Business students capture national award
By Jeff Green
They better get their passports ready. A group of energetic and savvy students from the Faculty of Business Administration has 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 September.
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 which ran May 14-17.
Team members including current students Andrew Crocker, Amy Fisher and Andrea Kean, along with recent graduate Stephen King are now gearing up for the SIFE World Cup in France Sept. 11-13, 2006, which will include national champions from 45 countries around the world.
“Personally, I was shocked when we won,” said an enthusiastic John Hurley, president of ACE Memorial, and a new graduate.
Memorial’s team presented 12 of the 19 business projects its members have launched over the past year. Members were judged by a panel of Canada’s 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 week’s competition but two of its members came home with top individual awards.
Heather Comerford, a third-year 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 fourth-year business student, won the John Dobson ACE Founder’s Bursary for leadership, commitment and contribution to Memorial’s ACE team.
These latest awards augur well for the high-calibre students coming out of Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration, added Mr. Hurley.
“This win confirms that the students of Memorial are among the brightest, hardest working, and most innovative in the country,” he said.