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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Further Education Week

The Further Education Expo is on October 6!

Ask all your further education questions at the Further Education Expo on October 6! Connect virtually with different institutions to get answers to your questions related to post-graduate programs, applications, and processes. Ontario Tech students can register through the Student Life Portal. Durham College students can register through the Hired Career Portal.

Further Education Week runs from October 4 to October 8

Each day of Further Education week there will be a different industry further education panel, which will consist of alumni from different fields (including counselling, medicine, law and paramedical) sharing their experience and answering questions about what it's like to work and study in their field.

  • Monday, October 4: Law

    The panel on law is where you can ask questions about what it's like to do further education in the area of law. Ontario Tech students, visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal and Durham College students visit the Hired Career Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session.

    Marisa Narotam, BA (Hons), JD (in progress) 

    Marisa Narotam graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2020. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Legal Studies, and a minor in Criminology and Justice. In her third and fourth year at Ontario Tech, she was a mentor in the Peer Mentorship Program through Student Life. In addition, during her fourth year, she become a Senior Peer Leader for her Faculty, assisting directly with the programming of Orientation. Through a practicum placement within the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Marisa shadowed at the Durham Crown Attorney?s office in her last year of university. She is currently enrolled in her first year of law school at the University of Windsor, hoping to pursue criminal prosecution or human rights work.

    Luca Vita

    Luca graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Legal Studies. After graduation, Luca explored interests in law and business, by working at a boutique law office specializing in real estate transactions and financial institutions. Luca is currently a third-year law student at the University of Windsor in the JD program. Luca spent the summer working at a leading national law firm, where he will return for articling. Luca aspires to practice commercial real estate law. At the University of Windsor, Luca serves as a peer mentor to first-year law students and is engaged in the Windsor Italian Law Association as a Director.

  • Tuesday, October 5: Counselling and MSW

    This panel features alummi who've gone into counselling to answer any questions about what it's like to do further education in the area of counselling. Ontario Tech students, visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal and Durham College students visit the Hired Career Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session.

    Erika Gilbert, BA, MSW, RSW

    Erika is a dedicated and accomplished clinical professional, and is passionate in supporting the well-being of others. Erika loved her undergraduate experience at Ontario Tech University and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Criminology in 2016. During her education, Erika participated in multiple volunteer and research opportunities, and completed an honours thesis. Erika greatly appreciates the close relationships she was able to build with faculty, staff, and other students. After her Bachelors degree, Erika obtained a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, and completed a specialization in Mental Health and Health. This is where Erika received expert training in providing support, system navigation and therapy to individuals and groups. After her MSW, Erika worked as a Social Worker at the Children's Aid Society, a rural hospital, and the Alzheimers Society. Currently, Erika works with the Region of Durham in the field of long-term care, where she provides therapy and support to seniors and their families. Erika is a First Generation student, meaning her parents never attended post-secondary studies. Erika, like many First Generation students, experienced significant struggles during both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, such as having a lack of knowledge about university life, fear of fitting in, reduced support at home, and uncertainty about a career path. Erika understands how nerve-wracking and overwhelming post-secondary schooling can be, and she truly enjoys supporting others through this process. It is Erika's belief that it is absolutely okay to be unsure about our journey, and to not know all of the details. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.

    Erin Campbell

    Erin completed her BA in Forensic Psychology at OntarioTech in 2019. The practicum she completed at Ontario Shores coupled with the research experience she gathered in the undergraduate thesis program led her to apply for clinical psychology programs. She just completed her MA program in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto where she was trained in providing psychotherapy and support for adults in individual therapy. She is now working part-time as a research assistant and part-time as a therapist in training at a private practice where she works with first responders and others who have experienced trauma. She is a strong advocate for education, but understands how confusing it can be to navigate or decide what you want to do. She changed her mind many times about the program she wanted to be in, the career she wanted and even transferred universities in her undergrad. It is her hope that while gathering information about your options going forward, you understand the path isn’t always linear and that’s okay.

