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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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Research Institutes, Centres and Groups

Research entities at Ontario Tech University often use cross-Faculty collaboration and, potentially, external partnerships to capitalize on available expertise to address today's multifaceted issues.

Their aim is to enhance or challenge current knowledge with new activities that may lead to new avenues of research. They are formal bodies which must be approved by the university's Board of Governors. These are the currently approved entities.

For information on creating a Research Entity at Ontario Tech University please see Ontario Tech's Procedures for the Creation of Research Entities.

Research institutes are the largest and most formal of all research entities and conduct research into a number of areas of study. Membership includes faculty members from at least two Ontario Tech University Faculties, as well as significant involvement from other universities, governments, non‐profit organizations and/or businesses.  Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research institutes are an important part of this goal.  These are the currently approved research institutes.

Brilliant Energy Institute 

The Brilliant Energy Institute (BEI) builds upon the energy research and expertise at Ontario Tech University to meaningfully contribute to Canada’s leadership in the global transition to net zero by 2050, and to strengthen outcomes regionally, provincially and nationally, here at home. Our work supports deep decarbonization, sustainability and equitable access to clean, safe, abundant energy necessary for prosperity, quality of life, and climate resilience in communities across Canada and worldwide.


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Digital Life Institute 

Logo of Digital Life InstituteThe Digital Life Institute is an official research entity at Ontario Tech University. It examines the human and social dimensions of current and projected digital technologies. The Digital Life Institute will be a hub for critical analysis and will build upon the work of scholars interested in the social implications of disruptive technological advancement. It will position the social and ethical analysis of technology at the forefront of Ontario Tech University’s role as a leader advancing the strategic research mandate of “technology with a conscience” within the context of national and international research spheres. Its founding partners include University of Minnesota, Shizuoka University, and Temple University.
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Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research 

Logo for Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research The Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (IDRR) is an innovative research hub that investigates issues related to disability and rehabilitation from the perspective of the health sciences and the social sciences and humanities. The IDRR, established in 2021 builds on the work conducted at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (CDPR). The CDPR was created in 2012 through a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). The IDRR is committed to conducting applied research that is relevant to policymakers involved in disability and rehabilitation.
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Institute for Cybersecurity & Resilient Systems

Logo for Institute for Cybersecurity and Resilient SystemsThe Faculty of Business and Information Technology has taken a major initiative to develop a cybersecurity research institute, called the Institute for Cyber Security and Resilient Systems (ICSRS), with a mandate to research the intersection of technical, legal, social, economic and ethical implications of privacy, security and trust technologies. The institute will create a focal point within Ontario Tech University, for research, teaching, and outreach in the field of cyber security protection (e.g. critical infrastructure protection, identity management, protection from social engineering, secure software system, password protection) to enhance online and offline cyber protection and innovation. The focus of the Institute will be broadly to examine issues surrounding the use and protection of emerging technologies in both public and private sectors. 

Research centres are more formal than research groups and have a wider research mandate which may involve university resources.  Membership includes faculty researchers from different Faculties and disciplines and, perhaps, small‐scale partnerships with other universities, governments, non‐profit organizations or businesses.

Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research centres are an important part of this goal.  Below are the currently approved research centres.

Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism

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The focus of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism is to explore the ways in which hate, bias and extremism challenge values of inclusion and equity, along lines of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other relevant status characteristics, both singly and interactively. It recognizes the historical continuities that underlie contemporary patterns of discrimination, exclusion and violence directed toward those who are targeted.


Contact information:

Barbara Perry, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Director, Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism

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Centre for Small Modular Reactors (CSMR) 

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Contact Information:

Kirk D. Atkinson, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
Director, Centre for Small Modular Reactors

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Age with Dignity Campus of Care and Best Practices Research Centre   

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 The Age with Dignity Campus of Care and Best Practices Research Centre will provide a strategic opportunity for Ontario Tech University to position itself as a national leader in research, evidenced‐based policy, and best practices to reduce ageism and lead to healthy aging at home, in community or long-term care facilities. We will respond to these urgent needs by capitalizing on and connecting the broad research expertise on aging at Ontario Tech University. Our approach to researching aging with dignity will center around healthy aging, the concept of optimizing opportunities to maintain and improve physical, mental, and spiritual health, independence, and quality of life throughout one's lifespan.

Contact Information:

Manon Lemonde, RN, PhD
Research Director and Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

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IAEA Collaborating Centre

Logo for IAEA Collaborating CentreOn April 22, 2021, the IAEA designated Ontario Tech University as a Collaborating Centre on integrated energy systems with advanced nuclear power reactors including small modular reactors (SMRs) as well as initiatives such as non‑electric applications of nuclear energy. The institution is the first and only in Canada to receive such a designation.

This partnership involves researching advanced nuclear power technology, such as small modular reactors (SMRs), as well as the non‑electric applications of nuclear energy, such as desalination for producing potable water, hydrogen production or providing heat for industrial processes. In addition, Ontario Tech plans to support IAEA activities to attract more women to nuclear science and engineering by selecting an outstanding graduate student to apply for the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship Programmed.

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Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas.  Joint research centres support that goal by engaging in official agreements with external entities to focus on and promote training and research on a global scale.  Below are the current joint research centres at Ontario Tech U.


Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness

Logo of Navigator partnershipThe Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness is a unique collaborative research centre between Ontario Tech University and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.  Nowhere else in the world exists a similar innovative advanced prototyping and simulation environment to support next-generation health and wellness solutions. In addition to exciting, new research opportunities, the centre opens vast potential for students at the undergraduate and graduate level. 


Contact information:

Carolyn McGregor AM, PhD, SMIEEE
Professor, Faculty of Business and IT
Director, Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness
Research Excellence Chair in Health Informatics
Canada Research Chair (Alumni) in Health Informatics

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Advancement for Dementia Care Centre (ADCC)

Logo of Advancement for Dementia Care CentreDementia, in its many forms, is a critical health-care issue in Canada that affects patients, families and caregivers in profound ways. A 2022 study by the Alzheimer Society of Canada indicates more than 600,000 Canadians are affected by such progressive symptoms as cognitive decline, memory loss, changes in mood or behaviour, or difficulty with problem solving. Ontario Tech University and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences have a robust legacy of working together on issues related to mental wellness. On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the two institutions announced the launch of the Advancement for Dementia Care Centre, a vital new community-based partnership aimed at uncovering solutions to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers through innovation in research and deployment of new technologies.

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Ontario Tech University is embarking in developing strategic research areas and research groups are an important part of this goal.

Aerodynamics and Energy Research Group (AER)


Advanced Networking Technology and Security (ANTS) Research lab

Biomolecular Research Group

 Business Analytics & AI Research Group

Database Research Group

 Forensic Science Research Group

 MaxSIMhealth Research Group   

Nuclear Fuels and Materials Group

Power Electronics and Drives Applications Lab (PEDAL)

Public, Active, Clean and Equitable (PACE) Mobility Group

Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research Group (STEER)

  • Sheldon Williams, PhD
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
    Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification

Sport and Physical Activity Research Collaborative

Youth Research Group