Conestoga news

October 16, 2012 3:13 PM

Advancing learning in your local community

Students in the Brantford area now have additional educational options close to home thanks to a partnership between Conestoga and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Conestoga, Ontario’s fastest-growing college, introduced programs in Human Resources Management and Business Management in Brantford in September 2012, partnering with Laurier Brantford to provide students with the facilities and services for an exceptional educational experience in Brantford’s downtown core. Additional programs in business and other disciplines will be introduced in time for Fall 2013.

Gary Hallam, executive dean of Conestoga’s School of Business & Hospitality, is excited about the possibilities that the new partnership with Laurier and the City of Brantford brings. “The Conestoga business programs complement those already offered by Laurier Brantford, providing students and the local community with increased access and pathways into post-secondary education. “

Dr. Lesley Cooper, acting principal/vice-president of Laurier Brantford, explains that "this collaborative post-secondary approach” provides opportunities for Conestoga students to complete academic programs at the Brantford campus, and receive applicable transfer credits into Laurier degree programs, and points out that: "In turn, Laurier students will also have the opportunity to complete academic programs offered by Conestoga locally, which is a positive for all involved."

According to Amy Kendall, liaison for School of Business and Hospitality programs in Brantford, approximately 75 per cent of the students who began their studies in Brantford this fall are from the local community. She looks forward to involving area businesses in the Brantford-based programs to provide local co-op placements and experiential learning opportunities for students.

Conestoga, with campuses and learning centres in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Stratford and Ingersoll, is the latest addition to Brantford’s growing academic district.

Visit Conestoga’s main campus in Kitchener for the annual College Fair on Thursday, October 18 to learn more about Conestoga programs and services, or visit the college website at:

For more information:
Brenda Cassidy
519-748-5220 ext 3336