50 Years of Building Communities and Careers

In 2017, Conestoga and Ontario’s other public colleges are celebrating 50 years of delivering career-focused education and preparing graduates for success.

Conestoga was founded in 1967 as part of a provincial movement to introduce a new kind of post-secondary education system to complement universities.

Focused on being career-oriented, helping graduates find and keep employment as well as supporting the economic and social development of communities – it was the start of something amazing.

Celebrating 50 Years

A lot has changed since Conestoga first opened its doors in 1967 and you don’t want to miss what’s to come. Today, Conestoga is one of Canada’s leaders in polytechnic education, delivering a comprehensive range of education and training opportunities to serve the needs of the labour market.

Over the next year, you're invited to get involved in the celebrations highlighting our community, alumni, students, faculty, staff and partners.

Join the Celebration

Help kick off the party by sharing your Conestoga memories and outstanding graduate stories for our digital photo gallery.

Connect with us regularly throughout the year so you don’t miss out on any of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

For more information, email us today.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Conestoga college sign


The start of something amazing.

Sorel Etrog’s walker statue


Sorel Etrog’s “Walker” …a Doon campus landmark.

Conestoga wagon in front of city hall


The Conestoga wagon at City Hall.

Students on campus


Students on campus.

Student spinning lps


CJIQ spinning LPs.

Conestoga college administration 1980s


The early days.

Recreation centre under construction


The Recreation Centre on its way!

small child in the waterloo ece centre


Day one at the Waterloo ECE Centre.

Christmas choir


Christmas choir.

Band performing at convocation


The Waterloo Regional Police Band performing at Conestoga's first Convocation in the new Recreation Centre.

Honorary diploma presentation


Ontario Lt. Gov. Pauline McGibbon receives an honorary diploma from Board Chair Jane Brewer and President Hunter.

OACC basketball semifinalists


Coach Chuck Mathies (left rear), with the 1979-80 OCAA semifinalist basketball squad. Tim Darling (5) went on to become a top coach at the University of Guelph.

Conestoga spoke newspapers


One of the many issues of Spoke, Conestoga's student voice.

Students on campus in winter


Winter activities on campus.

Conestoga’s armorial bearings


Conestoga’s Armorial Bearings were granted to the college by the Kings of Arms at the College of Arms in London, England. Both art and technology are represented in Conestoga’s Crest. The eagle heads and rainbow represent art and the Conestoga wheel and torch represent technology. The dominant colours in the Armorial Bearings – red, blue and gold – were adopted as Conestoga’s official colours.

Conestoga school of business building


The new School of Business facility opens at Doon (D Wing).

Library in 1980s


Studying in the Doon LRC.

Mike Holmes visiting Conestoga


President Tibbits, Ingrid Town and Mike Holmes when Holmes attended Conestoga’s Convocation for students graduating from programs in the School of Trades and Apprenticeships, and Engineering and Information Technology.

David Suzuki at convocation


President Hunter and Chairman Dr. Fisk presenting David Suzuki with the Honorary Guild Shield award at Convocation where Suzuki was guest speaker.

Alumni celebrating 25 years of the college


Alumni celebrating Conestoga’s 25th Anniversary.

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