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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

The Further Education Expo is on September 30!

Ask all your further education questions at the Further Education Expo on September 30! Connect virtually with different institutions to get answers to your questions related to post-graduate programs, applications, and processes.

Further Education Week runs from September 28 to October 2

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, September 28: 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. Visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life 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 became 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, BA (Hons), JD (in progress)

    Luca Vita graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree 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, September 29: 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. Visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session.

    Erika Gilbert, BA, MSW, RSW

    Erika Gilbert 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.

     

    Julia Vanderluit, BA (Hons), MSW (in progress)

    Julia is currently in her last semester of study at Wilfrid Laurier University. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Forensic Psychology at Ontario Tech University in 2016, she began working as a probation and parole officer (PPO) in Whitby, Ontario. This role broadened her understanding of social justice issues and unearthed her love for social work. She realized that she desired a career where she could help others in a greater capacity and subsequently, she commenced her part-time, online Master’s program and continued to work as a PPO before moving to Hamilton, Ontario. After securing a placement at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton she worked alongside a remarkable clinical social worker and an interdisciplinary team who supported individuals with various psychotic disorders, namely schizophrenia. This experience allowed Julia to realize her passion for supporting individuals’ mental health and journeys to wellness.

  • Wednesday, September 30: 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. No need to register in advance.

    To view the list of institutions visiting, please visit the exclusive student guidebook (login required).
  • Thursday, October 1: 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. Visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life 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 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.

    Alyssa Higginson, BHSc, MHSc

    Alyssa Higginson graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2012, after completing both her undergraduate honours degree and Master's degree in health sciences. While completing her Master's degree she received the CIHR research grant and worked as a Research Coordinator for a study looking at the sexual health education needs of youth in the Durham Region. While a student at Ontario Tech, Alyssa worked as a Tour Guide for the Registrars Office and was a Student Assistant for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Following graduation, Alyssa moved to Hamilton where she took a position as a Research Coordinator at Hamilton Health Sciences while volunteering with Hamilton Public Health's Unfiltered Facts program. She then was offered her dream job as a Health Promotion Specialist for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program. For the past 6 years, she has worked as a Health Promotion Specialist and Cancer Screening Coordinator as part of the Regional Cancer Program Team and received the Human Touch Award in 2014 from Cancer Care Ontario for her work in reducing barriers to cancer screening in underserved communities. She loves working in the community and is passionate about ensuring equitable preventative healthcare.

  • Friday, October 2: Occupational Therapy and 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. Visit the Events and Workshops page on the Student Life Portal to obtain a virtual meeting link for this session. 

    Amber Izzard, BHSc (Hons), MS (in progress)

    Amber is currently in her final year of her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. 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. Amber has always been passionate about improving the quality of life of others so after graduation, she moved to rural 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 health-focused response.

     

    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.

  • 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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