(VANCOUVER) 8 MAY 2019: Students at Lambton College in Sarnia built a food production and wholesaling business across three communities in Zambia, Africa, moving farmers up the value chain and creating a thriving local economy.
Enactus Lambton College has been named the 2019 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud supporter TD Bank Group. The national competition took place at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.
This year, Enactus Lambton College trained 175 entrepreneurs to empower over 35,000 farmers. As a result, farmers’ yields are 4.6 times greater than traditional yields.
“I’d like to congratulate this year’s champions of the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge,” says Valerie Picher, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “Through their ideas and ventures these champions can help address important social, economic and environmental issues being felt in communities across Canada. As part of TD’s corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, we are proud to support Enactus Canada which is helping to create a generation of business leaders who are passionate about building a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.”
The TD Entrepreneurship Challenge is a national competition that empowers post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that teach relevant entrepreneurship skills to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. This past year,1,700 students exposed 8,000 people to entrepreneurship as a viable career path and have positively impacted 2,000 entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurship is at the core of what we do,” said Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada president. “So it’s incredible to see how Enactus Lambton College has used their entrepreneurial leadership and skills to empower Zambian farmers, and in turn, their community.”
The 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 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 results throughout the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition.
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 3,400 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 lives.
As a global network of 37 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.
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