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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

Brilliant Energy Institute/Durham Climate Roundtable

"Every person, in every country in every continent will be impacted in some shape or form by climate change. There is a climate cataclysm looming, and we are underprepared for what this could mean.”
                                                                           United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal 13

We’re taking climate action through the Durham Climate Roundtable

Globally, governments, businesses and communities are working to address climate change through shifts in how we live, work and play. This includes many things from how we power our industries, heat and cool our buildings and homes, grow our food, design our communities to how we commute and travel. In Durham Region, we are making changes too, to ensure a thriving economy and healthy, resilient communities.

The Durham Climate Roundtable (DCR) is a leadership body comprised of member organizations from across Durham Region, including regional and local government, as well as corporate and community organizations. It resides within a secretariat at the Brilliant Energy Institute at Ontario Tech University.


Durham Environment and Climate Forum, Nov. 14, 2023

The Forum, co-hosted by DCR and the Durham Environment and Climate Advisory Committee (DECAC) included learning and celebration.

Visit the Events page for highlights and event reports.

A woman stands at a podium with a presentation behind her in a full lecture room of people of all ages. A man stands pointing at a presentation behind him that includes several graphics. A large group of award winners, of all ages, stand on a red carpet with a black curtain behind them and a pine tree and red rope in front of them.


Champions for positive change  

Many logos are displayed of organizations belonging to the Durham Climate Roundtable from across Durham Region.

 Who we are

The Durham Climate Roundtable includes the Region of Durham and all eight local area municipalities, as well as representatives from business, industry, institutional and community organizations:

Local Government

  • Region of Durham
  • Ajax
  • Brock
  • Clarington
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Scugog
  • Uxbridge
  • Whitby

Community and Business Leaders 

  • Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • General Motors 
  • Durham Alliance (Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce) 
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Durham College 
  • Ontario Tech University 
  • Durham Community Foundation 
  • Oshawa Power 
  • Durham District School Board 
  • St. Marys Cement 
  • Elexicon Energy 
Durham Climate Roundtable initiatives include:
  • An annual multi-sector inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and progress report,

  • The Durham Climate Roundtable Leadership Committee, comprising representatives from local government, corporate and community leaders who are fostering change within their own organizations and communities,

  • Communications and climate literacy including excerpts and engagement with the annual report, other relevant information and resources, and

  • An annual forum and other public education activities.





Climate Action Report
Climate Action Report
Leadership Committee
Leadership Committee
Roundtable News
Roundtable News