Student team takes home national title for their work with villagers in Kenya.

Ryerson ScotiabankTORONTO, ONTARIO (May 12, 2015) – Ryerson University has been named the 2015 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud supporter Scotiabank.

The national competition took place at the 2015 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto.

Enactus Ryerson’s Project Dago worked with nine beekeepers in Dago, Kenya to extract 1,940lbs of honey from 24 hives, which generated $10,082 in profit for the beekeepers and taught 10 Dago women how to package and sell honey and expand their product line.

“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 for Scotiabank. “Scotiabank is proud to support Enactus and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge as part of our commitment to support youth in our communities. The creative and innovative thinking by the Enactus teams encourages 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 educating 62 people on new agricultural practices and creating 37 new jobs.

“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 2015 Enactus Canada National Exposition welcomed more than 1,200 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 2,400 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 250 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.  Sponsoring the 2015 Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge is one of the ways Scotiabank champions green leadership among university and college students in Canada.

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