Earlier this morning, Sheridan celebrated the groundbreaking of our new building in Mississauga at our Hazel McCallion Campus. The new 220,000 square foot facility will allow Sheridan to enroll 5,600 students in program clusters that include: architecture, interior design and interior decorating; advertising, merchandising and retail; applied computing; business; creativity and communications; humanities and social sciences; and human services.
As part of this occasion, Sheridan launched a $9 million fundraising campaign to support the expansion in Mississauga and announced our lead gift from Sheridan alumnus Randy Pilon and his wife Catherine. Their gift of $2.5 million is the largest personal gift in Sheridan’s history.
Randy is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. A 1982 graduate of our business program, Pilon credits his time at Sheridan with laying the foundation for his success in both the corporate world and later as an entrepreneur. In 1998, he founded Virox Technologies Inc., recognized today as a global leader in hydrogen peroxide-based infection control products.
Randy Pilon cares deeply about the future of Sheridan and sponsors The Virox Future Forum for budding student entrepreneurs for the past eight years, lent his name to two lecture theatres on Sheridan campuses, has delivered numerous lectures at Sheridan and has served on our Sheridan Board of Governors.
“In recognition of the generosity of Randy and his family, we are proud to name our Faculty of Business: The Pilon School of Business,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan.