Paul HeadshotCALGARY, ALBERTA (February 16, 2016) – Paul Shumlich, owner of Deepwater Farms and student at Mount Royal University has been named Enactus Canada’s 2016 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion for Alberta. Provincial Champions coast to coast were named today by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.

Shumlich received the title of Student Entrepreneur Champion because his business combines traditional values with innovative technology.

Deepwater Farms specializes in developing aquaponic technology and bringing the freshest food to market year round. Aquaponics is a different way of growing food. The plants it produces grow out of water instead of soil. The nutrients they need are derived from fish waste, not fertilizers.

Paul at work in the garden“When you are pursuing a venture that ignites your passion to change the status quo and lends to developing the world, you wake up every morning with a grin,” said Schumlich. “We are surrounded by people who share our passion and want to help see us succeed, and it’s meeting those people, connecting with them and growing a relationship that has been our greatest accomplishment.”

Shumlich will showcase both his business and personal accomplishments as an entrepreneur at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Western Canada in Calgary on March 4, where he will compete for the title of Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion.

“Paul is a passionate entrepreneur,” said Enactus Canada president Nicole Almond. “His brand of passion, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is exactly what Canada needs to succeed economically, and he brings with him a sense of social and environmental responsibility that is truly commendable.”

Shumlich will compete against three additional Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions from Western Canada for the regional title and the chance to move on to the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario taking place May 2-4. The National Champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and take home the John Dobson Cup.


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