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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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Peter Constantinou, PH.D.

Peter ConstantinouPeter Constantinou is one of Canada’s leading practitioner-academics and an award-winning university teacher. He has worked at the federal and provincial levels of government and in the college and university sector and has held the following positions: Research Analyst with the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing; Policy Analyst, Senior Policy Advisor and Senior International Trade Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy; Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Education and Training, Director of International Projects at Durham College, Special Advisor to the President of Ontario Tech University and most recently, Director of Government Relations at Seneca College.

For almost 20 years, Peter has been active in teaching and research in the area of public policy and administration. Peter holds a number of academic appointments. He is a full-time member of the faculty in the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Schulich School of Business at York University, as well as a member of the part-time faculty in the public policy and administration programs at Ryerson University; at the Management Program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough; the MBA program at the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University, the MBA program at the University of Salzburg Business School (Austria), in the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and the Public Administration program at the First Nations Technical Institute.

Peter does a substantial amount of training for international executives, particularly in the area of public sector strategic management and best practices, and has recently worked with the Chinese government to develop a model ethical code of conduct for public sector employees and diplomats, with the National School of Public Administration in Brazil to provide training on the use of case studies in training public administrators, the government of Vietnam on a series of best practices for Human Resource Management, and Olympic officials to develop an evaluation model for meteorological services for the Beijing Olympics. Peter regularly advises governments around the world on public management strategies and best practices.

Peter has more than 20 years of experience in adult and executive education both in Canada and abroad in the areas of public policy and administration and management, and has delivered specialized training programs to adult learners and mid-career professionals for the Ontario Fire College and the First Nations Technical Institute. Peter has designed and currently delivers the “Policy for New Policy Makers” course and the “Stakeholder Engagement” course for the Ontario Public Service. In addition to a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toronto, Peter holds a BA (Specialized Honours) in public policy and administration from York University, and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from McMaster University. His doctoral dissertation was a landmark study of government relations in the post- secondary education sector in Ontario.

Peter has been teaching in the Master’s Certificate in Public Sector Management at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology since 2007.