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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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Paula Ambra

P.Eng, MSc

OVIN Project Manager


As the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) Project Manager for the Durham Region Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS) at ACE, Paula is responsible for offering technical and business advisory services to Ontario-based companies by leveraging the complete ACE facility to assist in the development of new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) products and technologies. This includes the testing, validation and prototyping of these technologies here at ACE.

Before joining ACE in December 2018, Paula held progressive engineering positions within the automotive industry. Her last assignment was Engineering Group Manager for Lower Body Structures at General Motors of Canada, Ltd.

Paula holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University, and a Master of Engineering degree from Western University. Paula is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.