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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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Shooting for the Moon: Ontario Tech students compete for $10,000 to see who has the next big idea to change the world

Moonshot Challenge finals set for Thursday, March 5


Moonshots occupy a precarious territory between possibility and science fiction. That's what makes them rare and special: driven by curiosity, imagination and vision, moonshots set out to massively transform the status quo.

A moonshot is not something that is merely 10 per cent better, 10 per cent faster or 10 per cent cheaper. Moonshots fundamentally redefine what is actually possible in a given space.

On Thursday, March 5, Ontario Tech University undergraduate and graduate students will put their Moonshot ideas on the line. In front of an audience of local business leaders, participants will pitch their ideas to change the world and make a positive impact on society.

Organized by the university’s Brilliant Catalyst entrepreneurship office, the Moonshot Challenges empowers Ontario Tech students with the resources and ability to follow through with big ideas that they otherwise may not feel they have the resources or inspiration to do. A panel of judges will select two Moonshot Challenge students for $5,000 prizes. The awards are available thanks to the generosity of Ontario Tech donors through the university’s Firefly Fund.

  • What: The Moonshot Challenge
  • When: Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon (final pitches at 10:40 a.m., awards at 11:40 a.m.)
  • Where: The Catalyst, Ontario Tech University, Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, Room 2100

Media contact

Jeffrey Peng
Brilliant Catalyst Program Officer
Ontario Tech University
905.721.8668 ext. 6522