Georgian College is blazing a new trail in the academic sector by becoming the first college in Ontario to secure a $1-million endowed chair.
The donation has been made by Henry Bernick, an entrepreneur and Barrie’s first land developer, who has been instrumental in the growth of the local real estate market since the 1950s. He has given the gift, which includes an additional $500,000 to create the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, with a goal of supporting entrepreneurship education and encouraging innovation in his hometown. The Centre is set to open in January 2012.
"Georgian is extremely grateful to Henry and his wife Esther for their support and their confidence in Georgian, and for encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in our region for future generations,” said Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College. "Their visionary support is very much in line with Georgian’s strategic plan, Vision 2015, which emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, and small and medium enterprises as a common learning experience that applies across many of our academic programs.”