The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Dean-Amon_Rhomboid--7“The CEIE will allow us to take the next leap forward in the way we drive innovation, foster entrepreneurship and cultivate global engineering leaders.”
Cristina Amon Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

The CEIE heralds a new era for U of T Engineering, further enabling our students, faculty, alumni and industry partners to work together across disciplines to address critical global challenges.

The Centre moves beyond traditional classrooms toward unique collaborative learning and design spaces, including:

The building also provides space for many of our multidisciplinary research centres and institutes in areas such as water, sustainable energy, robotics and mechatronics, engineering leadership, multidisciplinary design and global engineering.

The CEIE will be a vibrant hub that enables U of T Engineering to set a new standard for engineering education in Canada and position the Faculty among the most innovative in the world.

CEIE Timeline

Space Review Committee forms

Established by Dean Cristina Amon to audit the Faculty’s instructional and research spaces, and to address the requirements of a proposed new building.

Divisional Space Review results

An executive summary with recommendations and observations submitted for Faculty input; development of a new building to proceed as planned. READ MORE

47-55 St. George Street allocated for CEIE

Project Planning Committee forms to carry out Dean Cristina Amon’s vision to drive innovation, foster entrepreneurship and cultivate global engineering leaders. READ MORE

Donor: Paul Cadario

Commits $1 million to the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN).

Donor: George Myhal

Provides an early pace-setting $5 million gift to support the construction of the CEIE.

Donor: Peter Allen

Commits $1 million toward the CEIE because of its communication- and innovation-focused design.

Boundless campaign launches

The CEIE is one of six core Faculty campaign initiatives. READ MORE

Donors: Bill & Kathleen Troost

Make a $2-million gift toward a new space for the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).

Planning ahead

CEIE project planning report finalized. Pictured: Ron Venter, Chair, CEIE Project Planning.

Donor: Patrick Fung

Directs a $250,000 gift to name a project room in the CEIE for the Fung Family.

Architects selected

Toronto-based Montgomery Sisam Architects (MSA) and U.K.-based Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are chosen as the architects for the CEIE. READ MORE

Donor: Hatch Inc.

The Faculty receives generous personal gifts from alumni and current Hatch employees totaling $155,000. Pictured: John Bianchini, CEO, Hatch.

Donor: U of T Engineering Society (EngSoc)

Undergraduate students support the Faculty’s vision with a collective $1-million commitment. Pictured: Mauricio Curbelo, President, EngSoc, 2013–2014. READ MORE

Donors: Lee & Margaret Lau

The couple’s $2.5-million gift will fund a cutting-edge auditorium in the CEIE.

Donors: International alumni groups

Campaign committees form in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore/Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan. Pictured: John Lo, Chair, Hong Kong Campaign Cabinet.

Design review

A design review committee begins assessments of the building’s plans.

Donor: Henry Wu

Gives a first-time gift of $3.5 million to support construction. READ MORE

Donor: J. Edgar McAllister Foundation Trust

An estate trust provides a gift that will name a CEIE meeting room in J. Edgar McAllister’s honour.

Donor: Gerald Heffernan

Directs his $2.5-million gift to provide space for The Entrepreneurship Hatchery in the CEIE.

Governance Approval

Project receives approval from U of T’s Governing Council — a testament to the tremendous contributions and visionary leadership of Dean Cristina Amon. READ MORE

Donor: Brookfield Partners Foundation

Donates $700,000 toward naming a Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom in the CEIE.

TEAL room pilot project

A pilot Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classroom is established in the Sanford Fleming Building. READ MORE

Site preparation

Select building elements are demolished on Site 10 to make way for the CEIE.

City approval

Rezoning approved by the City of Toronto.

Building work begins

Construction contract awarded to Bird Construction.

Groundbreaking event held

Donors, alumni, faculty, students and staff gather to celebrate the culmination of Dean Cristina Amon’s unwavering commitment to the CEIE project. READ MORE

Hoarding goes up

Construction hoarding is erected around the CEIE construction site.


Street artist Jason Wing, a.k.a. SKAM, paints a massive 276-foot (84-metre) graffiti installation that spans the CEIE construction site hoarding. READ MORE

#CEIExSKAM at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

From sunset on Oct. 3 to sunrise on Oct. 4, revelers interact with #CEIExSKAM installation. READ MORE

Provincial support

The Ontario government announces $15 million to support the CEIE. READ MORE

Video produced by the University of Toronto Engineering Society.

What people are saying…

myhal-100“The CEIE will help foster the best in entrepreneurial engineering and we will see many innovative and exciting solutions emerge.”
George Myhal Chair, Engineering Campaign Executive Committee
john-bianchini-2“The new Centre is a fantastic idea and a great vision. It’ll create a great new modern space and, more importantly, the programs that it’ll house will embody all of those things that are important to a modern engineering education.”
John Bianchini CEO, Hatch Ltd.