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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.

Rob ElkingtonOccupation:
Dr. Rob Elkington is the CEO, and President, of Global Leadership Initiatives, an organization that develops leadership globally by offering over three hundred leadership related seminars, three University Certificates, the Personal Leadership Development Plan App, the Leadership Quest App and global Social Entrepreneurship using the Flourishing Business Model Canvas.

Rob holds a Ph.D. from North West University, and an Advanced Certificate in Intercultural Management from Notre Dame University. Rob is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Management and Leadership Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

 Adjunct Professor at Ontario Tech University serving in both the Faculty of Business and IT and the Faculty of Education where he teaches undergraduate courses in Critical Thinking and Ethics, Collaborative Leadership, Leadership Negotiation and Teamwork, Business Ethics, and graduate courses in Foundations of Leadership, Leadership and Technology, and Ethics and Leadership.
 Associate Professor Yorkville University serving with the Faculty of Education.
 Senior Lecturer with the Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership and Good Governance
 Facilitator with Continuous Learning at Ontario Tech University where he has been asked to facilitate one day seminars on Foundations of Leadership, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Critical Decision Making, Diversity and Leadership, Advanced Leadership, and Leadership & Customer Service.
 Community Liaison and Mentor with the Durham Community Innovation Lab, an Entrepreneurship incubator that develops Not Employed or Educated or Trained (NEET) youth in start-up ventures. Durham Co-ILab also supports Social Entrepreneurship.

Research and Publications:
 Served as lead Editor and co-author for the book: “Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context.” (Emerald, 2017).
 Served as lead Editor and co-author for the soon to be released: “Exceptional Leadership by Design: Designing Organizational Contexts for Great Leadership.” (Emerald 2018).
 Published numerous peer reviewed articles on the topic of leadership in various Leadership journals.
Currently working on:
• Emerging Issues in Higher Educational Leadership: A Delphi Survey.
 Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in Disadvantaged Contexts.
 Sensemaking in Police Leadership in a VUCA World.
 Seeking Best Methods for Leadership Development.

 Presented on a number of leadership topics at the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 International Leadership Association annual conferences.
 Co-authored a chapter in the prestigious 2017 Building Leadership Bridges Series: “Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: New Dimensions, Opportunities, and Challenges for Business, Industry, Education and Society.” Rob’s chapter is titled: “How the Communal Philosophies of Ubuntu in Africa and Confucius Thought in China Might Enrich Western Notions of Leadership.”