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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

Student Leadership Awards of Recognition

Past award recipient Keisha Douraj standing with President Steven Murphy.The Student Leadership Awards of Recognition acknowledge and celebrate students who demonstrate exemplary leadership practices that align with the university's values. Each year, students are celebrated for their achievements and contributions to the Ontario Tech community.

The 2021-2022 nomination period is now closed. We will let you know when it opens for the 2022-2023 academic year! 

Award categories 

There are two categories of awards presented to undergraduate and graduate students:

  • Student Leadership Award (four awards)
  • President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership (two awards)

Student Leadership Awards

  • Nominee requirements
    • Must be a student enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional program.
    Undergraduate and professional students: 
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 to be considered for an award. 
    Graduate students: 
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered for an award. 
  • Accountability (Ethics) Award

    Students nominated for this award should:

    • Accept personal accountability in their leadership.
    • Exemplify dependability.
    • Incorporate ethical reasoning into their actions.
    • Uphold transparent leadership practices.
  • Community Building Award

    Students nominated for this award should:

    • Develop or assist in the development of stronger relationships within and/or between segments of the university community.
    • Foster connections and collaborative practices between peers, groups, and/or team members.
  • Innovation Award

    Students nominated for this award should:

    • Build upon, inspire or produce inventive ideas that surpass expectations in their leadership roles.
    • Formulate new approaches and consider alternative solutions to existing problems, or processes.
    • Have a creative impact on their leadership initiatives.
  • Respect Award

    Students nominated for this award should:

    • Influence or promote equitable practices within the university community.
    • Respectfully acknowledge or appreciate the perspectives and backgrounds of others and encourage others to do the same.

President's Award

  • Nominee requirements
    Undergraduate and professional students:
    • Must be in their final year of study at the time of nomination.
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 to be considered for an award. 
    Graduate students: 
    • Can be in any year of study at the graduate level.
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered for an award.
  • President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership

    The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership is awarded to two graduating students: One undergraduate or professional student, and one graduate student. President's Award winners will also receive a $500 award.

    Students nominated for the President's Award should fulfill the criteria listed in each of the Student Leadership Awards.

    Below is a summary of the criteria. Students nominated for this award should:

    • Accept personal accountability in their leadership
    • Build upon, inspire or produce inventive ideas that surpass expectations in their leadership roles
    • Develop or assist in the development of stronger relationships within and/or between segments of the university community
    • Exemplify dependability
    • Formulate new approaches and consider alternative solutions to existing problems or processes
    • Foster connections and collaborative practices between peers, groups and/or team members
    • Have a creative impact on their leadership initiatives
    • Incorporate ethical reasoning into their actions
    • Influence or promote equitable practices within the university community
    • Respectfully acknowledge or appreciate the perspectives and backgrounds of others, and encourage others to do the same
    • Uphold transparent leadership practices