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԰AV 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.

Mitch Frazer, O.Ont., LL.D.

Mitch Frazer

Mitch Frazer is ԰AV University’s fourth Chancellor.

A distinguished lawyer, Dr. Frazer is the Managing Partner of the Toronto office of Mintz.  Previously, he served as chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice of an international law firm based in Toronto.  His practice focuses on all aspects of pension, benefits and employment law.

His involvement in education includes co-founding the National Institute on Ageing at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU); he is also a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and a published author.

He is a member and former Chair of the Toronto French School Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of the North York General Board of Governors and Chair of the Western Law Advisory Council.  He is also the immediate past Chair of TMU’s Board of Governors, and a former member of the Ontario Science Centre Board of Trustees.

In 2019, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada.  He has received a number of awards and honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from TMU.  In 2022 he was also appointed to the Order of Ontario.

He is an avid runner and has completed all six Abbott World Marathon Majors.