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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. Donald McGillis

Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Donald McGillis enjoyed an eminent and internationally-recognized career as a professional engineer, leader and innovator of new technologies in the field of engineering and, in particular, electric energy systems. During his 37-year career at Hydro Quebec, he pioneered a number of world firsts in power systems technology that have revolutionized the industry and set new standards for secure, reliable, efficient and environmentally-friendly power transmission across the globe. He was especially noted for creating the 735-kilovott power line, acclaimed in 1987 as one of Canada's ten most outstanding engineering achievements of the 20th century.

Donald McGillis passed away in February 2013 at the age of 84.