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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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UOIT appoints interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic


OSHAWA, ON – The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is pleased to announce Dr. Deborah Saucier, Dean, Faculty of Science, as interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic. She will assume the role upon the departure of the university’s current Provost, Dr. Richard Marceau, on June 1, 2013 and she will continue in this capacity until June 30, 2014.

“On behalf of UOIT’s Board of Governors and the campus community, I would like to thank Dr. Saucier for taking on this role,” said UOIT President Tim McTiernan. “This appointment will allow time for a full, careful and measured recruitment process to be initiated over the coming months, mitigating any pressure to rush the process of filling the Provost and Vice-President, Academic position. I look forward to working with colleagues across the university in supporting her during this appointment.”

“I am honoured to be selected by my peers for this position,” said Dr. Saucier. “I look forward to building on Dr. Marceau’s momentum in implementing the priorities of UOIT’s strategic plan, to continue work with the ministry on a strategic mandate agreement and improving student support services.”

Dr. Saucier joined UOIT in 2011 from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where she was chair of the Department of Neuroscience and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience. She received her PhD in Psychology from Western University in London, Ontario and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at Western in 1995. Dr. Saucier spent three years as a faculty member in Psychology at the University of Regina, and in 1999 she accepted a position at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where she was an Associate Professor in Psychology. 

Dr. Saucier joined the University of Lethbridge in 2006 and progressed from Associate Professor to Professor and Department Chair in 2009. During that time, she was appointed Director of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and also served as a member of the Canada Research Chair Secretariat’s Taskforce for Diversity and Equity.


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