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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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FBIT faculty member to speak at Canadian Sharing Economy Symposium

Dr. Hamid Akbari, Assistant Professor, FBIT.
Dr. Hamid Akbari, Assistant Professor, FBIT.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) researcher Dr. Hamid Akbari has been invited to speak at the Canadian Sharing Economy Symposium on Wednesday, December 2 at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The symposium will bring together experts from multiple sectors and perspectives to discuss the global and local implications of a rapidly evolving sharing economy model. This model enables individuals to obtain goods and services, such as transportation (Uber, Autoshare) or accommodations (Airbnb) through online platforms, in exchange for monetary and non-monetary benefits. It will also explore how the sharing economy model is changing markets, cities and lives.

Dr. Akbari is an Assistant Professor in the university’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology, and CEO and Founder of Blancride, a carpooling app for commuters. He will participate in a panel discussion entitled Insurance Policies: Insuring the Sharing Economy. The panel will analyze the current state and scope of insurance policies within Canada, and discuss whether those policies need to change to engage the sharing economy. It will also address why today’s sharing economy businesses do not fit the old economy’s insurance policies.

For more details, please view the event flyer.

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