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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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2023 URAs Recognition Event

On Wednesday, August 16, we brought together our student award recipients, their project supervisors, esteemed guests and members of our Ontario Tech community to celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients of the 2023 Undergraduate Research Awards. This event was hybrid. Family and friends tuned in virtually.


The event was hosted in UB – Business and IT Building. Please view the Ontario Tech map for directions. Staff and Faculty wore their university name tags, as disposable name tags were not distributed in the spirit of being environmentally friendly.

10:00 a.m. – Registration in UB Atrium; Light Refreshments in UB Mezzanine (2nd floor)

10:30 a.m. – Land Acknowledgement & Welcome in UB 2080

10:40 a.m. – Greetings from Les Jacobs, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

11:00 a.m. – Greetings from Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Office of Research Services

11:10 a.m. - Guest Speaker and Q&A – Astrid DeSouza, PhD Candidate

11:30 a.m. – Awarding of Certificates to Student Award Recipients

11:45 a.m. – Closing Remarks

noon – Barbeque Lunch and Networking on Polonsky Commons with seating in UB Mezzanine


3MT-style Video Competition:

Student Award Recipients submitted a 3MT-style video summarizing their summer of research. These were made available for voting in advance of the event. Congratulations to Hunter Johnson for receiving the most votes in our inaugural video competition! Hunter's research topic was "Testing the Effects of Temperature & Humidity on Individuals with COPD in the ACE Facility Climatic Chamber: A Feasibility and Pilot Study". View Hunter's video on our YouTube channel