Algoma University names Essar Convergence CentreThursday, August 30, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Algoma University names Essar Convergence Centre
Governor General the guest of honour at dedication ceremony
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Bioscience and Technology Convergence Centre at Algoma University was officially named the Essar Convergence Centre in a dedication ceremony today.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, attended the event at Algoma U that marked the naming of the new building, which recognizes the significance of the generous $1 million donation that Essar Steel Algoma's Community Fund is contributing to the University as part of the Essential Elements campaign.
Algoma University President Dr. Richard Myers spoke of Essar's commitment to the Sault Ste. Marie community and it's university.
"Essar has proven to be a generous corporate citizen in Sault Ste. Marie, and their donation will assist the University to properly outfit this new facility with the resources our people need to do world class teaching and research," he said. "It is only fitting that we recognize their contribution in this way."
Jim Hrusovsky, chief executive officer of Essar Steel Algoma stated: "Essar Steel Algoma supports initiatives that serve to develop a sustained supply of skilled labour, grow future community leaders, promote academic excellence and facilitate lifelong learning for our employees and their families. Algoma University embodies our strong belief in education, and the Convergence Centre offers sustainable benefit to our community by providing the platform whereby innovative ideas can be converted into transformational technological advances and progressive commercial enterprises."
This isn't the first dedication ceremony of this kind that His Excellency has been involved in.
He was instrumental in establishing the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, which was later named in his honour.
Although on a smaller scale, the Essar Convergence Centre is a similar enterprise to the venture in Waterloo, as it looks to bring public research together with private enterprise in the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.