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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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Meet the Masters of Ceremonies

Three Minute Thesis

Sarah Rijkenberg (Heats - March 20)3mt mc photo

Sarah is a PhD student in the Kirkwood Lab, where she studies aquatic ecology. Her research focuses on plankton diversity and functional traits. Sarah was the winner of Ontario Techs 3MT competition in 2023, going on to compete at both provincials and nationals. She joins us this year as the event MC.

Vivian Stamatopoulos, PhD (Finals - March 21)3mt mc finals

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy from York University (Sociology). Her research interests focus on child and youth-based caregiving (young carers), unpaid family caregiving and long-term care (LTC). She is also a leading advocate for LTC residents in Ontario and has provided almost 300 expert interviews on long-term care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


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