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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Manfred Conrad

Founder, The Cora Group

Manfred Conrad is the President, CEO and founder of The Cora Group Inc.  Manfred, born and raised in Germany, came to Canada in 1963. He established The Cora Group Inc. in 1978 and spearheaded it to become one of Waterloo Regionís largest commercial real estate development companies.  Manfred has developed over one million square feet of office space in the Kitchener/Waterloo downtown core. 

Manfred has served on many boards, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, The Four Points Church, and Realex Properties Corporation.  In addition to being a long-time supporter of the German-Canadian Business and Professional Association, past member of the Kitchener Downtown Business Association, founding member of Communitech (Waterloo Regionís Technology Association), and current member of Renison University Collegeís Board of Governors, Manfred also supports many initiatives and institutions within our community, including The Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (University of Waterloo), The Manfred and Penny Conrad Institute for Music Therapy and Research (Wilfrid Laurier University), and the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.

In 2009, Manfred received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo for his outstanding business and philanthropic community leadership.  In 2010, The University of Waterloo honoured Manfred Conrad and his family by naming the universityís business, entrepreneurship and technology centre the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad Centre).  In addition to being a generous supporter of the Conrad Centre, Manfred also serves on the Centre's Advisory Council and the Development Committee.   In 2013, Renison University College inducted Manfred as an Honorary Senior Fellow, in recognition of his work in the spirit of volunteerism, service and the community.