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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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Founding Board Chair receives special engineering honour

 Founding Board Chair Robert Strickert received an honorary degree from Ontario Tech University in June 2013.
Founding Board Chair Robert Strickert received an honorary degree from Ontario Tech University in June 2013.

More than three decades before Robert Strickert became the first chair of the Board of Governors at Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) in 2003, Robert Strickert was completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Mr. Strickert, whose successful career in the nuclear power industry with Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation spanned more than 30 years, was among 125 Queen’s engineering alumni honoured at a March 29 ceremony for their life and career achievements. The Queen’s Engineering Excellence Award marks the 125th anniversary of his alma mater’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

In 2013, Ontario Tech University conferred a Doctor of Laws degree upon Mr. Strickert for his remarkable success in the nuclear industry and his commitment to the creation of the university.