Troy Hamilton (Left) President of Maxim Truck & Trailer and Derrick Turner, Director, Advancement & External Relations at Assiniboine Community College (ACU) celebrate Maxim’s $100,000 contribution to the new Prairie Innovation Centre at ACU’s Brandon campus.
BRANDON, Man. (July 29, 2022)— Assiniboine’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is welcoming a $100,000 donation from Maxim Truck & Trailer, a Manitoba headquartered heavy-duty truck & trailer dealership. The Prairie Innovation Centre is Assiniboine’s vision for the future of agriculture in Manitoba, and will address industry and economic needs in this important sector.
“Maxim Truck & Trailer is proud of our roots in Manitoba,” says Troy Hamilton, President of Maxim. “Supporting our community is a priority for us, having been founded in Manitoba over 40 years ago. Agriculture and food production are cornerstones of our Prairie economy and we’re pleased to support Assiniboine Community College and their Prairie Innovation Centre.”
Creating an enhanced agricultural training capacity, the Centre will enable the agriculture sector to continue to be an economic driver in the Canadian and Manitoban economy. The project aims to expand seats in agriculture, environment and related technology programs from less than 300 to more than 800 students.
“The Prairie Innovation Centre is Assiniboine’s made-in-Manitoba response to the growing labour market need in agriculture. This contribution from a Manitoba-born industry partner like Maxim Truck & Trailers is an impactful show of support for the project and the provincial ag industry,” said Derrick Turner, Director, Advancement & External Relations. “This facility will help ensure this crucial contributor to the provincial economy can reach its full potential, and ensure students looking for careers in agriculture have opportunities here at home.”
The Centre will be located on Assiniboine’s North Hill campus in Brandon. The Prairie Innovation Centre campaign started in 2019, with the first contribution announced in fall 2020. To date, the project has raised more than $12 million in private industry support.
About Assiniboine Community College
Assiniboine Community College has been providing exceptional learning experiences for more than 60 years and offers certificate, diploma and post-graduate programs across a variety of disciplines including culinary arts and hospitality, business, agriculture and environment, health and human services, and trades and technology. The college also delivers apprenticeship programming in a range of skilled trades disciplines.
With more than 3,600 students, and campuses in Brandon, Dauphin and Winnipeg, Assiniboine provides comprehensive educational opportunities throughout Manitoba. The college also partners with many communities and organizations across the province to deliver customized education and training. Assiniboine’s annual provincial economic impact is $612 million.
Assiniboine Community College campuses are located on the traditional territories of Treaty No. 1 and Treaty No. 2, the shared traditional lands of Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Anishinabek/Ojibwe peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge their welcome to the students who seek knowledge here.