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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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Commerce degree gives alumnus the competitive advantage

Class of 2007
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Faculty of Business and Information Technology
 
Crediting the university with giving him a competitive advantage, Brian now has a career that’s flourishing in Houston, Texas. He's the Vice President, Americas - Sales for Lloyd's Register Energy, which provides a range of services such as inspection, maintenance, compliance, risk management and QHSE (quality, health, safety, environment). He’s was one of the youngest employees to be named General Manager for this global organization with more than 6,000 employees before being promoted to Vice President. “It is a tremendous feeling to have the support of my company in handing the keys over to an entire operation.”
 
Brian says that "my time at the university gave me the confidence to head right into the working world and not feel like I was ‘new’ at employment.” This was thanks to classroom visits by industry leaders and course content. To this day, he still refers to notes from his Strategy course as he builds business plans, budgets and sales and marketing reports.
 
Today, says Brian, “with so many graduates pouring out of schools, you need to have a competitive advantage, whether through public speaking or technical skills.” He advises current students to "push instructors to allow you to practise your skills in a competitive environment."

Brian's next adventure is on its way; his wife Danelle is currently expecting their second child.