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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

Peer Leader Program

Peer leaders

The Peer Leader Program is a peer-mentoring initiative that supports student success and engagement through cultivating peer-relationships that contribute to a strong sense of community and vibrant campus culture. All incoming students to the University, including transfer and pathway students, are matched with an upper-year mentor from their own faculty. These mentors, known more widely as Peer Leaders, help new students integrate into university life and help to facilitate a more engaging student experience throughout post-secondary.  

Peer Leaders receive extensive training to meet key outcomes in the areas of communication, collaboration and teamwork, equity, problem-solving, self-awareness, and more. Additionally, leaders pull from their own university experience to connect with their peers and support them in reading their own personal, professional, and academic goals.  

Peer Leaders will support student mentees by:

  • Answering students’ questions about the university and life as a student.
  • Sharing their own experience as a student with their personal academic journey.
  • Creating opportunities for students to meet new people and have fun.
  • Providing referrals to services and resources available to students on campus.
  • Sharing information about campus events and activities on campus.
  • Helping students to achieve personal success through planning and goal-setting.
  • Offering encouragement and guidance throughout the year.

For additional information about the Peer Leader Program, please navigate through the FAQ section below or email peerleaders@ontariotechu.ca 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Can I be matched with a Peer Leader?

    First-Year, Transfer, and Pathways Students

    All new, incoming students beginning classes in September or January will be automatically enrolled in the Peer Leader Program and matched with an upper-year student from their program and/or faculty. If a student has not heard from their assigned Peer Leader by the first week of classes, or for additional questions about the program, please complete the Program Inquiry Form

    Upper-Year Students

    While upper-year students are not automatically matched with a Peer Leader, this type of mentoring relationship can still be very beneficial to students in any year of study. Any Ontario Tech student can ‘opt-in’ to the program and be matched with a Peer Leader at any time throughout the fall or winter semesters, by completing the Program Inquiry Form. 

    Program Inquiry Form

  • Can students request to be matched with a different Peer Leader than they were originally assigned?

    If a student feels that they are not matched with a Peer Leader who is a good fit for them for any reason, they can easily request that they be reassigned to a new leader. Students can simply complete the Program Inquiry Form, and we can work together to find a more suitable match. 

    Program Inquiry Form

  • How can someone make a referral to the Peer Leader Program?

    Individuals across the campus community are likely to be connected with students who would benefit from being connected with a Peer Leader, and can easily refer students in any year of study, to the Peer Leader Program anytime. To make a referral, or to request more information about the program, simply complete the Program Inquiry Form, and we will follow-up as soon as possible.

    Program Inquiry Form

  • How can students become a Peer Leader?

    The Peer Leader role runs from about March to April of the following year academic year. 

    Student Life will be recruiting candidates for a variety of Leadership Positions between December and January. 

    Some roles, including the Peer Leader position, require that students have completed at least Ambassador Level One Training. Students can sign-up with the Ambassador Program anytime, and will have a variety of opportunities to complete the training throughout the year. For more information, visit the Ambassador page or contact ambassadors@ontariotechu.ca.


All general inquiries about the Peer Leader Program can be submitted through the Program Inquiry Form or directed to peerleaders@ontariotechu.ca.