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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. Robert Strickert

Mr. Robert Strickert

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

For his remarkable success in the nuclear industry, and commitment to the creation of our university, we are proud to confer upon Mr. Robert Strickert the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Mr. Strickert’s career spans more than 30 years in the nuclear power industry with Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation. He was involved in the successful decontamination of the Douglas Point Reactor at the Bruce Site and investigated the root cause of the pressure tube cracks in the early CANDU reactors. He served in a variety of senior management capacities including Operating Superintendent, Production Manager and Site Vice-President of Pickering. He was Site Vice-President of the Darlington Nuclear Station for the first five years of operation where he helped the plant become one of the first facilities in the world to receive ISO 14001 certification and international recognition for a strong safety culture.

He worked hard on behalf of the nuclear power industry to improve community relations and was instrumental in creating a strong community partnership, helping the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station gain a reputation as a good corporate citizen and environmental leader. He is known as the ‘green director’ among his peers due to his commitment to safe, efficient and environmentally sound practices.

Mr. Strickert is actively involved in the community participating on numerous boards, including previously serving as Chair of the Board of Governors for both the university and Durham College.