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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.

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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 grows leadership and sustainability in engineering by hosting First Year Integration Conference

Ontario Tech hosted the annual provincewide First Year Integration Conference from November 10 to 12.
Ontario Tech hosted the annual provincewide First Year Integration Conference from November 10 to 12.

Ontario Tech University recently hosted the annual provincewide First Year Integration Conference (FYIC), demonstrating the university’s ongoing commitment to innovation, collaboration and the future of engineering.

The event, held from November 10 to 12, was coordinated by the FYIC Organizing Committee and brought together undergraduate students from diverse engineering backgrounds.

Presented by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, FYIC 2023’s overarching purpose was to guide first-year students from 16 different university engineering programs (affiliated with the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario) toward leadership roles. FYIC emphasized the importance of social responsibility, with a special focus on sustainability.

"The future is not a distant concept: it is the sum of the choices we make today,” says final-year Ontario Tech Mechatronics Engineering student Siobhan Anderson, Co-Organizer of FYIC 2023. “Leadership is not a passive option. It is a choice made by anyone willing to embrace the challenges and responsibilities it entails.”

The conference's spotlight on sustainability resonated deeply with participants, highlighting the crucial role engineers play in environmental protection. The conference's 88 student attendees earned their participation through a competitive application process.

Attendees engaged in sessions led by industry professionals, professors, and alumni. Dr. Martin Agelin-Chaab, Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Ontario Tech, encouraged students to "ask hard questions, challenge existing paradigms, and engage wholeheartedly" for a fulfilling academic journey.

“I believe once you do that, you are going to benefit and enrich your academic journey, and you will learn something from this conference to become future leaders,” Dr. Agelin-Chaab says.

This year marked the second occasion in the past five years that Ontario Tech University proudly hosted FYIC.