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Toronto’s Ryerson to House MPI Global Training Center

MPI centre will allow meeting professionals to develop new, career-enhancing skills.

MPI centre will allow meeting professionals to develop new, career-enhancing skills. November/December 2009

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Ted Rogers School of Management

Ted Rogers School of Management

The Ted Rogers School of Management
Located in the heart of Toronto’s business community, the Ted Rogers School of Management is Canada’s largest undergraduate management school. Housed in a 218,428-sq.-ft. location on Bay Street, it is host to Ryerson’s MBA programmes, all four Bachelor of Commerce programmes and 12 management research centres, institutes and facilities.

Recognized for producing career-ready graduates and offering one-of-a-kind programmes, the Ted Rogers School of Management has launched MBA programmes and upgraded its facilities as part of an aggressive growth strategy. This complements Ryerson University’s vision for a revitalized campus, where students thrive in the environment of a diverse, urban campus that is linked to a vast and vibrant city.

A special feature of the space is a central, open-air 12,000-sq.-ft. courtyard located in the middle of the first level of Ryerson’s three floors. The courtyard can be viewed from all of Ryerson’s floors via the floor-to-ceiling glass walls surrounding it and extending from the first level to the third level.

This open-air courtyard allows for natural light to flood all three floors of Ryerson’s portion of the building. The courtyard is made of all natural materials — a mix of stone, rock and plant life — including the stone benches for seating on the courtyard patio.

The design was meant to reflect the diverse management programmes offered at Ryerson and made to handle the various teaching styles and technology a rigorous, relevant and innovative learning environment requires.

Features include: a 500-seat auditorium; 200- and 135-seat classrooms; tiered classrooms and case rooms; flexible classrooms; research labs and advanced technological computer labs. Interactive space for staff and students include 100- and 50-seat workrooms; breakout rooms; student commons; study spaces situated on all three floors surrounding the centre courtyard and student club/association offices.

Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the building is one of the few properties in Toronto using the energy efficient Enwave steam and deep lake water cooling system. In the winter, the building is part of a district steam energy system and in the warmer months, water from Lake Ontario is used to cool the building. This alternative heating and cooling system significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has added Toronto’s Ryerson University as the newest location for an MPI Global Training Center, for delivering elevated content to meetings and business event professionals. Over the next two years, MPI anticipates partnering with 14 or 15 other educational institutions worldwide in similar deals as the one with Ryerson University.

According to MPI, when choosing a Global Training Center, one of the deciding factors is the prevalence of a robust business or management school. For MPI, the school must view meetings and events as a business performance tool to enhance communication, motivation and learning. MPI partners with schools and organizations, such as the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, to provide training programmes that will enhance meeting professionals’ business skills at all levels.

The MPI Global Training Center for Meetings and Business Events at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will offer a series of certificates and certifications allowing meeting professionals to accelerate their career development by learning new, relevant skills. The centre will offer globally recognized skills and competencies to increase transferability, employability, compensation and recognition for meetings and business event professionals.

In addition to training and education courses, Ryerson is already scheduled to host — and registration is open for — the Global Certificate in Meetings and Business Events II and Global Certificate in Meetings and Business Events III from February 15-19, 2010.

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