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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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All Honorary Degree Recipients

Name Year Degree Faculty
Kate Beirness 2019 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Faculty of Science

Al Libfeld 2019 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin 2019 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Annette Verschuren 2019 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Faculty of Health Sciences
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci 2018 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Faculty of Health Sciences
Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger 2018 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Maria Klawe 2018 Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Faculty of Science 

Kenneth Knox 2018 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 

Jeanette Southwood 2017 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 

Shirlee Sharkey 2017 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

The Honourable Sarabjit (Sabi) Marwah 2017 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Faculty of Science 

Elder Shirley Williams  2017 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
The Honourable Perrin Beatty 2016 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Robert Houle  2016 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Kathryn (Kate) Lines 2016 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Faculty of Science 

Neil Pasricha 2016 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

Grantley Morris 2015 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Jean Moss 2015 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Health Sciences

Desmond Newman 2015 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Faculty of Science 

Helen Vari 2015 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Robert Deluce 2014 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

 

Gary Edgar 2014 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

 

Mary Haddad 2014 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

 

Ilse Treurnicht 2014 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Clement Bowman 2013 Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Garry Cubitt 2013 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Elizabeth Dowdeswell 2013 Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Peter Mackinnon 2013 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa 
André Picard 2013 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa 
Robert Strickert 2013 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Lorne Trottier 2013 Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Laura Formusa 2012 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Tom Mitchell 2012 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Ken Shaw 2012 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Edward Broadbent 2012 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Daniel Carter 2011 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Doris Grinspun 2011 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Lyn McLeod 2010 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Gary Polonsky 2010 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Donald McGillis  2009 Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Vernon White  2009 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Avis Glaze  2008 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
William Lishman 2008 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Robert Baun 2007 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
James O'Donnell 2007 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
David Sanborn Scott 2007 Doctor of Science, honoris causa