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Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: The university’s mandatory vaccine directive is now in effect. Learn more about vaccine requirements.

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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Brilliant Energy Institute

BEI is Ontario’s Tech’s newly established institute has been created to be a change agent leading Canada’s energy transition. It serves as an integrator between the university’s sustainability and energy research community and the broader external ecosystem in Canada and internationally.

It 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 use energy in their lives.

With a foundation that will be built on equity, diversity and inclusion principles and environment, social and governance best practices, it will be a model of Ontario Tech’s commitment to create and develop tech with a conscience.

Specifically, the Brilliant Energy Institute will:

  • Focus research activities, track metrics and lead a national conversation on the intersection between meeting clean energy goals, including a transition to net zero with energy security goals;
  • Develop new innovative clean energy technology, extending our current energy research strengths in hydrogen, nuclear, including CANDU and small modular reactors, solar, thermal power, geothermal, integrated energy systems, and related fields such as cyber security, transportation, aerodynamics and data sciences;
  • Build research capacity and facilities that will further extend the university’s expertise in energy;
  • 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;
  • Create an energy data centre that serves 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 energy sector talent for the future;
  • Provide 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, benefiting students, alumni, the City of Oshawa, the Regional Municipality of Durham and Canada.
Contact Information:
Prof. Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President, Research & Innovation
vpri@ontariotechu.ca or brilliantenergy@ontariotechu.ca