Canadore stu­dents vy­ing for $15,000

Vot­ing open un­til nov. 5

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

two of Canadore Col­lege’s stu­dent en­trepreneurs are in the run­ning for a $15,000 prize to ac­tu­al­ize their unique in­no­va­tions.

grad­u­at­ing welder-fit­ter stu­dent brendan Liedtke from palmer rapids, ont., and firstyear welder-fit­ter stu­dent James rocks from King, ont., are among the fi­nal­ists for the Wil­liam g. davis Fund con­test for their pro­pos­als.

In the first round of sub­mis­sions, Liedtke en­tered the uni­ver­sal mul­ti­ple deck trailer, a de­sign that gives the user the op­tions and ben­e­fits of own­ing mul­ti­ple trail­ers by uti­liz­ing only one frame.

rocks pro­posed the shop broom, with re-engi­neered bris­tles to elim­i­nate ir­ri­tat­ing un­cap­tured de­bris.

“It is in­cred­i­ble to see our stu­dents have the con­fi­dence to har­ness their cre­ative think­ing and take ac­tion on their ideas,” said ryan drouin, man­ager of em­ployer ser­vices at Canadore. “We had more than 50 em­ploy­ers on site at our trades cam­pus last year, do­ing ev­ery­thing from de­liv­er­ing work­shops, pro­vid­ing men­tor­ship sup­port and re­cruit­ing to va­can­cies. the strong link­ages be­tween pro­grams and in­dus­try are en­cour­ag­ing new lev­els en­trepreneuri­al­ism in our stu­dents early on.”

the con­test’s first-place win­ner will re­ceive $15,000 to help fund the project and the sec­ond-place en­try will re­ceive $5,000. If Liedtke and rocks prove to be the suc­cess­ful pro­po­nents, Canadore’s e-hub will sup­port the stu­dents in bring­ing their con­cepts to re­al­ity.

“brendan and James made it through the first round of judg­ing scru­tiny and vot­ing,” said drouin. “our com­mu­nity can help them get the funds to bring their ideas to life through pop­u­lar vote. and we have the ad­van­tage of be­ing in a com­mu­nity that sup­ports its own. We are proud of one an­other and are gen­uinely in­ter­ested in help­ing each other suc­ceed.”

Vot­ing is now open un­til nov. 5 and you can cast your vote at http://amaz­ing50.ca/ in­no­va­tion­fund/

It is in­cred­i­ble to see our stu­dents have the con­fi­dence to har­ness their cre­ative think­ing and take ac­tion on their ideas.” Ryan Drouin

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