Funding announced to create new Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Construction begins soon at Newnham Campus
The federal and provincial governments announced $27.3 million in funding today to build Seneca’s Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) at our Newnham Campus. President David Agnew was joined by Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development for the announcement.
CITE will be a hub for Seneca's innovation and entrepreneurial activities as well as an expanded location for our mechatronics program and mechanical engineering technology programs currently at our Jane Campus.
It will also be the new home for the Office of Applied Research and Innovation, which now includes our on-campus entrepreneurship incubator HELIX.
The building, which will face Finch Avenue, will also include an innovation gallery that incorporates indigenous design.
The project is being funded by the federal and provincial governments and Seneca under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
It is supported by Seneca’s Aboriginal Education Council and a number of partners, including City of Toronto, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Siemens Canada, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Umbra and ventureLab.
CITE is scheduled to open September 2018 with construction beginning this September.
"Our goal is to make every Canadian innovation-ready, ready to spot the opportunities, to imagine possibilities and to discover new ideas... CITE is an innovation facility that will bring applied research and commercialization, specialized training and business incubation and acceleration activities under one roof."
Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and MP, Hull-Aylmer
"I'm delighted that every single college and university in the province of Ontario is benefiting from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. It is extraordinary...The physical structure of the building will provide students with the space to learn about energy efficiency and green technology. But this investment is about more than the physical building. It's about providing students with cross-disciplinary learning and training and marrying academic training with industry."
The Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
"This is going to be very much a community-facing facility. Our doors will be open to small businesses, to medium-sized businesses... It's a wonderful opportunity for us to reach out to our community."
David Agnew, Seneca President