(TORONTO) May 10, 2022: Students at the British Columbia Institute of Technology created a solar dehydrator to help farmers in Guatemala dehydrate and sell produce that would otherwise go to waste to create a secondary revenue stream.

Their efforts were recognized today at the 2022 Enactus Canada National Exposition Opening Ceremony, where the Enactus BCIT team won the Jeanne Sauvé Global Project Accelerator Best Project award for Ra Solutions.

To-date, the team has shipped 11 solar dehydrators and has directly impacted over 40 people.

“We are extremely proud to support this initiative and present this award to this hard-working and inspirational team today. Their project is having concrete impact both in Canada and abroad and working to make the world a better place. It would make the late Right Honourable Former Governor General Jeanne Sauvé extremely proud.” says Diane Sauvé, President, The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation.

The Jeanne Sauvé Global Project Accelerator is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to modify or expand existing projects to have an impact outside of Canada, in partnership with an Enactus team in another country.

The Enactus Canada National Exposition unites hundreds of delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.

For competition updates and results, visit nationals.enactus.ca.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 232 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 21,000 lives.

As a global network of 35 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.


Jeanne Sauvé made history when, in 1984, she became Canada’s first female Governor General, the representative Head of State for Canada and Commander-in-Chief. She was the 23rd Governor General and the sixth Canadian to hold the vice-regal office. As the three primary themes of her mandate, she chose national unity, peace and youth and advocated tirelessly on these issues throughout the course of her vice-regal duties. During her tenure Madame Sauvé traveled extensively throughout all regions of the country meeting and talking with Canadians; she served as patron to numerous national non-governmental organizations; undertook state visits to foreign countries; received thousands of Canadians at functions at her official residence, Rideau Hall; and through hundreds of speeches and events, celebrated all that is essentially worthy and noble across the nation. As the end of her tenure drew near, Madame Sauvé established a Foundation which would foster similar leadership opportunities for young people and establish networks of national and international association for generations to come. For more information, visit: https://jeannesauve.org/about/jeanne-sauve-biography.

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