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Chancellor’s Message

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Once again, in 2022, the Ontario Tech University
community demonstrated its belief in the value
of education by supporting the Chancellor’s
Challenge, our annual five-kilometre run/walk to
raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. We
joined forces to raise almost $80,000, which was
doubled by the Board of Governors’ Matching
Fund for a total of approximately $160,000.
We also had fun doing so together on campus,
which was a real treat as we transitioned from a
previously virtual event. I am immensely proud
to be the ‘Students’ Chancellor’, and my running
shoes are my witness. More.



Eppel Gift is Building Innovation and Boosting Communities

                                                                     It is appropriate that Ontario Tech University
eppel2023-1.jpgnamed the Eppel Family Technology-Enhanced
Learning Studio in Shawenjigewining Hall to
recognize Jeno Eppel and his family for their
generosity to the university. After all, Jeno is
Past President of EHC Global, one of the most
trusted and respected brands and innovators in
the vertical transportation industry. More.



OCNI Supports Synergy

bill-walker.jpgBill Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer of
the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI),
is a big believer in working collaboratively wherever possible. More.







A Helping Hand for Students

irene-rahme.jpgIrene Rahme grew up in Oshawa long beforeplans for Ontario Tech University were on thedrawing board, graduating from two schoolsthat have since closed their doors: Ritson RoadPublic School and Oshawa Central CollegiateInstitute. Although Irene dreamed of becominga teacher, life took her in a different direction.She spent her career at General Motors (GM)where she met her late husband, Gord, also aGM employee.  More.



Passion for Sustainability Born at Ontario Tech

anthony-bolandAnthony Boland (Faculty of Science, class of 2012) entered
Ontario Tech University with plans to become a science teacher
until he discovered a passion for sustainability. Today, he is Director
of Development for Metrolinx, working toward creating transit-oriented
communities. More.






Paying it Forward

395.jpgMemories of the financial challenges
experienced while attending university inspired
a group of eight alumni—the Next Generation
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM) Alumni Group—to create an award for
current Ontario Tech University students. More.



Support for Education Dates Back to Company’s Origin

spin_through_seasons.jpgYvonne Brady, a Senior Consultant with Johnson
Insurance who resides in Oshawa, remembers the
excitement she felt when Ontario Tech University was
being built. More.





Actua Crucial to Engineering Outreach

 eng outreachActua provides training, resources, and support
to a national network of university and college
members across Canada so we can deliver
science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) education outreach programming to
youth with zero barriers. Each year, Actua’s
network members engage over 350,000 youth
in 500 communities nationwide. Ontario Tech
Engineering Outreach, part of Ontario Tech’s
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,
has been a member of the Actua network
since 2018. More.


Hydro One Supports Women in Engineering

hyro oneSince 2013, Hydro One has worked in
partnership with Ontario Tech University,
Toronto Metropolitan University, the University
of Waterloo and Western University to increase
the number of women studying engineering,
with a focus on electrical and mechanical
engineering programs. More.


GM Support for STEM Keeps on Truckin’

c WonderGeneral Motors (GM) Canada, a longtime donor
to Ontario Tech University, is “committed to
promoting science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) to underrepresented groups
across the country,” says Regan Dixon, GM’s
Senior Manager, Thermal and Body Software and
Diagnostics, who has been directly involved in
determining how the company supports that goal. More.




Women for STEM Summit: A Continued Success



More than 200 attendees convened on the
Ontario Tech University campus on October
12, 2022, for the fourth-annual Women for
STEM Summit, a day-long event created to
address the gender gap in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) and to encourage
women students, employees and entrepreneurs
in STEM-based fields to fulfil their potential. More.










Women for STEM Fund Marches Toward Goal

wfsOntario Tech University’s Women for STEM
Fund is more than halfway to its fundraising
goal of $2 million, providing scholarships and
mentorship for women in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) fields where they
are underrepresented. Lisa McBride, Chair of the
Women for STEM Council, couldn’t be happier. More.


Sorbara Group of Companies Continues Tradition of Giving

sorbaraThe Sorbara Group of Companies has a long
tradition of giving in the communities they
have helped build. Ontario Tech University has
benefited as a result of the Homeward Hills
community the Sorbara Group is creating in
Oshawa. More.


Local Couple Invests in Higher Education

Durham Region residents Ed and Sylvia
Vanhaverbeke remember the first shovels
breaking ground for a new university in Oshawa.
Ever since, they have been strong supporters of
Ontario Tech University and are members of the
university’s E.P. Taylor Legacy Society. More.



Chancellor’s Challenge: A Resounding On-campus Success

chancellors challengeA run is more fun—and a walk, too—when it
is done in the company of others. This was
the sentiment expressed by many of the
participants of the 2022 Chancellor’s Challenge
when they had the opportunity to enjoy the
event on campus. More.




Pi Day Infinitely Successful

Pi Day, Ontario Tech University’s annual Day of
Giving, boasted great success in 2022, raising
more than $156,000 for scholarships, bursaries
and athletics. It also supported the Student Relief
Fund, which provides assistance to students in
many different ways. More.



Retired Educators Support Learning with Bursary

Members of RTOERO District 28 in Durham
Region—retired teachers and education
workers—believe strongly in the importance of
post-secondary education. They have created
an Ontario Tech University bursary that allows
students in financial need to pursue their
academic dreams. More.






A Classic Way to Honour Regional Chair’s Memory

Roger Anderson, the late Durham Regional
Chair, was known as a decisive leader who
always put the needs of residents and
community members first. His priorities are
reflected in the Regional Chair’s Classic,
an annual golf tournament now held in his
memory. The 24th edition of the tournament
in 2022 raised $290,000 for students in
financial need at Ontario Tech University and
Durham College, as well as for youth programs
at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health
Sciences. More.

A Memorable Graduation Gift

ardellini-rodp.jpgWhen Cienna Ardellini graduated from Ontario
Tech University in 2022 with a Bachelor of
Commerce (Honours), her parents, Danny and
Charlatta Ardellini, decided to give her a most
unusual gift: an endowment that will provide
student awards in Cienna’s name. More.







Donors Celebrate Strong Ties to Education in Durham Region

edgar-rodp.jpgAlthough Gary Edgar admits he preferred
sports to the classroom during his high school
years, he became serious about his studies
during university. Gary went on to teachers’
college and enjoyed a 30-year career as a
physical education teacher with the Durham
District School Board. More.







Aviva Canada Supports Innovation and Experiential Education

Supporting the Automotive Parts
Manufacturers’ Association’s (APMA) Project
Arrow, Canada’s first zero-emissions concept
vehicle, seems natural for insurance company
Aviva Canada, because sustainability is a
strategic pillar of its business. More.



George and Helen Vari Foundation’s Legacy Continues

vari-event-30.jpgAlthough Helen Vari sadly passed away in
2023, the legacy that she and her late husband
George created lives on. The couple, both born
in Hungary, made Canada their home and
chose education as the main philanthropic
cause to benefit from their successful
international real-estate development and
construction business. They established the
George and Helen Vari Foundation in 1984 to
promote education and educational exchange.
Their remarkable generosity has supported
Ontario Tech University and its students. More.

President’s Message

Ontario Tech University’s commitment to tech with a conscience
and its experiential learning programs are gaining recognition; over
the past three years, we have seen an increase in applications of
33.2 per cent, 19.4 per cent, and 11.7 per cent, respectively—and
these increases are calculated each year using the new, higher
baseline. In fact, the respected Times Higher Education rankings
listed Ontario Tech among the Top 200 youngest universities
worldwide. Clearly, our brand, programs and approach to education
are resonating with today’s students. More.