CALGARY (March 8, 2013) – Student teams and entrepreneurs, who are enabling progress through entrepreneurial action, were named 2013 Enactus Canada Regional Champions on March 8th in Calgary.

Armin at 2013 Calgary expo

At the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Western Canada, our student leaders showcased their community empowerment projects and business ventures that are using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Champions were chosen through live, presentation-based competitions by a panel of industry leaders serving as impartial judges.

2013 Capital One Financial Education Challenge

  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Simon Fraser University

2013 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge

  • Okanagan College
  • University of Calgary

2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge

  • University of Calgary
  • Okanagan College

Two post-secondary students who balance a full-time course load and a full-time business were named regional champions in the Student Entrepreneur National Competition:

  • Anthony Merkel, Medicine Hat College student and owner of Elevation Landscaping
  • David Chad Braun, University of Regina student and owner of Student Works Painting

Two outstanding female students were also presented with the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award for Western Canada:

  • Ginelle Polini, University of Calgary
  • Chantelle Buffie, Simon Fraser University

Jordan at 2013 Calgary Expo“Every year, our students amaze us by demonstrating their drive to succeed and their desire to give something back,” said Nicole Almond, President of Enactus Canada. “Seeing our community of business, academic and student leaders in action is inspirational and gives you hope for the future.”

Regional champions will move on to the national level of competition, taking place from May 6-8th at the 2013 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada is a community of student, academic and business leaders enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,300 student leaders create and implement over 350 community empowerment projects and business ventures every year in communities coast to coast. As a global network of 39 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit

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