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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

FBIT Orientation

Welcome to the Faculty of Business and IT's Orientation! We are excited to share this exciting time with you. All of the FBIT Orientation sessions will be taking place on Zoom, you can find the zoom link for each day in the schedule below. Here you can also find any documents or resources that go along with the virtual sessions. 

You can find the full schedule of all orientation events here

FBIT Orientation Passport

We are giving away an FBIT Swag Bag to one of the students who showed the most pride during orientation! Fill out the FBIT Orientation Passport and submit it for a chance to win!

Enter win a swag bag now! - FBIT Orientation Passport

FBIT Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of our beautiful North Campus. The UB Building is the home of the Faculty of Business and IT. You will also find the UB caf, the Fishbowl study space, and more!

Take a Virtual Tour! - FBIT Virtual Tour

2021 Orientation Schedule

  • Monday, August 30

    Event 

    Description

    Time

    Presenter

    Welcome Kick-off Welcome to the best faculty: The Faculty of Business and IT. Why is FBIT the best faculty? Because after you graduate you get to hire and then manage the graduates from all the other faculties! You'll be their boss! Let's start out by finding out all about the Class of 2025! 10:00 AM

    Desiree Saunders

    William Thurber 

    Dean's Welcome The best faculty has the best Dean! Meet our amazing Dean Michael Bliemel 10:30 AM Dean Michael Bliemel
    First-year Advising Checklist The best faculty also has the best advisors! Your advisor will be your guide to help you choose courses, provide advice on school policies and support you in any and every situation. Get to meet them in this session and learn stuff that will help you win prizes in tonight's games. 10:40 AM Desiree Saunders
    Monday Special  Join your Academic Advisor, Desiree and your fellow peers for a quick social. This is your opportunity to get to know other students in FBIT and make some connections before you get to campus. 11:00 AM Desiree Saunders 
    Ask Me Anything!  No rules, ask any question you want to upper-year students, staff, or professors. Literally... ANYTHING!! 11:30 AM

    James Robb

    Tosan Atele-Williams

    BITSoc Mocktail Party Join the Business & IT Student Society in our evening Mocktail "happy hour"! Students will receive fun recipes for mocktails and join other students on an interactive platform called Kumospace. This will give students the opportunity to meet new friends, make connections, and engages in one on one conversations with their peers. This is open to all students and members of the Ontario Tech community. 6:00 PM Presented by BITSoc 
    Are you smarter than a first-year Professor? Based on the entertaining game show "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader", this event will really test the knowledge of both the first-year students and professors in a head-to-head competition. Located on a user-friendly platform Nearpod, this social event will test the knowledge of incoming students and promote a learning environment around key points learned in orientation. Who will reign supreme? 7:30 PM Presented by BITSoc
    Ask Me Anything!  Want to ask those dying questions? The Ask Me Anything session will include current students and potentially alumni to ask the questions you do not necessarily want your professors to hear. Academics, social life, careers, food, campus, nothing is off the table for this Q&A. 9:00 PM Presented by BITSoc
  • Tuesday, August 31

    Event

    Description

    Time

    Presenter

    Day 2 Welcome Welcome back to Day 2 of our faculty orientation. 10:00 AM

    Desiree Saunders

    William Thurber 

    Deskercise 10:05 AM Amanda McEachern-Gaudet
    Three Minute Lectures - My First Year Experience Want to know what first-year life was like pre-pandemic? Really pre-pandemic? Travel back in time as 3 professors share stories from their first year of University.  10:15 Steven Marsh 
    "I can read your mind" 10:55 AM Ana Duff
    Academic Advising Session Join your first-year Academic Advisor Desiree for a session designed to help you succeed in your first week of class and beyond! 11:00 AM  Desiree Saunders
    Ask Me Anything  No rules, ask any question you want to upper-year students, staff or professors. In case you didn't believe we would answer every question in yesterday's AMA...literally, ANYTHING!! 11:30 AM Desiree Saunders 
    Wrap-up & Dean's closing 11:55 AM Dean Michael Bliemel 
    Speed Friending After being stuck in a virtual world for what feels like forever, let's go Speed Dating, but for friends! What better way to make friends than being forced to in a social event. You will be randomly paired with other students and given a few minutes to chat, hopefully making lifelong connections! 7:00 PM Presented by BITSoc
  • Friday, September 3

    Event

    Description

    Time 

    Presenter 

    Debate Commerce VS IT, who will win the BITSoc Debate? Join us for an engaging conversation surrounding some chosen topics with a few laughs and witty comments thrown in. 7:00 PM Presented by BITSoc
    Ask Me Anything Want to ask those dying questions? The Ask Me Anything session will include current students and potentially alumni to ask the questions you do not necessarily want your professors to hear. Academics, social life, careers, food, campus, nothing is off the table for this Q&A. 8:00 PM Presented by BITSoc

Meet your presenters

Michael Bliemel

Dr Michael Bliemel

Dean of the Faculty of Business and IT
Desiree Saunders Web Format

Desiree Saunders

First-year Academic Advisor
William Thurber

William Thurber

Professor of Management
William Thurber

Tosan Atele-Williams

Professor of Networking and IT
James Robb

James Robb

Professor of Gaming
Amanda McEachern Gaudet

Amanda McEachern-Gaudet

Professor of Management
Ana Duff

Dr. Ana Duff

Professor of Mathematics
Stephen Marsh, technology management

Dr. Steven Marsh

Professor of Information Systems
Asifa Aamir headshot 2020

Asifa Amir

Professor of Information Systems and Mathematics
Samantha Stahlke

Samantha Stahlke

Professor of Gaming
Samantha Stahlke

Hannah Oegema

Student and President of BITSoc
MyStart

MyStart

MyStart is a series of faculty-specific, online modules and workshops that provide students with a head start in their university careers.