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#GrowingTrentUDurham: Groundbreaking Marks Key Milestone for Expansion

May 17, 2019

Blue shovels and hard hats the order of the day as dignitaries join ceremony at site of future residence and academic building

A group photo of Trent University Durham GTA Expansion ground breaking ceremony.

A spectacular expansion for Trent University Durham GTA came one step closer to reality today as VIPs from the City of Oshawa and the Region of Durham, community partners and stakeholders gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence and academic building, slated for opening in fall 2020.

“The Board has been pleased to support this campus expansion project in Durham over the past four years as student demand has grown for the truly unique learning experience at Trent University Durham,” said Stephen Kylie, Chair of Trent University’s Board of Governors. “I’m thrilled to be here to witness this significant milestone.”

With Trent Durham blue hard hats and shovels, Mr. Kylie was joined at the groundbreaking by Trent’s vice president of External Relations & Advancement, Julie Davis, and Head of Trent Durham GTA Joe Muldoon, as well as local dignitaries including City of Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter, Durham Regional Chair John Henry, and Tito-Dante Marimpietri, Regional and City Councilor.

The striking new residence and academic building will enhance the outstanding student experience that Trent is known for, providing new spaces and enhanced opportunities for the whole community to socialize, learn, study, and engage in life on campus.

“Trent Durham has been part of our great city for more than 40 years. We look forward to continuing our amazing partnership and to even more academic opportunities for students studying and living right here in Oshawa,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Transformative education will guide our city well into the future.”

Echoing these words, Chair John Henry said, “The Region of Durham is proud to be a contributing partner to the expansion of Trent University Durham GTA. This exciting new chapter of growth and development for Trent’s campus in Oshawa will increase the opportunities for students to receive an exceptional and dynamic education that will in turn support the ever-growing innovative economy in the Region.“

The expansion will feature a 200-bed residence, a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, two 64-seat classrooms, research space, student common spaces, new green space and faculty offices. With this expansion, the University’s economic impact in the Durham region is expected to grow from $47.3 million to an estimated $80 million annually.

A $5-million campaign is currently underway to support the expansion project, increase financial aid for students and provide more career-enhancing experiences to ensure the success of Trent graduates. A generous $500,000 gift from Durham Radio president, Trent alumnus and campaign executive co-chair, Doug Kirk ’70, kicked off the launch of the Campaign for Trent University Durham GTA in March. Joining Mr. Kirk as campaign co-chair is Steve Apostolopoulos, the managing partner of Triple Group of Companies, the developer of Durham Live.

In April, the Region of Durham gifted $1.42M toward the expansion, the equivalent value to the land that the City of Oshawa has donated to the project.

Learn more about the campus expansion and how to support the campaign.

About Trent University Durham GTA
Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning over four decades in the east GTA, Trent University Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs. Students at Trent University Durham GTA enthusiastically speak of the unparalleled sense of community on campus and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant and dynamic student life experience. Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham is conveniently located in the GTA, just 40 minutes from downtown Toronto while Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto.

For more information contact:
Katie Cassin, marketing & events coordinator, Trent University Durham GTA, (905) 435-5100 x5076 or

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