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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

Knowledge Café

We have a great talent across our institution and we all have something to learn from one another. The knowledge Café is a forum to allow us to gather, learn from each other, and discuss topics relevant to us all with impacts across work and life. The Knowledge Café sessions provide and open, relaxed and collaborative learning environment that encourages a solid work culture of knowledge sharing and learning, teamwork and cooperation.

Knowledge Café Sessions and Events

  • Facilitate a session

    Email hrtraining@ontariotechu.ca with "Knowledge Café" in the subject line 

    Include in the following:

    1. A sentence or two that describes the session overall
    2. What we will learn
    3. Facilitator Name, contact info

October 2022

  • Collaboration with Google - Part 1: The Google Workspace Ecosystem

    Date: Thursday, October 13
    Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Bevin Moolenschot and Callan Brown, IT Services Department

    Google Workspace and Communication:

    In the first of three Google Workspace sessions, learn about the Google Workspace ecosystem and methods of communication. Google Gmail for email communication including configuration and advanced features like confidential emails. Google Chat for instant text communication amongst colleagues. Google Meet for audio and video communication including hosting meetings with useful features like live polls and organized Q&A.

    REGISTER

  • Collaboration with Google - Part 2: Google Workpace and the Cloud / Docs

    Date: Thursday, October 27
    Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Bevin Moolenschot and Callan Brown, IT Services Department

    Working in Google:

    In the second of three Google Workspace sessions, learn about working within Google Workspace and the cloud. We will cover the basics of Docs, Sheets, and Slides and discuss the benefits of using Google Drive for file storage and sharing, and discuss compatibility with Microsoft documents.

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November 2022

  • Outlook - Overview

    Date: Thursday, November 3
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Brent Allen, IT Services Department

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  • Understanding Your Annual Election
    Date: Tuesday, November 8
    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Location, Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Bikisha Pascoe

    This presentation will review the annual election process, helping you to better understand the election you make for the upcoming calendar year effective January 1, 2023. Your annual election includes changes to your pension contributions and/or your health spending account depending on your employment group.

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  • Collaboration with Google - Part 3: Connections

    Date: Thursday, November 10
    Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Bevin Moolenschot and Callan Brown, IT Services Department

    Collaboration in Google:

    In the final Google Workspace session, we will form connections between the services discussed in the previous sessions to paint a full picture of Google Workspace. Learn about Spaces, a collaborative hub in Gmail for projects, departments, and daily communication amongst colleagues, and see how Google Drive and Google’s productivity suite can be integrated for organized communication and document management, all in the cloud.

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  • Ergonomics
    Date: Thursday, November 22
    Time: 2 to 2:45 pm
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All full-time and limited-term employees
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer

    This workshop has been designed to increase ergonomic awareness for employees that are currently working on campus and/or from home, as well as to provide guidance on the principles of home ergonomics. This workshop will be beneficial to all those working with computers and other technology daily. Topics to be discussed include:

    • how to add physical movement throughout your workday,
    • setting up your laptop ergonomically in a comfortable work environment, and
    • choosing an appropriate work surface.

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