On July 26, 2021, LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) announced that it will be moving into a new purpose-built education centre that puts technology, active learning, and social engagement at the forefront. During the event, faculty, staff, students, community leaders, developers, architects, and designers joined to celebrate and witness the historic ground-breaking ceremony.
Dak Molnar, Principal of The Molnar Group, explained that they are going to start a new community in the Renfrew district that connects the cornerstones of a vibrant and healthy community: housing, education, jobs, retail, and commercial commerce all on one of the best rapid transit systems in North America. We were also excited to have a Member & Counselor of the First Nation, Richard Sparrow, asked all the attendees to think about acting as a witness during this historical moment. He acknowledged this legacy development will provide the community opportunities to focus on employment, education, and housing.
The Mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart, statedthat this is one of the best things that happened in the Renfrew neighborhood in a very long time. He thinks the village and the new Kaslo building will contribute enormously to the quality of life in the community where people from all walks of life come together to live, work, and learn.
Furthermore, Claude Marchand, the CEO of The LCI Education network, commented that our upcoming strategic plan has a strong digital but this will never replace the bricks and mortar campuses, and this new building announcement was a testament of that. The announcements of this new building as well as the upcoming new campus in Barcelona are tangible expressions of LCI’s commitment to its learners. Finally, Dr. Jason Dewling, LaSalle College Vancouver President, shared the highlights of LCV’s new campus. He said the learning space will have all the amenities of a high-tech and high-touch space with social spaces and flexible learning spaces for students. Staff space will be built with the new reality of a hybrid working environment. He aspires, this new building will be the best private degree-granting learning environment in Canada.