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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

Awards of Excellence

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The annual staff Awards of Excellence were developed in 2018-2019 by a committee with representation from across the university to recognize behaviors within the organization that positively impact the academic mission, our students and our community. Individual and/or team accomplishments can be nominated for an award based on pre-defined criteria. For more information on criteria and categories, check out below! 

  • Rising Star Award

    Recognizes an emerging leader (tenure of two years or less) at the university who demonstrates a passion for their work and has made a significant impact in their short time at the university. One staff member will be honoured in this category on an annual basis.

    The recipient receives:

    • Award of recognition.
    • Letter of recognition from the President.
    • Feature article in the Weekly Report/on the Ontario Tech University website.
    • Copy of nomination package.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee must be in a continuing full-time or limited-term (currently employed with the university) staff position at Ontario Tech University for at least six consecutive months, but no more than two years from the date of nomination.
    • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of executive (President, Provost, Vice-President, or Associate or Assistant Vice-President).
    • Nominee may not have received this award within the previous two years.

    Criteria:

    Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

    • Nominee demonstrates exemplary leadership by:
      • Searching for ways to help their co-workers and/or students.
      • Building relationships through collaboration.
      • Responding positively to requests for assistance.
      • Sharing information and ideas to help others achieve their goals.
      • Supporting team decisions and projects while being an active contributor to helping the team achieve its shared goal. 
    • Nominee has enhanced the student and/or client service experience by demonstrating passion for their work, and acting promptly and efficiently in a professional, courteous and positive manner.
    • Nominee’s contributions have contributed to advancing the mission of the university.
  • Ridgeback Award

    Recognizes a staff member who is a real team-player and an excellent ambassador for the institution. They consistently demonstrate a sense of pride in being a part of the university community and contribute to making the university a great place to work and study. One staff member will be honoured in this category on an annual basis.

    The recipient receives:

    • Award of recognition.
    • Letter of recognition from the President.
    • Feature article in the Weekly Report/on the Ontario Tech University website.
    • Copy of nomination package.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee must be in a continuing full-time or limited-term (currently employed with the university) staff position at Ontario Tech University for at least two consecutive years from the date of nomination.
    • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of executive (President, Provost, Vice-President, or Associate or Assistant Vice-President).
    • Nominee may not have received this award within the previous two years.

    Criteria:

    Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

    • Nominee consistently demonstrates Ontario Tech University spirit by actively supporting and promoting the university in their daily interactions with staff, faculty, students and/or community partners.
    • Nominee shows a commitment to solidifying and enhancing university traditions, and regularly volunteers for campus initiatives that are outside the scope of their role.
    Nominee acts as an ambassador for Ontario Tech University as a great place to work, learn and grow and has a consistent spirit of teamwork and co-operation modeled by the respectful treatment of others.
  • Fiercely Ontario Tech University

    Recognizes a frontline staff member who consistently strives to support a culture of service excellence. By their actions, this individual motivates and inspires the people around them to excel in service to students and/or staff and faculty at the university. One staff member will be honoured in this category on an annual basis.

    The recipient receives:

    • Award of recognition.
    • Letter of recognition from the President.
    • Feature article in the Weekly Report/on the Ontario Tech University website.
    • Copy of nomination package.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee must be in a continuing full-time or limited-term (currently employed with the university) academic support staff position at Ontario Tech University for at least two consecutive years from the date of nomination.
    • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of executive (President, Provost, Vice-President, or Associate or Assistant Vice-President).
    • Nominee may not have received this award within the previous two years.

    Criteria:

    Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

    • Nominee consistently creates a service environment that is respectful, collegial and supportive, and demonstrates exceptional service by doing more than is asked, achieving outstanding results, and positively impacting university students, staff and/or faculty.
    • Nominee approaches each interaction as a new opportunity and provides equitable, inclusive and individualized service to meet the specific needs of the client and make them feel valued.
    • Nominee demonstrates a high level of emotional intelligence and resilience despite difficult circumstances and unforeseen problems, achieving outstanding success.
  • U Make a Mark

    Recognizes individuals or teams (two to 10 individuals) who have developed, revised and/or implemented a system, tool, process, initiative and/or program within their department, faculty or across the university which has positively impacted student success and/or the employee experience.

    The recipient receives:

    • Award of recognition.
    • Letter of recognition from the President.
    • Feature article in the Weekly Report/on the Ontario Tech University website.
    • Copy of nomination package.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee must be in a continuing full-time or limited term (currently employed with the university) staff position at Ontario Tech University for at least two consecutive years from the date of nomination.
    • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of executive (President, Provost, Vice-President, or Associate or Assistant Vice-President).
    • Nominee may not have received this award within the previous two years.

    Team nominations:

    • Teams must have between two and 10 members. Please contact the award administrator if your team has more than 10 members.
    • To be nominated as a team member, the individual must be someone who has made significant contributions toward the project or initiative.
    • Submit the nomination under the team’s name. If a team name does not exist, submit the name of the team lead.

    Criteria:

    Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

    • Nominee challenges the status quo in a way that positively contributes to the university’s mission, and contributes inspiring, constructive and provocative ideas that enrich the university’s culture and build a legacy at Ontario Tech University.
    • Nominee’s actions and/or initiatives have significantly impacted students, staff, departments and faculties through the creation and/or implementation of innovative new processes, services or products.
    • Nominee contributes positively through stewardship, mentorship and/or supporting the professional/career development of others.
  • Community Collaborator Award

    Recognizes individuals or teams (two to 10 individuals) who help build rewarding relationships with individuals and groups in the university, local community and/or beyond.

    The recipient receives:

    • Award of recognition.
    • Letter of recognition from the President.
    • Feature article in the Weekly Report/on the Ontario Tech University website.
    • Copy of nomination package.

    Eligibility:

    • Nominee must be in a continuing full-time or limited-term (currently employed with the university) staff position at Ontario Tech University for at least two consecutive years from the date of nomination.
    • Nominee must hold a position lower than the level of executive (President, Provost, Vice-President, or Associate or Assistant Vice-President).
    • Nominee may not have received this award within the previous two years.

    Team Nominations:

    • Teams must have between two and 10 members. Please contact the award administrator if your team has more than 10 members.
    • To be nominated as a team member, the individual must be someone who has made significant contributions toward the project or initiative.
    • Submit the nomination under the team’s name. If a team name does not exist, submit the name of the team lead.

    Criteria:

    Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

    • Nominee demonstrates exceptional leadership, fostering collaboration and communication among colleagues, bringing people together for a cause.
    • Nominee finds new and creative ways to engage the community in the mission and vision of the university and learn more about what we do, such as outreach programs and activities that invite and encourage the community to explore the campus, connect with our programs and experience our extraordinary environment.
    • Nominee engages in community service activities such as volunteerism, university committee work, public speaking, school outreach, or other outstanding community involvement within or outside the university.