Sheridan College drives Brampton’s Innovation Hub

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Sheridan has built a unique relationship with Brampton over the past fifty-one years. Since its founding in 1967, the Davis Campus has grown in step with the community it serves. Today, the Davis Campus is a vibrant hub of innovation and dynamic community partnerships.

The campus is now Sheridan’s largest, with 13,000 students, many of whom will go on to contribute to Brampton’s social and economic vitality through careers in engineering, skilled trades, health and community services.

The announcement this Spring of Sheridan’s partnership with Ryerson University in the creation of their new campus in Brampton will bring more opportunities for Sheridan to innovate and fuel student success. It will also bring a greater breadth of postsecondary options to community residents. Planned initiatives including a Centre for Innovation in downtown Brampton and a National Centre for Cybersecurity, will draw on Sheridan’s established expertise.

“We will continue to build on the strengths that have become synonymous with Sheridan,” says Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor. “Attributes like bold and purposeful creativity, hands-on learning and small class sizes, career-oriented education, faculty who are active in industry, and strong community and industry ties.”

Those attributes are evident in the success of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), one of Sheridan’s five Research Centres of Excellence. CAMDT brings together large companies who provide technology, software and expertise, with small and medium-sized enterprises who are facing a business challenge. They’re paired up with engineering students supervised by faculty members, who apply their skills to develop solutions. Since opening its doors in 2005, students have worked with more than 40 industry partners including Hatch, Siemens and ABB Robotics, as well as numerous small and medium sized companies who are a strong backbone of the Peel Region’s economy.

In 2017, a purpose-built 130,000 square foot Skilled Trades Centre opened on campus, creating new collaboration opportunities between engineers and apprentices in the skilled trades. Both the Centre and CAMDT will serve as a competitive advantage to the City as it works with Sheridan and Ryerson to establish Brampton as a key regional hub within Canada’s Innovation Corridor.

The Davis Campus is also home to Applied Health and Community Studies students, whose vital ties to practicum and field placement partners in Brampton’s social service agencies, public schools, health care institutions and public safety organizations enrich Sheridan’s contributions to the city. The Honours Bachelor of Athletic Therapy program, first of its kind in Canada, has been in operation since the early 1970s. In addition to their field placements with leading organizations such as The Toronto Blue Jays, senior students apply their learning at Sheridan’s Athletic Therapy Clinic, which is open to local residents.

In October 2018, Sheridan will invite the Brampton community to experience a firsthand look at the innovative research and creative activities it offers through Sheridan Creates, a one-day conference at the Davis Campus. More details will be shared as the date approaches. For now, interested parties can reach out by email to sheridancreates@sheridancollege.ca for updates.