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Ryerson's Heaslip House opens its doors to The Chang School

Heaslip House

Heaslip House, new home for The Chang School, was officially unveiled on Sept. 7, 2006

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education, has a new home at Heaslip House, announced today at its official opening.

"I'm delighted The Chang School has a new home where we can continue to provide innovative lifelong learning to continuing education students and help them reach their life and career goals," says The Chang School's Dean Anita Shilton.

The Chang School has more than 64,000 enrolments and offers more than 70 career-related certificate programs; over 1,200 courses, workshops and seminars, 80 per cent of which carry university credit status; over 200 distance education courses; and six advanced training designations. It provides bridging programs for internationally educated nurses, social workers, midwives, dietitians and nutritionists. The school also offers unique seniors' education programs including the LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) Institute and Act II Studio, a theatre school and collective drama centre for people 50 years and older.

Heaslip House is named in honour of the late distinguished Canadian business leader and philanthropist William Arthurs Heaslip, C.M., who was committed to education and lifelong learning. The building encompasses all of The Chang School's programs and services under one roof, including the Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, a state-of-the-art facility where academics can hold conferences and symposiums.

"Ryerson University is undergoing a renaissance; we are reshaping our campus to meet the growing needs of our students, academics and staff," says President Sheldon Levy. "Heaslip House is just one shining example of our commitment to our Ryerson community."

Heaslip House, designed by Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects in association with Lett Architects Inc., seamlessly blends one of Toronto's last remaining 1930s art deco buildings with a striking tower, which overlooks Lake Devo, one of Ryerson's and downtown Toronto's well-known urban landmarks. The seven-story structure is enveloped in 10.5 tonnes of primarily recycled copper sheets - equal to 4,267,000 pennies. The metal was chosen for its durability to elements and is known to last for 100 years and longer.

O'Keefe House

O'Keefe House was built in 1938-39 for business magnate E.P. Taylor as the corporate headquarters for his company, Canadian Breweries Limited.

The building, 38,965 gross square feet, incorporates the façade of what was then known as the O'Keefe House, built in 1938-39 for legendary business magnate E.P. Taylor as the corporate headquarters for his company, Canadian Breweries Limited. Key architectural elements of the Alfred H. Chapman-designed building include elaborate carvings by Frances Loring and the sandstone cladding on the south and east facades.

The Chang School was named in honour of G. Raymond Chang, Director and Chairman of the Board of CI Fund Management Inc. and a member of Ryerson University's Board of Governors. His support of continuing education is founded on his conviction that access to learning leads to a dynamic future for individuals and the communities in which they live and work.

Since its inception in 1975 when it was known as The Continuing Education Division, The Chang School has an abundance of success stories to tell. From students pursuing a career change to seniors wanting to remain engaged in learning, The Chang School unlocks educational opportunities for everyone.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education, with more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs in the Faculties of Arts, Business, Communication & Design, Community Services, and Engineering, Architecture and Science. Founded in 1948, Ryerson has graduate and undergraduate enrolments of 21,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.


Suelan Toye   Janet Hercz 
Public Affairs   Marketing and Communications
Ryerson University   G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
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