Taking on the world in the Big Apple
by Meaghan Whelan
Members of the ACE Memorial team at the national championship in May with the Stronach Cup. (Photo submitted)
Two-time national entrepreneurship champions ACE Memorial is representing Canada in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup this week. The team is in New York City from Oct. 10-12, where they are competing against some of the most innovative and hardest working student leaders in the world.
ACE Memorial is a student-run group dedicated to finding entrepreneurial solutions to problems facing Newfoundland and Labrador. In the past year,
ACE Memorial students have given 27,693 volunteer hours and 23 projects.
One of ACE Memorials most ambitious projects is Moulder of Dreams. A team of students worked with ACOA, Service Canada, the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development to re-open a pottery studio in Port Hope Simpson, Labrador. The studio provides therapy for those living with Myotonic Dystrophy and improves the economy of the small, struggling community on the southeast coast of Labrador. Other ACE Memorial projects help elementary school students get excited about recycling, teach high school students business skills, help new Canadians integrate into the Canadian business market, and help student entrepreneurs grow their business ideas into Canada’s next great companies.
At the World Cup, executives from the top companies in the world act as judges. Each team presents on the strength of their projects and the impact their work has on the community. ACE Memorial president, Heather Comerford, is confident going into the competition. “We’ve really built on the excitement from making it to the semi-finals in the World Cup last year,” she said. “Our projects are stronger than ever and the dedication of our students can’t be overstated.”
Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, is with the team at the World Cup, along with ACE faculty advisor Lynn Morrissey.
“The Faculty of Business is proud to support ACE Memorial. They are the embodiment of entrepreneurial vision and innovative spirit,” Dr. Gorman said. “I’m extremely pleased to see their work recognized. Our students being chosen to represent Canada on the world stage is an honour for the Faculty of Business and Memorial.”