George Brown College Announces Innovation Exchange and Expansion of Waterfront Campus
Toronto, ON – Jan 23, 2017
New facility will open in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts
George Brown College announced today an expansion of its Waterfront Campus, to be located in Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts, just blocks from George Brown’s Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences. The $59-million facility will house part of George Brown’s School of Design, including its interdisciplinary design studio, Institute without Boundaries, as well as a new Innovation Exchange focused on design solutions for the smart economy.
“We are very excited to continue to develop our Waterfront Campus and take another step forward in the revitalization of the East Bayfront community,” said Anne Sado, George Brown College President. “What’s more, our new Innovation Exchange will improve innovation literacy and help the economy prosper through the digital age.”
With the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund contributing $15.6M, George Brown will launch the Innovation Exchange, a specialized research, innovation and training centre. It will offer programs that equip students with industry-identified, specialized skills to meet workforce demand, while also providing convenient retraining for the current workforce. The goal is to help fill critical labour market gaps by offering students hands-on, real-world experience that can be applied to their career after graduation, while simultaneously providing industry partners with research and innovation support to help companies scale-up and commercialize new products and services.
“George Brown College broke new ground when it established a waterfront campus,” said Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York. “Today, with help from the federal government, the College is breaking new ground again with an innovative new centre of excellence and once again Toronto’s waterfront is the smart choice.”