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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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Ambassador Program

The Ambassador program is for students looking to get involved, positively contribute to the campus community, and become leaders on campus. Throughout the program, Ambassadors are given exclusive opportunities to volunteer at events and participate in an ongoing workshop series, designed to support their personal and professional growth.

Why should you become an Ambassador?
  • Develop your leadership skills and gain practical work experience.

  • Gain access to exclusive involvement opportunities and free Ontario Tech swag. 

  • Meet new people and join a community of student leaders. 

Please note: If you're also interested in joining the Peer Leader program, you're required to be an active Ambassador with minimum Ambassador Level 1 training. 

Ambassador training

In order to be considered an Ontario Tech Ambassador, you must complete Ambassador Level 1 training. 

All training sessions are conducted using the following format:

  • Part one: Hosted through Google Classroom
    • Upon registering below, you'll be placed into a part one classroom in 3 to 5 business days; part one is to be completed on your own time and must be submitted prior to attending part two. 

  • Part two: Virtual or in-person session
    • Dates and times of part two sessions will be announced regularly through the Google Classroom.

Upcoming part two training dates

Once you have completed your part one modules through the Google Classroom, you're eligible to attend a live part-two session.

Fall 2022 part two sessions:

Level one

  • Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Google Meets
  • Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Google Meets
  • Wednesday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. in person (location TBD)

Level two

  • Thursday, October 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. in person (location TBD)

Level three

  • Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, in person (location TBD)

If you have any questions about the schedule or format of the program, contact ambassadors@ontariotechu.ca.

Being an Ambassador is a great way to develop your leadership skills, meet new people and get involved on campus.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, your first step is to attend the Ambassador level one training.  

Ambassador Program Outcomes written in a colourful wheel: civic engagement, interpersonal competence, intrapersonal development, cognitive complexity, and knowledge acquisition.Participation in the Ambassador Program will provide you with the opportunity for personal development within the following five domains: 

Civic Engagement: You will explore social responsibility as it relates to societal systems of power and oppression.

Cognitive Complexity: You will develop critical thinking skills through creative problem-solving.

Interpersonal Competence: You will cultivate interpersonal skills through collaboration and teamwork.

Intrapersonal Development: You will practice reflection in order to increase self-understanding.

Knowledge Acquisition: You will demonstrate an ability to understand, connect, and construct knowledge.

In levels 1 through 3, you will participate in approximately 5 to 8 hours of training, each level building upon previous training knowledge. You will then apply this knowledge through participation in exclusive volunteer opportunities. In level four, you will collaborate with other students on a project that highlights the knowledge, skills and abilities developed throughout the program.

In order to obtain recognition for your involvement in the Ambassador program, you must have completed the following for each level:

  • Level one: Training (AODA + Mindsight) - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities, Campus Connected 

  • Level two: Training - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities

  • Level three: Training - 15 volunteer points, two cultural safety activities 

  • Level four: Culminating project, two cultural safety activities  

View the current Ambassador Level 4 projects on the Digital Community

The culminating project for experienced Ontario Tech Ambassadors is their Ambassador Level 4 project. It provides students with the opportunity to showcase the leadership skills they have gained over the course of their university experience and highlight the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed throughout their participation in the Ambassador Program. Students who reach this level have completed three previous levels of Ambassador training that include a variety of workshops and training on professional and personal development. In addition, participants must demonstrate involvement across campus by engaging in campus volunteer initiatives, building interpersonal relationships, promoting opportunities for student success and supporting a diverse range of programming. 

The Ambassador Level 4 project is done in small groups and can be focused on one of five different categories of leadership that students can choose to be a part of. Each group will focus their project around their specific theme. Those categories of leadership are: 

  • Communication
  • Community
  • Equity
  • Leadership
  • Reflection

Students who complete Level 4 of the Ambassador program will be able to: 

  • Reflect on their learning within the Ambassador Program.

  • Apply skills developed in the Ambassador Program through participation in a team-based project.

  • Communicate the personal development they have experienced as an Ambassador.

Program structure

All Ambassadors who are eligible for a Level 4 project are contacted during the summer and will have the opportunity to join this part of the program. Participants then choose which group they would like to be part of and their reason for wanting to join that group. By late summer, all Level 4 Ambassadors have been placed into a group and start their project proposal. Once a group’s proposal has been approved by the program coordinator, they can begin their project. Most projects will span the full academic year, but some may end earlier. Throughout the project, Level 4 Ambassadors complete reflection logs at regular intervals.