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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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E.P. Taylor Legacy Society

A unique group of people want their legacy to be built into the very fabric of the university. Confident in our students and our programs, they have developed planned gifts that will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of future generations.

They form the E.P. Taylor Legacy Society, named in honour of legendary Canadian entrepreneur, innovator and thoroughbred horse breeder Edward Plunket (E.P.) Taylor, upon whose legacy our university was built.

On National Philanthropy Day we remember Blanche Mothersill for her passion and belief in Ontario Tech.

Ontario Tech University remembers longtime supporter, Blanche Mothersill, former President of Gen-Auto Shippers in Oshawa and member of the university's EP Taylor Legacy Society who passed away on August 28, 2020.

Blanche Mothersill with son Mike Mothersill and daughter Marlene Franklin (absent, son Mark Mothersill)
Blanche Mothersill with son Mike Mothersill and daughter Marlene Franklin (absent, son Mark Mothersill)

The philanthropic support of Blanche and her family throughout the past 15 years increased research capacity with vital support for the capital costs of the Mechanical Engineering Research Labs and the Software Informatics Research Centre. These gifts established the Mothersill Family Energy Research and Thermo Fluids Laboratory and the Internet of Things (IoT) Research Lab.

The philanthropic support of Blanche and her family throughout the past 15 years increased research capacity with vital support for the capital costs of the Mechanical Engineering Research Labs and the Software Informatics Research Centre. These gifts established the Mothersill Family Energy Research and Thermo Fluids Laboratory and the Internet of Things (IoT) Research Lab.

A lifetime resident of Oshawa, Blanche was a strong believer in higher education who had fond memories of riding horses near the university's north location. In 2017, she visited Windfields Farm property and learned of the university's future development plans.


"She was very proud to be associated with the E.P. Taylor Legacy Society", commented her son, Michael Mothersill, "It fulfilled her commitment to higher education while celebrating the love and memories of her childhood days at Windfields Farm". As an active member of the automotive business sector in Durham, Blanche knew the university's unique automotive engineering program would foster the success of Ontario Tech, the community and the Region.
Mike Mothersill
Son of Blanche Mothersill

"Blanche was an excellent leader who believed in a future made better through higher education and that it starts right in your own community", states Susan McGovern, Vice-President, External Relations and Advancement."In honour of National Philanthropy Day, Ontario Tech wants to recognize donors like Blanche, whose vision to help the university propels our students forward."
Susan McGovern
Vice-President, External Relations and Advancement