A solid investment today adds up to a good workforce of tomorrow.

Georgian College’s Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre (ATIRC) is getting a huge financial boost thanks to a $750,000 investment over five years from Alectra Inc. announced at a May 10 press conference inside the state-of-the-art facility, currently under construction at the Barrie Campus.

Alectra president and CEO Brian Bentz and Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes divulged the exciting news from the first floor inside the 8,000-square-foot research facility soon to be named Alectra Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization.

“Our investment in this Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre demonstrates how our support of the communities we serve extends beyond the poles, wires and transformers found in our distribution system,” said Bentz, who was accompanied in the announcement by several Alectra employees who are Georgian College alumni. “Once it is completed, this facility will provide students with opportunities to learn about the use of cutting-edge technologies needed to be part of tomorrow’s workforce.”

The focal point and heart of the ATIRC building, the Alectra Centre will be the only one of its kind in Central Ontario. A go-to source to test concepts, accelerate development and showcase promising research and new products.

West-Moynes calls it a game changer.

“We are determined to advance the research and innovation agenda at Georgian and across the regions we serve and could not be more thrilled than to have Alectra partner with us on this important mission,” she said.

Along with its financial investment, Alectra will continued to participate in applied research with Georgian and create opportunities for co-op students and graduates, particularly from the electrical engineering programs.

The ATIRC will also feature new engineering and environmental sustainability degree-diploma programs in partnership with Lakehead University to deliver the best of college and university combined.

The relationship between the power company and Georgian dates back to 2009 when Alectra invested in the college’s Centre for Sustainable Technologies and electric vehicle charging station.

In the photo, Georgian College Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization is named in honour of Alectra, which is investing $750,000 in the facility over five years. From left to right: MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO; Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman; Brian Bentz, Alectra president and CEO; and Norm Loberg, Alectra Inc. board chair. Georgian College photo