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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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Vijyat Bhalla

BEng

Development and Operational Engineer

Biography

At ACE, Vijyat uses his diversified background in information technology, finance and engineering to work directly with clients, providing solutions in data acquisition and control systems. He leads the moving ground plane (MGP) implementation project and is responsible for its seamless integration. 

Vijyat likes to get involved in other projects outside of his core responsibility. In the past, he mentored Ontario Tech University game-design students to complete their capstone projects. He also holds two patents: one of them is for a concept for a fully functional financial application architecture, and the other is for a heads-up-display interface that integrates augmented reality.

Before joining ACE in 2016, Vijyat started his career as a Junior Financial Controller for Mercedes. His responsibilities included overseeing the OPEX and CAPEX budget, as well as preparing financial reports. Vijyat is a proud graduate of Ontario Tech University and was one of the first student interns hired by ACE. His experience and dedication made him the right choice to manage the $15 million MGP Integration Project, which will enhance the world-class testing and development facility at ACE.