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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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Extreme Climates

Military service requires periods of high-intensity activities and sometimes involves making life-threatening decisions. Deployments can require personnel to work in environments with extreme climatic conditions.

At Ontario Tech University, the influential high-end ACE research and development centre features various large chambers where researchers and industry leaders can assess new products and human performance capacity in every conceivable weather condition: everything from Arctic blizzards to searing desert heat. ACE also houses one of the most sophisticated and largest climatic wind tunnels on the planet.

One of the newest studies underway at ACE involves a Department of National Defence (DND) research contract awarded under the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program. The study to demonstrate pre-deployment acclimation strategies and techniques in extreme environments is being led by international health informatics expert Carolyn McGregor, AM, PhD, Research Excellence Chair in Health Informatics, and Professor with the university’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology.

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  • Refereed Book Chapters
    1. Cibis, T. and McGregor C., 2021, “The Physiological and Psychological Environment in Humans”, in Engineering and Medicine in Extreme Environments, Springer, in press
    2. McGregor, C., and Cibis, T., 2021, “Frameworks and Platforms for Extreme Environments Adaptation and Resilience Monitoring”, in Engineering and Medicine in Extreme Environments, Springer, in press
    3. Bonnis, B., McGregor, C., 2021, “Paramilitary and Military Tactical Operations as an Extreme Environment”, in Engineering and Medicine in Extreme Environments, Springer, in press
    4. McGregor, C., Bonnis, B., 2021, “Engineering and Information Technology for Paramilitary and Military Tactical Personnel”, in Engineering and Medicine in Extreme Environments, Springer, in press
  • Refereed Abstract
    1. McGregor, C., Williams-Bell, F. M., Bonnis, B., 2019, “Extreme Climate Pre-deployment Acclimation Resilience Assessment Using Climate Chambers and Big Data”, 10th Annual Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, Ottawa, Canada, p87