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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

Health, Safety and Wellness Week

In years past, Human Resources and the Health and Safety department have hosted an annual Safety Week event to educate and encourage all faculty, staff and students to do their part to create and maintain a safe campus. Because of the direct connection between health, wellness and safety, this year, Safety Week is being expanded and will be known as Health, Safety and Wellness Week!  In order to plan and deliver this event, the skills and expertise of faculty and staff is being leveraged and members of our Healthy Workplace Committee as well as LifeWorks, our Employee Family Assistance Program provider, have stepped in to assist!

Health, Safety and Wellness Week will take place from September 27 – October 1, 2021 and during this week, the university community will be invited to participate in various planned activities including workshops and online training. 

Activities, Training Sessions, Take a Break

  • Training Sessions

    LifeWorks Workshop
    Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
    Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Presenter: Mark Hluchan, Customer Success Manager, LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell)
    Location: Google Meet
    Audience: All full time and limited term employees

    Ontario Tech University is proud of the partnership they have formed with LifeWorks, our Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider. LifeWorks is available to all full time and limited term employees 24 hours of the day, 7 days per week.

    Join Mark Hluchan and find out how to leverage resources, supports and services available through LifeWorks. It is a known fact that engaging in EFAP programs results in improved physical and mental health for both employees and their family members, which in turn boosts productivity, shortens or prevents disability claims, and reduces absenteeism.

    LifeWorks has launched several new and exciting initiatives in response to COVID-19 and these will be highlighted during the session. Both employees and managers will benefit from this workshop and time will be made available for questions and answers. Register soon!



    Engaging in Mindfulness Practices
    Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am to 11:45 am
    Presenter: Dr. Wendy Stanyon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
    Location: Google Meet
    Audience: All full time and limited term employees

    “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

    Self-care is always an important habit to practice, but it can be particularly valuable when we are under stress. Research suggests that mindfulness can be an important way to practice self-care. Let’s make a commitment to our own self-care by taking time to get together to engage in some mindfulness practices.



    Medication Safety Considerations for Older Adults
    Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    Time: 11:00 am to 11:45 am
    Presenter: Dr. Winnie Sun, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
    Location: Google Meet
    Audience: All full time and limited term employees

    With the increasing number of older adults with multiple chronic diseases, an older adult is usually taking at least five or more medications.  Increased medication use (polypharmacy) can be associated with diminished function in daily activities, including the ability to perform self-care; shopping; meal preparation; driving; performing housework and medication management.  The purpose of this workshop is to explore the growing concern of polypharmacy, and to identify the medication safety considerations for older adults in the community. 

    The objectives of this presentation are:

    1. To identify the high risk medications, and its impact on older adults, including the risk for adverse drug interactions; medication side effects; reduced functional and cognitive status; and the risks for falls.  

    2. To develop an increased understanding about the benefits and the risks of harms of various prescription medications (ie. sleeping pills) and over-the-counter medications.

    3. To provide tips on how to initiate a conversation with the healthcare providers about discontinuing unnecessary or inappropriate medications.

    4. To explore safer alternatives to medications, such as the use of non-drug therapies.



    Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Presenter: Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer
    Location: Google Meet
    Audience: All full time and limited term employees

    This workshop has been designed to increase ergonomic awareness for employees that are currently working on campus and/or from home as well as to provide guidance on the principles of home ergonomics. This workshop will be beneficial to all those working with computers and other technology daily. Topics to be discussed include, how to add physical movement throughout your workday, setting up your laptop ergonomically in a comfortable work environment and choosing an appropriate work surface.



    Feeling Safe and Engaged: Returning to the Workplace
    Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
    Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Presenter: Lise Leroux from LifeWorks
    Location: Google Meet
    Audience: All full time and limited term employees

    This workshop will allow participants to examine several dimensions related to the return to the workplace in the context of COVID-19 and its variants. LifeWorks will address physical health and safety, psychological health, expected behaviours for your role, and effective communication in order to facilitate the transition.

    As our work environment continues to change and adapt, we need to consider the conversations people are going to potentially have which involve conflict. Are people ready for the conversations with colleagues who believe differently than they do about vaccines, social distancing, etc? There is so much room for conflict here, and we have to be ready for that. Lise will provide you with the tools to politely tell someone that you're uncomfortable with what they're doing, as well as ways to respond if you're the one someone has told you're doing something they don't like. The approach of how to "agree to disagree," will be covered as well as facing anxiety incrementally rather than letting it beat you!

    During this seminar, participants will explore:

    • Preparing for a safe return to the office; understand protocols and expectations
    • Taking care of your emotional health in preparation for my return to the workplace
    • Changing routines and adapting to new expectations
    • Adopting an effective communication
    • Accessing resources for support

    Facilitator bio:

    Lise Leroux has extensive experience in the design and delivery of highly effective leadership, management, customer service, communication, health and wellness training and coaching for international companies such as the Cabinet Office (UK), NASA, Expedia, Vodafone, Boeing, Microsoft, Apple, Sony, and BBC. She is a certified coach, as well as NLP, DiSC, and Prince2 practitioner. She is a published writer and immersive theatre playwright and in her spare time, is a wedding officiant who marries people "in movement," whether that be by helicopter, yacht, or zip line.

    Learning and development has remained her focus throughout her entire career because of her belief that we can learn how to do anything if we have the right motivation, tools, and a facilitator who can bring a topic alive. Lise has worked in multiple countries around the world, and prides herself on always bringing authenticity, interactivity, fun, and results to every session.


  • Mandatory Employee Training

    New employees as well as those who have not completed legislated mandatory training modules will be encouraged to do so during Health, Safety and Wellness Week. Click on Mandatory Employee Training to find out more about training requirements.

    For more information, contact

  • Take a Break

    Take a break each day during Health, Safety and Wellness Week and check out the following informative and safety-minded websites: