King Campus expansion receives $3-million philanthropic gift
Magna International provides largest gift in Seneca’s history
Standing with the architectural model of Magna Hall are, from left to right, His Worship Steve Pellegrini, Mayor and Regional Councillor, King Township; Aida Bakhtyieva, President, Seneca Student Federation; Hamid Najibullah, President, King Recreation Council; Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; David Agnew, Seneca President; and Marc Neeb, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice-President, Magna International, King Campus Campaign Volunteer.
The gift was announced by Magna's Executive Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Marc Neeb, at the official launch of the expansion. The celebration, hosted by David Agnew, Seneca President, included remarks from Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, and Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of King Township.
The event also highlighted the unique partners and collaborators who have helped the project take shape including the provincial government, the Seneca Student Federation and the Student Athletic Association.
In honour of the gift, the new building at King Campus will be named Magna Hall.
Seneca has issued a media release about the gift from Magna International.
"The heartbeat of Magna is right here in York Region...and we are proud to be able to contribute to the activities that happen in York Region. We have a very proud culture in our company and an important piece of that culture is to make sure that we give back to the community."
Marc Neeb, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice-President, Magna International, King Campus Campaign Volunteer
"For almost 50 years, King Campus has been home to academic programs that improve the well-being of our communities, making them healthier and safer. And it’s not only about providing more students, but also about job creation. There will be around another 160 people working here at this campus."
The Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
"Finally, we are here. It has been long, but it has been very carefully thought out. I’m particularly pleased with the types of programs this campus delivers for its students… I’m thrilled by this announcement and can hardly wait to see the new building."
Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham, Minister of Community and Social Services
"Seneca’s success in King over the last 45 years has been a benefit to the township in many ways. We are here today to mark the expansion that will modernize the current facility and build more space for students while expanding the College’s programming in health and community services and in natural environment and sustainability. Investing in Seneca today will pay huge dividends down the road both in the quality and quantity of the graduates entering Ontario’s workforce."
His Worship Steve Pellegrini, Mayor and Regional Councillor, King Township
"We wanted a building that would provide not just classrooms and labs, but also spaces together to connect, to collaborate and to build the feeling of community among King students. And I truly believe that we have that and more...This new facility combined with King Campus’s beautiful, natural surroundings make it an ideal learning environment and, I’m proud to say, envy of colleagues across Ontario."
Aida Bakhtyieva, President, Seneca Student Federation
"It brings me nothing but joy to see this new build becoming a reality. It will mean a great deal to me and to many Seneca students and athletes who will benefit from the new athletic facilities here at King."
Hamid Najibullah, President, King Recreation Council
"It takes a huge community to build a building like this and I do want to thank the ministers for the contribution of the Ontario government. It simply would not have happened without that foundation and support…We continue to work with our partners from Infrastructure Ontario and, very importantly, the huge support of our students."
David Agnew, Seneca President