CBN students heading to international competition
A pair of local commerce students played a hand in the success of the Memorial Enactus team at the recent national competition.
Port de Grave’s Jared Petten and Carbonear’s Alana Loveys were in Toronto, Ont., as the Newfoundland squad presented their Project Sucseed to judges and corporate sponsors early last month.
While not a part of the national presentation team, the pair were members of the leadership team that was there to experience the rush and the excitement as their work had contributed to the final project.
“It was such a surreal moment when it was announced that Enactus Memorial was the national champion and we’d be representing Canada at the World Cup,” said Petten.
“From hearing our name to hoisting the cup, it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
The global competition’s organized by Enactus, a non-profit organization that works with students and business leaders in an effort to overcome economic challenges with the creation of local initiatives. That’s done through projects looking to impact local communities directly.
The Memorial team went up against 55 other clubs from across the country and all were vying for the right to call themselves Canada’s representatives. After the preliminary round, Enactus Memorial were one of 20 groups selected for the semifinal round.
With some more deliberation, the Newfoundland group found itself with Ryerson University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Ottawa in the final four.
“We have a highly sustainable project that is easily scalable anywhere in the world,” said Petten. “We have had success in the past at the national level and we knew we could certainly build upon that with what we have accom- plished this past year.”
The Memorial group knew they had a good product and were well prepared. Still, one never expects to win a competition.
However, that’s exactly what happened. Their name was read aloud and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre erupted with excitement.
“It was surreal to hear our name called,” said Loveys. “There was so much energy in the room. It was a dream for us.”
The Project Sucseed looks at the issue of food security by way of growing produce using hydroponics. This would get fresh produce to the people who need it.
It’s one of a number of projects undertaken by Enactus Memorial.
The group teamed with botanists and engineers to create their own delivery system which was scalable to the communities they targeted.
Using the remote Labrador community of Rigolet as a backdrop, Enactus Memorial deployed five hydroponic systems and gave people the opportunity to avail of fresh produce.
It’s a commodity the community has struggles obtaining, which made it an ideal place for the initiative.
“It’s great to showcase what your group is doing,” said Loveys. “You get to share your accomplishment with everybody.
“It’s so great to get recognized and see your hard work pay off.”
The next step for Enactus Memorial will be expanding their various projects, while prepping for the World competition being held Sept. 28-30 in Toronto.
“We’re all excited to see what work we can accomplish this summer and what impact we can have that will hopefully bring us to the top at the World Cup,” said Petten.
Port de Grave’s Jared Petten (back row, fourth from left) and Carbonear’s Alana Loveys (front row, third from left) were part of the Enactus Memorial team that won the national competition early last month in Toronto, Ont. They’ll now compete at the World Cup in September.