UPDATE: Some exciting projects are coming to fruition
- Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education is starting two cyber security courses at City Hall West Tower, representing the initial presence of Ryerson University in Downtown Brampton.
- The City of Brampton is set to announce the launch date of a pilot incubation hub located on the ground floor of Brampton City Hall West Tower. This will be in collaboration with Ryerson University.
- Staff is presently working on the draft Terms of Reference on the Action Committee for Innovation and Post-Secondary Education, to assist with advancing the post-secondary expansion initiative in downtown Brampton.
- A presentation to Council by Charles Finlay (Executive Director) on Ryerson University-led Cybersecure Catalyst. Both the City and Ryerson are looking to locate the Catalyst in Downtown Brampton.
- Staff will report back on a business case for working with and supporting the early presence of the Cybersecure Catalyst in March/April.
- Anticipated completion of renovation of Algoma University location at 24 Queen Street to allow for the University’s continued expansion to 500 students and the establishment of Algoma’s School of Business and Economics.
- The President of Algoma University, Asima Vezina will be presenting to Council its 3-5 year vison for Algoma and Brampton with specific reference to downtown Brampton.
- Staff is working to complete final amendments to the zoning by-law to permit universities in the downtown.
- Ryerson’s Cybersecure Catalyst to run a one day symposium on Cybersecurity as it relates to Advanced Manufacturing.
City of Brampton's response to Provincial announcement regarding university funding
Brampton City Council recognizes the transformational benefits and economic opportunities of an university for all of Brampton and our residents. Despite the provincial decision, we remain committed to the project. We are already engaging in discussions and actions to move forward.
We are in discussions with leadership teams at Ryerson University and Sheridan College and CAOs of the affected municipalities. We are also continuing to work with Ryerson University and Sheridan College on key milestone projects that have been part of the overall initiative.
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be providing more details to our entire community regarding our work with Ryerson and Sheridan on an innovation hub in the downtown, cybersecurity programming, and Ryerson University’s Chang School courses that were planned for Brampton. We are looking at all options for advocacy and continuing discussions on solutions to bring a Ryerson and Sheridan university campus to Brampton.
Architects Pre-qualified for a new Centre
Some global firms could soon be bringing their internationally-recognized design expertise to downtown Brampton.
The City received 18 submissions in response to a request for pre-qualification for design services for the Centre for Innovation – a joint-use facility to be built in conjunction with the Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton.
The shortlisted firms are:
- IBI Group Architects Inc., (Toronto) with Henning Larsen (Denmark)
- ZAS Architects Inc. (Toronto) with Foster + Partners (London, UK)
- Perkins+Will Architecture (Toronto) with Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Denmark)
- Teeple Architects Inc. (Toronto) with B+H (Toronto)
Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)
Diamond Schmitt Architects (Toronto)
The City is continuing to work with all partners including Brampton Library and Ryerson University on the requirements for the Centre for Innovation. The RFP will be finalized and released once the space requirements have been determined.
Pilot Incubator Space Launching 2019
Staff will soon start renovations of almost 4,500 square feet of vacant space downtown to support the launch of a pilot incubator and co-working facility.
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and the University team has been working on developing this space for some time, and has secured interest from potential business partners, and entrepreneur support organizations like the RIC Centre.
Additionally, Ryerson University expressed their support of this initiative, and their intention to add their leading expertise in entrepreneur development and innovation to the mix. Ryerson’s DMZ was recently recognized as the world’s number one university-based incubator.
The City hopes to have this space open for entrepreneurs and exciting programming in Q1 2019.