A Winning Team


Congratulations to Enactus Saint Mary’s University for winning the Enactus Canada Atlantic Regional competition on Friday 26, February 2016.

Thirteen teams in Atlantic Canada participated at this event. Enactus Saint Mary’s University won the coveted prize of being the team to win in all  five categories  in the  competition’s history.

I was very impressed with our team. The students demonstrated a great sense of pride, they were energetic, determined and passionate about their work. Congratulations to Bridget Stevens Vice-chair for winning the Woman  Leader of Tomorrow Award.

Witnessing our students made me felt privileged to be a member of the Advisory Board. I wish them every success in the National competition in the coming months.

Please see the Options as listed by SMU.

OPtions Youth: Helped at-risk youth get on track for success
In both the Capital One Financial Education Challenge and the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge, Enactus Saint Mary’s presented on OPtions: Youth. This year, OPtions Youth achieved a 100% success rate with the 14 at-risk youth participants all either returning to school, securing employment or starting a business. “The commitment and creativity of these students is truly inspiring,” said Gordon Brost, District Vice President, South West Nova Scotia District, Scotiabank in a release Monday.

The Startup 100 takes its success national, and AWE helps entrepreneurs with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Enactus Saint Mary’s took the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge with The Startup 100, a project that supported and connected over 100 student entrepreneurs across the province and aims to engage startups across Canada. They also presented Autism Works Entrepreneurship. Autism Works Entrepreneurship is a program to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access entrepreneurship resources and expertise in the community, and ongoing supports.

Project Reach and OPtions 360 diverts 2400 lbs of waste and helps refugee families
And in the Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge, the team took first place with Project Reach, during which they diverted almost 2400 lbs of waste from landfills by upcycling and donating items to refugee families.

Enactus leader of today recognized as HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow
Enactus Saint Mary’s co-president Bridget Stevens was recognized with the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow (Atlantic Region) award. A third year BSc majoring in Environmental Science, Bridget aspires to work as an environmental architect and develop LEED certified buildings to make cities more sustainable.

Other achievements of the Enactus Team
The awards are only the latest achievement of the Enactus Saint Mary’s group. This year Enactus Saint Mary’s projects have directly empowered 691 youth, contributing $122,000 to their personal wealth. An Enactus Saint Mary’s project, OPtions International, helped 84 entrepreneurs in Peru, Bolivia and Kenya build a brighter future for their communities through entrepreneurship and skills training. And Project Launch helped 25 startups become sustaining businesses.

Enactus Saint Mary’s members demonstrate employability
A recent study by the national group showed that Enactus Saint Mary’s members demonstrate exemplary employability, a sign that the Enactus focus on problem recognition, innovative solutions, measurable results and rewarding a clear presentation of these is a model that works to develop students. Enactus Saint Mary’s has about 200 members this year, representing all fields of study.

What is Enactus?
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that sets up chapters on campuses around the world and supports an infrastructure of competitions and cooperation to develop entrepreneurial students who want to make a real difference in the world.