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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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Transitions on leadership of Ontario Tech University’s Brilliant Energy Institute

BEI welcomes higher education and partnership executive, Jennifer Alsop to lead its operations

The Brilliant Energy Institute (BEI) has a new operations and partnerships lead as it enters its next phase of growth.

Jennifer Alsop, well-known within Ontario Tech University for her work in elevating and strengthening relationships between industry and the university through the Partnership Office and the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation (VPRI) will lead BEI operations and industry partnerships, effective Nov. 4.

Jennifer will leverage her 20-year background in strategic communications, industry partnerships and relationship management, to expand BEI’s relationships with communities and industry and to further elevate profile of the energy expertise within Ontario Tech.

BEI’s founding executive director, Jacquie Hoornweg, will leave the ED role as her contract concludes, Nov. 3, to return to private sector practice. She will remain connected to Ontario Tech,  through her Sept. 1 appointment as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH) working on energy policy, engagement and communications research projects.

Since joining Ontario Tech, Jacquie has worked tirelessly with me and the VPRI team, faculty, and our university partners to advance BEI in its mission to inform and support an effective and sustainable transition to low-carbon energy in Canada and globally. Her efforts have raised the university’s profile nationally and internationally as a world class institution for energy research and Tech with a Conscience.

About one third of all research and innovation at Ontario Tech is energy related. BEI has added a new and important layer to this sectoral work. It is showcasing our excellence in teaching and research, supporting industry and communities in their energy transition efforts, and providing our students with unique experiential learning opportunities. I look forward to our continued collaboration to advance an effective and sustainable clean energy transition and thank Jacquie for her efforts to date.

Please join me in congratulating and supporting Jennifer and Jacquie in their new roles.

Professor Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC, ICD

Vice President, Research and Innovation

Ontario Tech University