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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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Canadian motorsports industry leaders experience ACE, Ontario Tech University’s world-class R&D facility

University’s world-class R&D facility ACE showcases ‘the world’s most extreme classroom’

Race car driver and Ontario Tech University Board of Governors Chair Doug Allingham behind the wheel of a SR3 RS.
Race car driver and Ontario Tech University Board of Governors Chair Doug Allingham behind the wheel of a SR3 RS.

In the high-performance world of auto racing, a fraction of a second is an eternity, one that can make the difference between grabbing the checkered flag and just missing it.

Automotive engineers and technicians seeking that extra edge on race day turn to ACE, Ontario Tech University’s one-of-a-kind powerful climatic wind tunnel for leading R&D aerodynamic and thermal testing solutions.

ACE is truly ‘Mother Nature in a box’ for its capacity to generate repeatable extreme weather conditions, from searing desert heat to sweltering tropical downpours, Category 5 hurricane winds or a paralyzing Arctic blizzard at minus-40 degrees.

On February 26, the university opened it’s doors to showcase what ACE’s various test chambers could do. Larry Holt, Chief Technical Officer of Canadian-based global engineering giant Multimatic Inc., a key Ontario Tech partner, shared his insights on Canada’s motorsports industry. 

Career-ready Ontario Tech students share their story with motorsports industry

Guests also met with Ontario Tech students and members of the Ontario Tech Racing team, which is building a Formula-style electric race car to compete nationally and internationally. Ontario Tech provides students with facilities like ACE that enable career-ready experiential learning and the chance to engage top professors, researchers and industry leaders in helping find solutions to real-world problems.

Why ACE at Ontario Tech University?

Beyond the five-storey climatic wind tunnel, ACE features a multi-axis shaker table for structural testing (earthquake simulation) and a four-post shaker whose vertical pistons replicate the bounces and unpredictability of rough roads experienced by first responders administering emergency care in a moving ambulance. Later in 2020 ACE’s new ‘rolling road’ moving ground plane will allow tethered vehicles to travel at highway speeds in the wind tunnel.

ACE and Ontario Tech University are anchoring a robust new hub of innovation and discovery in the eastern Greater Toronto Area. Both are helping Oshawa and Durham Region transition from a traditional automotive manufacturing base to one focused on engineering research and the promise of rapidly evolving advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robotics, cybersecurity and more.

ACE is also the site of Durham Region’s connection to Ontario Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network.


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Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
905.721.8668 ext. 6709