Winnipeg, MB — Red River College (RRC) is proud to announce that Paterson GlobalFoods Inc. and the Paterson Foundation have made the largest charitable donations in the College’s history totalling $2 million.

The matching $1 million contributions will fund the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute — a student residence and new home for RRC’s culinary and hospitality programs — to be located in the historic Union Bank Tower in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

The Institute is part of Red River College’s Momentum campaign, a multi-year capital fundraising effort to support expansion of training facilities for high-demand programs.

“As a former Red River College student myself, I’m well aware of how the College helps fuel the growth of the Manitoba economy,” said Andrew Paterson, President and CEO of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., and Vice President of the Paterson Foundation. “RRC graduates have played a significant part in the success of our company, so we’re excited to partner with the College on this important initiative.”

The Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will contain a variety of classrooms, labs and teaching restaurants on the first three floors of the Union Bank Tower and in two new, adjacent glass-fronted structures. In addition to providing training for the College’s culinary, hospitality and tourism programs, the facility will have the capacity to conduct applied research on new food products in partnership with industry.

The residence will be a first for RRC, capable of accommodating up to 100 students in a variety of room configurations on the upper floors of the heritage building.

RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky commended Paterson GlobalFoods Inc. and the Paterson Foundation for their philanthropic efforts, saying: “The Momentum campaign will spark a transformation of our Winnipeg campuses, and we’re thrilled these organizations share our commitment to providing students with modern facilities and state-of the-art technology.”

Founded in 1908 and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Paterson GlobalFoods Inc. is a third generation, privately-held Canadian corporation with expertise in agricultural commodities, food, transportation and finance. Over the past 100 years, Paterson GlobalFoods has built a worldwide trading network.

The Paterson Foundation was started in 1970 by Senator Norman McLeod Paterson. Since then, the Foundation has been a devoted supporter of community organizations across Canada.

Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology is Manitoba’s second largest post-secondary institution with more than 32,000 full-time, part-time, and apprenticeship enrolments.

For Further Information:
Colin Fast, Communications Coordinator
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
Tel: 204.632.2581 Cell: 204.803.6406