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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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Health Professions Educational Research Group

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Health professions educational researchers at Ontario Tech and Durham College (DC) are paving the way for innovation in the development, delivery and evaluation of a wide range of educational offerings. By creating a research group around this focus, there is greater opportunity to identify similarities and differences across educational and professional requirements, to identify educational strategies and techniques that will positively impact the learning experience and learning outcomes of students, and that will ultimately advance practice within our health professions through quality preparation of graduates.

Harnessing the passion for health professions educational research will provide opportunities to:

  • foster innovation
  • raise profile for researchers, programs, and the spirit of educational innovation at Ontario Tech and DC
  • enhance health professions educational program offerings
  • explicitly focus on research mentorship as a collegial activity

Research objectives and activities

Objectives and activities of this research group include:

  • Holding regular monthly meetings to discuss and develop research ideas
  • Providing collegial support for the development of research proposals and review of draft documents
  • Sharing dissemination opportunities
  • Creating opportunities for research collaboration:
    • within the group and, more broadly, across the institutions (Ontario Tech and DC)
    • within the community and with practice partners (e.g., Lakeridge Health Corporation, Rouge Valley, Durham Region Public Health)
    • nationally and internationally with health professions educational researchers
  • Developing opportunities to profile research outcomes and innovations and engage in knowledge translation activities designed to share scholarship in health professional education teaching-learning approaches across scholarly and professional communities


Membership for this research group includes faculty members from Ontario Tech's Faculty of Health Sciences and DC’s School of Health and Community Services:

Ontario Tech Nursing

  • Dr. Sue Coffey
  • Dr. Gail Lindsay
  • Efrosini Papaconstantinou
  • Dr. Hilde Zitzelsberger

Ontario Tech Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)

  • Dr. Brenda Gamble
  • Evelyn Moreau
  • Dr. Milly Ryan-Harshman
  • Dr. Otto Sanchez
  • Donna Smeeton

DC Nursing

  • Dana Chorney
  • Marianne Cochrane
  • Katherine Cummings
  • Arlene de la Rocha
  • Leslie Graham
  • Kathy Lavis
  • Fabiola Longo
  • Sandra Mairs

Structure and governance

This research group will be co-led by representative faculty members from Ontario Tech Nursing, Ontario Tech FHS and DC Nursing. Co-leaders for 2014-2016 include: