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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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Nomination process

The nomination process is open to all faculty, staff and students at Ontario Tech.  Nominators and nominees must meet the nominator requirements. Nominations will open on Monday, March 21.

To nominate a student:

  1. Complete the nomination form by the nomination deadline. Please review the guiding document prior to submitting a nomination.
  2. If you know someone who would like to nominate the same student, there will be an option to attach a letter of support at the end of the nomination form. Please limit letters of support to one page.


Frequently asked questions

  • What are the nominator requirements?

    The nomination process is open to all faculty, staff and students at Ontario Tech.


    • Can nominate multiple students for awards.
    • Can nominate the same student for multiple awards (for example, nominate the same student for the Community Building and Respect Award).
    • Cannot base a nomination on, and/or include reference to experiences for which the student received academic credit (for example, internship, practicum, course assignment, capstone projects, and so on).
    • Cannot nominate the same student for the same leadership award multiple times (for example, nominate the same student for the Community Building Award more than once).
  • How are students notified?
    Winners of the President’s Award of Excellence will be notified via email. Upon receiving their award, winners will be showcased on the university website and also be included under Past Award Recipients.
  • What is the selection process?

    The nomination process is open to all faculty, staff and students at Ontario Tech. Nominators must submit a Student Leadership Awards Nomination Form by the deadline.

    Nominee screening (March to June)

    Throughout the nomination period, nominees are regularly screened against award requirements (e.g. CGPA minimums).

    Initial application review (June)

    The evaluation committee—made up of staff and faculty—reviews nomination applications. Applications are determined to be successful (meet basic award criteria) or unsuccessful (do not meet basic award criteria). You must sign up to be a Student Leadership Award of Recognition - Faculty and Staff Evaluator

    Nominees contacted (July)

    Nominees of successful applications will be contacted and informed of their nominations. Both nominators and nominees will be invited to the Awards Ceremony at this time.

    Personal statements requested (July)

    Top applications are selected and nominees are contacted and asked to submit a personal statement to include in their application. This is to be completed by top Student Leadership Awards applicants and President’s Award applications only.

    Winners selected (August)

    The evaluation committee considers both the nomination and the personal statement in the selection of the award winners. 

    Winners contacted (September to October)

    Winners and their nominators are informed.

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