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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

Donna Smeeton

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) - Room 2025
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5354

Research topics

  • clinical research studies
  • interprofessional and critical thinking
  • community research
  • ethics


Donna Smeeton received a Master of Health Studies from Athabasca University in Alberta, a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University in St, John’s, Newfoundland, and a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. Donna also completed a Clinical Research Associate certificate at the Michener Institute. Donna brings to Ontario Tech University many years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Histotechnology, as well as extensive experience as a Clinical Research Associate specializing in oncology.


  • Master of Health Studies Athabasca University in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Technology Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland
  • Medical Laboratory Technology diploma Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Microanatomy and Histotechnology
  • Simulated Clinical Practicum

Research and expertise

  • clinical studies - oncology/nephrology