The Carnegie Building
Laurier Brantford opened its doors to students and to higher education in September 1999.
The opening was the result of a process that began in 1996, when the Brant Community Futures Development Corporation commissioned a business plan for the establishment of a university in Brantford. The plan became a catalyst for community discussions which culminated in the establishment of a Brant University Steering Committee in 1997. It was this committee which presented an official proposal to Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.
Many members of the Brant community played an important role in bringing the university to Brantford. They include the members of the Grand Valley Educational Society; the Chair of GVES, Colleen Miller; the Mayor of the County of Brant, Ron Eddy; and the Mayor of Brantford, Chris Friel.
Within the university, it was Professor Terry Copp of the History Department who first suggested to the President, Robert Rosehart, that Laurier should create a satellite campus to meet Brantford's needs.