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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. Ronald Bordessa Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Ronald BordessaDr. Bordessa’s contributions as Ontario Tech University president from July 2006 to June 2011 are numerous. Dr. Bordessa ensured Ontario Tech University remained a catalyst in driving social and economic prosperity throughout Durham Region and beyond. The relocation of the faculties of Education and Social Science and Humanities to downtown Oshawa, and the establishment of the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, are just a few milestones that will mark his Ontario Tech legacy.

An endowed scholarship fund now exists as a tribute to Dr. Bordessa and his commitment to students. The Dr. Ronald Bordessa Scholarship is presented annually to a student who achieves a minimum 3.5 GPA in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate program. The recipient is a successful Ontario Tech ambassador as they contribute to the social and/or economic prosperity of our community by adding value through discovery research, inventions, innovations and/or the commercialization of processes and products.

If you would like to make a gift to this scholarship fund in Dr. Bordessa’s honour, please call 905-721-8668, ext. 5660 or email