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Street view: Global Innovation Exchange building
Street view: Global Innovation Exchange building

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Provincial government invests $72.6 million in Laurier’s Global Innovation Exchange

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Jun 20/11

The Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced June 20 that the provincial government will invest $72.6 million in the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) facility at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus. This is the largest single capital investment in the university’s history.

This signature, $103-million project is an integral part of Laurier’s Campus Master Plan. The GIE will allow the university to meet the growing demand for enrolment in Laurier’s business and math programs, and expand the university’s ability to deliver integrated and engaged learning opportunities to students at the local and global levels.

“This major investment in Laurier is an investment in the prosperity of the region and the province and the tremendous potential of our students,” said Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor. “Government support during Laurier’s centennial year recognizes our history of academic excellence and innovation and fosters our purposeful growth into Laurier’s next century.”

Housing Laurier’s School of Business and Economics together with the Department of Mathematics in the GIE will enhance the synergies between Laurier’s business and applied and financial math programs and serve as an iconic representation of the leadership role Laurier plays in Canadian business and Waterloo’s technology industry.

The Faculties of Arts, Science and Graduate Studies will also benefit directly from the GIE, as the new facility will create opportunities through the increased available space in the Arts, Bricker Academic, Schlegel and Peters buildings.

Through the GIE, Laurier will show a new, forward-looking face not only in Waterloo with a bold presence on University Avenue, but also nationally and globally through Laurier’s programs and partnerships.

“If it is possible for a building to represent a philosophy and a culture, then the Global Innovation Exchange does that. The partnerships that created it, and the future partnerships it will foster, truly inspire lives of leadership and purpose,” said Blouw.

For detailed information about the GIE facility, including frequently asked questions, artist’s renderings and fact sheets, please visit the GIE website. The website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.


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