Stu Conger – Innovator, Instigator, and Leader

Message from the Canadian Career Development Foundation

Dear colleagues,

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Stu Conger, founder of the Canadian Career Development Foundation and innovator, instigator and leader in our field. [Please see below] the obituary that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.  The Citizen website is listed in the announcement and you can sign a guest book directly if you so wish.  You may also access a guest book through the funeral home which is Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, McLeod Street location.  You will note that he has asked those that wish to do so to donate to the Stu Conger Leadership Award.  This award meant so much to him—he often said it was his best legacy.

Please pass this on to any others whom you think would want to know.  He will be greatly missed and always remembered for his significant and lasting contributions to the field of career development.

Warm regards,

The Staff of the Canadian Career Development Foundation


CONGER, D. Stuart,
StuCongerPeacefully, on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at age 87, with his beloved wife Shirley (nee Brignell) by his side. Predeceased by Joyce, his wife of 47 years. Loving father of Jane Low (Ben) of Woodlawn, and Stephen of Rome, Italy. Admiring grandfather of Jennifer Low (Kevin McEleney) of Winnipeg. Dear brother of Jean Mather and Gerald (Beverley) of Ottawa, and of Nancy (Dave) Earnshaw of Toronto. Fondly remembered by the Brignell family and sister-in-law Doris Gibney. Stu was the founder of the Canadian Small Business Management Training Program (1962), the Canada NewStart Program (1967), the National Consultation on Career Development (1975), the Canadian Career Development Foundation (1980) and the Joyce Conger Fund for the Arts (2000). For 50 years he was a leader in the advancement of career development in Canada and internationally and in recent years a supporter and advocate of the arts. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Saturday, December 7th from 3:30-5:30pm. Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, December 8th at 2pm. Reception to follow in the McGarry Family Reception Centre. Memorial donations to the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development, c/o The Canadian Career Development Foundation, 202 – 119 Ross Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0N6 (or email: will be much appreciated.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 3, 2013


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Thank you for your posting. I am sure that dad would like to thank everyone who came his way and added to his life long passion in Career Development