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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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Peer Leader Program

Peer leaders

What is the Peer Leader program?

The purpose of the Peer Leader program is to support our new students as they transition into all facets of their first year at Ontario Tech. 

All new, incoming students—including direct from high school, pathway and transfer students—are automatically matched with an upper-year Peer Leader from their respective faculty. Your Peer Leader is available to an assigned group of mentees during the summer months, leading up to Ridgeback Orientation and into the fall semester. 

How can my Peer Leader support me?

Peer Leaders help new students integrate into university life and help to facilitate a more engaging student experience. Through cultivating meaningful peer relationships, students and leaders contribute to building a strong sense of community and vibrant campus culture.  

Peer Leaders will support student mentees by:

  • Answering questions about the university and life as an Ontario Tech student.

  • Creating opportunities for students to meet new people and have fun.

  • Inviting students to campus events and activities.

  • Offering encouragement and guidance throughout the first semester.

  • Providing referrals to campus services and resources.

  • Sharing their own academic journey and experiences. 

For additional information about the Peer Leader program, navigate through the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below: 


Any other inquiries about the Peer Leader program can be submitted through the program inquiry form or sent to