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Celebrating some of the university’s top 2016 headlines

The UOIT Ridgebacks women's soccer team celebrates the university's first-ever provincial OUA sports championship on November 6. The Ridgebacks defeated Queen's in the title game in London, Ontario.
The UOIT Ridgebacks women's soccer team celebrates the university's first-ever provincial OUA sports championship on November 6. The Ridgebacks defeated Queen's in the title game in London, Ontario.

It was another year of milestones and achievements for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). As we wish everyone the best for the upcoming holiday break and look ahead to the 15th anniversary of the university’s founding (June 27, 2002), Communications and Marketing presents a brief summary of some of the university’s memorable moments of 2016:

Institutional highlights

Canada and Ontario announce investment in the university’s new Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC)

  • In the summer, the university broke ground on SIRC, its newest building, which will act as a hub for research in health and business analytics, information technology (IT) security, networking, gaming and software engineering. SIRC will promote interdisciplinary and experiential learning for students in computer science, IT and engineering. It will also enable e-learning and more e-guest lectures and interactions with industries through innovative digital and conferencing technology. New government funding for SIRC was unveiled in October. The building will open in Fall 2017.

Noreen Taylor installed as university’s third Chancellor

Adele Imrie named Chair of the Board of Governors

Expanding philanthropy in the university

Researchers receive nearly $2 million in new federal funding

University and college announce joint Innovative Initiatives Fund

  • Long-standing campus partners the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College announced in July the creation of the new Innovative Initiatives Fund, which will support collaborative initiatives proposed by staff and faculty at both institutions.

University announces two new Canada Research Chairs

  • The university’s research portfolio expanded again with the awarding of two new Canada Research Chairs to Dr. Janette Hughes (Technology and Pedagogy) and Dr. Sheldon Williamson (Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification).

On-campus events

Margaret Trudeau speaks about mental-health awareness at distinguished lecture

University holds Futures Forum on Smart Communities

  • A stellar panel of experts from academia, government and leading corporations gathered on May 5 for the university’s annual Futures Forum to discuss strategies for developing smarter communities that are socially inclusive, innovative, digitally enabled, and economically and culturally robust.

More evidence of the university’s leadership and excellence in sustainability

International ties

New international opportunities and student exchanges

Faculty of Education pilots online learning project with Ukraine university

University’s first refugee student receives degree

Community connections

University panel highlights how education can help heal Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples

Campus community teams up to co-host Special Olympics event

Nuclear Engineering student represents Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil

New opportunities for international high school students emerge through school board DCDSB partnership

  • In July, the university signed an agreement with the Durham Catholic District School Board to make it easier for international high school students to complete their post-secondary studies in Canada.

University recognized by Region of Durham with a Healthy Workplace Award

Ridgebacks varsity program celebrates a memorable year

  • In February, the Ridgebacks men’s hockey program won its first-ever playoff series in a dramatic showdown against Queen’s. The team’s on-ice success continues early in the 2016-2017 season, solidly in position to challenge for a division title. The program also broke into the top 10 in the national rankings for the first time, reaching as high as No. 4 in Canada.
  • The campus community’s impressive list of leading-edge athletics facilities expanded with the opening of the Campus Fieldhouse (formerly the Campus Tennis Centre), a multi-sport turf centre.