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Feb. 15, 2017
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will unveil an innovative donor recognition wall at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. featuring Christie MicroTiles technology. The tiles, invented by Christie, a Kitchener-based global audio and visual technology leader, are part of a $1-million donation from Christie to the university.

Students and visitors can use the touch-screen tiles on the five-pillared wall to learn more about donors and their contributions to Laurier’s Building Canada’s Best Business School campaign in support of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. The Christie MicroTiles feature donor profiles, a timeline of the Lazaridis School and a list of the nearly 2,500 donors who have supported the campaign so far.

“Christie is supporting the Lazaridis School because of our strong belief in its mission and to foster the next wave of highly-skilled business leaders in this community and in Canada,” said Ihor Stech, Christie’s chief operating officer. “Christie shares Laurier’s desire to develop Canadian business education for a global economy driven by innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Forge Media, a Toronto-based company and donor to the campaign, developed the design and programming for the wall and its display.

“We are extremely grateful to Christie for donating this outstanding addition to Lazaridis Hall,” said Max Blouw, Laurier’s president and vice-chancellor. “The university’s collaboration with Christie and Forge Media is an example of the dynamic public-private partnerships Laurier has with many corporations and individuals who support our university and our students.”

Rob Donelson, vice-president of Development and Alumni Relations at Laurier, noted that more than $41 million has been donated to the Lazaridis School and fundraising is continuing.

“The campaign is advancing Laurier’s commitment to educate the next generation of business leaders,” said Donelson. “We are proud to thank Christie and Forge Media as we unveil this wall that celebrates all our valued partners.”

The unveiling is by invitation only but the media is welcome to attend.

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About Christie: Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and cinema audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission-critical command centres to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

About the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics: Celebrating its 50th year, the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics is one of Canada’s leading business schools, with 6,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs throughout the university’s locations in Waterloo, Brantford and Toronto. It is home to Canada’s largest business degree co-op program. LazaridisSchool.ca

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Julia Thomson, Manager, Communications
Development and Alumni Relations

T: 519.884.0710 x4479

E: jthomson@wlu.ca  

Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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