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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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Rick Szymczyk

Rick's headshot photo in the MAST.

Senior R&D Engineering Manager


Rick’s many years of experience span the largest automobile manufacturers to the smallest enterprises. His engineering capability helps the ACE team engage with a wide variety of customers and industry collaborators as they prepare their technologies for the market.

Rick is a professional engineer with both an Electrical Systems Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration degree and has been awarded multiple patents for his innovative work. Rick has succeeded in developing and deploying numerous electric vehicle fast charging systems using various complementary technologies representing an opportunity to learn and build. Rick currently leads ACE’s Electrical & Software Controls team to ensure systems are functional, adaptable, and innovative to meet evolving customer needs.

Rick previously worked in manufacturing, design, energy and innovation for General Motors and has worked in startup environments. Committed to lifelong learning, Rick brings his extensive electrical engineering experience by converting novel ideas into practical, sustainable solutions for customers while working to provide knowledge for all involved.