President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

Business students capture national award

Members of ACE Memorial accepting the Frank Stronach Cup for most enterprising campus at the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition at the ACE National Exposition in Toronto. Submitted photo.

A group of energetic and savvy students from the Faculty of Business Administration won the top prize at a national competition in Toronto and the right to represent Canada at a prestigious international event in Paris, France this fall.

ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) Memorial, a student-run youth entrepreneurship organization, beat out 43 groups from other universities and colleges from across Canada to win the prize at the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition last month. That event was part of the ACE National Exposition where ACE teams prepared and delivered in-depth presentations on their educational outreach projects. The group captured the Frank Stronach Cup for most enterprising campus at the competition in May. The national championship, SIFE World Cup will include national champions from 45 countries around the world.

Memorialís team presented 12 of the 19 business projects its members have launched over the past year. Members were judged by a panel of Canadaís top executives including Lindsay Gordon, president and chief executive officer, HSBC Bank Canada, and Mario Pilozzi, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada Corp. They picked the team that did the best job over the past year at creating economic opportunities. SIFE focuses on leveraging education, expertise, local business support, and university resources to build better communities.

Not only did Memorial win the top prize at this competition but two of its members came home with top individual awards. Heather Comerford, an accounting student, won the project manager of the year award for a program called Project Passport which consisted of a series of seminars aimed at teaching multicultural citizens in the community the principles of business and entrepreneurship. And teammate Angela Dyke, a business student, won the John Dobson ACE Founderís Bursary for leadership, commitment and contribution to Memorialís ACE team.