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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Women in Engineering Peer Mentoring

Women in Engineering Peer Mentorship program connects first-year women engineering students with upper-year women students in engineering. Peer Mentors have achieved success throughout their university career and are knowledgeable of the many resources on campus. This year mentorship is also open to second-years to have an upper-year mentor as well to expand on professional development. 

Peer Mentors are committed to providing positive guidance to mentees by connecting them to various aspects of the Ontario Tech engineering student experience through either face-to-face meetings or through online communication. Peer Mentors will aid students in identifying difficulties, setting goals, facilitate access to campus resources and build confidence in the students’ strengths and abilities. Peer Mentors will encourage mentees to be engaged, self-advocating learners; both inside and outside the classroom. 

Registration opens in late August - early September. 


More Information

  • For First and Second Year Students

    As a first-year woman engineering student, you will be partnered with an upper-year peer mentor.  This experience will give you the opportunity to learn about the university community, its resources, and to develop positive experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Regular one-to-one, small group, and large group activities and events will take place, facilitated by your peer mentors and staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

    If you are interested in being connected with a mentor, please contact Madeline Sialtsis, Program Assistant for Women in Engineering and Engineering Outreach. 


  • For Upper Year Students

    Women in Engineering Peer Mentors are trained, upper-year students from FEAS who provide support for incoming, first-year engineering undergraduate students at Ontario Tech.

    The Women in Engineering Peer Mentor volunteer position offers opportunities for personal and professional development, as well as the chance to earn involvement record recognition and references (including letters) from the program manager.

    You might be interested in being a mentor if you meet the following criteria:

    • Are a current, upper-year undergraduate student (second year or higher);
    • High academic standing; 
    • Strong knowledge of Ontario Tech’s academic requirements, campus services, and co-curricular programming;
    • Demonstrated initiative, self-motivation and enthusiasm; 
    • Promote academic and lifestyle balance;
    • Strong written and oral communication skills;
    • A solid understanding of the first-year experience. 

    If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Madeline Sialtsis, Women in Engineering & Outreach Coordinator.