Member Spotlight

Ramona Buda

Campus Director, Robertson College

When Robertson College, a one-hundred-year-old institution, decided to open a campus in the Edmonton region, we immediately concluded that Downtown would be the perfect location. Acquiring space on Jasper Avenue and 100A Street, Robertson College Edmonton Campus opened up its doors to students in 2013.

Almost 6 years later, we have seen unimaginable growth since then. The initial space became too small to accommodate the student population of Robertson College and we began looking, once again, for new real estate. Based on our students’ demographic and location, we only had one request for our agent: to stay Downtown: the dynamics of the fluent transit system, the hustle of the daytime business staff and the epicenter of post-secondary education. Downtown is where we needed to be.

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Ramona Buda
Ramona Buda
Campus Director

When Robertson College, a one-hundred-year-old institution, decided to open a campus in the Edmonton region, we immediately concluded that Downtown would be the perfect location. Acquiring space on Jasper Avenue and 100A Street, Robertson College Edmonton Campus opened up its doors to students in 2013.

Almost 6 years later, we have seen unimaginable growth since then. The initial space became too small to accommodate the student population of Robertson College and we began looking, once again, for new real estate. Based on our students’ demographic and location, we only had one request for our agent: to stay Downtown: the dynamics of the fluent transit system, the hustle of the daytime business staff and the epicenter of post-secondary education. Downtown is where we needed to be.

I was asked numerous times why I was so adamant to keep Robertson College downtown. The answer is very simple: for most people, the North Saskatchewan River provides a real visual and mental barrier. Ask any Edmontonian where they live and they will be quick to tell you they live on the North End, or the South Side, or the West End. All the answers will be automatically provided in relation to which side of the river they live in.

Downtown Edmonton is what I would call the “neutral ground”. I have yet to hear someone say that going downtown is an inconvenience - except for parking issues, but that’s common no matter what city you are in. It is easy and convenient to reach Edmonton Downtown, no matter which side of town you live in. Public transit is well developed, with designed routes to reach downtown from all neighborhoods. It is, in other words, the most reachable area of Edmonton.

It is easy to see why Robertson College needed to stay downtown in order to serve students from the entire Edmonton region. Through our search, we were fortunate to find the perfect location for the new campus: on 109 Street, in the Educational Hub of Downtown. This has provided our staff and students with easy access to the campus, as well as great access to all the downtown conveniences such as restaurants and retail.

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Jeremy Hayward
President SNS Technologists

“Being a Downtown Technology business for the past eight years, we as an organization have seen the transformation and evolution of the downtown core as a symbiotic relationship.  We have over tripled in size in that time, and are excited about what the Downtown core has and continues to become. 

So much so 18 months ago when we started looking for space in advance of our lease being up in December of this year, we paused to reflect on where we wanted to be and live as an organization for the foreseeable future. We then empowered our employees by turning the decision over to them, stay Downtown or move to a less urban area? Our culture spoke, and over 85% wanted to stay here in the core, and I am happy to say we signed a ten-year lease on 13,000Sq feet.  Being here isn’t just about office space, it’s about calling somewhere home, the people, the culture, the amenities, and most of all the community.”

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