(VANCOUVER) 8 MAY 2019: Students at the University of Alberta are increasing high-school and post-secondary students’ financial literacy and employability skills through their Project NextStep.

Enactus University of Alberta has been named the 2019 Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and program supporter Scotiabank. The national competition took place at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.

This year, through Project NextStep, the Enactus University of Alberta Team has delivered 21 workshops to high school and post-secondary students across Edmonton, empowering over 270 youth to make better decisions, more informed decisions about their futures.

“When we prioritize the well-being of our young people, we all benefit,” says Lesly Tayes, Senior Vice President – BC & Yukon region, Scotiabank. “Congratulations to Enactus University of Alberta for winning the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge and for truly making a difference in the lives of young Canadians.”

The Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge is a national competition that encourages post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that address the needs and opportunities facing youth. Focused on education, learning skills and supporting the life-long success of youth aged 25 and under, this challenge engaged 1,600 students this year, who impacted more than 20,000 youth through 90 community empowerment projects.

“At Enactus, our mission is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” says Nicole Almond, President, Enactus Canada. “Through our partnership with Scotiabank, we encourage them to empower other young adults to pursue greatness, ensuring a brighter future for us all.”

The 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites hundreds of 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 competition results throughout the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and 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 3,400 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 lives. As a global network of 37 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.

ABOUT SCOTIABANK: Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in the Americas. We are dedicated to helping our more than 25 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 98,000 employees and assets of over $1 trillion (as at January 31, 2019), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

Through our five commitments to customers, employees, communities, the environment, and strong corporate governance practices, we aim to create a better future for both society and Scotiabank. We are focused on leveraging our resources, reach, and expertise to drive economic growth, as well as protecting and enhancing our reputation, for all stakeholders and the communities where we operate. For more information on our CSR strategy please visit www.scotiabank.com/csr.


Media Inquiries:
Nicole Almond
Enactus Canada