UTM Timeline: From Pastures to Pedagogy

50 years. A lot has changed since the first students and professors strode across the open, almost undeveloped forests and fields of Erindale College. Fruit stands dotted Mississauga Road, residence students lived in buildings like Hastie House, and The Doors grooved to the top of the charts with Light My Fire. But other things have stood the test of time: shuttle buses still ferry students to the St. George campus; students still gather in the Meeting Place; and the deer still stop traffic on Outer Circle Road.

Take a journey through some of the highlights of Erindale/UTM’s history…

AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

AstraZeneca Canada Inc. established an endowed chair in biotechnology at UTM, held by Professor Ulrich Krull, to improve health for Canadians through education and research. The company also plays a key role in UTM’s Master of Biotechnology program.

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A part of the U of T family

Erindale College became known as the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM).

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Student Centre

After a decade of planning and anticipation by the campus community, the Student Centre opens. UTM students contributed a landmark $1 million to the centre’s campaign.

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Olympian alumna

UTM Alumna Claire Carver-Dias visits UTM with her bronze medal in team synchronized swimming.

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Principal Ian Orchard

U of T Mississauga principal from 2002 to 2006, 2007 to 2010.

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Communication, Culture and Technology

The $34-million Communication, Culture and Technology building opened for student use in 2004. It houses the Human Communication Lab and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology.

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Solid oxide fuel cell facility

U of T Mississauga opened its solid oxide fuel cell facility in April 2006, becoming the first Canadian university to install solid oxide fuel cells to heat and power student residences.

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Campus transformation

Two cornerstones of student life opened at U of T Mississauga for the 2006-07 school year: the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre and the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre.

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Peace Pole

The pole features "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the six official languages of the United Nations (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish); ‘unveiled’ in May 2008 as part of the campus alumni reunion and celebrated with students through a multifaith ceremony. Around this time, there were about 200,000 peace poles in 180 countries dedicated as monuments of peace. 

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Oscar Peterson Hall opens

Honouring the late world-famous Canadian jazz pianist (and Mississauga resident) Oscar Peterson, the building features 423-single unit rooms for students, a dining room large enough for all the residents and a number of bright, two-storey lounges.

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Principal Deep Saini

U of T Mississauga principal from 2010 to 2016.

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South Building renamed William G. Davis Building

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Jane Goodall visits

The world-renowned primate expert spoke about her research and environmental initiatives as part of the Snider Lecture series at UTM. The lecture, entitled “Reasons for Hope”, was held at the RAWC gym, which was filled to capacity.

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Topping off Celebration

In February 2014, the UTM Innovation Complex Project reached a major milestone – the completion of the building superstructure.  All occupants of the Kaneff Centre were invited to a “Topping off Celebration”, which was held on February 19. The celebrants signed the last large steel beam and watched as it was then hoisted into place. 

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She Shoots! She Scores!

U of T Mississauga celebrated the legacy of former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion in November with a musical play based on her life and times. The original production, “She Shoots! She Scores!”, was commissioned to honour the mayor as she retired after nearly five decades in municipal and regional politics. It chronicles her life from her youth in Gaspé, Quebec, through to her remarkable political career.

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Naming of Deerfield Hall

The modern four-storey academic space replacing the North Building was named Deerfield Hall to reflect UTM’s "natural setting and its reputation for growing sustainably."

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U of T Mississauga today

Photo taken by 50th Anniversay Photographer Laureate, and UTM alumnus, Arjun Yadav.

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Principal Ulrich Krull

U of T Mississauga principal from 2017 to present.

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Construction of North II begins

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