy Institute will:
• Develop new innovative clean energy technology, building on our research strengths in small modular reactors, hydrogen, thermopower, integrated energy systems, solar, aerodynamics, and the data sciences;
• Partner with industry leaders, companies, institutions, groups and individuals, who can create and influence change in Canada’s energy strategy;
• Educate the public on important energy data by using informative, real-world relatable facts;
• Be a hub for data intelligence that will be sought by companies and government to provide information, based on science, and inform smart decisions;
• Assist stakeholders in their ability to track, measure and improve their environmental, social and governance contributions;
• Attract world-leading scientists and students with a passion for research in the energy sector;
• Develop talent for the future, by providing an education that is leading edge and offers experiential learning opportunities with top-notch resources, including expert faculty, modern facilities and networking opportunities with industry; and
• Promote Ontario Tech University as a world leader in energy research, benefitting students, alumni, and the City of Oshawa, the Regional Municipality of Durham, and Canada.

Contact Information:
Prof. Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President, Research and Innovation