• Memorial University of Newfoundland

    Canada | In action since 1993

  • 79Students involved

  • 7Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

Project Sucseed

To address food security issues in their province, the team at Memorial University of Newfoundland partnered with botanists and engineers to develop a low-cost, environmentally-friendly and efficient hydroponic growing system to produce high quality and affordable fruits and vegetables year round. Seeing an additional opportunity to have an impact, they partnered with an organization that helps at-risk youth: they select the individuals to be employed building the systems, and the team trains them and manages production. To date, they have impacted 489 individuals and created 18 jobs, while selling 101 systems, resulting in nearly $34,000 in revenue. This year, the systems will collectively grow nearly 72,000 pounds of produce.

Team Profile:

Proudest moment of the past year:
Providing at-risk and vulnerable youth with a job that’s helping them provide for themselves and changing how rural communities access food

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Creating a fully sustainable social enterprise, from supply and demand to logistical challenges – we really put our business skills to the test

How they're preparing for the WC:
Locking ourselves in a hotel room for seven days, hoping we leave with a good script

They're most excited about:
Welcoming the rest of the world to Canada, and working with other teams to make the world a better place

Team described in one word:
Tenacious

Get to Know Us:

One of the very first things Emily did when she started her university career four years ago was join the Enactus team. After her first meeting, she was hooked: the drive and accomplishments of a small Newfoundland team inspired her to jump right in. Now serving as the team’s President, she is well aware of the team’s 23-year history and legacy, and says one of her biggest challenges has been believing in herself. But with the support of her team and trusting her instincts, she has gained that confidence to lead the team. As she prepares to be a part of Team Canada for her second World Cup, she is excited to welcome teams from around the world and show them why they are proud to call Canada home.

More about Emily:

  • Book she’s currently reading: Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
  • Her personal theme song: Fight Song by Rachel Platten
  • One person who inspires her: My grandfather, who moved from England to Newfoundland and successfully started three businesses.
  • Enactus in one word: Inspirational
  • Single best Enactus moment: Tasting fresh bell peppers grown in the hydroponic system
  • In five years, she will be…a social entrepreneur running an agricultural-focused company

Connect with Emily!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emily.j.bland.1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emily_bland
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/emilybland

As the team’s Manager of Social Media, Aaron is passionate about sharing the stories about his team and the impact they have through their projects. With his graduation just months away, Aaron has been involved with the team for three years after learning about it from a good friend, and says Enactus has impacted his university experience like nothing else: he’s made some of his best friends, learned new concepts, and accomplished things he will always be proud of. And his experience has changed not only how he sees the world, but how he sees himself. Looking ahead to World Cup, he is excited to learn what other teams are doing around the world while serving as an ambassador for Canada and showing the world how great his country is.

More about Aaron

  • Book he’s currently reading: Ulysses by James Joyce
  • His personal theme song: In My Life by The Beatles
  • One person who inspires him: Muhammad Ali
  • Enactus in one word: Rewarding
  • Single best Enactus moment: Putting my arms around Lynn and Deidre as the three of us watch our team deliver the conclusion of our national competition presentation.
  • In five years, he will be…amazed that five years ago, I actually thought I knew where I’d be.

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