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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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John Friedlan

John Friedlan

Program Director, Commerce

Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 2026
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5306


Dr. John Friedlan has devoted more than 20 years to training future managers and accountants. As an award-winning teacher at York University's Schulich School of Business and Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University, Dr. Friedlan's goal is to get students to think critically about balance sheets, net income, and how accounting numbers can often be managed to turn losses into profits and vice versa. At York University, he was awarded the Educator of the Year Award for undergraduates in 1992 and a Seymour Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000. He has also worked at Nabisco Brands as well as at the Board of Examiners at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

His articles have been published in top accounting journals including:

  • Contemporary Accounting Research (1994)
  • Issues in Accounting Education (1995)

His work has appeared in practitioner journals such as:

  • CGA Magazine (1994)
  • CA Magazine (1996)

He has also presented papers at meetings of:

  • American Accounting Association
  • Canadian Academic Accounting Association
  • Canadian Finance Association
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980.


  • Bachelor of Science McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Master of Business Administration York University in Toronto, Ontario
  • PhD University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, United States