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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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Driving to success

Justin Vanden Bosch

Justin Vanden Bosch | Class of 2012
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Automotive Engineering

Justin is driving on the fast track to engineering management. As a Project Leader with Honda Canada Manufacturing working on the renovation of company's Alliston, Ontario facilities, he knows keeping a cool head is crucial to success. Handling massive amounts of information and tasks calmly and efficiently has become second nature to him, as he has dealt with similar challenges presented by his UOIT professors. These include not only the academic challenges of math and physics, but also schedules and budgets.

The expertise Justin gained from his studies paid big dividends toward his career. After only two years at Honda, he was named one of five leads on a project worth tens of millions of dollars.  “I thrive in this fast-paced environment,” he says, adding that he works with people in a wide range of roles – designers, contractors and engineers – from many different types of organizations. 

He also set a fast pace for himself during his time at UOIT. “Through the Athletics department, student government, competitions, volunteer work, foreign exchange and academics, I gained tremendous practical experience in dealing with issues and people,” he says. His extracurricular activities included serving as:

  • Vice-President of the Engineering Students’ Society.
  • Vice-President, Communications for the UOIT Rowing Society.
  • Vice-President, Finance for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.

His approach to learning and career-building has paid off. “If you see something you want, chase it until it is yours," he advises. "Don't be afraid to try something new.”

He believes engineers who work in management can be formidable in the business world because of their ability to manage complex schedules and budgets - and that means there's probably a management position in his future.