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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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How to nominate



A call for nominations via various communications channels will commence in March of the award year. Awards of Excellence will be presented at an event that will normally take place in May-June of the award year. A nominator must be an active university employee (faculty or staff); they must submit their nomination in writing using the nomination form.

Nominations that meet award criteria will be considered for the Awards of Excellence.

Accomplishments from 2019 and 2020 will be considered.

Nomination form

Nomination deadline: April 28th, 2021

Selection process

Each year, a Selection Committee (see Terms of Reference) convenes to adjudicate the awards and select recipients who go above and beyond what is expected of their role. Awards are open to individuals; some awards are open to teams. When selecting recipients for the awards, the selection committee will consider nominees’ contributions within their particular contexts. For example, one employee’s role may allow more formal opportunities to meet the award criteria, whereas another person may need to reach above and beyond their formal role to achieve the same impact.

Selection for the awards will be based solely on the nomination package submitted and work completed within the award year. The selection committee will assess the nominees’ contributions as individuals or teams, based on the criteria identified for each award. The committee convenes to review nominations, and then submit their recommendations for final recipients to the President.


The awards will be announced at an appreciation event in the spring.   Recipients will receive:

  • Award of recognition.
  • Letter of recognition from the President.
  • Feature article celebrating their accomplishments/contributions included in various university publications, such as the Weekly Report, and on the Ontario Tech University website.
  • Copy of the nomination package.

For questions regarding the nomination process, contact Jennifer Topping in Human Resources.