Laurentian celebrates opening of new Executive Learning Centre

State-of-the-art facility supported by significant gifts from donors

JUNE 27, 2016 –  A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration today marked the official opening of the $3.1M Executive Learning Centre at Laurentian University. 


The state-of-the-art facility, recently constructed on the third floor of the University’s Fraser Building, is a mutli-media connected lecture theatre with a dedicated lounge and five seminar rooms, all equipped with the latest presentation and communication technology. 


The Executive Learning Centre (ELC) will house programs and workshops offered through Laurentian’s Faculty of Management and the Goodman School of Mines. The tiered lecture theatre provides seating for 68 people and is also equipped to connect distance learners to classroom technology. The ELC is the new location of all regular meetings of the University’s Board of Governors and Senate.


Significant gifts from key donors have helped fund the creation of the Executive Learning Centre.  These include $250,000 from BMO, $100,000 from Paul Parisotto and $100,000 from, and Don and Jackie Rastall.


“As a proud alumnus of Laurentian University, I am delighted to support this exceptional facility,” said Paul Parisotto (BA Economics, ’83), Chairman of Noront Resources Ltd, president and CEO of Coniston Investment Corp, and a member of the Goodman School of Mines International Advisory Board.  “It will be a focal point for executive education and life-long learning at Laurentian.”


“This remarkable facility is one of the crowning features of our campus transformation, and will be a point of pride for the University and the broader community,” said Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor.  “It would not have been possible without the support of the generous donors who have shared our vision, and we thank them sincerely for their investment.”


The Executive Learning Centre is part of Laurentian’s $63M campus modernization program, an historic investment in student-focussed spaces and facilities.