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BACKGROUNDER

The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI) is a hub of technological innovation at Humber.

The newest addition to the College’s North Campus is an exemplar of Humber’s polytechnic education, as students, faculty and technicians work with industry partners and community organizations to solve real-world business challenges.

Expert teams working in a resource-rich environment provide creative, solutions-based thinking, insight and support that businesses need to embrace technological progress, respond to new markets and be globally competitive.

The 93,000-square-foot facility features digital activity and media zones; interactive demonstration areas; flexible, open-concept gathering spaces; prototyping labs; makerspaces and applied research and development areas, all tied to academic curriculum. The Barrett CTI is the home for Skills Varsity competition training.

The catalyst for the Barrett CTI was a $10 million investment from The Barrett Family Foundation, the largest donation in Humber’s history.

The Barrett Family Foundation’s investment has also funded scholarships for students in technology-related programs across the college, as well as contributed to skills training and mentorship programs. Also, their contribution has sparked new partnerships with advanced manufacturing leaders to help address the skills gap.

Within the Centre, Humber is honouring Indigenous voices and experiences with the second installation of the college’s Indigenous Cultural Markers (ICMs). The ICM in the Barrett CTI was designed by Anishinaabe architect Ryan Gorrie and helps place the college in the context of the long history of Indigenous peoples in what is now called the Greater Toronto Area.

The Barrett CTI is targeting LEED-Platinum certification and is a net-zero energy building. Sustainability features include a passive heating and cooling system, high-performance roofing system, hydronic in-floor heating, and green roof.

The Barrett CTI is the first of Humber’s Centres of Innovation (COI) to be housed in a stand-alone facility. The COIs are intended to showcase Humber’s model of polytechnic education, bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty experts, students and technicians to collaborate with industry partners and community organizations to solve complex, real-world innovation challenges.