Twelve post-secondary students, who balance a full-time course load and a full-time business, have been selected as finalists and will be flown out to Toronto to pitch their business for a chance to be named Student Entrepreneur National Champion and win $10,000 at the Enactus Canada National Exposition May 14-16, 2018.

  • Jacob George, owner of Re-able and student at the University of Calgary
    • Re-able is a company that aims to create a world where stroke survivors have reduced disability and increased independence. They act on this vision by creating affordable, ehealth tools designed specifically for stroke survivors.
  • Natalia Mykhalova, owner of WeavAir and student at the University of Toronto
    • WeavAir harnesses advanced sensor technology and predictive analytics to manage high value HVAC systems, save money, improve health and streamline operations.
  • Eric Sammut, owner of DisTech Automation and student at Queen’s University
    • DisTech Automation is a technology startup that offers hardware upgrades that expand the capabilities of desktop 3D printers. DisTech’s latest product, the “Prometheus System”, enables easy, affordable, and reliable multi-colour and multi-material 3D printing.
  • Emilie Tremblay-Wragg, owner of Blitz Paradisio and student at UQAM
    • Blitz Paradisio is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the success and well-being of graduate students across disciplines and universities. Since 2015, they’ve organized more than twenty-five writing retreats in Quebec.
  • Alex Hennifent, owner of VOLTFUSE and student at Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • VOLTFUSE is a specialty headwear, facewear, and apparel snowboarding brand. Ignited with the founding principle of being a truly rider-owned and driven brand, VOLTFUSE places a strong emphasis on authenticity, durability, and technicality within its products.
  • Keegan McGinnis, owner of My Greatest Play and student at Saint Mary’s University
    • My Greatest Play is an apparel social enterprise that donates a soccer ball to a school in The Gambia for every article of clothing sold. Their clothing is designed and embroidered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Thian George Carman, owner of Meadow’s Brothers’ Farm and student at Dalhousie University
    • Meadow’s Brothers’ Farm aims to create sustainable agriculture in the community and develop the sheep market in south-west Nova Scotia. The farm currently provides a fresh local food source, employment, and a feed source for other farmers.
  • Haman Mamdouhi, owner of Health-Bridge and student at York University
    • Health-Bridge aims to eliminate the language barrier in the healthcare industry. Working directly with patients and healthcare providers, they co-develop technology solutions that allow clinicians to more quickly understand what help patients are seeking, reduce delays, costs, and most importantly, improve patient outcomes.
  • Eric Kys, owner of Desk Nibbles and student at Carleton University
    • Desk Nibbles makes office snacking more efficient and enjoyable by delivering healthy and delicious treats, fresh fruit, drinks, coffee, and more to offices across Canada. Using technology such as a Slackbots helps gather employee feedback and suggestions, saving office managers time and energy.
  • Nicholas Steele, owner of Lyofresh Technologies and student at York University
    • Lyofresh Technologies is developing a patent-pending, efficient and affordable food preservation technology to reduce the economic and technological barriers of adopting freeze-drying as a method of preserving food to maximize value across the food industry.
  • Tony Tran, owner of Time Escape and student at the University of Alberta
    • Time Escape is an Edmonton-based Escape Room that provides professional teambuilding and engagement opportunities to organizations, families, and people of various backgrounds and ages.
  • Orhmel Manuel, owner of CarBerri and student at Mount Royal University
    • CarBerri is a trusted online used car marketplace. With CarBerri, you can list, browse and transact for free. With lending options available for qualified buyers and auto prescreening, buying a car in the private-party market has never been more accessible.

ABOUT THE ENACTUS CANADA STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR NATIONAL COMPETITION: To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly hosted by the John Dobson Foundation. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future. In 2016-2017, Enactus Canada student entrepreneurs and their business ventures employed 252 people and generated $1.5+ million in revenue. Every year, student entrepreneurs present their businesses to panels of Canada’s industry leaders in national competitions in order to be named Enactus Canada’s Student Entrepreneur National Champion.

ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest postsecondary 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 3,300 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects
and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 26,000 lives.

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

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