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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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Herman Kassinger Award


Herman Kassinger Award




Business and Information Technology
Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
Engineering and Applied Science
Health Sciences




Second year



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Six awards of $2,500 are available to eligible students. Students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Have demonstrated leadership in student life on campus.

About the Donor

Herman Kassinger knew how to build communities. At one point in time, 1 out of every 15 Oshawa homes had been constructed by his company. Schools are a key component to every quality neighbourhood, which is why supporting Ontario Tech is a natural extension of Herman’s own philosophy. A philanthropic man who gave substantial gifts to his community, his charitable foundation continues his giving legacy by helping young people achieve their academic goals at Ontario Tech. 

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