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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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Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

dianaDiana is the President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. a training & development consultant firm. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies and Universities & Colleges. She has trained and facilitated groups, as well as coached and consulted with new managers to senior VP levels totaling over 15,000 clients to date. She is skilled in relationship building, establishing trusted expert status with her client partners. Diana is an expert in aligning training – in-person and online - with the values, academic targets, fiscal responsibilities and managerial direction of universities, colleges and corporations. An energetic, results- oriented consultant, Diana takes great pride in influencing the human side of business. Diana provides her expertise to our Public Sector, Professional Management, Agricultural Leadership, Professional Sales and Professional Communications certificate programs as well as to our corporate clients who ask for a talented and passionate facilitator.