Buchans native thrilled to be part of Enactus experience
Rowsell says business world is her forte
It’s a long way from Buchans to London, England – but that’s where Courtney Rowsell, a fourth-year bachelor of commerce student at Memorial University, found herself as part of the Enactus Memorial team attending the Enactus World Cup Sept. 26-28.
“I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have been a part of the journey and experience Enactus World Cup 2017 with our team from Enactus Memorial, Team Canada,” Rowsell said in a post on social media
She wrote these words on the final day of the World Cup, where the top four teams had just been announced.
Canada, represented by Enactus Memorial, not only made it to the top four teams in the world but, as Rowsell found out several minutes later, placed second in the world. Enactus India placed first. “The feeling of hearing our name when they announced the final four was something like I’ve never felt before,” she said. “Then to hear it again as they announced that we were the second-place winners was just amazing.”
Memorial was chosen as the Enactus Canada team in May at a national competition in Vancouver. Rowsell was not a member of the team at that point, but joined shortly after.
“I actually joined the team in May and jumped in head strong and worked hard all summer to help prepare for the Worlds,” she said. “To think that four short months ago, I didn’t even know half of the members on our team, and now to have a whole other family is something worth taking pride in.”
Enactus Memorial placed first in the 2016 World Cup for its “Project SucSeed,” a hydroponic system that allows users to grow a wide variety of fresh produce at home.
The team used the momentum from that win to improve their project and take it to the 2017 World Cup.
“This year’s presentation focused on the growth of SucSeed over the past 365 days,” says Rowsell. “Twelve months ago, SucSeed was a project that was on the road to being very successful, but the students on the Enactus Memorial team knew it had so much more room to grow.”
There were improvements in the system itself and some design changes, said Rowsell.
“We have launched a new product – SucSeed Mini – a smaller model of the original system containing only four pods, which is more convenient for households,” she noted.
Rowsell’s role as an observer at the World Cup enabled her to see young entrepreneurs in action during three days of “competition, collaboration and celebration.”
Enactus Memorial has a team of approximately 60 students, 30 of whom travelled to the World Cup competition. One of the members of the team is Tylor Boone, a first cousin of Rowsell’s who was part of the first-place World Cup team in 2016.
History of business
Rowsell is no stranger to the business field, hence her education choice.
“I chose business because coming from a family with a history of business, I knew it was something I’d enjoy,” she says.
Being practical, she chose the commerce program over the bachelor of business administration program “because with the co-operative program it gave me the chance to get hands-on, on-the-job learning experience.”
Work terms give her the opportunity to explore her interests. Currently on a work term with Nalcor in an accounting/ finance position, “I think I have found my forte, this is what I enjoy doing!” Courtney Rowsell of Buchans is in her fourth year of a bachelor of commerce program at Memorial University. She travelled with the Enactus Memorial team representing Canada at the 2017 Enactus World Cup in London, England. The team won second place in the competition.
Team Canada, Enactus Memorial attended the 2017 Enactus World Cup in London, England Sept. 26-28. The team included two Buchaneers – Tylor Boone and his cousin, Courtney Rowsell. Boone is middle back row (with beard) and Rowsell is on the right holding the Canadian flag.