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Memorial student crowned 2011 student entrepreneur national champion

Mike Wahl, a PhD student in the Faculty of Medicine, has been named the 2011 Student Entrepreneur National Champion by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and proud program supporter, CIBC.

The 2011 Student Entrepreneur National Competition took place on May 11 in Toronto and involved six regional finalists, who each presented their business accomplishments to a judging panel comprised of more than 30 industry leaders and CEOs.

"It's a true honour to be named the national champion," said Mr. Wahl, who owns Definitions Wellness Safety Services. "By winning this award, my hope is to not only bring attention to my business accomplishments, but also to Memorial University and the province."

Started in 2003, Definitions Wellness Safety Services is an industry-leading wellness and safety company that specializes in addressing individual health, safety and wellness concerns for individuals and companies.

Definitions services two distinct client groups: the first includes addressing physiology based safety for major industrial and corporate clients including oil and gas entities, production plants and office settings in both Canada and the United States. Definitions wellness personnel travel directly to the worksites including offshore oil and gas establishments, factory and office settings to improve the wellness and safety culture of the organization. Secondly, Definitions owns a St. John's based fitness facility specializing in personal training.

Since 1997, the Student Entrepreneur National Competition has celebrated the commitment, determination and achievements of student entrepreneurs. Through programming and competition, ACE and CIBC create a platform for these young entrepreneurs to showcase their business on a regional, national and international stage, network with like-minded students and leverage valuable training to accelerate the growth of their business.

"We are committed to the success of young entrepreneurs," said ACE President Amy Harder. "Mike Wahl is the perfect example of what is possible when the determination and perseverance of up-and-coming industry leaders is fostered. Mike is a true champion of his community and we are honoured to play a role in his success."

More than 1,000 delegates including the country's brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs took part in the 2011 ACE National Exposition that effectively engages generations of leaders around the shared cause of building a better Canada.

ACE is a national, charitable organization that is teaching and igniting young Canadians to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. ACE delivers a team-based program called Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and an individual-based program, Student Entrepreneur. ACE students created 600 jobs, logged 250,000 volunteer hours, directly impacted 95,000 people and have generated over $12 million in economic activity in the past year alone. ACE is currently established on over 55 post-secondary campuses across Canada.

CIBC became a founding corporate sponsor of ACE in 1995 and has sponsored the Student Entrepreneur Competition since its inception in 1997.
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