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萌妹社区 celebrates 20 years

Since first opening its doors on September 4, 2003, 萌妹社区 has grown into a highly sought-after post-secondary education institution for learning, teaching and working. With more than 11,000 students, 29,000 alumni and 2,500 employees, the university has an amazing story to tell—one that spans two decades of incredible milestones and accomplishments.


A historical timeline

May 9, 2001

Government of Ontario sets aside $60 million in startup funds for a new university through the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation.

June 27, 2002

Bill 109, Schedule O, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act gains royal assent, officially founding the new university.

June 19, 2003

Exceeded enrolment projection with more than 800 applicants.

September 4, 2003

Doors officially opened to inaugural class. The first two academic structures are today鈥檚 Science Building and the Business and Information Technology Building.

November 7, 2003

Construction completed for one of the largest geothermal wells in North America.

Three hundred and eighty-four holes, each drilled 213 metres (700 feet) into the earth linked to mechanical systems provide buildings with highly efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling.

January 27, 2004

Officially opened Campus Tennis Centre.

April 20, 2004

Lyn McLeod named university's Founding Chancellor.

June 4, 2004

First convocation held for Bachelor of Education graduates.

July 6, 2004

The Estate of Kerry Willoughby donated more than $1 million to student success.

July 19, 2004

BMO Financial Group Donated $1 Million to Help Establish Campus Library.

October 29, 2004

Opened the Campus Library.

November 12, 2004

Ontario Tech received its first Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

December 2, 2004

Dr. Richard Marceau appointed as first Provost.

December 9, 2004

Women鈥檚 Ridgebacks hockey team played historic first game.

March 15, 2005

Group of Engineering students launched first-ever Solar Vehicle Team.

April 11, 2005

Ontario Power Generation invested $10 million in education to help meet the growing need for energy specialists.

April 15, 2005

President Gary Polonsky announced his retirement.

April 21, 2005

First Canadian Master鈥檚 program in IT Security launched.

September 15, 2005

Outpaced enrolment of other Ontario universities by 21 per cent.

December 11, 2005

Opened Campus Ice Centre.

March 29, 2006

Hosted first Pangaea Uniting Nations Cultural Show.

April 26, 2006

Dr. Ronald Bordessa announced as second President and Vice-Chancellor.

June 7, 2006

Campus Library won Interior Design Award.

March 30, 2007

Opened the Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building.

June 1, 2007

First all-faculty Convocation conferred nearly 700 degrees.

June 13, 2007

Lenovo Canada announced $2 million donation to boost opportunities for university students.

September 5, 2007

Province invested $10 million to build new facilities and to help university grow.

September 12, 2007

Opened the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Campus Ice Centre, and Campus Tennis Centre.

October 19, 2007

Received an A+ on the Globe and Mail鈥檚 University Report Card for the quality of technology, and included on a list of five 'Hot' universities that are leading a technology wave.

April 1, 2008

New $120-million General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence launched.

August 1, 2008

Perrin Beatty appointed Chancellor.

October 20, 2008

The Faculty of Education relocated to downtown Oshawa, establishing the university鈥檚 first presence in the city鈥檚 core.

November 7, 2008

Named one of Canada鈥檚 Top 50 research universities.

March 25, 2009

Ontario鈥檚 first Mobile Devices course launched to meet growing demands of digital economy.

May 29, 2009

Federal and provincial governments invested $73 million in the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the construction of the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, now known as the Energy Research Centre.

June 15, 2009

The number of high school students confirmed our university as their first choice for post-secondary education increased by 6.4 per cent with the system average at only 2.3 per cent.

November 9, 2009

Received ownership of the historic Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa and announced plans for construction of new building, now known as Bordessa Hall.

June 7, 2010

President Ron Bordessa announced his retirement.

June 21, 2010

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities relocated to Bordessa Hall (55 Bond Street East), and Charles Hall (61 Charles Street).

September 1, 2010

Opened the Clean Energy Research Laboratory.

September 9, 2010

Downtown campus officially opened.

June 13, 2011

Opened the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Core Research Facility.

July 1, 2011

Dr. Tim McTiernan named President and Vice-Chancellor.

November 28, 2011

Opened the Energy Research Centre, connecting to the Business and Information Technology Building.

February 3, 2012

Aboriginal Resource Centre officially opened.

September 25, 2012

Enrolment increased tenfold in 10 years.

