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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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Ontario Tech the province’s first university to join new Microsoft Canada data analytics and AI skills program

Microsoft’s Canada Skills Program to bolster cloud skills and support economic recovery

Ontario Tech University is the first university in the province to partner with Microsoft's new Canada Skills Program,  to equip students with high-demand fundamental digital skills and cloud certifications.
Ontario Tech University is the first university in the province to partner with Microsoft's new Canada Skills Program, to equip students with high-demand fundamental digital skills and cloud certifications.

At this crucial point as the economy emerges from the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Tech University is the first university in the province to partner with Microsoft Canada in a new program to equip students with high-demand fundamental digital skills and cloud certifications.

Launching this fall, Microsoft’s Canada Skills Program will enable students to graduate with both a Microsoft certification, as well as an Ontario Tech credential. Ontario Tech is one of 12 Canadian post-secondary institutions joining the program to bolster the employability of students in degree, diploma, and continuing-education programs.  

As a Canada Skills Program participant, Ontario Tech will combine Microsoft's curriculum alongside existing coursework, preparing students to take industry-recognized Microsoft certifications in data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

This latest initiative is one of many Ontario Tech has created aimed at giving Canadians the skills they need for the digital economy.  This initiative also allows recent graduates to upgrade and evolve their skills with the changing economy. 

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“Ontario Tech University is proud to be a leader in the evolving space of lifelong learning. We are continuing to expand new skills offerings in our teaching environment to meet the needs of students as we adapt to rapid changes in our economy from disruption caused by technology and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our university is proud to be a founding participant in the Canada Skills Program; Microsoft is one the many corporate partners we work with to give our students a competitive edge.”
-Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University 

“The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation at unimaginable rates, making skills in cloud, data and AI more important than ever. Microsoft developed the Canada Skills Program to help strengthen the innovation economy by building a talent pipeline equipped with the skills they need for future success.” 
-Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada

“The global economic recovery will be significantly rooted in innovations which require these skills. As a global technology leader, we have a responsibility to ensure future generations of workers have the tools they need to succeed, and to help strengthen our economies overall.” 
-Anthony Salcito, Vice-President of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

 


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Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
289.928.3653
bryan.oliver@ontariotechu.ca