St. Clair breaks ground on Zekelman business school

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Windsor Star/Mary Caton


Growing up nearby in South Windsor, Barry Zekelman saw early in life the influence St. Clair College had on the people around him.

“Growing up around the corner and seeing a lot of family and friends go through here I realized just how much this college means to the community,” Zekelman said Wednesday after participating in a ceremony to announce a $23-million expansion of the Zekelman Centre of Business and Information Technology.

Now an international captain of industry as chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries, he and his family have become staunch and generous supporters of the educational pathways delivered by St. Clair College.

Just over two years ago, a $5-million donation by the Zekelmans launched the college’s school of business at One Riverside Drive in downtown Windsor.

“Remarkably, that expansion was not sufficient,” college president Patti France said.

A vast majority of the college’s 4,000 international students enrol in the business and IT programs.