Algoma University’s Bioscience and Technology Convergence Centre has been renamed to honour one of the
school’s most generous benefactors.
In a dedication ceremony attended by
Canada’s governor general, David Johnson, the building was renamed
the Essar Convergence Centre, in acknowledgement of the steel
manufacturer’s $1-million donation to the school for its Essential
Elements campaign, which aims to raise $6 million for use towards
facilities and bursaries for students.
"Essar has proven to be a generous
corporate citizen in Sault Ste. Marie, and their donation will assist
the university to properly outfit this new facility with the
resources our people need to do world-class teaching and research,"
school president Richard Myers said in a news release. "It is
only fitting that we recognize their contribution in this way."
Funding comes from Essar’s Community
Investment Fund, which supports community projects focused on health,
safety and environment; education; social services; and recreation
"Essar Steel Algoma supports
initiatives that serve to develop a sustained supply of skilled
labour, grow future community leaders, promote academic excellence
and facilitate lifelong learning for our employees and their
families,” Essar CEO Jim Hrusovsky said in the release. “Algoma
University embodies our strong belief in education, and the
convergence centre offers sustainable benefit to our community by
providing the platform whereby innovative ideas can be converted into
transformational technological advances and progressive commercial