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REF NO.: 82

SUBJECT: Enactus Memorial wins ninth national title to become Team Canada

DATE: May 6

Enactus Memorial has won its ninth national championship, making it the most successful Enactus team in Canada.

A 65-person judging panel comprised of top Canadian CEOs named the student-run volunteer group from Memorial University the 2016 Enactus National Champion at the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto on May 4. The annual competition is run by the country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada.

As national champions, Enactus Memorial takes home the Tim Hortons Cup and will represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup this September in Toronto. Enactus Memorial won the world cup in 2008. It also won national titles in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

“Our team has been dreaming of a chance to represent our country at the World Cup in Canada since it was announced,” said Emily Bland, president of Enactus Memorial. “It’s a dream come true. We want to make our country proud and, hopefully, we’ll be able to keep the World Cup here in Canada.”

Enactus 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 of people in need through the application of business processes and models.

“Enactus Memorial continues to raise the bar every year, finding new and innovative ways to solve economic, social and environmental issues both here at home and around the world,” said Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada. “I think the competitive process helps encourage all our teams to reach higher levels of achievement each and every year.”

The Memorial team currently involves 82 undergraduate students from the faculties of arts, business, science and engineering. Together, they run 13 community projects.

Its national presentation focused on Project SucSeed, which uses hydroponic technology to grow affordable produce year-round and addresses food security in isolated regions of the province as well as providing employment to at-risk youth.

In addition to the Tim Hortons Cup, Enactus Memorial also won the BDC Entrepreneurs First Project Partnership Best Project, TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and $20,000 in start-up capital from the McCain Atlantic Canada Social Enterprise Partnership.

Two students, president Emily Bland and vice-president Angelise States, won individual honours. Ms. Bland was named a 2016 Unilever Leader for a Bright Future and Ms. States won a Founder’s Bursary from the John Dobson Foundation.

Enactus Memorial is supported by the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University and many other corporate and community organizations.

It’s led by Prof. Lynn Morrissey, who has been the team’s faculty advisor for the past 13 years, dedicating countless hours to coaching the presentation teams and guiding the group’s community projects.

“I attribute our success year after year to having a team of incredible students who want to make a real difference in our communities, and have the talent and commitment to do so,” said Prof. Morrissey. “It is quite an honour to work with yet another amazing group of students. Every year, they step up with new ideas and energy, and a desire to be the best. It makes what I do very rewarding and so worth the effort. The opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage never gets old!”

The 2016 Enactus World Cup will be held in Toronto from Sept. 28-30.

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For more information, please contact Susan White, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 864.2616 (work), (709) 689.7988 (cell) or susanwhite@mun.ca.

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