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34 GEORGIANVIEW 2021 SPRING CORPORATE GIVING ALUMNUS CELEBRATES MAGNA INVESTMENT Abhimanyu Chauhan, class of 2010 "I remember when my plane landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in April 2009 and all I had was a piece of paper with Georgian's address on it," recalls Abhimanyu Chauhan, a 2010 graduate of Georgian College's Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing program. Following a long flight from Jalandhar, Punjab, India, Abhimanyu's cab drove him to Georgian's Barrie Campus, and his time as a student in Canada began. Abhimanyu's program required intense learning at times, and included a combination of theoretical and practical learning experiences. His final co-op placement was at Faurecia's Bradford, Ontario location, working on a variety of projects and manufacturing lines. He recalls one very special day when he was sitting in the office, completing a data collection project for his manager. Abhimanyu reminded his manager that his time with Faurecia was coming to a close, and his manager responded with, "What do you mean, are you quitting?" "I told him my four-month placement was ending. With that, my manager just got up and left the room, and I sat there wondering, did I say something wrong or maybe I was rude?" Within a half hour, his manager returned to the office and placed a job offer on the table in front of him, inviting him to begin working as a full-time maintenance engineer with Faurecia the following week. "Georgian teaches you how to show your worth when you enter the workforce," says Abhimanyu. "I began my first day of employment on what would have been the last day of my co-op because of everything that Georgian did to prepare me for the real world." In 2015, Abhimanyu was hired by Magna International as a Process Engineer at their Formet Industries plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. Today, he is working as a Project Lead with the company on a new process equipment launch. "I see so many similarities between Georgian and Magna," he says. "Both of these institutions set their people up for success, and create an environment that makes us want to do the very best that we can." In November 2020, Magna International announced a $1-million investment in Georgian to help bridge the skills gap, drive change in the field of mechatronics, and prepare students for industry 4.0 opportunities. "I was so proud when I learned that Magna was making this investment," recalls Abhimanyu. "I had read about companies making donations to schools before, but it's a very different experience when it is your employer investing into your college. To have two organizations that I'm so passionate about coming together like this is just so wonderful." The five-year, multi-faceted agreement will lead to the creation of a new, state- of-the-art facility and new scholarship opportunities for both future and current Georgian students. The partnership also includes exploration of innovative research and development opportunities, programming around co-op and post-graduate employment, and exciting new collaborations in the area of corporate training and recruitment. A major part of the investment will be the new Magna Mechatronics Lab. When complete, this innovative space will be home to students in a variety of programs, particularly those in the new Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Mechatronics three-year advanced diploma program. "The way we can stay ahead in a competitive and constantly changing world is to plan and invest in the future," says Magna Chief Human Resources Officer Aaron McCarthy. "At Magna we're committed to providing students and working people with opportunities to further their education, gain new skills, and bring out the best in themselves. This is a core part of the Magna culture and we're grateful for the opportunity to partner with Georgian College." Abhimanyu couldn't agree more.

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