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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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Nelson Lafrenière

Associate Teaching Professor

Forensic Science

Faculty of Science

I am an analytical chemist and forensic science teaching faculty member with a focus on science outreach, pedagogy, and providing students with a world-class education in chemistry and forensic science.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2022
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

9057218668 ext. 2231

Areas of expertise

  • Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Mass Spectrometry


Nelson is originally from a small town in Northern Ontario called Chapleau, and obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) from Laurentian University in Forensic Science. In the final year of his undergraduate program he fell in love with chemistry, and headed off to the University of Toronto to pursue a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. Nelson's Ph.D. work focused on the extraction and quantification of small molecules (e.g. drugs and hormones) from biological matrices (e.g. blood and urine) using a 'lab-on-a-chip' liquid handling technique known as digital microfluidics. By the end of his graduate studies, Nelson shifted his focus to teaching and developed a passion for education, joining Ontario Tech's forensic science team in 2014. In his fleetingly spare time, Nelson enjoys playing golf, hockey, and walking his dog.


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Laurentian University Year 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy University of Toronto 2015

Courses taught

  • Introductory Forensic Science (FSCI1010U)
  • Essentials of Crime Scene Science (FSCI2020U)
  • Forensic Chemistry (FSCI3040U)
  • Fire Investigation (FSCI4040U)
  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Forensic Science (FSCI4020U)
  • Forensic Science Thesis Project I/II (FSCI4410U/FSCI4420U)
  • Directed Studies in Forensic Science (FSCI4430U)