Conestoga news

December 7, 2007 10:12 AM

National Wood Council Presents Awards to Conestoga Students

Five Conestoga College woodworking students have received major awards from the Canadian Wood Council for their work in designing innovative wood products, as well as developing marketing plans for these products.

One three-member student team shares a $5,000 first-place award, while two other students have earned a $3,000 second-place honour and a $2,000 third-place prize respectively. The winning project is a multi-functional games table; second is a folding desk and third is a set of wooden taps.

The awards are given under the Wood WORKS! program of the Canadian Wood Council, with co-sponsorship from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources. Wood WORKS! operates in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia to promote excellence in the use of Canadian wood products. In all, ten awards are being given in Ontario - three each to Conestoga and to Lakehead University, and four to the Ontario College of Art and Design.

The first-place team consists of Hyung Jae Ahn of North York, Brock Howie of Waterloo and Tim Joseph of Brantford. Second place honours go to Dan Jessel of Cambridge. The third-place winner is Matthew Wiesel of Sault Ste. Marie.

Making the presentations was Steve Street, Technical Advisor, Canadian Wood Council. The Council is a national association of manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction. Its primary goal is to create market access and demand for Canadian wood products.

Conestoga is Ontario’s foremost college in wood products education. The Doon campus in Kitchener houses the Woodworking Centre of Ontario, a major training facility. In the woodworking field, Conestoga has two-year and three-year diploma-level programs, postgraduate programming and part-time, continuing education courses.

CONTACT: Mark Bramer, 519-748-5220, ext. 3468,