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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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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 to get "in sync" so that they become productive members of the organization. Ontario Tech has an online series for all employees. These additional face to face orientation sessions will assist to orient new managers in aspects of HR, LR, Risk and Finance and ensures a new manager's first experience is positive by providing an increased comfort level with specific topics. Please register for these sessions. 

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

September 2020

  • All Employee Orientation - Welcome to Ontario Tech
    • Company: HR 
    • Facilitator: Jennifer Topping
    • Duration: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Target Audience: All new employees and managers
    • Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    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..
    register here

October 2020

  • Human Resources (Managers Only)
    • Faculty/Department: Human Resources
    • Facilitator: Jennifer Topping
    • Duration: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • October 16, 2020

    This course is for newly hired and existing Ontario Tech U 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

     register here

  • Managing in a Unionized Environment (Managers Only)
    • Company: The Soft Skills Group with LR
    • Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky - LR
    • Course Duration: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Target Audience: Managers Only
    • Date: October 26, 2020

    This course is for newly hired and existing Ontario Tech U 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 skills-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

     register here


January 2021

  • All Employee Orientation - Welcome to Ontario Tech
    • Company: HR 
    • Facilitator: Jennifer Topping
    • Duration: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Target Audience: All new employees and managers
    • Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

    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..

    Register Here


April 2021

  • All Employee Orientation - Welcome to Ontario Tech
    • Company: HR 
    • Facilitator: Jennifer Topping
    • Duration: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Target Audience: All new employees and managers
    • Date: Monday, April 19, 2021

    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..

    Register Here