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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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Our departmental values


  • Strive to uphold the university's promise internally and externally.
  • Honour our students' investment.
  • Represent the university internally and externally.
  • Communicate.


  • Remember it's not personal.
  • Emotional safety.
  • Respect everyone's role and importance.
  • Assume others have positive intentions.
  • Respect other teams.
  • Trustworthy: to be trusted to succeed and trust colleagues to do the same.
  • Accountable.
  • Embrace present-day thinking.


  • Listen and understand stakeholder needs.
  • Show empathy to other teams and effectively collaborate with team.
  • Work as a team towards a common goal.
  • Share and listen to ideas.
  • Encourage open, up/down/cross communication.
  • Accessible.
  • Respond to the thoughts and ideas of others with an open mind.
  • Communication openly with team members.


  • Accept current state/role, department, university.
  • Adapt to changes in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Communicate honestly project timelines/updates.


  • Exercise confidence to make big decisions.
  • Incorporate our vision in every task.
  • Plan with purpose.
  • Seek insights vs. subjective-based decisions.

Continuous Improvement

  • Understand and learn from past experiences and move to improve them.
  • Reflect: what we've done affects the future.
  • Own our mistakes.
  • Be accountable for our actions.
  • Commit to ongoing improvements and quality (Processes, work, project skills).


  • Recognize jobs completed well.
  • Provide opportunities to develop skills.
  • Understand and support of skill sets and expertise.
  • Build in time for learning and celebration.
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