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Chancellor's Challenge

M Frazer in front of university centreOn May 1, 2020,  Mitch Frazer became Ontario Tech’s fourth Chancellor. As a champion of Ontario Tech students and education, Chancellor Mitch Frazer created the Chancellor’s Challenge – an annual five-kilometre run/walk to advance the mission of Ontario Tech while raising funds for students.

The inaugural 2021 Chancellor's Challenge was a remarkable success. Chancellor Mitch Frazer’s challenge was to help Ontario Tech students by running or walking 7.2 kilometres—which is the distance between the north and south locations of Ontario Tech—every day for four weeks, regardless of the weather. In all, he ran or walked more than 380 kilometres. Many others in the campus community followed the Chancellor’s lead and joined the Challenge in their own way by running or walking, and asking family, friends and colleagues to participate with a gift to the fundraising campaign.

Since then, we've been coming together on campus and participating in the Chancellor’s Challenge as a community. Last September, more than 340 people participated in the third annual Chancellor’s Challenge 5 km Run/Walk, presented by Mintz. They crossed the finish line together, united in the same goal, to raise funds for students' greatest needs. A record-setting $111,990 was raised, exceeding the $100,000 goal and registrations increased by more than two-fold over the previous year's event.

"Our students are innovators and change-makers who will improve our lives and environment in the future. We have to make sure Ontario Tech students have the support they need so they can succeed. I am thrilled about the widespread support for the annual Chancellor’s Challenge. Our university and our community are making a vital difference in the lives of young people, one step at a time."

-Chancellor Mitch Frazer