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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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Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award

Dr. Deborah SaucierDr. Deborah (Deb) Saucier became the university’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, on July 1, 2014. She joined the university in 2011 as the Dean of the Faculty of Science.

As Provost, Deb spearheaded the development of the university’s Strategic Plan, the Strategic Mandate Agreement with the province and the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Integrated Planning. She also implemented the university’s business processes as well as learning strategies to further student retention efforts. 

To honour her commitment to advancing discovery and innovation, the university will establish the Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award. This award will help PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty develop competitive, high-quality programs of research, scholarship and creative activity, and build strong records of achievement in their fields. It also promotes equity and diversity in the university's research and encourages women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply.

Celebrate Deb’s accomplishments with us and make a donation to the Dr. Deborah Saucier Early Researcher Award.

To make a gift, please call 905-721-8668, ext. 5660 or email