Buchans na­tive thrilled to be part of En­ac­tus ex­pe­ri­ence

Rowsell says busi­ness world is her forte

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY PAULINE DEAN SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

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.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF EN­AC­TUS ME­MO­RIAL

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.

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