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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Student supervision

The relationship between the student and the research supervisor is most important to the student’s successful completion of a graduate degree. The university has an established policy with regard to supervisor appointments, responsibilities and conflicts. Visit the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue for more detailed information.

Supervisor-student Conversation Starters

The relationship between you and your student is most important to their successful completion of a graduate degree. Our conversation starter document is designed to complement the Graduate Academic Calendar’s section on roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students. The conversation starters are suggested to help align expectations of supervisors and graduate students (adapted from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies).

Download Supervisor-Student Conversation Starters

Forming a supervisory committee

A supervisory committee for a graduate student in a thesis-based program consists of the candidate's research supervisor(s) and at least one other Ontario Tech University faculty member (master's level student) or two other Ontario Tech University faculty members (PhD candidate). The committee's chair may be someone other than the student's research supervisor. Learn more about the supervisory committee.

Download Form 1 - Establishment of Supervisory Committee

This form is normally completed by no later than the end of the student's second semester.

Helpful resources from the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies

Please forward any questions on graduate student supervision to