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CANADA’S PREMIER HERITAGE CONSERVATION SCHOOL

95% Graduate Employment Rate

Internationally Renowned Faculty

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WELCOME TO WILLOWBANK

Willowbank is a unique private career college in Canada and has been on the vanguard heritage conservation and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings since 2006. We are the Canadian headquarters of INTBAU, a global network promoting traditional building, architecture, and urbanism.

Our unique Three-Year Diploma program provides students with a professional network that can take their career path in many directions. Coursework focuses on developing skills and knowledge related to conserving our built and cultural heritage. Our focus on providing a well-rounded education in heritage conservation and sustainability is made possible by the exceptional faculty practitioners who came from across Canada, the United States, and Denmark.

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Latest News

Willowbank receives $50,000 donation to support school’s programs

In this week’s edition of The Lake Report you can get up to speed on the extremely generous donation by The Humeniuk Foundation’s towards Willowbank’s students and curriculum. We are so grateful for this partnership and appreciative of their support of our mission. Together we are making great strides in the world of heritage restoration and conservation. Read the article in full here

 

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WILLOWBANK SCHOOL OF RESTORATION ARTS AND NIAGARA COLLEGE SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

On May 11,  Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, a non-profit private career college for heritage conservation located in Queenston, and Niagara College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to work together.

Willowbank School of Restoration Arts Board Chair Patrick Little and Niagara College President Sean Kennedy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 11, 2022 to explore opportunities for both institutions to work together. Little and Kennedy are joined from left to right by Caitlin Wooll, Director of Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, John F.T. Scott, Willowbank Board Vice-Chair, Nancy Smith, Willowbank Board Director, Dr. Elizabeth Oliver-Malone, Willowbank Board Director, Katie Houghton, Willowbank Business Manager, and NC Vice-President Academic, Fiona Allan.

NC President Sean Kennedy and Vice-President Academic Fiona Allan met with college management and members of the Willowbank Board including Chair Patrick Little and Vice-Chair John F.T. Scott outside the Willowbank Estate House to sign the agreement. “Niagara College is very pleased to partner with Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, a local and highly specialized college, to share expertise and create new opportunities that will benefit students from both our institutions,” said NC President Sean Kennedy. Willowbank is globally recognized for its expertise in heritage conservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Their expert faculty from across the world are preparing graduates for careers in heritage restoration and conservation. “We are excited to start working with Niagara College to explore areas that will lead to enhanced learning experiences and we appreciate the openness that both institutions have demonstrated in developing this historic MOU” stated Willowbank Chair Patrick Little. The MOU will form the basis of a collaborative relationship between the two institutions, as they explore mutually beneficial opportunities that could range from joint research projects to the creation of academic pathways between the organizations. Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca. The Willowbank School of Restoration Arts is an internationally acclaimed, not for profit, private career college in Queenston, Canada (PCC #103175). The future of heritage is being shaped by our graduates. With an employment rate of 95%, their impact ripples outwards across a range of careers, from design to skilled trades to community development. Willowbank has been on the vanguard of heritage conservation and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings since 2006. We are the Canadian headquarters of INTBAU, a global network promoting traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. The patron of Willowbank is HRH Prince Charles. Learn more, visit willowbank.ca.

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  Media inquiries, please contact: Michael Wales Director, Communications, Niagara College 905-328-4101 mwales@niagaracollege.ca Jessica Torok Communications Consultant, Niagara College 519-809-7634 jtorok@niagaracollege.ca Caitlin Wooll Director of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts 905-262-1239 ext 200 willowbank@willowbank.ca John F. T. Scott Vice Chair of the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts 647-403-9099 jftscott@willowbank.ca  

Willowbank Venue Rental and Weddings

Whether you’re looking to host your next corporate meeting, private event or whimsical wedding, there’s a whole host of  celebratory options at Willowbank.  With Covid-19 restrictions easing we are pleased to share that we have plenty of availability throughout 2022 and 2023. 

Photographer, Creative Director, Concept Creator & Co-stylist: Lisa Vigliotta Photography lisavigliottaphotography

Land Acknowledgement

Willowbank is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa and Haudenosaunee peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. (Source: DSBN)

EDI Policy

Willowbank recently updated our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Policy. Willowbank School of Restoration Arts (referred to as ‘Willowbank’) values and promotes human rights, adheres to the Ontario Human Rights Code and commits to foster a college community that enables full participation of all students and employees to study and work. Willowbank celebrates the diversity of its students and employees and sees diversity as a strength.

Willowbank recognizes that society and post-secondary institutions historically and systemically have marginalized equity-seeking groups. We acknowledge that this marginalization continues to hinder an individual’s ability to fully, freely, and equitably participate within an academic institution and in society. We strive to ensure socioeconomic status does not hinder someone’s ability to access and be successful in post-secondary education.

As such, the College commits to identify, prevent, and eliminate discrimination and harassment in all its forms with respect to race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political belief, marital status or family status of that person or that group or class of persons.

Willowbank commits to uphold the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion to foster a barrier-free, respectful, and welcoming learning and working environment.

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