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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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Role Descriptions

Cheryl Foy is the university's first University Secretary and General Counsel.  Reporting to the President, with a dotted-line responsibility to the chair of the Board of Governors, she is a member of the senior leadership team with responsibility for the governance, legal support, compliance, and risk portfolios. 

Barb Hamilton is the Legal Administrative Assistant to Cheryl Foy. Barb provides executive level assistance to the University Secretary and General Counsel, and assists in the administrative responsibilities of the office.

Becky Dinwoodie is the Assistant University Secretary and is responsible for promoting the effective operation of the university's bicameral form of governance. She provides advisory and administrative support to the Board of Governors, Academic Council, and their standing and ad hoc committees.

Niall O’Halloran is the Policy and Compliance Advisor. Niall is responsible for overseeing the University's policy management and compliance through the implementation and administration of the university's Policy Framework. He is also responsible for advising and educating on information governance including records management and privacy, as well as coordinating compliance with other legislation including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation. In addition, Niall is the main administrator for the university's contract tracking software, configuring to meet user needs and providing training on the system. 

Jacquelyn Dupuis is the Director of Risk Management, reporting to the University Secretary and General Counsel. Jacquelyn champions risk management principles and practices at all levels of the organization. She is responsible for implementing the University Risk Management framework, building a risk awareness culture across the organization.  The role also includes the managing and implementation of all insurance programs, working closely with insurers, adjusters and legal counsel.

Shay Babb is the Compliance and Copyright Officer for the university. Shay brings expertise in a number of key compliance areas including Copyright, AODA, Controlled Goods, Privacy and Information Governance.  Shay provides direction and facilitation to support Ontario Tech University in developing a full compliance program.  She works on compliance training, education and awareness and the promotion of university compliance.

Andrew Sunstrum is the Senior Dispute Resolution Officer and Human Rights Advisor.  Andrew provides leadership, education and complaint relolution supprt on matters related to workplace violence, sexual violence, human rights, discrmination and harassment.  He provides support in the design and delivery of training on sexual violence prevention, promoting an environment of equity, respect and inclusion within the community as well as providing advice on related policy instruments.