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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, serving as Assistant Professor at Trent University School of Business and Master of Management program, Durham.

 Rob also serves:

  • As the CEO of Global Leadership Initiatives,, which exists to "develop excellence in leadership globally," on the faculty of various universities such as:
  • Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Education.
    • Supervising faculty with the Ed.D program for Education.
    • Graduate teaching faculty for the GDIPL for Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership, Cape Town, South Africa.

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

 These courses include:

Foundations of Leadership; Conflict and Negotiation in Business; Organizational Effectiveness; Leadership and Technology; Leadership and Administration; Cross-Cultural Leadership Development and Training; Collaborative Leadership; Leadership, Negotiation, and Teamwork; Ethical Leadership.

 Rob also designed and deployed the following leadership courses for first responder services in Canada:

  • The University Certificate in Police Leadership (deployed with six Police Services).
  • The Certificate in Paramedic Leadership (deployed with three Paramedic Services).

Dr. Elkington’s current research focuses on:

Building Healthy Organizational Cultures Post-Pandemic, The Efficacy of an Online Program for Leadership Development; Virtual Role-Play Simulations as a Leadership Development Tool (Business, Military, Paramedicine, Policing); Emerging Issues in Higher Educational Leadership in Liminal COVID-19 Contexts; The Intersection of Paradigms and Worldviews such as Ubuntu & Ukhama upon Sustainability Leadership in Business and Government; The Impact of VUCA and VUCA Prime on Organizations and Organizational Leadership.

 Rob has published a range of books (Emerald Publications), book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. Rob is a member of the International Leadership Association, an ICF Certified FLOW Business Coach, and an MBTI practitioner. He has facilitated numerous peer-reviewed presentations and workshops in various venues around the world.