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SUSTAINABILITY

We will build on our longstanding commitment to responsible resource management, engaging with partners and exploring new opportunities to support the achievement of our goals.

Conestoga’s student enrolment continued to grow faster than the provincial average from 2014 to 2017: full-time fall enrolment of 11,300 in 2013-14 grew to 12,500 in 2016-17. Larger student enrolment helped to address the workforce needs of our growing community while providing more opportunities for individuals to access career-focused education and training. Increased tuition revenues supported initiatives leading to increased capacity and ability to deliver quality programming.

2,300 international students from more than 80 countries

Strong international enrolment growth – from approximately 600 in winter 2013 to more than 2,300 in winter 2017 – supported the internationalization of our campuses, preparing students for today’s global workplace while also contributing to financial viability, resource and facility  expansion, as well as meeting the needs for skilled workers and entrepreneurs in Ontario.

Academic partnerships supported opportunities for students and the efficient delivery of programming. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, for example, Conestoga forged 30 new collaborative academic agreements with institutions here in Canada and around the world to provide additional learning and exchange opportunities for students. Partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University supported the delivery of increased programming in Brantford and resulted in new opportunities for students to earn Conestoga and WLU credentials simultaneously.

Engagement with community partners led to new or enhanced programming to support training in palliative and end-of-life care and mental health. Approximately 1,000 industry and community leaders participated on Conestoga’s Program Advisory Committees to support the development of new and existing programs. 

A commitment to reducing our carbon footprint increased recycling and waste diversion across all campuses and supported new initiatives focused on achieving efficiencies in energy utilization.

Increased revenue generation through initiatives such as IELTS testing, corporate training and continuing education contributed to our positive financial performance, as did support provided by organizations, foundations and individuals. Despite ongoing financial constraints resulting from the provincial funding model for colleges, Conestoga achieved annual financial surpluses from 2014 through 2017 by controlling operating expenditures and increasing revenue opportunities.

Strategic growth, collaborative partnerships, community engagement and responsible resource management provide a sound foundation for future achievement and long-term viability.

We will continue to build on this success as we invest in facilities, equipment and services that will provide a quality learning and working environment and help prepare students for successful futures.

Sustainability | Objectives for 2017-2020

Achieve economies of scale and enhance revenues through enrolment growth and increased student retention.

We will continue to increase enrolment in high-demand areas by implementing new recruitment methodologies and expanding international recruitment into a broader range of countries and markets. Delivery of a quality learning experience, including a comprehensive range of support services tailored to student needs, will support retention and continued progress in graduation rates.

Enhance engagement with college and community partners to support the achievement of our goals.

We will launch new initiatives to increase public awareness of Conestoga’s role in supporting the prosperity and well-being of our community. Building on our strong relationships with student government, alumni, partners and stakeholders will support the development of programs, services and facilities and provide new opportunities for current and future students.

114,000 alumni include leaders in business, technology, manufacturing and health care.

Effectively manage resources to support the sustainable delivery of college programming and services.

We will implement new approaches to further improve space and resource utilization across the college to support increased enrolment in existing facilities and create additional revenues. Our continued commitment to energy use reduction and waste diversion will lead to cost-savings and further reduce our carbon footprint.

Explore and advance revenue-generating opportunities.

We will continue to seek out new opportunities to increase revenues from ancillary operations and introduce new or enhanced services that will result in additional revenues to support the achievement of our goals.

12,500 full-time students
38,000 part-time course registrations/year
1,075 full-time employees

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