Anthony MerkelCALGARY (March 11, 2013) – Anthony Merkel, owner of Elevation Landscaping and full-time student at Medicine Hat College, has been named the 2013 Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion for Western Canada. Champions were named by national charitable organization, Enactus Canada and proud program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.

Merkel was awarded the title of Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion by a panel of industry leaders serving as judges at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in Calgary because he balances the demands of a full time university course load with the pressure of running a company. Elevation Landscaping provides full-service landscaping services to customers throughout the greater Medicine Hat area. They help clients put their property’s best foot forward by providing world class service and unique landscapes.

“Being named Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion reinvigorates my entrepreneurial spirit,” says Merkel. “After winning the provincial and regional awards, I am determined to take home the National Champion title and showcase my company across Canada.”

Hamish Knox, President of Sandler Training, presented the Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion awards on behalf of Enactus Canada.

“Enactus Canada is pleased to celebrate and support Anthony’s combined business and academic efforts,” explains Enactus Canada president Nicole Almond. “His entrepreneurial spirit will serve as inspiration to other student entrepreneurs across the country.”

With the regional title, Merkel now also has the chance to become National Champion at the 2013 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario taking place on May 8th. The National Champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and represent Canada at the international level of competition, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.


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