The Remington Group is pleased to announce a generous gift by the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation towards the building of York University’s Markham Centre Campus.
The Bratty Family Foundation is donating $10 million towards York Region’s first public university campus. MCC, which officially broke ground in late September, is scheduled to open its doors in 2023.
“York University is incredibly grateful to the Bratty family and the R.P. Bratty Family Foundation for their generous gift toward the future Markham Centre Campus, and their visionary leadership as supporters of higher education,” said President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton during a livestream of the announcement from the Toronto Marriott Markham on October 16, 2020.
“This contribution will not only support the MCC’s ability to provide a high-quality student learning experience in newly emerging and high demand programs but facilitate the research, innovation and creative activities contributing to York’s larger mission to build inclusive and resilient communities in one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada.”
In its first phase, the campus will offer up to 4,200 students a range of professionally relevant degree programs and micro-credentials with work-integrated learning opportunities within the community.
“This is the crowning jewel of education in York Region and in Markham,” said Chris Bratty, President of Land Development and Investments for The Remington Group, who spoke on behalf of his father Rudolph P. Bratty and the family.
In honour of the donation, a stunning atrium on the building’s ground floor will be The Bratty Family Atrium.
“For my dad, education was so important because it helps us to understand different perspectives,” said Chris Bratty. “It’s the best tool we have for conflict resolution. York Region is underserved in terms of universities. That’s why we’re so proud to partner with York University to make this campus possible in Markham. This will be a significant building block for downtown core of Markham specifically and we hope it will attract businesses and cultural centres to the region.”
The campus will be located adjacent to the Pan Am Centre on Enterprise Boulevard, in close proximity to The Remington Group’s burgeoning cultural hub in Downtown Markham.