CBN stu­dents head­ing to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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