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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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Alumna climbs through the ranks in her profession

Chantelle Whidden

Chantelle Whidden | Class of 2013
Bachelor of Commerce, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management
Faculty of Business and Information Technology 

Chantelle Whidden has accomplished much since graduating with highest distinction from Ontario Tech University in 2013 with a BComm majoring in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. Chantelle wrote and passed the NKE, designating her as a Certified HR Professional (CHRP). She then participated in the inaugural year of RBC's elite Career Launch Program with 100 participants across Canada being selected from a pool of 5000 applicants. After completing the program, in 2015 Chantelle was hired as an HR Administrator at Hannam Fertility Centre (HFC), one of the most innovative and leading fertility centres in Canada. She progressively was promoted through the organization first to HR Generalist, then HR Manager and most recently, in late 2017, to HR Business Partner. 

Chantelle is always continuing her education as an HR and business professional through conferences, workshops and certificate programs. In May of 2018, she successfully obtained her Certified HR Leader (CHRL) designation and in 2017 she obtained a Coaching for Performance and Mentorship Certificate through MDC at Ontario Tech University. In 2017, Chantelle was accepted into the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Advanced Standing program at the University of Toronto. The program was projected to take four years part-time while continuing full-time employment; however, Chantelle obtained special permission to double her course load and is graduating in June 2019.

Chantelle was the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Association Up and Coming Award