BGIS partnership announcement contributes to new learning opportunities

Date posted: 
Fri, 02/09/2018
BGIS announcement

In continuation of our longstanding partnership, Red Deer College is pleased to announce a donation of $100,000 from BGIS to the Shaping Our Future campaign. BGIS’s commitment aligns with the shared focus on student learning opportunities and also with RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative happening across campus. 

“Through their corporate and community work, BGIS continually demonstrates their unwavering commitment to enhancing our student experience,” says Michael Donlevy, Vice President, Business Development at RDC. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future, we know that the contributions from partners such as BGIS will provide an incredible benefit to Red Deer College and to the learners we serve.”

Red Deer College has been honoured to work closely with BGIS, building on a relationship that has spanned over 30 years. BGIS has provided on-site employees and ongoing service and support to our facilities, forming an integral part of our major growth over the years. BGIS, through Brookfield Properties, has also provided sponsorship support in the past for Red Deer College.

Through this new partnership, RDC’s commitment to developing sustainable energy options will be showcased through interpretive and learning opportunities on geothermal energy. BGIS’s offer to assist the College as we build our energy-efficient infrastructure presents a significant opportunity for RDC.

“BGIS is proud to support the Red Deer College Foundation’s Shaping Our Future initiative, and their commitment to sustainable growth and innovative development. As Canada’s leading provider of real estate management services, we are committed to relentlessly focusing on enabling innovation for our clients, with education being a fundamental building block of this commitment. We are honoured and excited to be a part of this project and to continue to build on our successful partnership with RDC,” says Mike Greidanus, President, BGIS Canada.

Within RDC’s new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, the BGIS Geothermal Meeting Room has been specifically designed to provide an interpretive space. Once the Centre is open, this space will help tell RDC’s story about a number of sustainability initiatives, including Green Campus, the RDC Alternative Energy Initiative and the LEED program, which includes the achievement of LEED Silver in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre and LEED Gold in the Four Centres.

The BGIS Geothermal Meeting Room will be heated or cooled depending on need by a geothermal loop that has been installed beneath the Centre for demonstration purposes and will provide learning opportunities on geothermal energy. These interpretive and learning opportunities further demonstrate RDC’s commitment to ensuring students receive exceptional academic programming, with access to innovation.

“As part of RDC’s mission, and because of our foundational values, we believe it’s essential for us to partner with organizations that share our goals of contributing to learning opportunities for our students,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “This commitment from BGIS will augment their current partnership, and it will help to enhance our students’ education on alternative energy. In addition, community members will also be able to learn about RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative and the ways that the research and learnings from this work will benefit people from central Alberta and beyond.”

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For additional information contact:
Shelley Newman  
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate