Oct. 15, 2014
The undergraduate student team, representing the faculties of business and arts at Memorial University, will take on schools from around the globe as they compete to demonstrate the impact of their business-focused community outreach projects at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing, China from Oct. 22-25.
“It’s an honour for us to be competing at the World Cup competition once again,” says Jonathan King, president of Enactus Memorial, who is in his final year of Memorial’s commerce program. “The growing impact of Canadian teams on the world of Enactus has skyrocketed over the past three years and last year, the Canadian delegation was one of the largest at the World Cup. Being able to represent this great nation once again is a privilege and we are excited to share our story with the world.”
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.
It’s one of the most successful Enactus teams in the world, having won the national championship seven times in nine years. The team won the world cup in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2007.
The St. John’s-based team earned the right to represent Canada through the impact of projects such as:
In the past year, Enactus Memorial has run 10 community projects that have established 60 new businesses, created 90 new jobs, generated $1.1 million in revenue and changed the lives of over 4,000 project participants.
Other projects help people with autism to run community gardens as a means of meaningful employment; assist local farmers to keep their farms open and reduce energy emissions through energy audits and low-interest loan programs; and help new Canadians create business plans and launch new businesses.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the students in Enactus Memorial,” says Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, which supports the group. “The leadership, dedication and creativity that these students put into each of their community projects are inspirational and I commend them on their success to date.
“Each 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.”
Support for Enactus Memorial’s participation in the Enactus World Cup is provided by Memorial University, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.