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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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Maria Saros

Maria Saros

A senior corporate communications executive with expertise in financial services and higher education, Maria Saros is Vice-President of Enterprise Communications at Scotiabank. With a proven track record in reputation enhancement and protection, she leads high-performance teams and delivers communications strategies that drive business outcomes.

Maria was previously the Vice President of Corporate Communications at TD Bank Group. She joined TD in 2008 and held progressive roles with the bank in Canada and the United States . In 2012, she was named Associate Vice-President of Corporate Communications and led the corporate communications team for the bank's U.S. business. In 2014 she was appointed the bank’s Vice-President of Communications, CEO and Corporate Functions in Canada and later moved to the role of Vice-President of Communications, Canadian Retail and Wholesale.

An active champion of workplace inclusion and diversity efforts, Maria has worked to help those around her reach their full potential. She was previously a member of TD’s Women in Leadership Committee and People with Disabilities Network Sub-Committee. She also previously served on the TD Bank Group Pension Fund Board.

Maria began her career as a Communications Officer at the University of Toronto where she was immersed in academia, advancement and research. With a firm belief that technology is pivotal for the prosperity of the next generation―and of Canada—she has a keen interest in technological innovation and the creation of technologically advanced professions.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and has completed the Financial Analysis for Non-Financial Managers course with the Schulich School of Business Executive Education Centre at York University. She also earned a Canadian Securities Certificate, and a Corporate Communications Certificate from Centennial College.