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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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Daniel Hoornweg, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Daniel Hoornweg

  • Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Chief Safety and Risk Officer, Province of Ontario (TSSA)
  • Fellow, Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank

Dan Hoornweg was a lead urban specialist in the World Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit for almost twenty years prior to moving back to Ontario in 2012. Throughout his tenure with the World Bank, Dan worked with more than 400 cities in all of the Bank’s six geographic regions.

Dan was lead author on Canada's first municipal Green Plan and helped start the first local government round table on sustainable development (City of Guelph). Dan also started Canada's first retail store for environmentally-friendly products (For Earth's Sake opened in Guelph in 1987).

Dan's academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering. His research areas include natural gas as a transportation fuel, energy systems, sustainable cities, risk identification and management, urban resilience, and waste management. Dan’s career started as a well-site inspector (Province of Ontario, natural gas wells on Lake Erie) and well-site engineer (Schlumberger, Alberta).

Dan is Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto; a member of the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez; Philips Livable Cities Think Tank; and an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dan is on the Board of Directors of Waste Diversion Ontario. He was the Jeffrey Boyce Research Chair in Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel at UOIT between October 2012 and July 2015.