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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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Thomas McMorrow, PhD

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, Liberal Studies

Dr. McMorrow has a doctorate and master's degree in Law from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Law and French from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research embraces legal theoretical, doctrinal and qualitative methods. His work has been published in academic journals, such as the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and the Alberta Law Review. He has also published opinion-editorials for a wider audience, in such publications as Policy Options, The Toronto Star, and Huffington Post Canada. In 2016, he appeared as a witness before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-14 (on medical assistance in dying). His current academic interests include Canadian constitutional law, Indigenous law and reconciliation, end of life decision-making, legal education, and the philosophy of law.

Pariss Garramone, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor

Dr. Pariss Garramone's interdisciplinary work examines the intersections of creativity, experiential learning, community involvement, writing pedagogy and curriculum theory, with a focus on social and environmental justice issues. Her teaching and pedagogical research engage ecocomposition practices that draw on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), feminist, and ecoliteracy scholarship.

Matthew Stein, PhD

Director, Social Research Centre

Dr. Matthew Stein holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. As director of the Social Research Centre, he has facilitated a number of research projects, focusing mainly on developing and implementing program evaluations and assessments within our local area community, but also assisting in research within the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and larger scale university-wide research projects. Other research areas include: ridesharing, active transportation, wearable technologies, anti-Semitism, sexual assault and victimization, employment, homelessness, strategies for student success, experiential learning, university transfer credits and internal program evaluations. Dr. Stein's own research explores issues with chronic pain in the workplace, but he has thoroughly enjoyed working on various research topics that extend beyond his field.