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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

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Orientation for employees and managers

Orientation is the formal process of familiarizing new employees with the organization, their job, and their work unit. Its purpose is to enable new employees from their first days at the university so that they become productive members of the organization right away. Ontario Tech has online sessions available for all employees.

New managers are encouraged to attend additional face-to-face orientation sessions to inform new managers in aspects of HR, LR, Risk and Finance and ensure their first experience is positive by providing an increased comfort level with specific topics. 

Orientation sessions are available for new and existing employees and managers at the university.


Information about Teaching Assistant/Sessional Instructor training is now available on the Teaching and Learning Orientation Site.

September 2022

  • All Employee Orientation

    Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Human Resources 

    This session is for all new employees at the university. 

    The goals of the program are to:

    • Welcome you to Ontario Technical University
    • Highlight resources, benefits and perks available to you
    • Provide you with context and tools to help you navigate your new environment

    Learn about:

    • Our history, leadership, mission, vision, values, priorities
    • Our faculties and departments
    • Understand how you fit into the organization
    • Our socials
    • Our policies
    • Compliance
    • EDI
    • Campus Services
    • How to engage on campus
    • Pension and benefits
    • Organizational development
    • Employee and Labour Relations
    • Health and Safety
    • Health and Disability Management
    • Recruitment and Compensation
    • Parking
    • Security
    • Child Care
    • Booking Spaces
    • Service Desk
    • IT Services
    • Employee Perks
    • Food Services
    • And so much more...


October 2022

  • Orientation to HR for Managers

    Date: Wednesday, October 5
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Google Meet
    Target Audience: Managers and above
    Company: Ontario Tech University
    Facilitator: Human Resources 

    This course is for newly hired and existing Ontario Tech managers.

    This session will provide an overview of:

    Health and Disability Management

    • identify and list the goals and objectives of the Attendance Management Program and the Disability Support Program
    • understand the processes around employee sick leaves, accommodation and workplace injuries;
    • identify your role and responsibilities in assisting your employees to record, improve and manage their attendance; and
    • discuss key areas of concern and opportunities related to supporting time and attendance

    Job Evaluation

    • an overview of key concepts in job evaluation;
    • documents and tools in how jobs are evaluated;

    Recruitment and Compensation

    • an overview of the Compensation Program and supporting salary administration guidelines
    • an understanding of the process to initiate a position to Recruitment for posting; and 
    • Effectively plan and prepare for an interview by selecting the appropriate style and structure;
    • Compose behavioural and competency-based interview questions and identify prohibited interview questions;
    • Appropriately assess and select candidates while remaining compliant with legislation and collective agreements

    Performance Development

    • The Performance Development Cycle
    • Timelines for Goal Setting, Check-Ins, and year-end performance reviews
    • Rally2Gether and Limited-Term Processes
    • What’s in the collective agreement

    Leadership Development

    • Available programs, succession planning, and employee development

    Professional Development

    • How learning catalogues are developed
    • Why your input is important


  • Managing in a Unionized Environment

    Date: Thursday, October 20
    Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Synchronous, Zoom
    Target Audience: Managers and above
    Company: The Soft Skills Group
    Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky

    This course is for newly hired and existing Ontario Tech managers.

    It is the skills on display in day-to-day relationships that management determines the effectiveness of managers and unionized workers. It is the ongoing resolution of issues and problems that arise daily that will either create a culture of success or one of resistance. In this skill-building workshop, you will learn new skills and have a unique opportunity to discuss the application of the collective agreement into a practical context.

    Learning outcomes include:

    1. Understanding and managing the collective agreement with a guided Q&A session
    2. Managing conflict effectively with disgruntled and challenging employees
    3. Learning to leverage your communication skills to build trust and commitment
    4. Knowing when and how to provide constructive feedback that is different from discipline
    5. Providing the leadership skills that create a “can-do” environment
    6. Knowing when and how to engage employees to encourage ownership and accountability