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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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Session (Speaker + Description) 

8:00 - 8:30 

Land Acknowledgement + Welcome by Traditional Knowledge Keeper Rick Bourque

8:30 - 9:00 

Welcoming Speaker 

Dr. Langis Roy, Interim Deputy Provost and Dean of Graduate Postdoctoral Studies

Introduction by Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC 

9:00 - 10:00 

Indigenizing Curriculum 

Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Faculty Development Officer, TLC 

10:00 - 10:15 BIO BREAK

10:00 - 11:00 

Who are our Students, and how do we help them Succeed? 

Dr. Joe Stokes, University Registrar, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education

Sarah Stokes, Faculty Development Officer, TLC

Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager TLC, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences   

11:00 - 12:00 

Student Panel 

Dr. Lidya Salim, Alumnus + Academic Staff 

Mikaeli Cavell, Alumnus + Lecturer

Nicholas Scott, Undergraduate 

Pranjal Saloni, Undergraduate 

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK (on your own)  

1:00 - 2:45

Body and Voice in the Classroom

NOTE: This is an active session, be prepared to move + wear comfy clothes

Julia Course, actor + educator 


2:45 - 3:00 BIO BREAK

3:00 - 4:00 

Showcasing Teaching Excellence at Ontario Tech University 

Randy Fortier, Faculty of Science (FSc) 

Dr. JoAnne Arcand (FHSc)  

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos (FSSH) 

4:00 - 4:30 

“What I wish I knew”: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Your Classroom and the University 

TLC Staff 



Session  (Speaker + Description)  

8:30 - 9:00 

Land Acknowledgement 

9:00 - 10:00 

Planning for Success 

Dr. Lori Livingston, Provost 

Introduction by Sarah Stokes 

10:00 - 10:30 

Library 101

Kate Gibbings, Liaison Librarian (FEAS)

Kaelan Caspary, Liaison Librarian (FESNS, FSc) 

10:30 - 10:45 BIO BREAK

11:00 - 12:00 

Teaching with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Sarah Stokes, Faculty Development Officer, TLC

Rebecca  Maynard, OER Lab Assistant

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK (on your own) 

1:00 - 2:00 

Scholarly Communication: 

Research & Publishing Reports  

Kate Gibbings, Liaison Librarian, FEAS  

Kaelan Caspary, Liaison Librarian, FESNS and FSc

2:00 - 3:00

Campus Health + Safety 

Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer  

3:00 - 4:00

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) 

Marie Polgar-Matthews