York University is deeply committed to fostering innovative approaches, technologies and perspectives to solve problems and promote global economic and social well-being. The City of Markham has been a key partner for York in this endeavor, as have many companies and organizations that reside within the city. In the most recent past, we have partnered to develop and grow the IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre, this facility is housed within the IBM Canada campus and is a thriving ecosystem that brings together key organizations to support entrepreneurs from York University, the Region, and in the surrounding area.
Research collaborations with industry and community organizations that reside within Markham have also been key in our relationship. Companies like IBM, AMD, Winna and Dapasoft and community organizations such as the United Way, York Regional Police and Markham Stouffville Hospital have all partnered with York to conduct cutting edge research.
The next step in the partnership between York and the City of Markham is the development and opening of a campus in 2021. The campus will offer professionally relevant academic programs and workplace based learning opportunities to over 4,200 students. With this new campus comes a unique opportunity for us to look at how we engage with our community, government, and industry and how we educate our students to ensure that they have in-demand skill sets and contribute to the economy in a meaningful way.