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Lazaridis Hall

Lazaridis Hall open for business

Nearly six years ago, the Government of Ontario committed $72.6 million for the construction of a "Global Innovation Exchange" on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Now, the new building – since renamed Lazaridis Hall in honour of a $20-million gift from BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis – will celebrate its grand opening.

While students, faculty and staff have already moved in and tours were provided during Homecoming weekend, a grand opening ceremony is planned for this winter.

“The grand opening of Lazaridis Hall will be a momentous occasion for Laurier," said Sheldon Pereira, director of university community relations. "It's a chance to celebrate, to thank our partners and friends and to showcase how Lazaridis Hall will continue to support Laurier’s reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovative academic programming.”

Lazaridis Hall is the new home of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics – which includes the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises and Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation – as well as Laurier’s Department of Mathematics.

The new building includes environmentally sustainable elements and a functional and innovative design.