News Release

REF NO.: 87

SUBJECT: Presentation of national award to Shad Memorial

DATE: December 5, 2006

The RBC/Shad Entrepreneurship Cup will be presented to Shad Memorial team, the national champions, on December 5 at 4 p.m. in the Royal Trust Atrium in the Business Administration Building.
            The RBC Cup is a national competition for students participating in the Shad Valley program. In response to the theme “The Great Canadian Energy Challenge,” Shad Memorial created a reality show aimed at helping Canadian communities reduce their energy consumption through competition. Their innovative idea captured the top prize in the ninth annual RBC cup, as well as silver medal finishes in the best application of theme and best business plan categories.
            Shad Memorial is one of the youngest teams involved with the Shad Valley program, and each year they’ve been more successful. Last year, they took home awards in three out of five categories. Gwen Mahaney, program co-ordinator for Shad Memorial, credits the supportive Memorial community with the team’s success. “The Shad Valley team, the staff of the Gardiner Institute, and the Memorial University community has created a safe, respectful and supportive environment for our students to learn and create,” she explained. “That, combined with a group of intelligent, motivated young leaders has created the perfect recipe for success.”
            The Shad Valley program is an intensive one-month, university-based program for high school students across Canada. Students at 12 host universities spend a month learning about a variety of topics and developing an entrepreneurship project that is judged by a panel of experts. Over 9,000 students have participated in the Shad Valley program since its inception in 1981.
At Memorial, the Shad Valley program is delivered through the P.J. Gardiner Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, an outreach centre of the Faculty of Business Administration.
Representatives from Shad Valley, the P.J. Gardiner Institute, the Faculty of Business and the Royal Bank will be on hand for the presentation ceremony.
Free parking is available in lot 22.

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