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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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Pitch Competition

Join us for the Pitch Competition! Gain pitching experience while competing against other aspiring entrepreneurs for the $500 prize in this competition put on in partnership with Ontario Tech University's Brilliant Catalyst.

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*Registration currently listed under Fall 2020 on registration form.

Date

Date: Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Time: TBD

*Schedule is subject to change

Format

Each participant will have 3 minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a 5 minute question and answer period.

Prize

A $500 prize will be awarded to the winner!

  • Pitch requirements

    Participants will have 3 minutes to pitch their idea, followed by a 5 minute question and answer period.

    A slide deck is required from all participants.

    Pitch must include:
    • introduction to start-up idea;
    • validation conducted to date;
    • competetive analysis; and
    • plan for future development.
  • Judging
    Judges will be provided a judging sheet that grades the pitch based on how well the content was covered (based on the requirements above), pitching skills, and how the participant answer questions from the judges.
  • Entry fee

    $400 Cdn competition entry fee* + HST

    *Registration for the Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit add-on includes registration for the Pitch Competition. Competitors are welcome to invite guests of their own if they wish.

  • Registration

    Registration for this event is open to all!

    You can register through the Secure Online Registration form*. All course fees must be paid at the time of registration.

    *The Winter 2021 Pitch Competition is currently listed under Fall 2020 on the registration form. 

  • Credential
    Receive a formal certificate for participation in the Pitch Competition.

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  • Understanding and Talking About Anti-Black Racism in Canada - Panel discussion

    Understanding and Talking About Anti-Black Racism in Canada - Panel discussion

    Recorded August 11, 2020

    As Canada and the rest of the globe grapples with the legacy and contemporary implications of racism, many non-racialized Canadians hope to have a better understanding of the theory and practice that informs anti-racism efforts and calls for institutional reform. This session will unpack some of the terminology that is often referenced and offer demonstrative examples of how this discourse is relevant in present day Canada. Finally, we hope to leave you with some tools to inform your own anti-racism thinking and practice.

    What is covered?

    •  What is racism and specifically how does anti-Black manifest in everyday society?
    •  What is the difference between interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism?
    •  What is White privilege and White supremacy
    •  How does racism intersect with other systemic oppressions in society?
    •  What are micro-aggressions?
    •  How can I better understand my role in tackling racism?

    You can also submit questions to the panel anonymously through the above "Submit a question for discussion" button.

    Panelists

    Sharifa T. Wright is the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Engagement at Ontario Tech. Ms. Wright is a diversity leader with over 15 years’ experience engaging and supporting underrepresented, disenfranchised, and marginalized communities in the higher education, government, and non-profit sectors in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Ms. Wright holds certifications in Project Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Anti-Oppression Training; she graduated from Williams College in the United States with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Africana Studies, and Math and has completed graduate coursework in Social and Political Thought at York University.  

    Shailene Panylo is a community social justice activist and organizer that was awarded the prestigious Lincoln M. Alexander Provincial Award for her anti-racism and discrimination work. She works with organizations across the GTA to develop and deliver diversity and anti-bullying workshops and facilitates her Naturally Crowned natural hair workshops in partnership with the Durham Catholic and Public school boards. Shailene is a public speaker, a former federal candidate, and has also sat on the Community Advisory Council Board for the Durham Children’s Aid Society. She has been a youth mentor for 7 years and takes great pride in her role as a director for the Durham Black Students’ Network, a not-for-profit that bridges the gap between racialized youth and their communities for all-around excellence. Shailene is also a co-founding organizer of the Durham Black Accountability Coalition, a group focused on implementing legislated frameworks for all levels of government to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in public institutions.

    Dr. Tess Pierce, Moderator. Associate professor in Communication & Digital Media Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Dr. Tess is a community activist who writes and teaches about gender and identity.