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Black & McDonald supports skilled trades facilities expansion at Durham College

November 21, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun

“We’re delighted to support this expansion and revitalization project.”

November 21, 2022 – Black & McDonald Ltd. is helping expand the skilled trades facilities at Durham College’s Whitby, Ont., campus, committing $100,000 to help fund the new Ontario Power Generation Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology (CSTT).

“We’re incredibly proud and appreciative to have Black & McDonald as a partner in our expansion plans and our outreach to demographic groups under-represented in the construction and industrial skilled trades,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.

“Expansion and diversity are necessary to both meet the need of our applicants—who greatly outnumber the seats we have in our programs—and employers who are increasingly challenged to find the talent they need for their business success,” Lovisa added.

The addition of 60,000+ square feet of shops, labs, classrooms and student amenities—and the re-purposing and renovation of pre-existing space—will support an additional 750 construction and industrial skilled trades students and apprentices.


“We hire from just about all of the skilled trades represented at Durham College […]” said Mark Healy, regional vice-president, Black & McDonald. “We know that increasing the diversity of the workforce has great merit and benefit beyond the obvious increase in available tradespeople […] We’re delighted to support this expansion and revitalization project.”

The college is raising $10 million from the community in support of the CSTT. To learn more about the Whitby Campus expansion and revitalization initiative—and the Building for Skills campaign and how you can participate—contact jennifer.clark@durhamcollege.ca.

— With files from Durham College

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