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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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Francis Garwe

Francis Garwe

Francis Garwe is the Chief Executive Officer at Carea Community Health Centre.  Francis is a systems leader with expertise in health care sector leading strategic clinical expansion and integration, system design medical inter-professional teams’ and sustainable partnership builder. He is a leader in strategic change enablement and integration. He has successfully led the development of integrated full clinical service delivery model throughout the Durham region urban catchment service areas and multi-faceted partnership agreements with universities and several community services organizations to provide seamless services for patients/clients across sectors.

Outside his role as the Chief Executive Officer, Francis has extensive boardroom expertise having served on several public and not-for-profit Organizations. He currently is on the Board of Governors for Ontario Tech University and ZimCan Health board. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Schulich Executive Education Centre in Healthcare Management program, York University, and serves as one of University of Toronto’s MD Admissions File Reviewers and Interviewer for their MD program.

He is a recipient of a few awards and certifications including the Honorary Ambassador Award from Dallas Baptist University in 2002 and 2006 and the United States Achievement Award for outstanding Academic Achievement from United States Achievement Academy. Francis also held the positions as the VIP Protocol Advisor for the 2015 Prince George BC, Canada Winter games and was a Torch Bearer for the 2010 Olympics.

He received a Masters’ in organizational management with specialization in Health Care Management (M.A.O.M-HCM) and a Bachelor of Sciences (B.Sc.-MIS) both from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas Texas USA, as well as a Certified Court Appointed Mediator in Texas USA. Francis is ProSci certified practitioner in Change Management, Certified Coaching Out Of The Box Practitioner and a dedicated servant leader committed to empowering organizations, staff and community to achieve their fullest potential.