Conestoga news

June 13, 2018 1:21 PM

Golf Classic raises funds for Transforming Together campaign

Conestoga’s Golf Classic recognizes and honours community and business leaders while supporting development projects at the college. The event, now in its 23rd year, was held at Whistle Bear Golf Club on May 29 and raised $40,000.

This year's honouree, The Cowan Group of Companies, has been a long-time partner of Conestoga, creating opportunities for students to achieve their academic goals and providing direct support for numerous projects including the Cowan Health Sciences Centre, Career Centre and, most recently, the Transforming Together campaign. The campaign will play an instrumental role in developing and retaining the talent required to build a prosperous future for individuals and businesses in our region through revitalization of the college’s Waterloo campus.

“The Cowan Group of Companies has been a proud partner and champion of Conestoga College for some time, having recognized its remarkable and innovative contributions to our region and beyond,” said Maureen Cowan, board chair of The Cowan Foundation. “The idea of Transforming Together isn’t new for Conestoga. It’s a concept the college has embraced for decades; they are able to deliver the best possible results for students and for our region through partnerships with government, industry, community and other academic institutions.”

The Cowan Group of Companies, including Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, Cowan Asset Management and The Guarantee Company of North America, provide insurance, wealth management and risk management products and services for individuals, businesses, organizations and public entities. The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, founder of Frank Cowan Company.

Conestoga’s Waterloo campus expansion, to be completed for Fall 2018, includes the addition of more than 150,000 square feet to the main campus building as well as substantial renovations to the existing space. The project includes the development of three primary components: a new Institute for Culinary & Hospitality Management will expand capacity for programming and applied research; the Centre for Advanced Learning will focus on the delivery of new and expanded programming for information and communications technology and other high-demand areas; and a new Access Hub will provide students, newcomers to Canada, job seekers and area employers with access to information, programs and services in a single location.

Support for the project has been provided by the Government of Ontario and by the Government of Canada through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

For more information, visit Transforming Together.