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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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Recognizing the contributions of women at Ontario Tech

March 8, 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Feminism Equity Advocates wanted to show appreciation for some of the amazing women who make Ontario Tech the amazing institution that it is! 

Faculty of Business and Information Technology 

Hannah Oegema 


Hannah is the President of the Ontario Tech Accounting Association (OTAA)! With Hannah’s leadership, the OTAA has organized a variety of events including “Navigating the Virtual World”, “Becoming a CPA”, and many others. 


Olivia Leavitt and Madison Haynes 


Olivia and Madison are Co-Presidents of the Ontario Tech Marketing Association (OTMA)! Under Olivia and Madison’s leadership, the OTMA has hosted various  “Guest Speaker Nights” and will be hosting the 10th Annual Elements Case Competition with The Ontario Tech Human Resources Association in March! All the best Olivia, Madison, and the OTMA team! 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 

Munazza Fahmeen 


Munazza is a third-year Software Engineering student who is also an Ambassador, Peer Leader, Digital Community Assistant, and so much more. She recently participated in the SheHacks Hackathon. Munazza was a part of creating a project called HealthShare which was awarded the Bell Caring for Remote Communities award! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment, Munazza! 


Lena and Reeda


Lena and Reeda are the Co-Presidents of Women in Engineering at Ontario Tech. With their leadership, Women in Engineering have hosted guest speaker Lise Morton, a LinkedIn workshop, and various other great events. Thank you, Lena, Reeda, and the Women in Engineering team, for your dedication to empowering Women in Engineering at Ontario Tech!


Rachel Lynds 


Rachel is an Indigenous STEM program instructor for the Engineering Outreach Program, a Women in Engineering general member, Digital Community Crew Member, Senior Peer Leader, and so much more. Rachel is also a level 4 Ambassador who has helped to develop the “Road to Equity” podcast.


Sydney Smith 


Sydney is a Software Engineering student who is a part of many initiatives within the Ontario Tech campus community. She is a Communications Assistant and Producer of the podcast “The Research Rundown,” a Level 4 Ambassador and Producer of the “Road to Equity” podcast, a previous instructor and current volunteer for the Engineering Outreach Program, and a Women in Engineering general member. 


Faculty of Science 

Tulsi Rajani 


Tulsi is the President of the Ontario Tech Science Council! With Tulsi’s leadership, the Science Council held a “Beyond the BSc Conference”, “Science Minors: What You Need to Know” event, and many others. Thank you, Tulsi and the Science Council team for making this one of Science’s best years yet! 


Lidya Salim


Lidya is a Ph.D. candidate at Ontario Tech. Lidya is the founder of @stemthusiast, a platform dedicated to sharing notes, study tips, and resources with students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Thank you, Lidya, for creating content to support and empower students in STEM! 

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Jennifer McKeller

Dr. Jennifer McKellar is an associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering Systems and Nuclear Science. She has a BASc, MASc, and PhD all from the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching many different courses and multiple research projects, she has won many different awards recognizing her work, including Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2010-2011; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada – Postgraduate Scholarship D2, 2008-2010; Government of Ontario/DuPont Canada Scholarship in Science and Technology, 2003-2004; Mackay Hewer Memorial Prize, 2003; Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Medal, 2002

Lixuan Lu

Dr. Lixuan Lu is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering Systems and Nuclear Science. She has a BES and MES from Beijing Institute of Technology, China, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. She has taught many courses at Ontario Tech University, completed many research projects/publications, and has been nominated for/won many awards, including the Graduate Student Teaching Award (Nominated for 2004), President Scholarship for Graduate Studies (2001 — 2002), and the International Graduate Student Scholarship (2001 — 2005).

Faculty of Education 

Janette Hughes


Dr. Janette Hughes is a professor and Canada Research Chair for Technology and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University. Her research in this faculty includes digital making, digital media, adolescent literacies and many more. Her interests also include influencing digital media users to promote societal change! Not only did she teach many courses at Ontario Tech University, but she has also been the recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award and the Ontario Research Fund—Research Excellence Award. 


Wendy Barber


Dr. Wendy Barber is an associate professor at Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include health education, teaching, and how digital technology influences health education. In addition, by focusing on teacher well-being, she hopes to create better role models for students from the teachers!

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulous 


Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulous is an associate professor at Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Dr. Stamatopoulous is a long-term care (LTC) advocate and researcher. She is also the CoFounder of Doctors4LTCJustice and Canadians4LTC Standards. You can check out some of her recent interviews on her Twitter page! 


Angelique Dack 

Angelique is an Ambassador, Equity Advocate, Peer Leader, Peer Note Taker, and Digital Community Crew Member. Among her many leadership positions, she is also a part of Marketing for Raise Your Voice OTU, and the host of “Coffee Time with Angelique”, a drop-in session for Ambassadors to connect every Friday from 5 to 5:30 p.m on Google Meet. You can register for these sessions on the Student Life Portal.


Faculty of Health Sciences 

Amrutha Elanko 


Amrutha is a very active member of our Ontario Tech community. She is an Ambassador, Senior Peer Leader, President of the Ontario Tech Health Science Society, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Ontario Tech Pre-Med Association, and holds so many other leadership positions within the university. She is also a powerhouse of talent, showcasing her amazing singing skills on her Instagram page!


Jenny Chhor 

Jenny is a 4th-year Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) student at Ontario Tech, also known as @medlabmini on Instagram. She shares study tips and insight into what it’s like to be an MLT student on her page. You can learn more about Jenny through the article she wrote for the Digital Community called “Life of a medical laboratory technologist student during the pandemic”



Thanks for reading, and Happy International Women’s Day!