A century ago, Winnipeg’s Exchange District was at the centre of Canada’s grain industry and in the midst of a period of great economic growth. The area pulsed with breathless optimism, attracting visitors from around the world to invest, work and share ideas.
Rising above it all was Winnipeg’s first skyscraper – the Union Bank Tower, an architectural marvel of its time. Believed to be Canada’s oldest surviving steel and concrete-reinforced skyscraper, the Tower has since been restored to its former glory by Red River College, and now proudly bears the name of the Paterson family – whose business also spans a century, and whose roots are firmly planted in the grain industry.
It’s fitting that the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute sits in the heart of the Exchange District – a neighbourhood that stands as the city’s cultural and creative hub.
Building on the success of its first restoration project – The Roblin Centre on Princess Street – Red River College is proud to remain a catalyst for the downtown area’s revitalization. Featuring specialty retailers, upscale art galleries, restaurants and performance halls, the Exchange District is truly in the midst of an exciting new renaissance – the perfect place to inspire students to new levels of innovation and excellence.
The Paterson GlobalFoods Institute helps to foster round-the-clock activity – through full-time culinary, hospitality and baking programs, Continuing Education courses, Jane’s, and the College’s first-ever student residence.