February 11, 2013

Men鈥檚 and women鈥檚 hockey program skated into OUA playoffs for the first time.

June 10, 2013

First Faculty of Science PhDs conferred.

September 4, 2013

University celebrated 10th anniversary.

April 24, 2014

Dr. Deb Saucier appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

September 26, 2014

Opened Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre.

September 15, 2015

Dr. Tim McTiernan reappointed President and Vice-Chancellor.

September 22, 2015

Finalized campus master plan with campus partner Durham College.

November 17, 2015

Joyce Foundation invested $1-million it establish The Joyce Foundation Success Awards.

November 25, 2015

Recognized with a Healthy Workplace Award (Gold category) for the second consecutive year from Regional Municipality of Durham鈥檚 Health Department.

November 27, 2015

Reflecting telescope installed Campus Library roof.

February 17, 2016

Noreen Taylor named Chancellor.

October 13, 2016

Federal and provincial governments announced $13-million investment in Software and Informatics Research Centre.

November 6, 2016

Ridgebacks women鈥檚 soccer team captured first-ever OUA championship.

November 30, 2016

Opened the Campus Fieldhouse.

January 11, 2017

Opened the English Language Centre.

May 12, 2017

Ridgebacks earned women鈥檚 soccer OUA Team of the Year award, and women鈥檚 soccer coach OUA Male Coach of the Year award.

July 4, 2017

Office of Graduate Studies renamed to School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

November 1, 2017

Dr. Steven Murphy announced as fourth President and Vice-Chancellor.

November 2, 2017

Opened the Software and Informatics Research Centre creating first academic presence north of Conlin Road.

February 12, 2018

Province of Ontario, Magna International Inc., Multimatic Inc. invested $4 million to enhance ACE with a Moving Ground Plane.

May 29, 2018

Ridgebacks added basketball to varsity program. Men鈥檚 and women鈥檚 basketball programs joined the Ontario University Athletics in 2019.

August 31, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $9.46 million in funding to enhance the Automotive Centre of Excellence.

December 18, 2018

Brilliant Catalyst launched to accelerate the development of new ideas, business ventures and innovations.

January 29, 2019

Noreen Taylor reappointed as Chancellor.

February 28, 2019

Dr. Lori Livingston appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

March 27, 2019

New brand introduced with the transition from the 萌妹社区 to 萌妹社区.

March 6, 2020

Tribute Communities donated $2.2 million.

May 1, 2020

Mitch Frazer appointed Chancellor.

May 28, 2020

Hunter the Ridgeback named the OUA鈥檚 best mascot.

June 11, 2020

New brand captured a Bronze Award for Best Institutional Brand from the U.S.-based Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

October 13, 2020

Named lead academic institution for Phase 2 of Project Arrow, Canadian-made zero-emissions vehicle design prototype.

November 24, 2020

Won a 2020 Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) Award (Silver) in the discipline of Brand Building and the category of Social Causes.

May 6, 2021

International Atomic Energy Agency designated Ontario Tech as Collaborating Centre.

June 29, 2021

Opened Shawenjigewining Hall.

August 18, 2021

Estate of Nicholas Sion supported Brilliant Energy Institute with a more than $3-million donation.

November 18, 2021

Signed Scarborough Charter to address anti-Black racism.

January 5, 2022

Dr. Steven Murphy reappointed President and Vice-Chancellor.

March 22, 2022

Installed a five-storey, 224-panel solar wall on ACE as part of the university鈥檚 pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emission-reduction targets.

June 8, 2022

Convocation ceremonies returned to the outdoor Polonsky Commons setting at the north campus.

July 22, 2022

Long-term commitment to downtown Oshawa enhanced with the purchase of a parcel of land at 154 Bruce Street, adjacent to existing operations in Charles Hall.

January 18, 2023

Ranked top among province鈥檚 universities for year-over-year percentage growth in applications.

February 15, 2023

Mitch Frazer reappointed Chancellor.

June 12, 2023

Ranked among the highest in the province in year-over-year percentage increase for high school students indicating it as their top university choice (up 17.6 per cent).

June 28, 2023

Ridgebacks varsity sports awarded rights to host first-ever U SPORTS national championship.

July 24, 2023

International survey placed Ontario Tech second among Canada鈥檚 鈥榶oungest鈥 universities in international survey.

September 4, 2023

Year-long 20th anniversary celebration began.