$1.5-million gift makes waves for Georgian College’s marine programs
September 17, 2013

A view of the control panels and window in the new marine centreThe largest and most sophisticated marine navigation simulator at Georgian College’s marine training centre was named after one of the country’s shipping industry leaders, Jack Leitch.

Leitch donated $1.5 million to the Centre for Marine Training and Research, located at the Owen Sound Campus. The centre features four navigational training bridges and an engine room simulator, all designed to simulate real life marine scenarios.

As Chairman of Upper Lakes Group Inc., Leitch has had close ties to Georgian since the college introduced its marine cadet program in the 1970s.

“Graduates of Georgian’s marine programs have been a crucial component of the Canadian shipping industry. It is an honour to have the opportunity to support the future leaders of the industry that has been such a significant part of my life,” said Leitch.