George Brown College Announces Innovation Exchange and Expansion of Waterfront Campus

TORONTO (Jan. 23, 2017) – 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 Exchangefocussed 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."

Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts is a master-planned, mixed-use community being developed by The Daniels Corporation and WJ Properties at the northeast corner of Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay East, steps to Lake Ontario. "The community is the essence of its name," said Daniels Vice President Martin Blake. "Our vision includes the arts, education, training, mentorship and apprenticeship programs critical to building careers. As a result, the arts serve as a social, cultural and economic driver, just as they do in Regent Park, where George Brown's Fashion Exchange provides training for industry positions. We are thrilled to welcome George Brown College to Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts and proud that the Innovation Exchange takes our partnership to a new level, serving the needs of the design, arts and digital media sectors, and enabling residents to live, work, play, learn and create."

George Brown's new space will help address the challenges and bridge the gap between student demand for training and critical skills shortages in key sectors including finance, health care, and sustainable construction – industries requiring IT-enabled business models that are design driven, customer-centric and employ user experience, design and new user interface approaches.

"We are building on George Brown's strong foundation for creating intersections between learning, innovation and research by partnering with industry to provide our students with the latest know-how and skills demanded by the labour market," said Luigi Ferrara, Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College. "Our Innovation Exchange will be a living lab to test commercial ideas, concepts and user functionality while providing our students with hands-on experience alongside the industry's most innovative creators."

Scheduled for occupancy in Fall/Winter 2018, approximately 1,800 students will be trained at George Brown's space in Daniels City of the Arts each year, providing 600 highly skilled and in-demand graduates annually. Students will acquire, apply and gain design and innovation literacy skills, including the ability to think creatively, evaluate and apply problem-solving skills to diverse industrial contexts, applicable to any industry and essential for increasing innovation and productivity.

About George Brown College 

Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, and provides housing at its student residence, The George, which opened in Sept. 2016. George Brown offers 152 full-time programs and 243 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of nearly 29,000 (full-time enrolment) students, including 15 per cent international students; and over 66,000 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees. www.georgebrown.ca

About The Daniels Corporation

The Daniels Corporation is one of Canada's pre-eminent builder/developers, building more than 27,000 new homes across the Greater Toronto Area for over 34 years.  Daniels has been named Tarion Warranty Corporation's ‘2016 Ontario High Rise Builder of the Year', and is the recipient of the 2016 Business for the Arts Community Impact Award.  Among its many initiatives, Daniels was chosen to partner with Toronto Community Housing to revitalize Regent Park - 69 acres in Toronto's downtown east. Understanding that quality of life is created by much more than physical buildings, Daniels goes above and beyond to integrate building excellence with opportunities for social, cultural and economic well-being. Committed to community, Daniels offers innovative programs that help people achieve homeownership, and supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations. www.danielshomes.ca

Media Contacts:
George Brown College
Jodi Serwatuk
Corporate Communications Manager
416-415-5000 ext. 3767 
jserwatuk@georgebrown.ca

The Daniels Corporation:
David Eisenstadt / Rhoda Eisenstadt / Gea Koleva
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