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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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Trevin Sahabandu Stratton

Trevin StrattonAs Chief Economist for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Trevin Sahabandu Stratton explores new ways to help business and industry sectors thrive in the digital economy. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Vesta Recovery Program for Women, an Ottawa, Ontario-based not-for-profit residential treatment centre for women seeking substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Trevin is an international economic and education expert who served as the National Lead of Economic Development at BDO Canada LLP from 2015 to 2018. From 2013 to 2015 he was the Chair of International Studies Dubai at the American University in Dubai. Trevin is the former Program Director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

He has significant experience establishing smart cities, including the first Impact Hub in Dubai, and an economic development Indigenous partnership between Lockheed Martin and all levels of government in New Brunswick. He aims to help the university expand its role as an economic accelerator in Durham Region.

Trevin was named an International Scholar and Research Fellow with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed an EC Harwood Fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Trevin earned a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and completed a Master of Science in the Theory and History of International Business at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management in International Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and a Certificate in Economic Development from the Economic Developers Association of Canada at the University of Waterloo.