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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 University Chancellor Mitch Frazer appointed to Order of Ontario

Accolade to also be bestowed upon Sessional Instructor Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite

Chancellor Mitch Frazer (right), with Kgalalelo Rampete, graduate of Ontario Tech University's Forensic Science program, at the university's Convocation ceremonies in June 2022.
Chancellor Mitch Frazer (right), with Kgalalelo Rampete, graduate of Ontario Tech University's Forensic Science program, at the university's Convocation ceremonies in June 2022.

Ontario Tech University congratulates Chancellor Mitch Frazer on being named to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

Mr. Frazer, of Toronto, will receive his appointment from Her Honour the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell (a 2013 Ontario Tech honorary degree recipient) during an investiture ceremony at Queen's Park on Monday, November 21.

Mr. Frazer was named Ontario Tech’s fourth Chancellor on May 1, 2020. He is a Toronto-based lawyer who is a partner and the Chair of Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP. While may be one of Canada’s foremost experts on pension law, his forté is helping others.

His leadership efforts at Ontario Tech have positioned him as the ‘Students’ Chancellor’, as he has helped drive fundraising activities to help current and future Ontario Tech students realize their academic dreams. His annual Chancellor’s Challenge campaign has established a new legacy of community giving for scholarships and awards.

Mr. Frazer founded the National Institute of Ageing “to make Canada the best place to grow up and grow old.” Throughout his career, his passion for philanthropy and knack for problem-solving has helped raise much-needed funds for many foundations, hospitals, and cultural institutions.

Second Ontario Tech University connection to this year’s Order of Ontario

Ontario Tech also celebrates the appointment of Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite to the Order of Ontario. Dr. Cooper Brathwaite of Whitby is a Sessional Instructor with Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and is renowned for her great work in the area of women's and children's health, the promotion of nursing education, as well as in addressing racism in the nursing profession. Long admired by her peers, Dr. Cooper Brathwaite promises to leave a lasting legacy in health care in Ontario.

About the Order

The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Order members come from all walks of life, represent diverse professions and have played an important role in shaping our province. 

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