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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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Rob Elkington, PH.D.

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Rob Elkington, Ph.D., currently resides in Canada, where he serves as the CEO of Global Leadership Initiatives, Inc., which exists to "develop excellence in leadership globally."

Rob also serves on the faculty of various universities such as:

  • Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Education;
  • Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership;
  • Trent University Master of Management program.

These affiliations provide research opportunities and the development and facilitation of several undergraduate and graduate courses related to leadership. These courses include:

  • Foundations of Leadership;
  • Leadership and Technology;
  • Leadership Fundamentals;
  • Leadership and Administration;
  • Strategic Management;
  • Organizational Effectiveness;
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership Development and Training.
  • Collaborative Leadership;
  • Leadership, Negotiation, and Teamwork;
  • Critical Thinking and Ethics
  • Ethical Leadership.

Rob also works with the Ontario Tech University's Continuous Learning Centre to develop and facilitate numerous courses for public and private-sector corporations. 

Rob's research interests centre around topics such as:

  • Seeking Best Methods for Leadership Development,
  • Ubuntu and African Leadership,
  • VUCA and VUCA Prime in Leadership,
  • Effective Police Leadership,
  • Simulations as a Leadership Development Tool,
  • Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership,
  • Emerging Issues in Higher Educational Leadership, and
  • Leadership Decision Making Leveraging Big Data and Critical Thinking in Organizations. 

Rob is also an ICF Certified FLOW Business Coach and a certified MBTI practitioner. He has also published a range of books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and has facilitated numerous peer-reviewed presentations.