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ACE on a roll

Business students named national champs

By Meaghan Whelan

For the third year in a row, ACE Memorial has earned title of “the most enterprising campus in Canada” and the opportunity to represent Canada in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup after a big win at a national competition.

Twenty-six business students represented Memorial in three different competitions; the SIFE Competition, the HSBC SIFE Financial Education Challenge and the TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge. The teams were judged by top Canadian CEOs on the impact their projects have had on their communities in the past year. In both the SIFE Competition and the HSBC SIFE Financial Education Challenge, the teams won top honours.

This year, with more than 26,000 volunteer hours, the 86 members of the ACE Memorial team reinvested over a million dollars into Newfoundland and Labrador through 17 projects that impacted over 2,400 people.

In the SIFE Competition, ACE Memorial triumphed over 40 of the best student teams from universities and colleges across Canada to earn a berth at the SIFE World Cup in Singapore in October. The ACE Memorial SIFE team – Heather Comerford, Sarah Fisher, Michael Harris, Haroon Iqbal, Lisa Smart and Michael Wadden – won out against Mount Royal College, Ryerson University, the University of Calgary and Wilfred Laurier University in the finals after three intense rounds of competition.

In the HSBC SIFE Financial Education Challenge team members Preston Aitken, Duncan De Young, Liam Kelly, Dana Noseworthy and Lauren Tobin impressed the judges with their programs which improve financial literacy, such as project BEGIN, a financial literacy program for high school students, and FLAGS, a new program for seniors currently under development.

Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, was in Toronto for the competition. “The students faced tough competition with professionalism and enthusiasm and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” he said. “As we once again look towards the worlds, I’m confident these students will make the entire country proud.”

Memorial University was also recognized at the competition with the Most Supportive Campus Administration Award. “The ACE Memorial students serve as an inspiration to the Memorial community and beyond,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president of Memorial University. “I strongly believe in the work they are doing and I know the entire Memorial community and indeed, the province, are behind ACE Memorial every step of the way as they once again represent Canada.”

Other members of the national exhibition team are Amanda Coish, Matt Crane, Johnathon Earle, Adam Fitzpatrick, MaryBeth Handrigan, Nick Hounsell, Adam Hiscock, Ann Jennings, Erica Lester, Arlene O'Keefe, Jessica Penton, Will Penney, Cassidy Quinton, Jessica Shannahan and Heidi Williams.