Innovation Complex groundbreaking showcases new approach to business education

Innovation complex
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 1:51pm
Jane Stirling

Ceremonial shovels poised, fresh sod in place and bulldozers at the ready, dignitaries today celebrated the groundbreaking of U of T Mississauga’s Innovation Complex, a facility that will help train the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

The four-level $35-million Innovation Complex will house the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI), a new model for business education combining management studies with key industry sectors. It will also provide space for the Office of the Registrar, the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, a rotunda that will serve as an event and social gathering space and expanded accommodation for the Departments of Economics and Management. The complex is scheduled to open in September 2014.

“The Innovation Complex and its signature institute will help our students to develop the outlook and analytical capacity they need to compete and win in today’s tough economic climate,” says President David Naylor. “I believe this new institute will benefit the university, the City of Mississauga and Peel region, with ripple effects across the province and, indeed, across Canada.”

The 6,300-square-metre complex will include small- to medium-sized lecture rooms, case study rooms, behaviour research labs, a mock trading floor with live data feeds from financial markets, and academic and administrative offices. Fully integrated with the two-storey Kaneff Centre, it will feature an underground pedestrian tunnel that connects to the William G. Davis Building.

The complex’s Institute for Management and Innovation will offer undergraduate and graduate business degrees with a targeted, industry-specific thrust. Students will study disciplines as diverse as accounting, biotechnology and sustainability management, participate in internships, and learn to apply their knowledge to sectors driving today’s economic growth.

“Graduates will be leaders with keen business acumen, scientific depth and an ability to translate creative ideas into viable commercial initiatives,” says Professor Deep Saini, vice-president of the University of Toronto and principal of U of T Mississauga. “They will have the tools to make immediate contributions to the new economy. IMI will be the prime generator of ideas and leaders who will drive prosperity and a high quality of life for Mississauga and beyond.”

The Innovation Complex, designed to LEED silver standards, will include a green roof, interior glazing to harvest natural light, stone wall cladding, terrazzo floors and an oak ceiling. The exterior will feature vertical aluminum sun shading on the upper floors. The building is designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects and built by PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

CONTACT:

Jane Stirling    
Marketing and Communications 
University of Toronto Mississauga 
905-569-4350    
jane.stirling@utoronto.ca 

Nicolle Wahl
Marketing and Communications
University of Toronto Mississauga
905-569-4656
nicolle.wahl@utoronto.ca