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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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Cathleen M. Crudden

Cathleen M. Crudden

Canada Research Chair, Tier 1

Professor and Killam Research Fellow

Queen's University, Canada

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), 
Nagoya University, Japan

 Cathleen Crudden obtained her B.Sc. (1989) and M.Sc. (1990) from the University of Toronto with Dr. Mark Lautens. She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Howard Alper at the University of Ottawa in 1995. After completing her Ph.D., Cathleen was awarded an NSERC PDF with Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. After one year as a postdoctoral fellow, she became an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick. Prof Crudden has joined Queens University in 2006 as a Queen’s National Scholar. From 2011-13, she was Vice President, President and Past President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Prof. Crudden’s research is centred on Asymmetric Synthesis and Catalysis, Organometallic and Organoboron Chemistry as well as on Materials Chemistry and Surface Science. She is a word known expert on N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHC) and Chiral and Mesoporous Catalytic materials. She pioneered the concept of NHC-based ultra-robust monolayers on metal surfaces as a fundamentally new methodology for surface functionalization and protection. She is author of >140 publications with over 3700 citations.

Prof. Crudden’s scientific impact is highlighted by a long list of national and international awards. Most recent include the 2019 Montréal Medal; 2019 ACS A.C. Cope Scholar Awards; 2018 International Precious Metals Institute Carol Tyler award, 2018 Catalysis Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada; Synlett Best paper of 2017, etc. Prof. Crudden currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Metal Organic Chemistry. Prof Crudden is an associate editor of ACS Catalysis one of the most recognized journals for research on heterogeneous, homogeneous, and biocatalysis with an impact factor of 11.384