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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 students battle it out for CA$H

From left: UOIT Commerce students Haaris Ahmad, Ragavey Premakumar and Kadir Motiwala participated in the Battle for CA$H competition on January 25.
From left: UOIT Commerce students Haaris Ahmad, Ragavey Premakumar and Kadir Motiwala participated in the Battle for CA$H competition on January 25.

Three University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Commerce students recently participated in the Battle for CA$H, a game-like simulation competition that tests communications, teamwork, leadership and time-management skills.

Organized by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario, the annual event gives university students considering a career as a CPA the opportunity to compete, have fun and earn some cash prizes. A total of 37 three-person teams participated. Team members were undergraduate business students selected by CPA Ontario’s Board of Ambassadors, in partnership with accounting or business society executives from 20 university programs across the province.

This year’s competition, held in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, featured a desert-themed simulation. Teams had to strategically plan how to get to the opposite end of the map, acquire as much gold as possible in the villages on the way to the mountains, and come back home within a given time. They had 25 three-minute days (75 minutes in total) to complete the task. They could take different routes and move only one space per day. Weather conditions and other variables also complicated the simulation.

UOIT’s team included first-year Commerce student Haaris Ahmad, as well as Ragavey Premakumar and Kadir Motiwala, both second-year Commerce students. According to Motiwala, the game tested the team’s ability to make the right decisions involving delegation of tasks while performing cohesively together. “The ability to project and calculate future needs was a key aspect of the game,” he said. “Teams had to trust each of their members with the decisions made. This game needed quick thinking, effective decision-making and a lot of physical movement.”

Unfortunately, UOIT didn’t get a spot among the top five teams. “Certain tweaks here and there would have enhanced our game play a bit more and could have resulted in better performance,” explained Motiwala. “We talked it over and saw what we could have done better if we were given the chance again.”

Nevertheless, the team learned about the importance of planning, task delegation, communication and time management, all while encouraging different ideas. “We are very thankful to our CPA Ontario Board of Ambassadors, Justin Linton and Lucas Morgan, for giving us this opportunity,” Motiwala said.