  • Wednesday, October 6: Further Education Expo

    The Further Education Expo provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide range of post-graduate options including MBA, Law and Medical programs, post-diploma and graduate certificate programs, and diploma to degree programs. The Further Education Expo will be held virtually this year, with each institution having its own virtual link and time-slot for visitation. Institutions will speak to students about their programs, admissions processes, and answer questions. Admission is free for students. Ontario Tech students must register in advance through the Student Life Portal. Durham College students must register in advance through the Hired Career Portal.

    To view the list of institutions visiting, please visit the exclusive student guidebook (login required).
  • Thursday, October 7: Medicine

    The panel on medicine is where you can ask questions about what it's like to do further education in the area of medicine. Ontario Tech students, visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal and Durham College students visit the Hired Career Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session.

    Keegan Guidolin, BSc (Hons), MD, MSc (in progress)

    Keegan Guidolin is a resident physician in General Surgery at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor's of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences at Ontario Tech University, after completing a fourth year thesis project in Dr. Holly Jones-Taggart's lab on intracellular signalling in breast cancer cells. He then attended medical school at Western University where he served on the medical admissions committee for four years. After receiving his MD, he began his residency training at the University of Toronto in the Division of General Surgery. He is currently completing a Master's of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering through the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program, doing research in cancer nanomedicine and image-guided surgery under the supervision of Dr. Gang Zheng and Dr. Fayez Quereshy. After residency training, he hopes to pursue fellowship training in Complex Surgical Oncology and practice in an academic centre with a research interest in advanced surgical technology and innovation.

  • Friday, October 8: Health Science

    This panel features alumni that will answer any questions about what it's like to do further education in the area of occupational therapy and health sciences. Ontario Tech students, visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal and Durham College students visit the Hired Career Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session.

    Bilal Khan, BHSc (Hons), MPH, PhD (in progress)

    Bilal Khan is a first year PhD student at University of Toronto IHPME. He received his Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) at Ontario Tech University. After graduation he moved to New York City and completed a Master of Public Health specializing in Epidemiology at New York University (NYU). Bilal moved back to Toronto and has been working at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) as a Research Analyst in the Education department. In September 2020, he will begin his full-time doctoral studies at IHPME and commence work on his dissertation examining rates of recidivism among incarcerated individuals living with mental illnesses in Ontario correctional centres.

    Erica Gavel

    Erica Gavel is a Paralympian and PhD Candidate at Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Science studying “environmental physiology and Paralympic performance”. With this research, Erica and her supervisor, Dr. Heather Logan-Sprenger, are investigating critical core temperature and the mechanisms associated with heat-related fatigue and stress. Before Erica’s wheelchair basketball career, she was a member of the University of Saskatchewan Women’s Basketball Team where the program won a Canada West Championship, and bronze and silver medals at the USport National Championship. Erica completed a Master of Science at the University of Toronto and was awarded the “Own the Podium – Dr. Gord Sleivert Young Investigator Award” for her research. Erica is a member of the Own the Podium Return to Sport Task Force, the Canadian Paralympic Committee Athlete Commission, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Athlete Steering Committee, and the International Paralympic Committee Sport Science and Research Working Group.

     

  • Career supports
    We invite you to connect with the Career Centre for 1 on 1 career planning support. You can connect with a career counsellor to further explore your options, interests, and career paths related to post-graduate opportunities. Additionally, you can connect with an employment advisor to receive assistance with personal statements and applications.
  • Alumni supports

    The Ontario Tech Alumni Association is a network of more than 22,000 graduates. We want to hear about your milestones and keep in touch—stay connected with us so we know how to reach you.

    There are many advantages to being an Ontario Tech University graduate:

    • Visit alumni.ontariotechu.ca to find out about our alumni discounts, benefits and events.
    • Join our mentoring program! Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees and supported by RBC Future Launch, the Ontario Tech Hub is an exclusive networking and mentoring platform for Ontario Tech alumni and current students to help them connect on specific career interests and goals.
    • As a member of our alumni community you are able to use the Career Centre for life! You have access to the job search portal and career counselling services (including phone and Skype appointments). 

    To stay connected with your alumni community and the university after graduation, switch your persona in the Ontario Tech app to the alumni profile and follow us on social media: 

    @OTAlumni 

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