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Laurentian University names new Director, Planning and Capital Projects

Jason Ferrigan to play “leadership role” in University’s era of growth

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – Laurentian University is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Ferrigan, MCIP, RPP as Director, Planning and Capital Projects. Mr. Ferrigan joins the leadership team of the University after seven years with the City of Greater Sudbury. As Senior Planner with the City, he led a number of strategic initiatives on downtown revitalization, brownfield generation and preservation of agricultural lands. 

Prior to his position with the City, Mr. Ferrigan worked as Planner in the Northeast Municipal Service Office of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and was previously Senior Planner and Associate with Urban Strategies, Inc., a Toronto-based planning and urban design firm. Mr. Ferrigan has 16 years of experience in the public, private, institutional and not-for-profit sectors, and has worked in Ontario, Quebec, the United States and the Caribbean. 

“We are delighted to have someone with Jason’s experience, vision and energy in the Director’s role during this very important chapter in Laurentian’s history,” said Brad Parkes, Executive Director, Facility Services. “With our Campus Modernization program now underway, Jason will be playing a leadership role in an era of extraordinary growth and change at the university.” 

Mr. Ferrigan is active in the community and in the planning profession, serving as a Director on the Board at the Rotary Club of Sudbury and as Director on the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Council. In 2011, he was recognized as one of Sudbury’s Top 40 under 40 and in 2014 he was named the Sudbury Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year. 

“It’s really a pleasure to be back at Laurentian at such a momentous time,” said Mr. Ferrigan, who completed his Honours BA in Geography at Laurentian in 1996. “The University is going through a transformative period and I’m excited to be a part of these changes.” 

Laurentian’s $50M Campus Modernization program will entail major renovations to the Parker Building and Alphonse Raymond Buildings, construction of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and the Goodman School of Mines Executive Learning Centre, and upgrades to 35 classrooms and teaching labs. The Campus Modernization program is scheduled to be complete in 2016. Another major capital project, the $34M Phase Two of construction of the new School of Architecture, is scheduled for completion by Fall 2015.