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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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Our Team

The TLC team provides multi-faceted support for students, instructors, and teaching assistants at Ontario Tech University. We offer support for instructional and educational technology, multimedia development (including videography, photography, and animation), teaching techniques, instructional design, training, and more.  

We have also included our team's pronouns, and if you would like to learn more about pronouns you can visit the Student Life page to access more detailed information and resources. 



Susan Forbes

Dr. Susan Forbes (she/her)

Manager, Teaching and Learning

Susan L. Forbes (PhD University of Western Ontario; MA Wilfrid Laurier University, BA University of Calgary) is the Manager of the Teaching and Learning Centre, as well as a Sessional Instructor and  Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University.  Dr. Forbes has over 25 years of teaching experience in both face-to-face and blended environments, as well as being a highly published researcher.

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  • Oversight of TLC activities
  • Teaching and Learning Policies
  • Academic Integrity
  • Strategic initiatives related to teaching and learning

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Rebecca Maynard (they/she)

Faculty Development Coordinator

Rebecca Maynard is the Faculty Development Coordinator with the Teaching and Learning Centre. She is a graduate of Ontario Tech, with a BA (Hons) in Communication and Digital Media Studies. She also assists in the management of the TLC's Open Education Lab, and is a passionate supporter of the open education movement. She strives to promote accessibility in post-secondary education and a fairer distribution of knowledge.

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  • TLC Programming and Communications
  • Workshop Assistance
  • TLC Website
  • Work Study Students
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open Education Lab


Pedagogical Support and Educational Development


Dr. Kaitlyn Watson (she/they/her)

Educational Developer

Kaitlyn Watson is a Faculty Development Officer with the Teaching and Learning Centre. She holds a PhD in Education Studies – Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership – from Western University, Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and Bachelor of Education and Honours Bachelor from Lakehead University. Kaitlyn has taught face-to-face, online, and blended courses in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors in synchronous and asynchronous learning contexts. Kaitlyn’s curricular, pedagogical, and research interests focus on equity, decolonization, and reconciliation.

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  • Faculty of Health Science (FHSc)
  • Course Design
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Decolonization, Indigenization + Reconciliation
  • Scholarship of Teaching + Learning


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Sarah Stokes (she/her)

Educational Developer

Sarah is a graduate of the Faculty of Science (FSc) at Ontario Tech, and also holds Bachelor of Education (Ontario Tech) and Master of Education Technology (UBC) degrees. An Advanced Google Certified Educator, Sarah enthusiastically promotes innovative teaching techniques and technology for science education. With a background in educational publishing and e-learning, she supports the university’s open education movement and Open Education (OER) Lab.

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  • Faculty of Science (FSc)
  • Open Education Resources
  • Microcredentials
  • Google Suite
  • Instructional Design 


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Dr. Lidya Salim (she/her)

Faculty Development Officer

Lidya Salim is a Faculty Development Officer with the Teaching and Learning Centre. As a graduate from the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech, Lidya holds a BSc in Biological Science and a PhD in Applied Bioscience. Lidya has extensive experience designing and implementing educational programs and resources and is committed to promoting student-centered pedagogy as well as accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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  • Faculty of Engineering + Applied Science (FEAS) 
  • Faculty of Energy Systems + Nuclear Science (FESNS)
  • Instructional Design 
  • Science Communication 
  • Canvas Support 


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Mortilaine Riley

Educational Developer

Mortilaine is an experienced Educational Technologist with a demonstrated history of work in the Higher Education and eLearning industries. She is proficient in: instructional design; adult training; graphic design; multimedia communication; academic research and publication; project management and business management. Mortilaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communication—with specialization in multimedia, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Management (MBM).

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  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT)
  • Instructional Design
  • Inclusive + Accessible Education
  • Canvas Support


Multimedia + Technology

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Alexander Pilon (he/him)

Educational Media Developer

As a video & graphic design specialist, and communications strategist, Alexander has worked on Emmy, Grammy, and Juno winning productions. He has created content, and communication plans in the fields of healthcare, education, hospitality, and the arts. Alexander joins the Teaching and Learning Centre with over five years of post-secondary instruction experience in Film & Television Production, and Public Relations & Event Management.

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  • Media as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Content Creation + Graphic Design
  • Video Solutions
  • Delivering Effective Presentations
  • Audience Engagement


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Jeanette Oliveira

Educational Technology Analyst

Jeanette has extensive experience supporting instructors using Ontario Tech Universities educational technology tools including Canvas, Kaltura Virtual Classroom, Kaltura Capture, Google Suite collaborative tools, Turnitin and plagiarism detection software and more. This includes providing solutions, training and resources and the development of educational programming. A key part of the role is to research, assess, test and implement new emerging educational technologies for the University into the teaching and learning environment. Jeanette is an experienced professional with over 10 years of experience working in the Teaching and Learning Centre. She holds a Master of Education, from Ontario Tech University and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto specializing in English and Political Science. She has a background in E-learning and is the primary contact for virtual conferencing tools and digital technologies.

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  • Google Suite
  • Kaltura Classroom
  • Learning Technology Integration
  • Turnitin


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Michael Guy

Educational Technology Analyst

Michael Guy, the TLC’s Educational Technology Analyst has been seconded to IT Services where is the Business Analyst responsible for Canvas, as well as other duties. Jeanette Oliveira is filling Michael’s former position.

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  • IT Services 
  • Learning Management System
  • Canvas  


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Shannon Brandejs

Educational Media Developer 

Shannon has been working as a multimedia developer for Ontario Tech University for over 10 years.  Prior to that, she worked at the University of Western Ontario for several years as an instructional designer.  Shannon holds a Masters of Education from Ontario Tech, a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from Royal Roads, and a BA in Media Theory and Production (specializing in Multimedia Design) from Western.  She makes videos, interactive tools, and graphics to improve learning.  Shannon loves working at Ontario Tech, and looks forward to meeting you!

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  • Videography
  • Graphic design
  • Interactivity
  • Course Design