The University of Toronto has recently announced a major collaboration with Janssen Inc. and the Ontario government to launch the Johnson & Johnson Innovation incubator (JLABS) in Toronto. The brand new 40,000 square foot space at the MaRS Discovery District will launch in spring 2016 and will support researchers and entrepreneurs with lab space, mentorship programs, and potential investment opportunities. The incubator will focus on startups working with early-stage technologies in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and digital health. The recent collaboration will extend the Johnson & Johnson Innovation program for the first time outside the United States. The Toronto location will [...]
On September 16, 2015 the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport received top honours at the Toronto Urban Design Awards, winning the Award of Excellence for Public Buildings in Context. The Goldring Centre was recognized for the way in which the architects found a way to drop the field house “partly below ground and making each large space transparent to the street.” The jury applauded “the elegance of this solution and also the fine detail in the public realm around the building, from the materials of the emergency exit stairs to the pedestrian routes that slice through the building at ground [...]
On Thursday, September 3rd, MaRS announced and welcomed their upcoming health and life science anchor tenants to MaRS West Tower...and U of T was confirmed as having acquired a 20% undivided interest in the MaRS Phase 2 Investment Trust - a share of the West Tower. This was the first in a series of tenant announcements planned for the fall, and you can read Vice-President Scott Mabury's remarks here.
University Operations Annual Staff Achievement Awards Program The Vice-President University Operations has established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of their particular unit, the University Operations portfolio and the University. The program provides University Operations with an opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year. Three types of achievement-based awards were presented at our inaugural Than-Q BBQ and Awards event on Tuesday, September 1st: Outstanding Individual Employee Award Presented to an individual staff member (regardless of length of service) involved in any area of staff [...]
Haters of heavy machinery take heart: The bulldozers and backhoes doing their thing in front of Convocation Hall will be gone by the start of classes, leaving a pedestrian-friendly surface in their place. Arthur Kaptainis writes about the beautification and space definition project outside Convocation Hall in the Bulletin: read more here.
With the removal of the fencing, flagpoles and temporary footpaths and the return of pathways to pedestrians and Hoskin Street to drivers, the St George campus has shed its temporary Toronto 2015 Games wrap as it prepares to welcome a throng of students next month. But the success of bringing the Games to the campus was largely due to the contribution of many U of T staff. Three years ago, with logistical plans not yet finalized and plans still in infancy, agreements were signed with TO2015 to welcome the Games to three St George campus venues: Back Campus – known [...]
The annual University Operations Staff Achievement Awards Program is being introduced to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of the unit, the portfolio and the University. The program provides us with another opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year. Any University Operations employee in good standing is eligible to receive these awards. Temporary employees, students, and faculty are not eligible for consideration. Selection of the recipients will be based on the information provided as part of the nomination process. Three types of achievement-based awards will be presented in late summer 2015: Outstanding Individual Employee [...]