TORONTO, ON – April 10, 2019 – Humber’s Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI), is a new facility built to inspire innovation, support skills development and promote science, technology, engineering, art and math outreach with industry and community partners.
Located at Humber’s North Campus, the 93,000-sq-ft. the centre builds on Humber’s expertise in areas such as automation, robotics, systems integration, user experience testing, applied research and work-integrated learning. With equipment that is unique to North America, key features include interactive technology zones, digital media studios, cutting-edge prototyping and maker spaces, open concept gathering spaces and demonstration areas for new products and technologies.
The catalyst for the Barrett CTI was a $10 million investment from The Barrett Family Foundation, the largest private donation in Humber’s history. This commitment also supports student awards and scholarships, skills mentorship programs and equipment and technology. Additional funding was provided by the Government of Canada which contributed $15.5 million from the Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund, and the Government of Ontario which supported the purchase of key equipment within the building through $1.55 million from the College Equipment and Renewal Fund.
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.
In keeping with Humber’s commitment to sustainability, the Barrett CTI is targeting LEED-Platinum certification and is a net-zero energy building. It includes sustainability features that will function as teaching tools, such as passive cooling systems, a high-performance roofing system and building envelope, hydronic in-floor heating, a green roof, and an abundance of natural, low-energy materials with long lifespans.
The Barrett CTI is home to Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium, a group of eight leading industry partners who are working with the college to train students and employees of Canadian companies. Consortium members include Cimetrix Solutions, a division of Javelin Technologies, Cisco Systems Canada Co., DMG MORI Canada Inc., Festo Didactic Inc., KUKA Robotics Canada Inc., Rockwell Automation Inc., SEW-EURODRIVE Company of Canada Ltd., and SICK Sensor Intelligence.
“The Barrett CTI was driven by a shared vision with The Barrett Family Foundation and support from industry partners. As a result, Humber is transforming learning by converging industry, community and education to find innovative solutions to real business challenges. Through the Barrett CTI and across the college, we are working to address the skills gap by providing next generation learning in smart and collaborative spaces to prepare students for the workforce of the future.”
- Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College.
“We started working with Humber in order to help young people in Canada train for the careers of tomorrow though applied, hands-on learning. We are proud to have been the catalyst to bring about this building and the network of partners that Humber has cultivated. We are amazed at how well Humber has gone about realizing the dream we created together.”
- Bob Barrett, founder, The Barrett Family Foundation and president and CEO, Polytainers
“I am pleased to celebrate the Government of Canada’s investment in Humber College’s Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. This multi-purpose centre will bring researchers and companies together to solve real-world business challenges. It will also house dedicated spaces for STEM outreach to postsecondary students. This Centre provides a modern space where teachers and researchers can advance the country’s best research,”
- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
“The modern learning spaces in this new centre support innovation and collaboration. Using leading-edge equipment, Humber’s students have the opportunity to develop the hands-on experience that employers need to take their businesses to the next level.”
- Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
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About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth, theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario Graduate Certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.
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