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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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Amanda McEachern Gaudet
Amanda McEachern Gaudet

Amanda McEachern Gaudet

Assistant Teaching Professor, Experiential Learning

Growing up Amanda McEachern Gaudet always wanted to make an impact in people's lives and believes she has found her calling as an educator where she can help her students reach their potential.  She joined FBIT in 2019 after spending 15 years in Supply Chain Management in the automotive and aerospace industries. She earned her BCom and MBA from UOIT. She currently sits on the Board for Compass Early Learning Centre.  When she is not in class, she can often be found running, riding her bike, in the gym, or cheering on her daughters in their many activities.  She is currently teaching Experiential learning (Internships and Capstone Projects).

Tim Claydon
Tim Claydon, Internship, capstone and experiential learning

Tim Claydon

Internship and Capstone Coordinator, Experiential Learning

Tim Claydon joined the Faculty of Business and IT in July 2009 to support the development of the Capstone and Internship experiential learning programs. Prior to joining FBIT, Tim worked in the Office of Research Services as the Assistant Compliance Officer supporting the Animal Care & Biosafety Committee, and Research Ethics Board. Tim graduated as part of the first class of undergraduates from UOIT’s Bachelor of Commerce program with a specialization in Marketing in 2007. He went on to complete his Master of Education in Digital Technologies degree in 2016, where he conducted funded research on the use of tablet computers in higher education learning environments. In his personal life, Tim enjoys exploring the outdoors as an amateur astronomer, and citizen scientist for variable star astrophysics. He is currently the Vice-President of the Durham Region Astronomical Association.

Pejman Mirza- Babaei
Pejman

Pejman Mirza- Babaei

Associate Dean, Industry Partnerships; Associate Professor of User Experience Research

Dr. Pejman Mirza-Babaei is an Associate Professor of User Experience (UX) Research and Associate Dean Industry Relations at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology. His research and teaching is focused on the design and evaluation of user experience in interactive entertainment systems. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and frequently speaks at academic conferences and industry events. He is also a co-editor of "Games User Research" book, a compendium of insights from over 40 experts on UX research in games. His research and professional work is carried out in collaboration with companies spanning the industry. Pejman has worked on pre- and post-release evaluation of more than 25 commercial games including award-winning titles such as Crysis 2, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, and Weirdwood Manor. He also served as UX Research Director at Execution Labs (Montréal, Canada) from 2015 - 2017 and was a UX Researcher at Vertical Slice/Player Research (UK) from 2009 to 2013.