Georgian partners with Great Gulf to invest in sustainable skilled trades

On Sept. 20, Georgian announced a multi-year partnership with Great Gulf to launch an Innovation Award Suite to help support sustainable skilled trades education. This collaboration includes scholarships and exclusive access to Great Gulf’s facilities for applied research. The $50,000 of funding will benefit 24 students who are pursuing innovation and sustainability practices.

This multi-year collaboration will include four unique additions to Georgian’s financial aid program, including: The Great Gulf Student Award in Skilled Trades, the Great Gulf Sustainability Award, the Great Gulf Award in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, and the Great Gulf Engineering and Environmental Technology Entrance Scholarship.

Georgian is honoured to welcome this new award suite to benefit our students across seven campuses. Great Gulf understands the pressing needs in Ontario’s skilled trades sector, namely, to prepare students for growing career opportunities in this region. This is the start of a great collaboration, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Great Gulf and Georgian students alike

Dr. Yael Katz, Vice President, Academic, Georgian College

Additionally, Great Gulf’s CEO, Bill Tresham, and his family have pledged to match the company’s donation to Georgian College. This partnership aims to prepare students for growing career opportunities in the skilled trades sector and promote sustainable growth in the local community and the Simcoe-Muskoka region.

This new collaboration between Great Gulf and Georgian College will encompass various initiatives, including developing next-generation talent for the sector, experiential learning opportunities for students, and exploring research collaborations. As part of the collaboration, Great Gulf is extending utilization of Bradford’s Summerlyn Active House as a living laboratory rich with applied research possibilities to help evolve people-centric, and sustainable approaches to homebuilding.

Dr. Bill Angelakos, Dean, Design and Visual Arts, Computer Studies
Group of Georgian College and Great Gulf employees at
From left to right: Kathleen Schofield, President Low Rise Residential Canada, Great Gulf Homes; Dr. Bill Angelakos, Dean, Design and Visual Arts, Computer Studies, Georgian College; Dr. Yael Katz, Vice President, Academic, Georgian College; Tad Putyra, President, Great Gulf Low Rise and Home Technology and Systems Plus; David Bell, Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Georgian College; Amanda Wilson Watkins, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales; William R.C. “Bill” Tresham, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Great Gulf Group. Photo credit: Tanja-Tiziana.

About Active Houses

Great Gulf introduced the groundbreaking Active House concept to select communities in Ontario. This innovative approach to building design prioritizes the well-being of both occupants and the environment, setting new standards for indoor comfort, energy efficiency, and sustainability. The Active House methodology, a part of the Brussels-based Active House Alliance, focuses on three key principles: comfort, energy, and the environment.

The Summerlyn Active House, unveiled in Bradford, exemplifies the concept. It boasts abundant natural daylight, optimized thermal climate, and healthy indoor air quality while minimizing energy consumption and carbon emissions. The house is Energy Star certified, EnerGuide rated, and net-zero ready, featuring solar panels and Tesla battery technology.

The Active House concept represents a significant shift in building design, emphasizing a better quality of life and environmental responsibility. Great Gulf’s commitment to education and sustainability underscores its dedication to creating healthier, more sustainable living spaces in Ontario.

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