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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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The Future of Energy and the Environment

The President’s fourth-annual Futures Forum will focus on the future of energy and the environment within Durham Region and across Ontario. 

There are countless incentives to achieving peak levels of energy efficiency and pollution reduction in smart city development today. Most of the Earth's population now resides in cities, and more than 80 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are associated with those who live in cities. The battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in our cities.

As Oshawa, Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area continue to grow, how can cities best tackle energy and environmental challenges? 

Join us on Wednesday, May 2 as we explore how to build a sustainable city model that values fairness and equality. Participate in our evaluation of energy technology solutions and where they might take us in the near and distant future. Engage with our panelists as they examine how institutions, corporations and individuals can lead the world’s efforts for sustainable cities.


Wednesday, May 2
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


61 Charles Street Building
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Ontario  

Keynote speaker

  • Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (For more information about this speaker, visit 

guest speaker

  • Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Energy for Humanity


The forum's three themes will run sequentially throughout the day:

  • Environmental justice and energy equality 
  • Energy technology solutions, options and impacts 
  • Building and powering sustainable cities 

 Supported by: 

The logos of the organizations that supported the event include: the Government of Canada, Dialog and Ontario Power Generation