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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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Workplace Skills

Ontario Tech employees have many opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need to advance in their careers. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to support their staff in pursuit of professional development and personal growth in order to contribute to a positive and productive work environment. 

Communcations Certificates

Communication today is very important both in the work world and in private life. Successful communication helps us better understand people and situations. It helps us overcome diversities, build trust and respect, and create conditions for sharing creative ideas and solving problems.  Good communication skills are essential to allow others and yourself to understand information more accurately and quickly. In contrast, poor communication skills lead to frequent misunderstandings and frustration.  

Program attendance and expectations

Those accepted into the cohort will be required to attend all of the sesions in order to obtain the certificate.  There will be no make-up sessions or content review for missed sessions.  Your colleagues in the cohort will rely on your participation.  Attending and actively participating in each of these sessions will maximize the success of the program and assure an optimal learning environment for all.


  • An expression of interest will be communicated out to the campus community
  • Those interested will respond to the expression of interest
  •  Human Resources will work with those who express interest and their leaders to approve employees into the program and  create the best possible cohort from those who expressed an interest.
  • Winter Semester: Effective Workplace Communication Certificate

    Expressions of interest are being accepted for participants who are interested in obtaining a certificate in Effective Workplace Communication from Procept Associates.

    The schedule for this program is as follows:

    Presentations Skills Gabriella Fermo in person 8:30-4:30 Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    Communication in Action Bill Richardson in  person 8:30-4:30 Tuesday, January 30, 2024
    Communicating With Clarity Sami Fahmy virtual 1-4:30 Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    The Power of Collaboration Gabriella Fermo in person 8:30-4:30 Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Spring Semester: Empowering Communication Skills Certificate

    Expressions of interest are being accepted for participants who are interested in obtaining a certificate in Empowering Communication from The Soft Skills Group.

    The schedule for this program is as follows:

    Core Courses
    Foundation of Effective Communication  Tuesday, April 2, 2024
    Conflict, Collaboration, and Feedback Thursday, April 11, 2024
    Change Management Strategies - the Human Side Thursday, April 18, 2024
    Enhancing Personal and Professional Impact Thursday, April 25, 2024
    Elective Courses
    Effective Time Managemnt and Productivity  Thursday, May 2, 2024
    Your Professional Brand and Networking Thursday, May 9, 2024
    Critical Thinking Skills Thursday, May 16, 2024