VANCOUVER, BC (May 10, 2017) – Students from Okanagan College created a simulated economy, CANSave, to teach elementary school students the fundamentals of financial literacy including budgeting, saving for the future and helping others in need.

Enactus Okanagan College has been named the 2017 Capital One® Financial Education Challenge National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud supporter Capital One® Canada. The national competition took place at the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.

Since its inception in January 2016, CANSave has impacted over 6,000 students in ninety-one distinct communities across Canada.

“I’ve seen first-hand how Enactus helps develop young leaders, while also making a positive impact in communities across Canada,” said Shane Holdaway, President of Capital One Canada. “I want to congratulate Enactus Okanagan College for being this year’s national champion of the Capital One Financial Education Challenge. I’m continually inspired by the dedication and positive impact on financial literacy that I see from every school participating in the challenge across the country.”

The Capital One® Financial Education Challenge is a national competition empowering post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that will educate Canadians on how to make informed and positive financial decisions that will ultimately improve their quality of life. Since 2012, this challenge has engaged 7,840 students across the country, resulting in 744 financial education outreach projects, and directly impacting the financial futures 82,743 people.

“Financial education is vital for strengthening communities across the country and we are so proud to see that Enactus Okanagan College is making these skills available to elementary school students,” said Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada President.

The 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition welcomed 1,500 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.

For competition results during the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on

ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, 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 2,734 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 280 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast. As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE: With offices in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal, Capital One Canada has been offering Canadian consumers a range of competitive Mastercard credit cards since 1996. We challenge ourselves to see the world through the eyes of our customers, so we can deliver the market-leading credit products and exceptional service they’re looking for. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF). Capital One is committed to investing in youth in our communities through program investment and the skills and dedication of our talented associates. To learn more visit: and follow us on Twitter @CapitalOneCA.

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Enactus Canada
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