A world-class network of industry partners supports Sheridan every day. Thanks to their contributions, Sheridan is growing and adapting its offerings to better serve students in an ever-changing world.

Support for skilled trades

Sheridan’s Brampton-based Skilled Trades Centre received a new name thanks to a donation from automotive technology supplier Magna.

In December 2020, Sheridan announced it had received a generous $2 million gift from Magna — money which will be used to update the skilled trades labs with state-of-the art equipment, create scholarships, provide resources for training, and enable student participation at skills competitions. In honour of the gift, we have renamed our suite of skilled trades programs as the Magna School for the Skilled Trades at the Magna Skilled Trades Centre in Brampton.

For Magna, the donation is both an act of generosity and an investment in the future of the Canadian automotive industry. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce reports the province’s skills gap will result in 560,000 vacant jobs by 2030 — a trend that will be most pronounced in the skilled trades. Magna’s donation will ensure Sheridan can help fill that gap by providing a well-rounded approach to education that prepares graduates to engage in a labour market that’s rapidly changing.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to support Sheridan and address an important issue not only for businesses and industry, but also for the communities where we live and work,” said Aaron McCarthy, Magna’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “Working together, we can provide students with opportunities to learn the skills needed, bring out the best in themselves and help strengthen our society overall.”

Setting a stage for international musicals

A boost from Keith and Sharon Segal, the founders of International Insurance, is helping Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) build a more tolerant world.

The past year marked the creation of the Keith & Sharon Segal Fund for International Musical Development, thanks to a generous gift of $1 million. The fund will support the development of international and internationally-themed musicals at Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project, as well as scholarships for international students studying in any program at Sheridan.

The first musical to be supported by the fund was burden of proof – one of three projects workshopped as part of the 2020 CMTP Festival of New Musicals in October. The musical explores the challenges met by 2SLGBTQ+ refugee claimants in Canada.

As a long-time fan of Theatre Sheridan and CMTP, Keith said he was excited to support telling stories that are underrepresented in the canon of musical theatre.

The partnership also allowed Keith and Sharon to continue to support international students. Over the past decade, they have invested in projects that support Sheridan’s international students, including student financial support and dedicated tutoring centres.

Building a better future

In 2020, RBC Future Launch and Sheridan continued to build on a longstanding partnership focused on helping students and youth drive social change.

A $435,000 gift from RBC Future Launch was aimed at directly supporting students and youth in Sheridan’s communities over the next three years through social entrepreneurship, mentorship and enriched co-curricular learning opportunities.

Thanks to this investment, EDGE, Sheridan’s entrepreneurship hub, expanded the Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch – a program that provides aspiring entrepreneurs and changemakers the space, time, and mentorship to pursue their own social venture ideas, based on a designated theme.

The gift was also directed to continue RBC Future Launch’s support of Sheridan Connect, an online networking and mentorship platform that allows current students and new graduates to meet virtually with alumni for career advice and industry knowledge. It also included a sponsorship to expand Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business Conference – a one-day event, supported by RBC Future Launch since 2018.

Over the past two years, the Pilon School of Business Conference has given students the chance to hear from, and connect with, alumni in their fields. This year, RBC Future Launch’s support allowed us to expand the conference to include students in all Faculties, giving them the chance to hear from alumni and keynote speakers who encouraged them to tap into their leadership potential.