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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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UOIT Event: Post-COP21 Breakfast Briefing and Electric Vehicle Workshop

Posted by Michelle Cholak on December 10, 2015

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) are hosting a special two-part event.

From 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., a 'Breakfast Briefing' will be held to dicuss the climate change agreements that were made at the COP21 Paris Climate Summit and the implications of these agreements for the GTA and Ontario.

A keynote presentation will be made by Gordon McBean, Professor, Western University, and President, International Council for Science. An internationally recognized meteorologist and climate change expert, Dr. McBean's research interests are in atmospheric and climate sciences, ranging in scope from the natural sciences to the policies of governments and peoples’ responses to them.

Additional speakers include Laura Zizzo, Founder and CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc. (COP21 participant); Josipa Petrunic, Director and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium; Brian Kelly, Sustainability Manager, Region of Durham; as well as others. The cost of the Breakfast Briefing is $40 ($20 student). Please register by December 30, 2015 at

Guests may also stay for an 'Electric Vehicles in Ontario Workshop' which will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and focus on emission reductions, links to economic development and poverty support, rideshare programs, electricity grid stability, and cap-and-trade programs.

Speakers at the Workshop will include our Breakfast Briefing participants as well as Michael Angemeer, President and CEO, Veridian Corporation; Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug'n Drive; Hamid Akbari, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT; Khalil El-Khatib, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, UOIT; Kamiel Gabriel, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, UOIT; Daniel Hoornweg, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT; Jennifer McKellar, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT; Vijay Sood, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UOIT; Eric Novak, Modern Media Perspectives; and others to be confirmed.

The cost of the Workshop is included with the price of the Breakfast Briefing but separate registration is required for the Workshop and space is limited.

For more information, please download the event invitation here or contact Michelle at

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