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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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Garth Johns

Garth JohnsSince 1975, Garth has been engaged in senior organizational roles, primarily in the public sector and broader public sector. His consulting business assists clients with a multitude of human resource and leadership issues. In 2009, Garth published his first book entitled, Common Sense Leadership. Since that time, he published Quit Your Job, Enjoy Your Work as well as 2nd and 3rd editions of Common Sense Leadership.

Garth’s educational background includes Baccalaureate Degrees in Arts and Health Administration as well as an MBA. Garth has numerous professional certifications and has served as a board member of a number of professional and volunteer organizations, including serving as President of the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Treasurer of the Oshawa Community Health Centre and Secretary Treasurer of the Business Advisory Centre of Durham. Garth has a passion for leadership with a particular interest in educating, mentoring and developing others. His reputation is built around the promotion of positive employee/labour relations, a quality work life for all staff and improving our collective work/life balance.