Georgian plans “Marine Centre of Excellence” in Owen Sound

June 5, 2014

Georgian College has announced plans to transform its Owen Sound campus into central Canada’s only “Marine Centre of Excellence.” The college intends to expand its existing Great Lakes International Marine Centre by 6,500 square feet to create a new marine emergency duties training facility. Marine emergency duties training is compulsory for all current marine students, and proposed Transport Canada regulatory changes will require that all mariners take refresher courses every 5 years. Georgian’s plans will require $4.2 million from the provincial and federal governments; they have also solicited donations from the marine industry and asked for $2 million from Grey County. Georgian College President MaryLynn West-Moynes stressed the benefits of the program for the local economy: “It will mean up to 6,000 training days a year, bringing people into Grey-Bruce who will come for 3 to 5 days at a time to get re-certified and hopefully stay in hotels, eat in our restaurants and buy presents to take home for their family.” Owen Sound Times