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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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James A. Rice Endowment Fund

A great entrepreneur, James A. Rice founded James A. Rice Engineering and General Contractors and was responsible for many prominent commercial and industrial developments in the Greater Toronto Area, as well several notable government projects. His vision and drive made an impact in communities across the country.

James (Jim) was a leader who encouraged others to constantly enhance their skills in the pursuit of excellence and generously gave his time to charities, local government, professional associations and cultural organizations. Jim was a true citizen leader.

To honour his memory, the family has established the James A. Rice Endowment at Ontario Tech University to support the electrical, mechanical and infrastructure engineers of tomorrow. The fund will provide an annual bursary of $1,000 to a student in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science with a demonstrated financial need.

Jim's legacy will help students become the engineers, entrepreneurs, community builders and industry leaders of tomorrow.

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