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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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September

Rain barrel at Ontario Tech University's Windfields Farm location.

Ontario Tech University among North American post-secondary leaders for sustainability-focused practices

In the latest rankings report from the Philadelphia-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), released in early September, Ontario Tech has not only retained its Gold rating from AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), but has also jumped two places over last year on the Top-10 list as a Top-Performing Master's Institution.

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GDI and Unifor have reached an agreement

The university has been advised that GDI Integrated Facility Services and Unifor - Local 222 have reached an agreement, and picketing along the perimeter of the university’s north Oshawa campus location has ended.


August

Ontario Tech University 2022-2023 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient Pritika Lally (Biological Science). Note: Available photos of other award recipients can be found below in the gallery section of the story.

Announcing Ontario Tech University’s major scholarship recipients for 2022-2023

Each year, seven outstanding incoming students receive Ontario Tech University’s most prestigious entrance scholarships. The university’s scholarship program recognizes secondary school students for exceptional achievements in academics, leadership and community involvement throughout their high school career.

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Ontario Tech continues with mask directive

To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Ontario Tech’s existing mandatory mask directive will continue in all university buildings until further notice.


July

From left: Priya Asse (Mitacs Globalink undergraduate student**); Jasmine Madaan (Mitacs Globalink undergraduate student*); Rupendra Raavi (Ontario Tech master's degree student in Computer Science*); Mohammed Abid (Ontario Tech master's degree student in Computer Science*);  Iryna Parkhomchuck (Ukrainian undergraduate student under Mitacs Globalink*); Dr. Patrick Hung, Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT), Ontario Tech; Nikhil Gupta (Ontario Tech master's degree student in Information Technology Security*); Josue Daniel Valejo Coss (Mitacs Globalink undergraduate student*).*Supervised by Dr. Hung.**Supervised by Dr. Miguel Vargas Martin, FBIT.

Ontario Tech summer student from Ukraine exploring idea for a social robot to help alleviate stress and anxiety

Iryna Parkhomchuk’s internship through Mitacs, a Canadian non-profit research organization that helps connect university students with training placements related to industrial and social innovation, brought her to Ontario Tech University. She is one of more than 60 Ukrainian students taking part in the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship program across Canada this summer.

From left: Lesley Taylor (Master of Science degree candidate, Trent University), Dr. Paul Szpak (Trent University), Dr. Aaron Shafer (Trent University), Dr. Theresa Stotesbury (Ontario Tech University), Dr. Shari Forbes (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières), Colin Elliott (Master of Science degree candidate, Ontario Tech), in Bécancour, Québec.

Canadian forensic science experts to sharpen the accuracy of determining time since death after discovery of human remains

To develop new scientific approaches that will make time-of-death estimates more accurate in future investigations, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is investing a half-million dollars in a new five-year project being led by the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR; Dr. Shari Forbes), with support from research experts at Ontario Tech University (Dr. Theresa Stotesbury of the Faculty of Science) and Trent University (Dr. Aaron Shafer and Dr. Paul Szpak).


June

Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.

Another amazing year of research growth at Ontario Tech University

There’s further evidence of Ontario Tech’s impressive research growth this Spring after Canada’s research funding Tri-agencies announced a further $4.3 million in new grants for nearly 30 new multidisciplinary projects being led by the university’s experts.

From left: John Henry, Durham Regional Chair; Don Lovisa, President, Durham College; Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University; Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences; and Warren Anderson (Roger Anderson’s son).

Roger Anderson’s legacy lives on with Regional Chair’s Classic

This year’s event raised $290,000 for students in financial need at Durham College and Ontario Tech University. Funds will also go towards youth programs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Thanks to the generosity of participants and supporters, the event has raised over $7.2 million since the Classic first began.

Ontario Tech sign at the university's downtown Oshawa location.

Ontario Tech University to host Opioid Crisis Symposium on June 16

On Thursday, June 16, Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities will team with the Faculty of Health Sciences to host an Opioid Crisis Symposium. Professors and experts from a range of community organizations and service providers, including Lakeridge Health, the Region of Durham’s departments of Health and Social Services, the John Howard Society, and the Canadian Mental Health Association of Durham will each present their latest research and initiatives.

Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at Ontario Tech University's downtown Oshawa campus location.

Ontario Tech University marks National Indigenous History Month

Each June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month, a time to reflect upon and learn the history, cultures, sacrifices, contributions and strength of the First Peoples of this land and acknowledge their historic contributions to the development of Canada. June also marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21.


May

Ontario Tech University will celebrate the class of 2022 during Convocation ceremonies on June 8, 9 and 10.

Ontario Tech unveils plans for Convocation 2022

From Wednesday, June 8 to Friday, June 10, Ontario Tech University will celebrate the achievements and milestones of its class of 2022 along with six honorary degree recipients during in-person ceremonies.


April

A Radical racecar owned and operated by Allingham Motorsports, on display at the 2021 Emzone Radical Cup Canada.

Ontario Tech prepares for upcoming Moose Hide Campaign

In early May, Ontario Tech University will be embracing the Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous-led, grassroots movement of men, boys and all Canadians—standing up to end violence against women and children.

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Ontario Tech celebrates World Health Day

On April 7, Ontario Tech University joins the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Day. Held annually, the campaign draws attention to specific health topics of concern to people all over the world.

Ontario Tech on-campus Pi Day Pie Party at Shawenjigewining Hall: Hunter the Ridgeback with Amrutha Elanko, Vice-President Ontario Tech Student Union (centre) and Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor (March 14, 2022).

Let’s count the ways Ontario Tech’s annual Pi Day of Giving was a success!

Over the past month, Ontario Tech alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of our community came together for our students raising more than $156,000. Donors gave to scholarships, bursaries, athletics and in support of the Student Relief Fund, which provides assistance to students in many different ways.


March

Student in the Visualization for Information Analysis Laboratory in the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University.

Can we effectively respond to online hate and fear?

In early February 2022, Ontario Tech University’s Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism (CHBE), in association with Meta Canada, hosted a four-day, live and asynchronous online symposium exploring online hate.

Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa campus location.

Ontario Tech establishes international emergency bursary

To underscore its commitment to champion student success and provide greater access to educational opportunities, Ontario Tech University has created an international emergency bursary for students transferring to Canada due to war or environmental catastrophe.

Ontario Tech students experiment in a science lab at the university's north Oshawa campus location.

Ontario Tech celebrates International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) (Tuesday, March 8) is an opportunity to recognize the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women in our community and around the world. It’s also a time to raise awareness of the progress made towards achieving gender equality, and the work that remains to be done.

Ontario Tech students experiment in a science lab at the university's north Oshawa campus location.

Hour time and your time: Take a moment to plan for the change to Daylight Saving Time

For about a century, most Canadian communities have been adjusting clocks in the spring to take greater advantage of longer daylight hours afforded to the northern hemisphere in the warmer summer months. But with the time change comes a brief physiological adjustment, says Ontario Tech University sleep researcher Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Software and Informatics Research Centre at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa campus location.

Ontario Tech cracks Top 200 among the world’s youngest universities

For the first time, Ontario Tech has made the Top 200 list of the world’s best young universities. The compilation was released February 15 by Times Higher Education (THE), considered by many experts to be the most prestigious international ranking organization.


February

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Ontario Tech marks Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to honour and celebrate the experiences, accomplishments, culture and rich history of Black Canadians and associated communities. This year, Ontario Tech University will celebrate Black History Month in a variety of ways, including virtual programs and events, initiatives and resources that highlight Black Canadian culture, promote an awareness of history, and provide an open space for conversations.


January

Left: Ontario Tech University graduate Dr. Emily Bremer is now a faculty member at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Right: Convocation 2014 at Ontario Tech with her Faculty of Health Sciences master's degree supervisor, Dr. Meghann Lloyd.

Double Ontario Tech grad now a Canada Research Chair at Acadia University

One of Ontario Tech University’s earliest students is now a member of a elite group of Canadian researchers. On January 12, Dr. Emily Bremer became one of the newest academics across the country to be appointed a Canada Research Chair (CRC), designated with the portfolio of Healthy Inclusive Communities.