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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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Speakers and bios

  • Tim McTiernan, President, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

  • Don Lovisa, President, Durham College

  • Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada

  • Pat Horgan, Vice-President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM

  • Giles Gherson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Research and Innovation

  • David W. Paterson, Board Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

  • Ken Knox, Chair, Science, Technology and Innovation Council 

Smart Communities moderators and speakers list

  • Forum 1 - Energy, Mobility, Innovation

    Energy

    Michael Angemeer - President and CEO, Veridian Corporation 
    Ofelia Jianu - Research Project Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, UOIT
    Dr. Glenn Harvel - Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT
    Dr. Jennifer McKellar - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT


    Mobility

    Josipa Petrunic - Executive Director and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium 
    Cara Clairman - President and CEO, Plug'n Drive
    Terry Ostan - Senior Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technology, General Motors of Canada
    Anthony Caruso - Senior Planner (Transportation), Region of Durham 


    Innovation

    Dr. Scott Aquanno - Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT; Visiting Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, Senior Associate, Innovation Policy Lab 
    David Pamenter - Executive in Residence, UOIT 
    Dr. Khalil El-Khatib - Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT 
    Michael Rostek - Program Director, Futures Forum, UOIT
  • Forum 2 - Energy, Mobility, Innovation

    Energy

    Dan Carter - Oshawa City Councillor
    Glenn Case - Senior Technical Advisor, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories 
    Gary Rose - Vice President, Nuclear Projects, Ontario Power Generation
    Brian Kelly - Manager of Sustainability, The Regionional Municipality of Durham

    Mobility

    Dan Sinai - Senior Executive, Innovation, IBM Canada 
    Maral Salek - Community Manager, Blanc Ride
    Stephen Bieda - Urban Active, New Business Development Manager, General Motors of Canada 
    Dr. Carolyn McGregor - Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, and Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT

    Innovation

    David Pamenter - Executive in Residence, UOIT 
    Dennis Croft - President and CEO, Spark Centre
    Dr. Scott Aquanno - Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT; Visiting Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, Senior Associate, Innovation Policy Lab 
    Hugh Drouin - Commissioner, Social Services, The Regional Municipality of Durham