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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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The Province of Ontario has contributed $3 million to support the development of CERL and to help Ontario Tech develop its capacity in hydrogen technology research. CERL houses externally funded research projects valued at more than $5.5 million including $1.78 million from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and $485,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, among others.

Ontario Tech is leading a consortium of more than 30 researchers representing eight universities across Ontario and internationally that is developing a copper-chlorine cycle for producing hydrogen from nuclear energy.

CERL's partners include:

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL; Chalk River, Ontario);
  • Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Illinois, USA);
  • McMaster University;
  • University of Guelph;
  • University of Toronto;
  • University of Waterloo; and
  • University of Western Ontario.

Research conducted at CERL is made possible through generous industry partner funding provided by:

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd;
  • Durham Strategic Economic Alliance;
  • Gerdau;
  • Marnoch Thermal Power;
  • Ontario Power Generation;
  • Phoenix Canada Oil Limited;
  • Region of Durham; and
  • St. Mary's Cement