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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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Mr. Garry Cubitt

Mr. Gary Cubitt

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

For his outstanding leadership, benevolence and unflagging commitment to ensuring the success of the university and the Region of Durham, we are proud to confer upon Mr. Garry Cubitt the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Mr. Cubitt is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Regional Municipality of Durham and is responsible to Regional Council for all the services provided by the Region. For more than 42 years he has served the public sector, beginning his career as a social worker. Durham Region has experienced significant growth and change during his time as CAO and he continues to ensure exceptional municipal services are delivered to Durham Region residents.

A long-time resident of Oshawa, he has given back to the community through his dedicated volunteer work with many organizations across Durham Region. He has been widely recognized by a number of organizations and was awarded the William G. Davis Award for his contributions to Ontario community colleges and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Cubitt has made an outstanding contribution toward the creation and development of the university as the founding Chair of the Board of Governors. He remains active with both the university and Durham College Boards.