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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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Further Education Week

Further Education Week

During Further Education week there will be different industry panelists consisting of alumni from different fields sharing their experience and answering questions about what it's like to work and study in their field.

The Further Education Expo

The Further Education Expo takes place at the beginning of the school year and is an opportunity for students to explore post-graduate options. Students can connect with different institutions to get answers to questions related to post-graduate programs, applications, and processes.

Learn about the panelists from the 2022 Further Education Week below.

Law

Law

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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.

Heather Selby, Police Constable: York Region

Heather is a Human Resources Management graduate with a B.A. in the Social Sciences field. Diverse work experience background in human resources and employment advising, loss prevention, healthcare, and the service industry. Active volunteer in my community, passionate about helping others.

Medicine and Occupational Therapy

Medicine and Occupational Therapy

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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.

Amber Armstrong-Izzard

Amber is currently in her final year of her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. As a student occupational therapist, she has had the opportunity to complete placements exploring both physical and mental health. She is excitedly looking forward to her next placement in Atikokan Ontario which is a small northern community that is known as the canoeing capital of Canada. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from Ontario Tech University. During her time at Ontario Tech, she was actively involved on campus through the University Works program as a Peer Employment Advisor and several on-campus clubs. Following graduating from Ontario Tech she moved to Manitoba to work in addictions and mental health services. This experience solidified her drive to be a part of addressing substance use in Canada with a client-centred response as a future occupational therapist.

 

Counselling and MSW

Counselling and MSW

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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.

Cathlin Martin, Clinical Social Worker

Cathlin is a Registered Social Worker with a background in Criminology and Justice and Teaching. An alumni of Ontario Tech University of the University of Toronto, she loves to help others on their journey toward personal growth and wholeness. A few of her roles have been assisting refuge youth transition into Canadian culture through facilitation of programs throughout the year, teaching French in an elementary school, and helping reduce social isolation for older adults in the City of Toronto. She has been fortunate enough to work with clients of diverse ethnicities, religions, and ages. Her approach is trauma-informed and anti-oppressive and her specialties are anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues. She currently works in private practice counselling clients throughout Ontario.

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.

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