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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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Pierre Côté, DC, PhD

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Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Ontario Tech University 
Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation

Professor Côté is an epidemiologist. His clinical training was in the field of chiropractic and he earned a Master of Science in Surgery. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University). He is also the director of the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Côté is also a Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

In 2010, Dr. Côté reviewed and proposed modifications to the definition of catastrophic impairment related to traffic collision for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. More recently, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. Côté is actively involved in various rehabilitation projects with the World Health Organization (WHO). For several months in 2020, he was responsible for writing the daily WHO COVID-19 Research Digest and he is a member of the WHO Development Group for programs of rehabilitation for low back pain. Côté is the Chair of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Methodology Committee. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance and he is the Co-Chair of the EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC), a program to standardize evidence-based spine care in Europe.

Dr. Côté's current research focuses on the etiology, prognosis and management of disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health. He has expertise in the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies and systematic reviews. Professor Côté has published more than 275 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his current Scopus h-index is 56.


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