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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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Future City Experience Day Kick-off Event

Welcome to the 2022 Future City Experience Day Kick-off Event! We are so excited to have you all involved with this year's event. 

Event Details:
Future City Experience Day Kick-off Event   |   February 2nd, 2022   |   12:00PM - 1:30PM

Panelist Bios

Dr. Marc Rosen


Dr. Marc A. Rosen is a Professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, where he served as founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Rosen has served as President of the Engineering Institute of Canada and of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. He has acted in many professional capacities, including Editor-in-Chief of various journals and a Director of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. With over 70 research grants and contracts and 1,200 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, energy technology, sustainable energy and the environmental impact of energy systems. Dr. Rosen has worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto, and Ryerson University in Toronto, where he served as Chair the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering.


Marla Harding


Marla Haring is a Systems Engineer at MDA, an international space mission partner, in Brampton, Ontario. She is currently working as part of the Canadian team designing, building, and testing hardware components for SPIDER (Space Infrastructure Dextrous Robot), a payload on NASA’s OSAM-1 mission. This robotic spacecraft will demonstrate the technology required to repair and extend satellites’ lifespans—a crucial way to help clean up space junk and explore beyond the Earth. Prior to joining the MDA team, Marla was an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 10 years, which allowed her to live and work across Canada and got her plenty of flight time in an F18! Having grown up in the meteorite crater of Sudbury, Ontario, Marla has been exposed to space, aviation, and engineering from a young age, inspiring her to pursue studies in aerospace engineering and space systems design at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Cassandra Marion


Dr. Cassandra Marion is the Science Advisor for the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. She has a PhD in geology and planetary science and exploration from the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. Her research is focused on meteorite impact craters at lunar and Martian analogues sites in the Canadian Arctic. She also has considerable analogue mission experience, which are simulated robotic and human missions designed to learn, train, and prepare for real missions to the Moon and Mars. As a science-communicator, Cassandra is dedicated to sharing her passion for Earth and planetary sciences with communities near and far, and improving science literacy in Canada.


Matthew Bamsey


Matthew Bamsey holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering with a specialization in bioastronautics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph. During his studies, he worked at the Canadian Space Agency as part of the planetary exploration program. His postdoctoral work at the University of Florida involved building systems designed to study plants in a weightless environment. Matthew then spent five years at the German Aerospace Center as chief systems engineer for EDEN ISS, a project to develop a greenhouse for Neumayer III, the German Antarctic station. The greenhouse provides about 10 people with fresh food throughout the winter while testing various technologies that will keep astronauts alive on long-duration space missions. Matthew currently works at the Canadian Space Agency as a senior engineer in space exploration strategic planning.



Kick-off event and Q&A 

Join us at this live stream for the Future City Experience Day Kick-off event.  Ask your questions about building a city on the moon and get answers live from industry experts!

To submit your questions for the Kick-off session, please visit this link and enter the code below.

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