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New funding creates $21.5M Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership at Royal Roads

January 19, 2017
Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership

New combined federal, provincial and private funding will create a $21.5-million living laboratory to foster innovation in research, sustainability and intercultural understanding at Royal Roads University.

The funding announcement for the university’s new Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership was made on behalf of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains and by provincial Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson and Royal Roads University President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon.

With a $9.27-million contribution from the Government of Canada through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, a $5.73-million contribution from the Province of British Columbia, a $5-million donation from philanthropist Dr. Sherman Jen and a $1.5-million commitment from the university, the project will breathe new life into Royal Roads’ century-old Mews Building.

“In a highly competitive process for the funding, an investment of this significance demonstrates federal and provincial endorsement for our efforts to create a life-changing future for our graduates,” says Royal Roads President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “We are continually transforming education to meet the needs of our students, their employers and the people of B.C. and Canada.”

Twenty-first century upgrades and new construction will align the building with Canada’s climate change and sustainability goals by improving energy efficiency while retaining the Mews building’s federally recognized heritage status. The project features new environmental science teaching lab facilities and learning and teaching spaces for on-campus undergraduate programs. The new centre will include a student commons to promote international and intercultural understanding thanks in part to Dr. Jen’s donation.

“Dr. Jen has been a friend and partner to the university for a long time,” says Cahoon. “Because of his experience founding and leading Maple Leaf Educational Systems and Schools, he understands the vision of the university to innovate and build capacity in our students to make positive change in the world.”

Construction has begun and will take approximately 12-18 months to complete.