WINNIPEG, MB (November 12, 2012): Young Canadian entrepreneur, Brett Sheffield, is heading to New York City to compete for the top prize at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) from November 14-16th.

Sheffield, a full-time student at the University of Manitoba and Owner of Sheffield Farms and Stay Fit Health Club, was named Canada’s Student Entrepreneur National Champion by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) in the spring of 2012. With the Canadian title under his belt, he now heads to New York to take on 30 of the world’s top student entrepreneurs.

“Our national judges were incredibly impressed by Brett’s determination to build sustainable businesses that have potential for growth,” said Nicole Almond, ACE President. “This foresight, and resulting financial return, will no doubt impress the international judges as well.”

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier international award for students who own and run businesses while attending college or university. The GSEAs bring global visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible.

“I’m proud to be representing Canada’s young business community at a worldwide competition,” said Sheffield. “Working with ACE and competing for National and Global Student Entrepreneur Awards opens doors for my businesses and increases my exposure.”

Brett’s first business, Sheffield Farms, is a grain farm located in rural Manitoba which was founded in 2008. Brett then expanded his business endeavors to include Stay Fit Health Club, a 24-hour fitness center, currently in its first year of operation.

“Brett embodies Canada’s entrepreneurial spirit,” said Almond. “And ACE is always pleased to support talented student entrepreneurs across Canada, like Brett, through our Student Entrepreneur Program.”