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

1960s

The start of something amazing.

Sorel Etrog’s walker statue

1979

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

Conestoga wagon in front of city hall

1967

The Conestoga wagon at City Hall.

Students on campus

1968

Students on campus.

Student spinning lps

1980s

CJIQ spinning LPs.

Conestoga college administration 1980s

1980s

The early days.

Recreation centre under construction

1979

The Recreation Centre on its way!

small child in the waterloo ece centre

1990

Day one at the Waterloo ECE Centre.

Christmas choir

1991

Christmas choir.

Band performing at convocation

1980

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

Honorary diploma presentation

1976

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

OACC basketball semifinalists

1979-80

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

1969

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

Students on campus in winter

1980s

Winter activities on campus.

Conestoga’s armorial bearings

1977

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

1995

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

Library in 1980s

1980s

Studying in the Doon LRC.

Mike Holmes visiting Conestoga

2006

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

1978

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

1992

Alumni celebrating Conestoga’s 25th Anniversary.

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