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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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Alumni Association Awards

Each year the Alumni Association recognizes the achievements and contributions of successful Ontario Tech alumni with three special awards: The Achievement Award; the Up and Coming Award; and the Philanthropic Award. 

Key dates 

March 2023

Nominations open for submissions.

May 2023

Nomination period closes.

May 2023

The awards sub-committee will review and evaluate eligible candidates based on the relevant criteria for each award. 

May 2023

Council approves Alumni Award candidates based on the sub-committee's recommendations.

June 2023

Awards presented to the winning nominees.

Please note that Awards may not be granted in every category each year if there are no eligible candidates nominated.



Award details and criteria

  • Achievement Award

    Our goal in creating the Achievement Award was to inspire alumni to reflect the values (integrity and respect, honesty and accountability, dedication to quality and intellectual rigour, and pursuit of innovation) that were integral during their studies at the university. We want to recognize individuals who continue to demonstrate these values while making a difference and achieving success in fields of study, careers, or completing other successful goals.

    Who is eligible to be nominated?

    All alumni considered to be ambassadors of these values in completing any goal, whether related to career, or education.

    Evaluation criteria

    • Integrity and respect – 25 per cent
    • Honesty and accountability – 25 per cent
    • Dedication to quality and intellectual rigour – 25 per cent
    • Pursuit of innovation – 25 per cent

    Integrity and respect – this includes, but is not limited to, embracing honesty, inclusivity and equity in all the candidate does.

    Honesty and accountability – this includes, but is not limited to, actions that reflect the candidate’s commitment to the values of the university and maintaining high levels of accountability in all actions.

    Dedication to quality and intellectual rigour – this includes, but is not limited to, striving for excellence with energy, commitment and passion. The ideal candidate makes a positive difference within his or her field or organization while succeeding in completing their goals.

    Pursuit of innovation – this includes, but is not limited to, cultivating creativity, adaptability and flexibility in others. The ideal candidate demonstrates a desire to challenge the status quo, assists and mentors others to think differently and searches for solutions within his or her workplace and/or field.

  • Up and Coming Award

    Our goal in creating the Up and Coming Award was to inspire new alumni to succeed by recognizing up-and-comers for their dedication, hard work and achievements early in their careers.

    Who is eligible to be nominated?

    Alumni within five years of graduation who contribute and make a difference in their field of expertise relating to their studies at the university. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about his or her career, projects a sense of pride in his or her field of expertise and displays great potential for future career growth. This individual also demonstrates sound judgment and character, exhibits professionalism and displays leadership qualities.

    Evaluation criteria

    • Leadership – 25 per cent
    • Innovation – 25 per cent
    • Accomplishment – 50 per cent

    Leadership – includes, but is not limited to, participating in activities in which the candidate displays leadership qualities; encouraging others to advance their careers; exhibiting professionalism within his or her field of expertise; assuming active roles on boards, working groups or committees that advance work-related endeavours and community development.

    Innovation – includes, but is not limited to, improving existing processes, challenging conventional wisdom, ground-breaking research/product innovation and setting new milestones within the candidate's field of expertise.

    Accomplishment – includes, but is not limited to, the ability to see projects through to successful completion; meeting goals; and other measures of success such as grants, awards, chair positions, etc.

  • Philanthropic Award

    Our goal in creating the Philanthropic Award was to recognize the efforts of alumni who are making significant contributions to improve society through their generosity, dedication and commitment.

    Who is eligible to be nominated?

    Alumni who are making significant contributions to improve their communities through their generosity, dedication, commitment and service. The ideal candidate is passionate about an important social cause, freely gives their time, exemplifies great leadership qualities and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the social challenge related to his or her cause. This can include attempting to break down biases, change perceptions and alleviate issues impeding progress, working toward conquering a problem and/or responding to a need in a tangible way.

    Evaluation criteria

    • Contributing to the community and inspiring others to engage in volunteer service
    • Demonstrating exceptional commitment, creativity, cooperation and leadership through volunteer experiences
    • Serving as a role model for others in the community