Trades and Apprenticeship Employer Newsletter
A Message from the Chairs of Trades & Apprenticeship
At Conestoga we are passionate about the skilled trades and we are proud to be one of the largest colleges in Ontario delivering trades and apprenticeship programming.
We have excellent faculty, strong programming and are constantly updating our shops to ensure that we are staying current with industry needs. We are extremely grateful to the employers in our community who support our programming through donations, or through participation on our advisory committees or those who hire our students or train apprentices in the workplace.
Trades and apprenticeship training would not be successful without this involvement, dedication and commitment. We are fortunate to be in a community that so strongly supports and values the skilled trades.
We have had a busy summer and fall so we wanted to share all of the exciting things going on at Conestoga in Trades and Apprenticeship. We hope you enjoy the update.
Suzanne Moyer, Rachel Banham, Stephen Speers and Luis Garcia
Jill of all Trades introduces young women to skilled trades careers
On May 31, approximately 200 young women in grades 9 through 12 attended Conestoga’s Jill of all Trades at the Cambridge campus. Hosted in conjunction with the School College Work Initiative - Grand Connections regional planning team, the event provided female students opportunities to explore the potential of careers in the skilled trades. Read more
Students compete at Skills Ontario Competition
During May 1 to 3, 29 Conestoga students competed in the annual Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre. The event is the largest skilled trade and technology competition in Canada, involving more than 22,000 students, spectators, and other guests from all regions of the province. Read more
Conestoga students win two Skills Canada medals
Conestoga students Tim Deslauriers and Sam Todd have finished this year's Skills Canada National Competition with silver medal wins. The event was held June 1 to 3 in Winnipeg and is Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices. Read more
Awards presentation recognizes skilled trades students
On May 24, friends and family, industry leaders, sponsors, and members of the Conestoga community attended the college's eighth annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation at the Waterloo campus. More than 180 industry and donor-sponsored awards, valued at $190,000, were presented to students to recognize excellence in the motive power, construction and industrial trades. Read more
Industry leader Martha George honoured at Golf Classic
On May 30, the Conestoga community welcomed more than 135 golfers to the 22nd annual Golf Classic. The event recognizes and honours local community and business leaders while supporting development projects at the college. This year’s Classic, held at Whistle Bear Golf Club, honoured Martha George, president of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA). Read more
Guelph campus hosts motive power conference
From June 26 to 28, Conestoga hosted its first provincial college sector Motive Power Professional Development Conference at the Guelph campus. The event was open to college transportation instructors in Ontario, as well as local high school transportation technology and Specialist High Skills Majors teachers. Read more
Conestoga community members named 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year
Two members of the Conestoga community were recognized among the 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year at an awards ceremony held October 5. The annual awards recognize and pay tribute to outstanding women in the community in eight categories. This year, Board of Governors member and 2012 Alumni of Distinction award recipient Jennifer Knapp was honoured with the Entrepreneur award. Dr. Julia Biedermann, executive dean of Conestoga’s Schools of Engineering & Information Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing Technology, received the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) award. Read more
CBC covers Skills Ontario camp at Conestoga
Participants in Conestoga’s Skills Ontario all-girls summer camp were joined by CBC Kitchener-Waterloo reporter Carmen Ponciano during a welding workshop at the Cambridge campus on July 20. Read more
Renovation Technician student awarded scholarship from The Holmes Foundation
Renovation Technician student Devon Pierce has been awarded a 2017 Make It Right Scholarship from The Holmes Foundation. This year, the foundation granted 12 scholarships to students across the country enrolled in post-secondary construction programs. Read more
Bricklayer 500 inspires next generation of skilled masons
On September 6, the region’s best stone masons attended Conestoga’s Roofing Skills and Training Centre at the Waterloo campus to compete in the Bricklayer 500 Ontario regional championship. The competition tests speed, skill and stamina, and members of the Conestoga community, joined by industry donors and partners, cheered on 18 teams as they raced to complete a 26 ft. wall in just one hour. Read more
Amazing 50 celebration visits Conestoga
On October 5, the Conestoga community welcomed the arrival of the Amazing 50 trailer. The unique 42-foot trailer has been making stops at each of Ontario’s 24 colleges as part of a province-wide tour coordinated by Colleges Ontario to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system. Read more
Student newspaper celebrates Conestoga's 50th anniversary with special edition
A special edition of Conestoga’s student newspaper, Spoke, is now available on college newsstands. The edition celebrates the college’s 50th anniversary and delivers 36 pages of feature articles on Conestoga’s early days, its history and growth, as well as fun facts and alumni profiles. Read more
Conestoga celebrates Canada 150 with campus BBQ
Conestoga students and employees filled the halls of the Doon campus on June 29 as they waited in line for a taste of the college’s Canada Day 150 BBQ. The event was hosted by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), the college’s student association, in partnership with the International Office. Read more
Cowan Foundation pledges $4 million to support campus expansion
The Cowan Foundation is investing in the future of our community with a transformative gift of $4 million to support the expansion and redevelopment of Conestoga’s Waterloo campus. The gift is the single largest from a private donor in the college’s 50-year history and marks the launch of Transforming Together, a new initiative to help build a bright and prosperous future for individuals and businesses here in our region and beyond. Read more
On behalf of all Trades & Apprenticeship faculty and staff, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.