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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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2014 honorary degree recipient named to the Order of Ontario

Order of Ontario recipient Dr. Ilse Treurnicht received an honorary degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology at its 2014 Convocation.
Order of Ontario recipient Dr. Ilse Treurnicht received an honorary degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology at its 2014 Convocation.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology congratulates 2014 honorary degree recipient Dr. Ilse Treurnicht (Doctor of Laws, honoris causa) on being named to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

Dr. Treurnicht, of Toronto, will receive her appointment from Her Honour the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell (also a University of Ontario Institute of Technology honorary degree recipient, in 2013) during an investiture ceremony at Queen's Park on Tuesday, February 27.

The CEO and advocate for women and innovation has helped build the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto into the world's largest–and Canada's leading–innovation hub. One of Canada's first female CEOs of a venture capital fund, Dr. Treurnicht’s leadership promotes measures to improve economic and social prosperity, and to help break the glass ceiling for other women.

The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Order members come from all walks of life, represent diverse professions and have played an important role in shaping our province. 

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