Conestoga College celebrates grand opening of new campus in Waterloo

Waterloo new campus

Waterloo new campus

On October 18, 2018

As part of the grand opening celebrations at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus on October 18, Conestoga College welcomed international guest Chef Maxime Moïse, instructor with the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France.

Industry and community partners, current and former students and local dignitaries joined in the celebration as Conestoga marked the grand opening of its newly expanded campus in Waterloo at a special evening event held on October 18, 2018. The $58M expansion project, initiated in 2016 with support provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, provides 150,000 additional square feet of classroom, lab and student space. Special features include state-of-the-art culinary and hospitality labs, a new expanded student-run restaurant open to the public, technology-enabled classrooms and a Welcome Centre that will provide access to programming and services for full and part-time students, newcomers to Canada and individuals seeking career counselling or job search support.

“This new facility will be instrumental in Conestoga’s ability to serve the needs of our community and provide many more opportunities for people to access the education and training they need to launch successful futures,” said President John Tibbits. “We are deeply grateful for the support provided by our partners and friends, and most particularly to The Cowan Foundation, for their leadership in supporting the development of this important new facility.”

As part of the grand opening celebrations, the college welcomed international guest Chef Maxime Moïse, instructor with the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. During his visit to Conestoga College, Chef Moïse worked with students in the culinary labs and shared information about Conestoga’s partnership with the Institut and the study abroad opportunities it offers. He also met with Conestoga President John Tibbits to formally sign an agreement the college entered into last year. The exclusive agreement with the Alliance by Institut Paul Bocuse, the leading global network of education excellence for the culinary arts and hospitality trades, welcomes Conestoga as a member of the Alliance in 2017.

“We were grateful Chef Moise could join us for our special grand opening, and meet with students and other college officials to discuss the Institut and the opportunities for collaboration it offers,” said Keith Müller, Chair, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts. “Conestoga’s membership in the Alliance by Institut Paul Bocuse connects our students to a global network, and through this partnership students can participate in a unique international experience that will allow them to improve skills, gain knowledge, and share their own cultures and customs.”

Conestoga is currently the only Canadian member of the Alliance which provides students at the college an opportunity to participate in the exclusive 14-weeks training program at Institut Paul Bocuse. Conestoga graduate Taylor Martin and Culinary Management co-op student Chris Bisson have already participated in the program, and Keith Müller said at least another students will attend next spring. Keith Müller is also exploring partnership opportunities with the Institut for students studying hotel and restaurant management at the college, and noted that membership in the Alliance by Institut Paul Bocuse offers additional pathways for culinary students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management as well as a Master’s degree in Culinary Leadership & Innovation.


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