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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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  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology

    Cyndi Hillis

    Senior Academic Advisor, Commerce programs (last names A-L)

    Cyndi Hillis

    Cyndi Hillis graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University Of Ottawa, specializing in Marketing and Human Resources Management. She chose the field of advising as she has a passion for helping others.

    Her interests include spending quality time with beloved family and friends.

    "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth."
    - Unknown




    Emily Williams-Bell

    Senior Academic Advisor, Commerce programs (last names M-Z)

    Emily McKnight

    Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Ontario Tech University and completed two diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Police Foundations, both from Durham College. She also achieved a postgraduate degree at York University in Dispute Resolution, which included theory and practice skills in mediation, negotiation and arbitration. She has worked in an advising role for the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health Sciences. She loves penguins, enjoys travelling, boating and spending time with her family and friends. Over the course of her employment at the university, she has helped students plan for educational achievement. The purposeful decisions of how to adapt and support students into and through their university career is at the heart of her passion for academic advising.

    “It is so easy to forget how precious it is to be alive.”


    Rachel Dyers

    Senior Academic Advisor, I.T. programs

    Rachel Dyers

    Rachel received her Honors Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education at Ontario Tech University. Before joining the Faculty of Business and Information Technology as an Academic Advisor, Rachel worked at Ontario Tech for five years in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as a Department Assistant and then Program Coordinator in the Engineering Co-op and Internship Program.  Rachel wants to help students experience their fullest potential at university, both in their academic and personal lives.

    Rachel is passionate about spending time outdoors with her two dogs and travelling as much as possible!

    “A person who never made mistakes never tried anything new.”
    — Albert Einstein


  • Faculty of Education

    Susan Snelling

    Academic Advisor

    Susan Snelling


  • Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

    Kerry Morrison

    Senior Academic Advisor 

    Kerry Morrison

    Kerry attended Wilfrid Laurier University and completed a Bachelor of Arts program. While working full time, she completed her Master of Education with Brock University; her thesis focused on Academic Advising.

    She loves meeting prospective students at recruitment events, seeing them at orientation, helping them navigate their university career, watching them walk across the stage at convocation and then getting updates from them as alumni.  

    She loves photography, travelling, surfing and Halloween.

    "Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don’t work out, take another shot.”
    Ziad Abdelnour


  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

    Holly MacPherson

    Academic Advisor

    Holly MacPherson

    Holly MacPherson completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Leeds, England. She travelled extensively after university and eventually landed in Canada where she loves the diversity, politeness and outdoors. She spends her free time skiing in the winters, camping in the summers and generally seeks adventures and fun times. She loves meeting new people and hearing about their experiences; the best part of her job is helping students through their university journey.

    "Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
    – Theodore Roosevelt



    Brittany McFarlane

    Academic Advisor (LTO)

    Brittany McFarlane

    Brittany McFarlane completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph. She got into advising because she loves the university atmosphere and connecting with students, and she feels there is so much more to gain at university than just one's academic record.

    Advising can help connect you to other resources, supports and opportunities on campus to make the most of your experience at Ontario Tech University—so drop by and say hi!


  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science

    Tara Funston

    Senior Academic Advisor (LTO)

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    Nicole Süss

    Academic Advisor

    Nicole Suss

    Nicole Süss specializes in helping Science students find their passion and meet their academic goals. She has a Biological Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Education; she was one of the early graduates of the Concurrent Education program offered at Ontario Tech University. While completing her undergraduate degree she also had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in the Kirkwood Lab. She also went on to become a Teaching Assistant for first year Biology courses before settling in to the Academic Advising role she holds today.


    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    Albert Einstein


    Shelly Windsor

    Academic Advisor

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    Shelly attended Trent University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Following her undergrad, Shelly pursued a post-graduate qualification in Human Resources and practiced for four years before leaving to live abroad. While living overseas, she fulfilled a life-long dream and attended law school, completing her LL.B.  She has a passion for education and all the options it can provide for students. She brings the experience of both studying and working in higher education abroad, as well as at Ontario Tech University, where she has worked since the beginning of 2016.  Her favourite part of her job is seeing a student bounce back when they experience a setback, and supporting them to ultimately succeed.

    Her interests include live music, cooking, travelling, yoga and dogs. 

    "Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful [university] experience.”
    - Light, R.J. (2001), Making the most of college. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities