WATERLOO – With ceremonial shovels in the ground and sights set on the future, provincial government and Wilfrid Laurier University officials marked the construction start of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building on University Avenue at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.
The May 17 groundbreaking event celebrated the $103-million future home of Laurier’s School of Business and Economics and Department of Mathematics, which received a $72.6-million investment from the Ontario government in 2011.
John Milloy, minister of Government Services; Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor; Micheál Kelly, dean of Laurier’s School of Business and Economics; and Paul Jessop, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Science broke ground following formal remarks on site.
“Ontario is putting students first by creating more opportunities at our colleges and universities so we can build the skilled and knowledgeable workforce needed for the global economy,” said Milloy. “Our government’s investment in the new Global Innovation Exchange will help Wilfrid Laurier’s mathematics, business and economics students succeed in the future, while creating good jobs today.”
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