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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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John Matheson

John MathesonJohn has been a principal at StrategyCorp since 1998. John is Chair of StrategyCorp’s Municipal Services Practice Group which provides strategic, communications and management consulting services tomunicipal governments in Canada. In his diverse practice, John has managed successful projects relating to:

  • Municipal Governance, Service Delivery, Operational and Ward Boundary reviews
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning for Councils and Senior Management Groups
  • Inter-municipal planning and dispute resolution
  • Planning approvals and infrastructure funding for municipal capital projects
  • Issues management and crisis communications

Prior to joining StrategyCorp, John served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the design and management of initiatives such as the amalgamation of the City of Toronto, the creation of a new municipal property taxation and assess mentregime and key reforms to the Rent Control Act, the Municipal Act and the Planning Act. John’s policyexpertise is grounded in his legal background. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993 and practiced commercial and insurance law in Toronto with a major Bay Street firm. John’s research work is focused on the municipal sector. He was the lead author of StrategyCorp’s 2016 Survey of Chief Administrative Officers, which can be downloaded from www.strategycorp.com. Afrequent public speaker and commentator in the news media on political matters, John has appeared regularly on television and radio. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in political studies from Queen’s University in Kingston and an LLB from the University of Toronto. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Power Plant Gallery of Contemporary Art, and has served on a variety of other Boards, including the Association of Corporate Counsel (Ontario) and Harbourfront Centre.