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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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Human performance

Another area of research involves analyzing the physiological responses in athletes performing various athletic events over a broad spectrum of external environments. In particular, we are able to evaluate the aerodynamics of cyclists in differing temperature, humidity and wind environments and determine the optimal biomechanical and physiological position to optimize performance. These experimental protocols can also be applied to a number of sporting events, including:

  • bobsleighers
  • downhill/cross-country skiers
  • race car drivers
  • snowboarders

The goal of this research program is to improve training programs and event/race strategies to optimize performance of the athletes so they can harness the greatest potential of their bodies. 

Faculty members

Selected publications and grants

Williams-Bell, F.M., Kapralos, B., Hogue, A., Murphy, B.M., & Weckman, E.J. Use of serious games and virtual simulations in the fire service: a review. Fire Technology, May, 1-32, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-014-0398-1.

Williams-Bell, F.M., Boisseau, G., McGill, J., Kostiuk, A., & Hughson, R. Physiological responses and air consumption during simulated fire fighting tasks in a subway system. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, Metabolism, 35(5), 671-678, 2010.

Williams-Bell, F.M., Boisseau, G., McGill, J., Kostiuk, A., & Hughson, R. Air management and physiological responses during simulated fire fighting tasks in a high-rise structure. Applied Ergonomics, 41(2), 251-259, 2010.

Williams-Bell, F.M. , Villar, R., Sharratt, M., Hughson, R. Physiological demands of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(3), 653-662, 2009.