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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Speaker Series - March 14 - 25, 2022

Hear from Ontario Tech experts on current topics and have the opportunity to ask questions. The weekday lunch series will run from March 14 - 25, 2022. All sessions will be held virtually via zoom beginning at noon and will run for approximately 45 minutes. 

Thank you to our Speaker Series Sponsor.


Watch the recordings from the 2021 Pi Day of Giving Speaker Series. 

2022 Speaker Schedule

  • Monday, March 14 - A Brilliant Future: Building a Net Zero World

    Jacquie Hoornweg, Executive Director, Brilliant Energy Institute

    Ontario Tech University's Brilliant Energy Institute (BEI) was created to help drive the transition to Net Zero. But what exactly does that mean? Find out from BEI's new executive director what needs to happen to solve climate change and to ensure a bright future for all Canadians and people around the world.  Learn what we can do as ordinary people to help build a sustainable planet and what we are doing right here at Ontario Tech.

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  • Tuesday, March 15 - Pathways to Modern Finance

    Xinyao (Joseph) Zhou and Dr. Karolina Krystyniak, Faculty of Business and IT

    The presentation will discuss how we bring cutting edge technology and resources to teaching finance, preparing our graduates for a demanding and fast-paced job market. We support our student success inside and outside of classroom via access to state of the art finance lab and technology-oriented teaching, CFA affiliation, experiential learning tools and business competitions. We offer courses covering the most current topics such as blockchain and cryptocurrency and we have ambitious plans for the future including the new Masters in Financial Data Analytics and Student Investment Fund.

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  • Wednesday, March 16 - The Crucial Role and Scope of Ergonomics

    Dr. Nick La Delfa, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Over the past two years, many of us have had to work and study from home in less-than ideal environments. This experience has likely demonstrated the crucial role ergonomics plays in maintaining productivity and reducing musculoskeletal pain and injury. In this talk, Dr. La Delfa will discuss the importance of good ergonomics, highlight traditional risk factors for injury, and will offer some low-cost strategies to optimize your home workspace. The talk will finish with a look to the future by highlighting how exoskeletons, virtual reality and other emerging technologies can be incorporated as effective ergonomics interventions.

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  • Thursday, March 17 - Physical and Mental Health in the Digital Age

    Dr. Jennifer Laffier, Faculty of Education and Dr. Bobby Stojanoski, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

    Digital wellness is a 21st century skill we all need right now. In this talk, Dr. Laffier will explain why it’s important for people living in this turbulent and digital age to develop healthy habits and strategies to manage technology use for all ages.  Dr. Stojanoski will discuss the merits of online "brain training" by addressing whether it improves cognition, what it does to the brain, the evidence behind brain improvement apps, and how this work pertains to mental and physical health.

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  • Friday, March 18 - CSI at Ontario Tech: How bloodstains and biomolecules are giving us new insights into forensic analyses

    Dr. Theresa Stotesbury, Faculty of Science

    Do you ever wonder what types of questions forensic chemists and researchers can answer in relation to crime scene investigation? Do the TV shows actually stack up? In forensic science scenarios, bloodstained evidence is often collected and analyzed only to address the questions of “who” (through source identification by linking DNA to an individual) and “how” (mechanistically by bloodstain pattern analysis). The “when” (time since deposition, TSD) and “what else” (new and improved techniques) is often overlooked and can provide critical medico-legal information for these investigations. In this presentation, Dr. Stotesbury will describe the research in our laboratory that is developing new analytical methods to estimate the TSD of bloodstains. She will also describe how we are creating novel biomaterials that can act like forensic tissue simulants for research and training. If this interests you, come by to see how bloodstains and biomolecules are improving our methods for crime scene investigation at Ontario Tech and around the world!

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  • Monday, March 21 - Wicked Problems [and worries of the world]

    Dr. Dan Hoornweg, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

    Covid, conflict, climate change ... oh dear, what’s next? Has civility left the building? What does flipping a switch to turn on our lights, or driving off in a new car, have to do with Lyme disease, political unrest and soon-to-be-built cities in Africa? This talk tries to weave together a few of the key challenges and opportunities affecting Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world.

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  • Tuesday, March 22 - Fueling the Talent [Pi]peline

    Rachel Sumner, Executive Director, Ontario Tech Talent

    A post-pandemic world needs problem solvers & critical thinkers who embrace lifelong learning, foster a growth mindset and are comfortable with uncertainty. To thrive and stay competitive, one needs to proactively engage in updating their skills on an on-going basis.

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  • Wednesday, March 23 - Activating Innovation: The role of collaboration between Incubators and Angel Investors

    Osman Hamid, Director, Creativity & Entrepreneurship & Angel Investor

    In this session, we will discuss the various ways that incubators can assist aspiring entrepreneurs with turning their ideas from a concept into a tangible business and how incubators act as a safe space for individuals who are interested in entrepreneurship to learn essential skills in a low-risk environment. Osman will lead a conversation with experienced angel investors to discuss how collaboration between incubators and angel groups provides entrepreneurs with essential validation points that assist with determining whether they should continue on their path or pivot towards an idea with a stronger value proposition.

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  • Thursday, March 24 - Truth and Reconciliation: Beyond 94 Calls to Action

    Alyssa McLeod, Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator, Ontario Tech University

    This session will provide an overview of the principles of Reconciliation as referenced in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and 94 Calls to Action, which was released in 2015. Learn about how you can contribute to reconciliation efforts in your everyday life and how Ontario Tech is responding to Truth and Reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action. 

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  • Friday, March 25 - Energy Sustainability: A Critical Quest

    Dr. Marc Rosen, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

    Sustainable development is a critically important goal for human and societal activity. Energy sustainability is of great importance to any plans for overall sustainable development. This is particularly important given the pervasiveness of energy use, its importance in economic development and living standards, and its impacts on the environment. The latter includes climate change.

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