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REF NO.: 16

SUBJECT: Enactus Memorial wins world cup

DATE: Oct. 3,2016

Enactus Memorial has won its second international championship at the Enactus World Cup, Sept. 30, in Toronto, Ont.

The team of undergraduate students from Memorial University were named the best in the world in a three-day competition that included 35 teams from around the world. Enactus Memorial last won the world cup in 2008.

“Bringing home the world cup feels like a dream come true,” said Emily Bland, a bachelor of commerce student and president of Enactus Memorial. “There is such a sense of pride. We started this journey wanting to make ourselves, our families, our university and our province proud and we feel as if we have done just that.”

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, says the students of Enactus Memorial are “remarkable.”

“The Enactus Memorial team is an exceptional group of students,” he said. “Their volunteerism, commitment to social entrepreneurship and innovative thinking make a tremendous difference in our community, and beyond, and we are extremely proud of their achievements.”

Enactus Memorial is the only Canadian team to have won the Enactus World Cup. It’s the most successful team in Canada with nine national titles to its credit.

“We attribute our success to two things: our team’s hard work and dedication to solving a global problem and the support from the community," said Ms. Bland. "This project would never be where it is today without the support we have received from across the country. It took our simple idea for a project that would help 15 people to one that will help thousands over the next year.”

Enactus Memorial’s 17-minute presentation focused on Project Sucseed, which uses hydroponic technology to grow affordable produce as a means of addressing food insecurity in Canada’s North. It also provides employment to at-risk youth to manufacture the hydroponic units through Choices for Youth in St. John’s. Originally launched in Rigolet, Labrador, in December, Project Sucseed is now operating in eight communities in Newfoundland and Labrador — St. John’s, Postville, L’Anse-au-Loup, Grand Falls-Windsor, Rigolet, Lewisporte, Eastport and Northwest River — as well as Florenceville, N.B., and Arviat, Nunavut.

The team is working with 72 secondary schools to use Project Sucseed to teach students about biodiversity and grow produce for lunch programs, and they’ve also implemented the hydroponic produce systems in five retirement homes, two soup kitchens and one correctional facility.

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.

Consisting of nearly 70 undergraduate students from faculties of business administration, humanities and social sciences, engineering and science, Enactus Memorial ran 13 community projects that over the past year have helped establish 91 new businesses, created 248 new jobs, generated over $2.5 million in revenue and changed the lives of 3,186 project participants.

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

For more information about Enactus Memorial, please visit here.

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For more information, contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 864-2616 or (709) 689-7988 or susanwwhite@mun.ca.

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