Conestoga news

April 24, 2012 8:00 AM

Health Sciences Centre named in honour of local philanthropists

Conestoga's commitment to providing highly trained personnel to serve the region's growing health-care needs has received a major boost thanks to the generous support of Cowan Insurance Group and The Cowan Foundation.


In recognition of their support, valued in excess of $2 million, the recently opened facility will now be known as the Cowan Health Sciences Centre.

"We are very grateful for the generous support that the Cowan family and group of businesses has provided for Conestoga," said President John Tibbits. "This investment in education and training for future health-care professionals will provide substantial benefits for the entire community."

The Cowan Health Sciences Centre, opened in Fall 2011, is a 70,000 square foot applied learning and research facility for health and life sciences located on Conestoga's Doon campus. Designed to promote high-impact, technology-enhanced learning in an interprofessional culture, the new Centre provides opportunities for many more individuals interested in health care and related careers to receive the training required to serve the needs of our rapidly growing community. 

"Thriving communities require a myriad of skills and a full spectrum of trained workers," explained Maureen Cowan, president of The Cowan Foundation. "By investing in Conestoga College, one of the top applied learning institutions in the nation, we are investing in an expansion project that will have a transformative impact on our community and beyond."

The Cowan Foundation is a charitable foundation that exists because of the success of Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company and Millennium CreditRisk Management.  Together the family of companies provides insurance and risk management products and services, and assists employers with their group benefits, retirement and health and disability management plans.

For more information:
Brenda Cassidy, 519-748-5220 ext 3336,
Lynne Short, 519-650-6363 ext 31608,