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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.

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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Alumnus shares insight on purpose

Travis Dutka | Class of 2008 |Faculty of Business & IT

“I want to make work more human. I want to help people connect purpose in their lives to purpose at work.”  

As the Culture Curator for 360insights, a global rebate and incentive management company based in Whitby, Travis credits his alma mater with shaping his career trajectory – and ultimately leading him to the Human Services field.

“One of the biggest influences that Ontario Tech has had on me is the relationships I made there and how they've been intertwined in my life, for advice and in friendship and mentorship along the way,” says Travis.

The Oshawa native entered the Commerce program at Ontario Tech University in 2004. Actively involved in campus life, Travis served as Vice-president of the Student Association and, after graduating, was Homecoming chair for the five-year class reunion.  

“If you're a student, I suggest you get involved any way you can, in the clubs and the extra-curricular as well,” says Travis.  “And I recommend connecting with your profs as much as you can and then anyone who has graduated, reconnect with your profs.”

After graduation, Travis joined Jameson Bank as a corporate trader and then moved on to become Media Director for a religious organization in Ottawa. In 2012 he relocated back home to join 360insights, a company that has been recognized numerous times as a top employer and as the Best Place to Work in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute. “In my opinion, relationships are key to a healthy organization. I don't work with a number or a task I work with a human doing those tasks,” says Travis.

Since joining 360insights, Travis’ role has shifted from marketing, to talent acquisition, and now to culture maven. He’s responsible for shaping the corporate culture to fit the organization’s values, vision, direction and principles. “If you can connect with purpose and you can be inspired by passion and do what you do, those are the things that really matter,” says Travis

Not only is he working in Durham Region, Travis has also made his home here. He and his wife, Shannon, are raising their two young children, Grayson and Kaia, in the community they love.