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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 entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators win national awards

Enactus Canada awards cap successful year of igniting business innovation among Ontario Tech students

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Through the promotion of extensive entrepreneurship activities and learner-centred educational options, Ontario Tech University prioritizes a ‘re-imagined’ approach to learning.

A key component of experiential learning opportunities at Ontario Tech is the campus community group Enactus (derived from ‘Enentrepreneurial, Action, Us’), which rallies the energy, ideas and passion of the best and brightest students to create and implement local empowerment projects and business ventures.

Over the past year, Enactus supported a wide range of amazing entrepreneurial endeavours, including:

  • Refind – a sustainability startup focused on decreasing landfill waste by finding a new use for single-use coffee cups.
  • Skill Series – a series of events and workshops that aims to inspire and educate students in topics that may not be covered in their classes.
  • She Leads – a woman-empowerment movement that strives to connect females within the community to ensure that She Leads, She Empowers, and She Succeeds.
  • Raise Your Voice – a non-partisan project with the goal to unite the voice of youth across Canada and disrupt the status quo on Parliament Hill.
2021 national awards for Enactus Ontario Tech

On May 14, Enactus teams from across Canada gathered virtually for the Enactus Canada National Exposition and awards ceremony. At this event, student teams showcased their various projects and business ventures that are shaping their communities.

The Enactus Team from Ontario Tech University received recognition in two categories:

  • Most Media-Savvyawarded to one team that does an outstanding job increasing the national profile of its team, its members and projects, leveraging social media, events, public and media relations, and strategic partnerships.
  • Most Improvedto recognize an Enactus Team that has done an outstanding job of significantly increasing and improving their efforts, operations and impact in their community year over year.

The 2020-2021 team was able to make significant progress under the leadership of co-presidents Masla Tahir, a fourth-year Biological Science and Management student from the Faculty of Science, and Mackenzie Collins, a fourth-year Forensic Psychology student from the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

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Looking ahead to 2022

Building on the success of the past academic year, the Enactus Ontario Tech team is in the process of actively recruiting for the 2021-2022 team. To learn more about Enactus Ontario Tech or apply to join the team, visit enactusot.ca.

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“When students blend creativity with entrepreneurship, there is nothing they can’t accomplish! I am so pleased to see the recent success of our Ontario Tech Enactus team and look forward to seeing what this group of student innovators will be able to accomplish in the years to come.”
-Osman Hamid, Director, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Ontario Tech University 

“This year was completely unprecedented. The team showed strength and resilience in, not only overcoming the difficulties, but being able to achieve an increased impact. To face a global pandemic, and still choose to volunteer and give your time to make a positive change is incredibly selfless. I could not be more honoured to have worked with this group of people. I leave my term as Co-President incredibly excited for next year, I know Enactus Ontario Tech has even more in store for 2022.”
-Mackenzie Collins, Co-President, Enactus Ontario Tech

About Enactus

Enactus is a global non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Over 1,700 post-secondary institutions around the world have Enactus teams with the collective goal of using innovation and business principles to improve the world.