TORONTO ― Redpath Sugar Ltd. has donated $360,000 to the George Brown College Foundation to support student scholarships and capital expansion. In recognition of the company’s gift, the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) will be naming a large quantity baking and pastry lab at 300 Adelaide St. E. the “Redpath Sugar Lab.”
The renovated lab space will offer a high-end learning environment for students and industry professionals, functioning as a space for research, innovation and skills development to assist students and industry partners with baking and pastry product development. The lab will undergo renovations later this year and is set to open in 2017.
Jonathan Bamberger, president of Redpath Sugar Ltd., made the donation prior to CHCA’s annual Room for Dessert event, which showcases the sweet and savoury creations of second-year Baking and Pastry Arts students in collaboration with third-year Bachelor of Applied Business students.
“Redpath is excited to announce our new partnership with George Brown College,” said Bamberger. “We hope to help the college produce the very best graduates in the baking field who demonstrate academic excellence, a spirit of cooperation, strong teamwork skills and a desire to pursue a career in the baking industry.”
According to Bamberger, “This made sense both in terms of the community we’re in and how we could effectively contribute in a way that would help others.”
“The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is truly appreciative of Redpath’s generous donation,” said Lorraine Trotter, Dean of CHCA. “With this gift, we can provide our baking and pastry students with an enhanced learning lab that will provide improved programming for our students to be successful in the workplace. It’s a great opportunity for Redpath to reach directly into the next generation of bakers and pastry arts.”
In addition to supporting the expansion of capital infrastructure, $45,000 of Redpath’s gift is earmarked to support student scholarships. Over the next three years, a total of 45 students in the Baking and Pastry Arts Management Program, the Baking Pre-employment Program and the Baker/Patisserie Apprentice Program will receive an award of $1,000 each.
“Redpath’s support of student scholarships will have a tremendous impact on student success,” said Cindy Gouveia, president of the George Brown College Foundation. “Not only will these scholarships provide students with access to a top-notch education in baking, but they will also inspire our students to achieve their career aspirations.”
Students who would like to apply for the award must complete an application through George Brown College’s Awards Office. More information, including deadlines, is available at GBC Awards.