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Inspiring Spaces

Don’t just imagine a better future, build it. The shovels are in the ground, so there’s no time to waste. Right now, you have the chance to contribute to one of Huron’s largest-ever construction projects – a new 40,000 square foot Academic Building located on Western Road.

This building will include a Student Activity Centre, theatre, classrooms, a Welcome Centre and our executive suite of offices – all of which can be named by donors looking to make a significant impact on Huron’s prestigious legacy.

The Student Activity Centre houses our student-run bar and activities and generates monetary support for important Students’ Council initiatives. Whereas the 450-seat theatre will give Huron’s brightest stars a place to shine and allow us to play host to leaders from around-the-world. Within this space, we will welcome our broader community to events where ideas are shared, challenged and built upon.

Together, we will support students to become leaders on the global stage. World-leading construction company, EllisDon, is currently building this state-of-the-art facility. When it’s finished, the Heart of Huron will be the centre of the most exciting activities that take place during a student’s academic career.

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Explore the learning spaces Huron is building

Welcome Centre
Performance Theatre
Student Activity Centre
Classrooms & Seminar Rooms
Faculty & Leadership Offices

First impressions matter. This past year, we welcomed students from more than 30 countries, and we want to ensure our unique university continues to appeal to this wide variety of impressive young leaders. With your support, we will create a Welcome Centre – within our new 40,000 square foot academic building – that truly emulates our vibrant and inclusive mission, and sets the tone for warm, welcoming and positive tours of our campus.

The Welcome Centre will be the place where community members, who join us for civic engagement initiatives and performances, first interact with the friendly faces that make up our unique post-secondary landscape. This centre will be easily identifiable as the place to get important information about where to go – regardless of the purpose of your visit. It will also set a positive tone for all potential Leaders with Heart who are trying to determine whether or not Canada’s only character-based education is right for them.

Support the creation of a 450-seat theatre. This will be Huron’s first-ever purpose built stage where our talented students will perform. This space will also play host to influential global leaders who will diversify our students’ perspectives and encourage them to recognize the importance of conducting themselves with integrity, compassion and a dedication to fostering inclusivity and fairness.


Build a place, within the heart of campus, where young people feel safe, included and inspired to share and shape ideas that may become the solutions our world needs. For years, our students have come together in tight quarters to study, socialize, perform and network. Despite the shortcomings of our current SAC, they’ve made the most out of the space. Now it’s time to give them the room they need – and deserve – to really make Huron feel like home.


One of Huron’s most distinct advantages is our determination to remain strategically small to ensure we are able to cater to the unique needs of our students. We offer students resources akin to our much larger educational counterparts – except ours are spread across a much smaller student body.

In order to maintain this commitment, while also catering to our rapidly increasing enrolment rates, we need your support to build more classroom and seminar spaces where students will be able to directly engage with their peers and professors in intimate learning environment.


We need your help to ensure our professors and administrators have access to comfortable, collaborative and private working areas that fully support the leadership and mentorship potential of our university.

The new Heart of Huron will contain several offices and an executive boardroom where our faculty and administration will work continuously to enhance the level of education we’re able to provide to our students.

In addition to creating safe spaces for students and their professors, our academic building will also host our executive suite of offices, including the President’s. This is a key component of our university’s distinct advantage because our Leadership team is whole-heartedly dedicated to being easily accessible to our students. There’s no red tape at Huron – just countless opportunities to engage with every level of our organization to move our university – and the world – forward.

These new spaces will be essential for Huron’s ability to attract international champions of Leadership with Heart who will bring best practices and global perspectives to our campus.



One of our first unique campaign opportunities

Theatre chair



Thank you for showing your support for Huron and taking the opportunity to etch your name in Huron’s history.

When you designate a gift of $1,200 to this part of the Heart of Huron campaign, you will have a named seat with an engraved plaque to adorn one of our Huron Red seats.

  • Some of the best memories I made at Huron were created within the Student Activity Centre because it’s an integral part of the student experience here.
    Jesse Zender
    Huron Student
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  • Huron is creating new infrastructure and refreshing existing campus learning and social spaces, which is important for both attracting and retaining the types of students that are going to contribute significantly to our university’s legacy of excellence in leadership.
    Rick Lucas
    Lucas Alumni House
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  • Alfred Apps
    BA '79, Philosophy
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Our progress

We look forward to sharing the progress of our building campaign with you. This is important to us not only so you know what your generosity is helping us achieve, but so we may also have the opportunity to sincerely thank the community members who stood behind Huron as we pushed our mission forward.

We hope you’ll continue to check back to see and share our photos, updates and acknowledgements of our Heart of Huron donors. Help us keep the momentum of this campaign going, so we can all celebrate the completion of Huron’s largest-ever campaign for our Leaders with Heart.