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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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Andy Sheppard

Speaker: Andy Sheppard, Chief Research Scientist Biosecurity, CSIRO

Presentation: “Responsible innovation towards Biosecurity technology delivery”

Bio: Dr. Andy Sheppard is a Chief Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University in Biosecurity. He is also Co-Executive Director Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry-CSIRO Catalysing Australia’s Biosecurity Initiative and Director of CSIRO’s European laboratory. He is a population ecologist with an international reputation in biological control and risk assessment, focusing on the management of invasions of invasive plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and diseases. He has published two books and many book chapters as part of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.