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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

Health, Safety and Wellness Week: October 3 - 7

The Healthy Workplace Committee and the Health and Safety department welcome you to take part in Ontario Tech University's annual Health, Safety and Wellness Week! Events planned throughout the week will promote and support the health, safety, and well-being of those who study and work at our University. 

The highlight of the week will be a Health, Safety and Wellness Fair scheduled for October 6th, 11 am - 1 pm, UB Main Floor Atrium. Please plan to stop by and visit the various booths and enter your name in a draw for a chance to win one of several prizes!

Check out details below to find out more! 

Activities, Training Sessions, Take a Break

  • Health, Safety and Wellness Fair

    Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
    Time: 11 am - 1 pm
    Location: UB Main Floor Atrium

    Join us for the Health, Safety and Wellness Fair! During this event, participants will have the opportunity to learn and develop an awareness of health, safety and wellness supports, services and resources. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to visit a variety of booths hosted by both internal and external community partners.  

    • Ontario Tech Campus Safety and Security
    • Ontario Tech IT Department - Cyber Security
    • Campus Wellness Centre - Health and Athletic Services
    • LifeWorks - Our Employee Family Assistance Provider
    • Maureen Calhoun - Ergonomics display and assessment
    • Francis Arnaldo - Bio and Radiation Safety
    • Joint Health and Safety Committee
    • Sun Life - Lumino Health Hub
  • Workshops

    Healthy Heart
    Date: Monday, October 3
    Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Facilitator: Sylvia Emmorey

    If heart disease is in yours or perhaps someone else's in your life then this is the seminar for you.

    Learn about the myths and realities of different foods and diets for a healthy heart. Nutritionist Sylvia Emmorey will cover high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure in this informative session and will also recommend foods for optimal Heart Health.

    REGISTER

     

    Boost Productivity with a Growth Mindset
    Date: Tuesday, October 4
    Time: 10 to 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Zoom
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    What does it take to create productive, high-performance teams in the hybrid workplace? Key components for productivity are mindset, time management, and focus. Your mindset as a leader and the mindset of your team members helps determine whether your team is willing and able to explore new strategies, seek help from others and capitalize on setbacks. Productivity also stems from effective time management, such as how well you tackle interruptions and manage email overload. The most productive people don’t just manage their time well, they also manage their focus and attention, through sharing information in a timely manner.

    Success in a hybrid environment requires new ways of thinking and the flexibility to respond and change. In this session we explore how to create powerful mindsets, develop effective time management techniques, and increase focus to boost productivity in the hybrid workplace.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Examine our productivity mindset.
    • Discuss how to shift our mindset for greater productivity.
    • Discuss how to manage challenges to productivity work-life balance issues, inadequate reporting, and inefficient task planning.
    • Identify strategies that can increase your productivity for yourself and your hybrid team.

    REGISTER

     

    Building and Maintaining Relationships of Trust
    Date: Thursday, October 6
    Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
    Location: In class, SHA018
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: BluHelium
    Facilitator: Nina Penner

    Overview:

    Without trust, our work environments can be stressful, and we can feel like we lack connection and collaboration with our coworkers. In this workshop, you will learn the specific behaviours that inspire trust and how to incorporate them into your work. Sometimes trust is broken or becomes eroded, and you will learn how to restore a trust based working relationship. 

    Key benefits:

    • Enhance collaboration
    • Open lines of communication
    • Deepen working relationships
    • Increase morale and motivation
    • Enhance credibility and influence
    • Improve performance and results

    Participants will learn:

    • Why trust is important
    • The important elements of trust
    • How to build trust with your coworkers, leaders and stakeholders
    • What to do when others enter the working relationship lacking trust
    • How to rebuild trust once it is eroded or broken

    REGISTER

  • Vote! People, Places and Pets Contest

    As we have concluded our People, Places and Pets Contest, we want to take this opportunity to showcase all of our fabulous entries and give you a chance to pick your favorites!

    View the contest entries in the slide show linked below:

    There are 3 voting categories:

    • Category A: People
    • Category B: Places
    • Category C: Pets

    Each entry is numbered within each category of people, places and pets. When viewing the entry, remember the numbers allocated to your favorite entries before voting. After you have reviewed the entries, click the voting button to cast your vote! 

    Voting closes October 7 at 11:59pm.


    VOTE HERE

  • Mandatory Employee Training

    New employees as well as those who have not completed legislated mandatory training modules will be encouraged to do so during Health, Safety and Wellness Week. Click on Mandatory Employee Training to find out more about training requirements.

    For more information, contact healthandsafety@ontariotechu.ca.

  • Take a Break

    Take a break each day during Health, Safety and Wellness Week and check out the following informative and safety-minded websites: