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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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Laura Elliott

Laura ElliotLaura Elliott served as Director of Education and Secretary of the Board for the Thames Valley District School Board from 2013 – 2019, prior to her retirement in September 2019.  Previously she served as Superintendent of Education, Student Success/Learning to 18 with the Ontario Ministry of Education; Manager of Membership Records with the Ontario College of Teachers; and Superintendent of Education with the Durham District School Board. With a career in education spanning more than 30 years, she was firmly committed to the education of elementary and secondary students as a foundation for university success.

Laura has served on the Executives of both the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and the Public Council of the Ontario Directors of Education (PCODE), as President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association (OPSOA), and member of the University of Western Ontario Senate. 

Currently, Laura is the Facilitator for the Supervisory Officer Qualification Program for OPSOA, is a Liaison Team Member with CODE for the School College Work Initiative, and a Consultant for the Ontario Education Services Corporation. 

Laura holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Education, both from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from Western University. She has also studied with the Rotman School of Management, Ivey School of Business, and most recently with the Institute of Corporate Directors.