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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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Leslie Hughes

Leslie HughesLeslie Hughes is an Adjunct Professor of Social Media at Durham College, Corporate Trainer and Principal of PUNCH!media.

Deeply and passionately involved in the world of Digital Media since 1996, Leslie has worked with clients in traditional and digital marketing for over 20 years. Leslie founded PUNCH! media in 2009, and has presented at various conferences including Blissdom Canada, ShesConnected, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, Editors Conference of Canada, Ontario Craft Brewers Conference and many more.

Leslie was referred to as a Social Media “guru” on CBC Radio’s “Here and Now” and has appeared on CTV’s “The Social”. You can watch the segment here:

PUNCH!media’s client list includes The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, RBC, TVO and The Saskatchewan Pension Plan. PUNCH!media's goal is to empower professionals to feel confident with their online presence by creating a strong presence, connecting with quality people and converting higher paying clients.