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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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Ambassador Program

What is the Ambassador program?

The Ambassador program is for students looking to get involved, positively contribute to the campus community and become leaders on campus.

Throughout the program, you'll be given exclusive opportunities to volunteer at events and participate in an ongoing workshop series, designed to support your personal and professional growth.

Why should I become an Ambassador? 

  • Develop your leadership skills and gain practical work experience.

  • Gain access to exclusive involvement opportunities and free Ontario Tech swag. 

  • Meet new people and join a community of student leaders. 

About the program

About the program

Participation in the Ambassador program will provide you with the opportunity for personal development in five domains.

Ambassador Program Outcomes written in a colourful wheel: civic engagement, interpersonal competence, intrapersonal development, cognitive complexity, and knowledge acquisition.Civic Engagement: You'll explore social responsibility as it relates to societal systems of power and oppression.

Cognitive Complexity: You'll develop critical thinking skills through creative problem-solving.

Interpersonal Competence: You'll cultivate interpersonal skills through collaboration and teamwork.

Intrapersonal Development: You'll practice reflection in order to increase self-understanding.

Knowledge Acquisition: You'll demonstrate an ability to understand, connect and construct knowledge.

In levels one through three, you'll participate in approximately 5 to 8 hours of training, each level building upon previous training knowledge. You'll then apply this knowledge through participation in exclusive volunteer opportunities. In level four, you'll collaborate with other students on a project that highlights the knowledge, skills and abilities developed throughout the program.

In order to obtain recognition for your involvement in the Ambassador program, you must complete the following for each level:

  • Level one: Training (AODA + Mindsight) - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities, Campus Connected 

  • Level two: Training - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities

  • Level three: Training - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities 

  • Level four: Culminating project, two cultural safety activities  

Training schedule

Training schedule

In order to be considered an Ontario Tech Ambassador, you must complete Level 1 training.
Ambassador training

All training sessions are conducted using the following format: 

  • Part one: Hosted through Google Classroom
    • Upon registering, you'll be placed in a part one classroom in 3 to 5 business days. Part one is to be completed on your own time and must be submitted prior to attending part two. 
  • Part two: Synchronous—hosted either virtually, in-person or hybrid
    • Dates and times of part two sessions will be announced regularly through part one's Google Classroom. 
Upcoming part two training dates

Once you've completed your part one modules through Google Classroom, you're eligible to attend a live part two session. 

Fall 2022 part two sessions:

Level one

  • Saturday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Level two

  • Thursday, February 23 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Level three

  • Friday, February 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Have questions about the schedule or format of the Ambassador program? Feel free to contact ambassadors@ontariotechu.ca

Register for Ambassador training

Register for Ambassador training

Become a leader on campus, get involved and meet new people.

If you're interested, your first step is to attend the Ambassador level one training! 

Ambassador leadership opportunities

Once Ambassadors have successfully worked their way through levels 1 to 3 of the program, and have completed all required training, they will be eligible to participate in Level 4. 

Level 4 Ambassadors participate in a culminating project that will showcase the leadership skills they have gained over the course of their university experience, and highlight the knowledge, skills and abilities they have developed throughout their participation in the Ambassador Program. 

The Ambassador Level 4 project will be completed in small groups, where leaders will select a focus from 1 of 5 categories of leadership: 

  • Communication

  • Community

  • Equity

  • Leadership

  • Reflection

Within Level 4 of the Ambassador program, students will: 

  • Apply the skills they have developed in the Ambassador program through participation in a team-based project.

  • Communicate the personal development they have experienced as an Ambassador.

  • Reflect on their personal learning within the Ambassador program.

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Current ambassador level 4 projects

Peer Leaders are upper-year student mentors within the Peer Leader program who support new, incoming students as they transition into university. 

They are matched with a group of first-year students from their respective faculty and are available to their assigned mentees over the summer months to answer questions, and share important Ontario Tech information. 

Throughout the fall semester, Peer Leaders maintain connections with their mentees by sharing relevant student resources, making referrals to campus resources and participating in campus events.  

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

How to Apply: 

Peer Leaders are recruited from the Ambassador list around February of each year. Active Ambassadors who have completed Level 1 Training will be eligible to apply.  

Senior Leaders are upper-year students who supervise and support a group of assigned Peer Leaders from their respective academic faculties. Seniors are considered to be the leaders of the leaders, acting as a knowledgeable resource for the mentors within the Peer Leader Program.    

They play a key role at Ridgeback Orientation in September, supporting their faculty programming and engaging new students in campus activities. Additionally, they are responsible for developing student programming and events for students, and leaders, throughout the fall semester.  

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

How to Apply:

Senior Leaders are recruited from the Ambassador list around February of each year. Ambassadors who have previously held the Peer Leader role will be eligible to apply.

Please note: These positions are limited; only two leaders from each faculty will be selected for this role. 

The Ridgeback Mentorship program is a peer-mentoring initiative that matches upper-year student mentors with first-year student mentees in the winter semester. The aim is to help students achieve greater academic success by establishing meaningful relationships with peers. 

Ridgeback Mentors will be assigned 1 to 3 mentees who they will meet with on an individual basis throughout the term. Within these meetings, mentors will share their own academic journey and other relevant experiences to help build connections, and motivate their mentee toward achieving greater academic success. Mentors will help their students create a personal success plan that includes goal-setting conversations and exploring campus supports.

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

How to Apply:

Applications are now closed. 

Ridgeback Mentors are recruited from the Ambassador list around November of each year. Active Ambassadors who have completed—or plan to complete—Level 1 training by the winter semester, will be eligible to apply.