TORONTO, ONTARIO (May 3, 2016) – Ryerson University has been named the 2016 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter Scotiabank.

The national competition took place at the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.

Enactus Ryerson won for directly impacting 271 with their innovative project, Growing North. Growing North aims to build a geodesic greenhouse dome to allow communities in northern Canada to grow their own food, which has the potential to feed up to 53% of their target community.

“Congratulations to Ryerson University and to the teams from across the country who put in a tremendous amount of work on their projects,” said Terri Williams, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank. “Scotiabank is proud to support Enactus and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge as part of our commitment to young people and to our environment. The creative and innovative thinking by the Enactus teams inspires all of us to think about sustainable solutions that will benefit individuals, communities and the environment health of our country.”

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge is a national competition empowering post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that teach others viable solutions to relevant environmental issues. The Enactus team from Ryerson University embodied the values of environmental awareness and responsibility to win this challenge by battling food insecurity in Northern Canada.

“Enactus Ryerson University is dedicated to sustainability and enabling environmental progress in Canada,” says Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada president. “Enactus Canada is inspired by the ingenuity of our students, who will undoubtedly continue to empower others to become more environmentally responsible.”

The 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition welcomed 1,500 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.

For news throughout the year and competition results during the event, please visit @Enactus_Canada on Twitter.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, this country’s largest student leadership development organization, is shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,650 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 288 community empowerment projects and business ventures this past 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 SCOTIABANK: Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world.

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About Scotiabank EcoLiving: Scotiabank EcoLiving, which launched in 2010, is a unique program focused on educating Canadians on the shared benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements. With its emphasis on demonstrating how people can save money by saving energy, and at the same time reduce their impact on climate change, Scotiabank’s EcoLiving program communicates the advantages of energy efficiency and sustainable practices. To learn more, visit

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Jody Lundrigan
Enactus Canada
(416) 346-0131

Meghan Edwards
North Strategic (for Enactus Canada)
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Diana Hart
Corporate Communications
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