Collaboration. Values. Synergy. These are the core beliefs of the Barrett Family Foundation and the driving force behind Humber’s Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (CTI). The Barrett CTI was made possible by a $10 million donation from the family foundation – the largest private donation in the history of the college. Their seed fund helped catalyze an additional $7 million in funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
In 2013, Bob Barrett founded the Barrett Family Foundation along with his wife, Francine Rouleau-Barrett, and his daughters, Kim and Rebecca. As the owner of a successful industry-leading packaging company for more than 50 years, Mr. Barrett, CEO of Polytainers, has seen the evolution of technology first-hand and believes that education and collaboration can create new synergies that fuel innovation and success. It is this value that drives the family to give back to the community.
By introducing many new partners to Humber, their vision is rooted by the technology residing within the Barrett CTI. Today, you’ll see students working in the Barrett CTI, applying their new knowledge and skills through research projects using leading-edge technology from diverse partners across multiple sectors.
With the belief that education is critical to the success of all Canadians, the Foundation has also supported close to 1,000 scholarships for students in technology-related programs, work placement opportunities, and Skills Mechatronics mentorship training.
Today, the Barrett CTI stands not only as a building within Humber’s north campus, but a symbol of how a dream can become reality, providing a path for many students and transforming learning by converging industry, community and education to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.
“We chose to partner with Humber because we believed that they had the vision, the power, the energy and more importantly, the dream to make an extraordinary impact in education.”
Bob Barrett, Ceo Polytainers Inc and Co-founder of the Barrett Family Foundation