Tucked right in the heart of Canada’s sixth-largest city of Mississauga, Ontario, Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus – or HMC – is not only grand and gorgeous, but also one of college’s newest campus. It opened in the fall of 2011 as the home of the Faculty of Business, now referred to as the Pilon School of Business. Built to LEED gold standards, it incorporates the very latest in technology in order to not only facilitate collaborative learning, but also bring the Creative Campus idea to life.
Located in the Mississauga City Center across from Square One, at the corner of Duke of York Boulevard and Prince of Wales Drive, Hazel McCallion Campus first opened in September 2011 with a 155,000-square-foot facility accommodating 3,200 students enrolled primarily in business programs. Expansion of the HMC began in the fall of 2014 and resulted in a new facility on the same site, housing labs and production spaces, studios, state-of-the-art classrooms, a gallery space to showcase students’ innovation and creativity, as well as a Center for Creative Thinking.
Overall, the expansion brought the Hazel McCallion Campus’ total enrollment to approximately 5,500 students. The building includes 57 new classrooms, an art gallery and a book store accessible to both students and the public, an innovation center, a senate chamber and board room, a cafeteria space, meeting rooms, production facilities, studios and labs, and was designed to act as a “living laboratory.”
Demand for enrollment spaces at Hazel McCallion Campus has far exceeded capacity since its initial opening in September 2011. The addition of a new facility has not only increased enrollment capacity, but has also provided a broader range of program opportunities, while at the same time bolstering the campus’ role as a hub for innovation, creative thinking, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
At the moment, the HMC offers various business programs, including four-year degrees in marketing management, supply-chain management, human resources management, finance and accounting. However, employment preparation programs as well as language training are also provided for newcomers to Canada. That being said, the new facility also houses program clusters in business, advertising and merchandising, as well as creativity and communications and architecture and interior design.
One of the best things about Sheridan in general and the Hazel McCallion Campus in particular is sustainability. The college has long been committed to integrating sustainability into all aspects of learning, teaching, energy waste and operation. That is precisely the reason behind the creation of the “Living Laboratory” with the expansion of the Mississauga campus: a world-class facility that achieves the highest levels of energy efficiency and sustainable design. Features include the use of sustainable materials, water efficiency and reuse, ventilation and lighting, zero waste foundations and smart building infrastructure.
All in all, the City of Mississauga and Sheridan’ innovative and unique partnership has given birth to the Hazel McCallion Campus and community park; a venture that has helped transform Mississauga’s downtown into a vibrant center and connected community. It promises to continue to grow into an oasis in which not only youth, but new Canadians and businesses will learn, experience and invest in the people and assets that contribute to the quality of life and success of Canadian citizens and business community alike.