A state-of-the-art automotive research and testing facility that was five years in the making officially opened at the University of Waterloo today with a twist on the old ship-christening tradition.
Instead of a hull, dignitaries marked the launch of the Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility by smashing bottles on a ceremonial tire.
“GAIA is the first of its kind in Canada,” Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Waterloo Engineering, told about 50 guests. “This is world-class. We now can compete head-on as an international player.”