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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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Prestigious national recognition for UOIT Faculty of Science researcher

Dr. Sean Bohun, Associate Professor of Mathematics, UOIT Faculty of Science.
Dr. Sean Bohun, Associate Professor of Mathematics, UOIT Faculty of Science.

For nearly two decades, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) researcher Dr. Sean Bohun has been considered by his peers to be one of Canada’s most influential applied mathematicians. His contributions in the field include developing solutions in a wide range of mathematical problems including mineral processing, tissue engineering and scheduling.

In recognition of his outstanding record of achievement, the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) has named the UOIT Faculty of Science Associate Professor as the winner of the 2015 CAIMS-Fields Prize in Industrial Mathematics. This prize is awarded to a researcher in recognition of exceptional research in any branch of industrial mathematics, interpreted broadly.

“Over the years, Sean Bohun has been a mainstay of the Canadian Industrial Mathematics scene,” said Professor Ian Frigaard, CAIMS President. “Professor Bohun is a classically trained applied mathematician whose tireless efforts have been beyond any normal measure. He has also been an organizer and participant of nearly every Industrial Modelling Workshop held in Canada, since its inception in 1998.” 

As part of the honour, Dr. Bohun will give a plenary lecture in June at the CAIMS annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario.

“Dr. Bohun has been highly regarded in the field of industrial and applied mathematics for years,” said Dr. Greg Crawford, Dean, UOIT Faculty of Science. “He has worked hard to bring industry representatives, mathematicians and scientists together to identify and solve industry-relevant problems and has tackled several of these problems himself. We are proud to see Sean recognized for his contributions to this key area of applied research.”

“I am honoured to receive this award and consider myself to be exceedingly fortunate to help facilitate the connections between mathematics and its applicability to real-life problems” said Dr. Bohun. “Being able to contribute in a meaningful way at the national level has left me with a feeling of profound personal satisfaction.”

Dr. Bohun obtained his PhD in 1998 from the University of Victoria and has been a faculty member at UOIT since 2006.