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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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Kevin Chan

Kevin ChanA Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada at Facebook Inc., Kevin Chan is an expert in digital public policy and international business. Kevin collaborates with Canadian public and private institutions to advance technology that will help forge innovative global solutions. He has spearheaded partnerships with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research on artificial intelligence and with the Digital Media Zone to incubate digital news startups.

A 2017 Member of the Selection Board of the Canada Excellence Research Chair Program, he also serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Canadian American Business Council; Kids Help Phone, which provides free online and telephone counselling to children across Canada; and MediaSmarts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving digital and media literacy among children and youth.

Kevin is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.

A socially conscious entrepreneur, he co-founded DreamCatcher Mentoring, an e-mentoring organization for northern Canadian youth, served as a mentor with the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation’s Loran Program, and is a past member of the National Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

Kevin earned an Associate of the Royal Conservatory diploma in piano performance, an Honours Business Administration degree at the Ivey Business School at Western University, and a Master in Public Policy degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2013, he was appointed a Non-Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

Previously Deputy Secretary-General at McGill University, Kevin served as Director of Policy, Parliamentary Affairs and Research with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and Director, Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council.

Kevin is the recipient of the Government of Canada’s Public Service Award of Excellence, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal, which recognizes Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.