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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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Honour the leaders of tomorrow with Canada 150 Student Awards

As Canada celebrates its 150 birthday on July 1, the university marked its own milestone just a few days before on June 27 – 15 years since it was officially created. In our short history, we are proud of the close to 16,000 entrepreneurial and tech-savvy graduates who have emerged from our institution. You continue to uncover solutions to the challenges of today, grow the businesses of tomorrow and lead in the digital economy.

Zuber Ahmed is one of today's bright, ambitious students who plans to make an impact on Canada’s future. The fourth-year Mechatronics Engineering student is balancing his studies with the development of a new  company with two of his classmates. Their wearable technology product will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of many Canadians, but Zuber knows he wants to do more. 

 “I want to empower those who have never done, to help those who are attempting and influence anyone to begin," he says. “It’s about helping the next generation do great things.

The university wants to recognize our emerging leaders, and, in celebration of our country’s important milestone this summer, has established the Canada 150 Student Awards. The initiative will create $500 awards for up to 150 of our students, rewarding them for the contributions they have made or intend to make on our country.

Fourth-year Finance student Haseeb Chaudhry is grateful for the confidence corporations, community groups and individuals have shown in our students by donating to the award, and sees the Canada 150 Student Awards as incentive for students to raise the bar even higher. 

“Traditionally student awards reward us for academic performance and demonstrate that we have obtained the knowledge we need to be successful in our careers,” Haseeb says. “These awards acknowledge the work we do for the greater good, and inspire and motivate us to do more.”

We invite you to join the university as we celebrate our students: Canada’s future leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. Your support of this important initiative is an investment in the future of our country.

Donate to the Canada 150 Student Awards today.

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