Community Impact

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2022 Niagara Economic Summit

On November 8, 2022, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Niagara Economic Summit. Lesley Rigg, Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor, gave welcome remarks on behalf of the Brock community, extended a personal introduction to the Niagara economic community, and outlined Brock’s support of the local economy and the role the University plays within it.

The Economic Impact of Brock University in Niagara and Ontario Report

In 2022, Brock University finalized a study that measures the University’s economic impact in Niagara and Ontario. This report provides a baseline from which the University’s economic impact will be measured against in the future.

2022 Business Before 9: What Does Brock University in Burlington Mean For Businesses?

As Brock prepares to relocate its satellite campus to Burlington, the University is reaching out to connect with the community and share its vision for the future. At an event held Friday, September 9, 2022, Brock University Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Lynn Wells joined Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward to discuss what the relocation of Brock’s Hamilton campus to Burlington will mean for area businesses and the local community. The event highlighted ways the new campus will allow Brock University to serve our students and the wider Halton community in a meaningful and lasting way, and exciting opportunities to grow existing and establish new programming that aligns with local needs.

2022 Niagara Climate Change Summit

The Niagara Climate Change Summit, held in June 2022, was developed through a partnership between Brock University and the Niagara Region following Niagara Regional Council’s motion to declare a climate change emergency in September 2021. The summit brought together representatives from all 12 local municipalities, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to make a commitment to actively do more to address climate change.

Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games at Brock

Brock University’s St. Catharines campus was home to many of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games events and was proud to host some of the top athletes in Canada, as well as thousands of visitors, at the University. The Walker Sport and Abilities Centre, a legacy of the 2022 Canada Summer Games, is located on the south-east corner of the University’s St. Catharines’ campus.

The Canada Summer Games provided Brock University researchers with a wealth of research opportunities and an official collaboration – the Brock-Canada Games partnership – meant that the 2022 Summer Games were Canada’s first “research games”.

Established in 2019, the Vice-President, Research, Canada Games Research Grants Program supported Brock researchers and scholars in all departments and Faculties with grants of up to $7,000 to undertake research or a creative activity in any discipline and on any topic that relates to the Canada Games. Over the program’s three years, 28 researchers from six Brock Faculties received funding for 30 projects totalling more than $198,000. See the complete list of Vice-President, Research, Canada Games Research Grant funded projects.

2021 Niagara Economic Summit

In fall 2021 the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Niagara Economic Summit. Lynn Wells, Interim Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Vice-President Academic, brought greetings on behalf of the Brock community and highlighted the ways in which the University is supporting the local Niagara economy.

Students Going Digital: the economic impact on Niagara Report

The COVID-19 pandemic forced post-secondary institutions to shift many programs to a virtual model, greatly impacting the Niagara economy given the presence of both Brock University and Niagara College in the region. The Students Going Digital Report measures this impact and presents data that identifies the subsequent economic effect through the lens of post-secondary education in Niagara.