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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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The Founding Dean of Science Graduation Award

Dr. William SmithFostering a unique culture of collaboration, Dr. William Smith is well-known for his community outreach, partnership and interdisciplinary research at Ontario Tech University and with other institutions in Canada and abroad. Under his leadership, the Faculty of Science has received multiple research grants and contracts, teaching awards, and grants for science promotion. 

Dr. William Smith, the Founding Dean of Science, retired in June, 2011. As a tribute to Dr. Smith's tireless efforts to make science accessible and to challenge young minds to pursue new innovative ideas, Ontario Tech faculty and staff have established an award to be given to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average from an honours BSc program in the Faculty of Science. 

Celebrate Dr. William Smith’s accomplishments with us by contributing to the Founding Dean of Science Graduation Award Fund.  To make a gift, please call 905-721-8668, ext. 5660 or email