Brescia University College to celebrate the unveiling and grand opening of state-of-the-art Academic Pavilion

August 28, 2019

London, ON – Brescia University College will inaugurate a new century of learning, research and leadership with the Grand Opening and Blessing of its new, $14 million state-of-the-art Academic Pavilion at a ceremony on September 3rd, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Designed by the internationally-recognized architectural firm HDR, Brescia’s almost 30,000 square foot light-filled Academic Pavilion will capture the best in educational design. Built by local construction firm Tonda Construction, the Pavilion includes three state-of-the-art food and nutritional science laboratories, sensory and research laboratories, two multi-tiered classrooms, informal study spaces and an active learning classroom designed for dynamic group work to support Brescia’s growth aspirations.

The Grand Opening and Blessing event will include speeches from: Brescia’s Principal, Dr. Susan Mumm; Community Leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, Sr. Theresa Campeau; Brescia University College Board of Trustees Chair, Karen McKay; London Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jesse Helmer; HDR Principal of Education, Science and Technology, Dathe Wong and Brescia Student, Ka Yan Cheung. It will conclude with a special blessing by London’s Bishop, Ronald P. Fabbro and a ribbon cutting ceremony. A reception and self-guided tours will be available immediately following the formal ceremony.

Media are welcome to attend the Grand Opening and Blessing of Brescia’s Academic Pavilion. For more information on Brescia’s Academic Pavilion, including renderings and live updates, visit:

Additional facts, photos and updates can also be found by following @BresciaUC and #BresciaBuilds2019 on Twitter and Instagram.



Interview and photo opportunities:

Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Location: Academic Pavilion, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road
Time: 11:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Academic Pavilion opens to the public
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Remarks
11:30 – 11:40 a.m. – Blessing, led by Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, Diocese of London
11:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Reception & Tours

For more information, please contact:

Rhea Johnson, Director, Communications & External Relations at 519-432-8353, ext. 28261 or at, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280 or at

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at