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REF NO.: 11

SUBJECT: Enactus Memorial to compete for world cup in Toronto

DATE: Sept. 27,2016

Enactus Memorial will represent Canada for a record ninth time this week at the Enactus World Cup, being held this year in Toronto, Ont., from Sept. 28-30.

Enactus Memorial, a group of undergraduate students from Memorial University, will compete against 34 of the top Enactus teams from around the world as it shares the story of its community projects and the impact they’ve had on people as near as St. John’s and as far as Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“Going to the world cup in Canada is a dream come true,” said Emily Bland, a commerce student at Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration and president of Enactus Memorial. "For many of us, this will be our only opportunity to represent our country at home on a world stage. There is such a sense of pride being a home country at a world competition."

Enactus Memorial is a student-run volunteer group, part of an international non-profit organization that mobilizes university and college students to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need through the application of business processes and models.

Enactus Memorial is the most successful Enactus team in Canada with nine national titles. The Memorial squad also won the world cup in 2008, was the runner-up in 2007 and placed third in 2009.

This year’s team consists of nearly 70 undergraduate students from the faculties of business administration, humanities and social sciences, engineering and science. Together, they run 13 community projects.

They earned the right to represent Canada through the impact of projects like Project Sucseed, which aims to address food insecurity in the Canadian North through hydroponics; Project Bottlepreneur, which empowers local unemployed and under-employed individuals who collect recyclables for a living; The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, which helps transitioning ex-military members to start their own businesses; and Project Stitch, which helps physically challenged Haitians earn a living through a sewing program. 

In the past year, Enactus Memorial’s projects have established 91 new businesses, created 248 new jobs, generated over $2.5 million in revenue and changed the lives of 3,186 project participants.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the students in Enactus Memorial,” says Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean, Faculty of Business Administration, which supports the group. “The leadership, dedication and creativity that these students put into each of their community projects is inspirational. Every student involved in Enactus Memorial is an excellent ambassador of Memorial University, our province and our country. They represent the best of our university, and I wish them good luck as they take on the world once again.”

For more information about the Enactus World Cup, visit here.

For more information about Enactus Memorial, visit here.

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For more information, please contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 864-2616 or susanwwhite@mun.ca.

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