Enactus Canada National Competition boasts record-breaking attendance.
- National Champion:
- 2nd Place
- 3rd Place
- Competing Teams: 51
- Total Attendees: 1,157
Toronto, Canada – This year’s Enactus Canada National Competition goes on record as the program’s largest competition to date, with more than 1,100 students, faculty and business leaders participating in the event held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
In addition to the record attendance, there was also a record-breaking 50 teams competing for the national champion trophy. In the end it was Ryerson University who claimed the title of Enactus Canada National Champion. This will be the second time the university will represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup.
Among Ryerson’s winning projects was Project Dago – an effort that helped women in an HIV/AIDS-impacted village in Kenya start their own businesses. The team focused on critical financial literacy training and worked with female mentors who have since gone on to share the lessons with more than 300 households in 23 villages. As a result of this project, 20 women have started successful businesses.
Other awards and recognition from the event include:
- St. Mary’s University – 2013 Capital One Financial Education Challenge winner for their work teaching at-risk individuals financial literacy to break the cycle of poverty.
- Lambton College- 2013 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge National Champion for their environmentally friendly farming solutions implemented in a rural village in Zambia.
- Acadia University, Lambton College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Okanagan Collage, Ryerson University and University of Calgary – Scotibank EcoLiving Green Challenge winners.
Another highlight of the competition was the keynote addresses provided by Enactus Alumnus Avik Dey, who is now President & CEO of Remvest Energy Partners and Remvest Energy Services, and Arlene Dickinson, one of Canada’s top female business leaders, who shared her insights on entrepreneurship in Canada and the role of women and immigrants in the business world.
Watching Arlene Dickinson address the Enactus Nationals. I have never felt more empowered! fb.me/2gCdy5krW
— Zhenya Vasylysyna (@ZhenyaUA) May 7, 2013
Judge at the Semi Final Round at Enactus National Competition in Toronto this morning… these young people are very, very bright!
— Robert Forbes (@RForbes7) May 8, 2013
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