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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 an interim CEO at Carea Community Health Centres with locations in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Francis is a systems leader with expertise in the health-care sector, and leading strategic clinical expansion and integration, system design medical interprofessional teams’ and sustainable partnership builder.

He is an Adjunct Faculty at Schulich Executive Education Centre in the Healthcare Management program at York University, and serves as one of the University of Toronto’s MD Admissions File Reviewers and Interviewer for their MD program. He has also served as a consultant for SAP Americas USA and an expert consultant for Lenovo Corporation.

Francis’ broad expertise in strategic leadership, governance and organizational redesign issues comes from his previous roles in a variety of health-care organizations in Canada and abroad, namely:

  • British Columbia Health Leadership Development Collaborative
  • Association of Ontario Health Centres
  • Rural Coordination Centre British Columbia – medicine practice
  • University of British Columbia - Continuing Professional Development
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization on Clinical Trials, with Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Dwight Randal at HQ Dallas Texas USA

Francis is a registered consultant with McGraw Hill International Research Society for Industry Leaders (SDL), Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) council research council member and several other professional associations, including Sigma Beta Delta for International Business Management and Administration. He is an advisor/liaison lead to ZimCan Health Initiatives providing expert policy advice and consultation on health-care strategies to both Canadian/Zimbabwean Ambassadors. The initiative supports 30 Canadian physicians and allied health teams annually to train and practice tropical medicine on the ground in Zimbabwe in partnership with University of British Columbia school of medicine, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Zimbabwe and University of Zimbabwe medical school.

He has received a number of awards and certifications from globally and regionally recognized institutions, including Honorary Ambassador Award from Dallas Baptist University in 2002 and 2006; and the United States Achievement Award for outstanding Academic Achievement. He was the VIP Protocol Advisor for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia, and Torch Bearer for the 2010 World Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

He has extensive boardroom expertise, having served on a number of public and not-for-profit organizations. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management with specialization in Health Care Systems Management, a Bachelor of Sciences and Arts in Management Information Systems from Dallas Baptist University in Texas, and is a Court-Appointed Mediator in Dallas, Texas. He is a dedicated servant-leader committed to empowering individuals, corporations and communities to reach their fullest potential.