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Government of Ontario to contribute to a first-in-Ontario Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre at Seneca

Toronto, April 23, 2015 – Seneca, with the support of the Government of Ontario and Siemens Canada, is creating the first Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre (MSDC) in the province.

With a $651,000 investment from the province announced in today’s budget, Seneca will be able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the new Centre and will also make substantial investments to support renovations and curriculum development.

“We thank the Ontario government for this funding that will transform Seneca’s current lab facility and feature the best of manufacturing innovation, research and training,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “With support and expertise from Siemens, this innovative initiative will not only strengthen Ontario’s manufacturing skills and expertise, but will also help modernize and regenerate industries provincewide.”

Technologies become more complex each year, particularly in systems integrating electrical, mechanical and computer engineering — also known as Mechatronics.

This initiative builds on the partnership established between Seneca and Siemens Canada in February 2015 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding aimed at collaborating on program development, research and teaching in the field of mechatronics. Siemens is a global leader in technical skills development, and Seneca, in working with Siemens, joins an international network of advanced technology partners in education and industry.

“By bringing faculty, students and partner industries together under one roof, the Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre will capture the enormous synergies of applied learning, research and demonstrations of mechatronics “at work,” said Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada.  “A defining feature of this initiative is showcasing Ontario’s most promising examples of mechatronics excellence in an exhibition-style space that both informs and inspires innovation in companies of all sizes.”

For more than 100 years the innovative ideas from Siemens have helped make Canada a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more than 4,500 employees in Canada work together to provide answers that last in the fields of electrification, automation and digitalization. Since it was federally chartered in 1912, Siemens has stood for innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. Sales for Siemens Canada in fiscal 2014 (ended September 30), were $2.7 billion CAD. The company has 39 offices and 12 manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada. Further information is available at

With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs renowned for their quality and respected by employers. It is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Canada, offering nearly 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready.

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Emily Milic
Seneca Media Relations
416-491-5050 ext. 77018