(VANCOUVER) 7 May 2019: Students at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are tackling food insecurity on campus through an initiative called Project Roots. The program repurposes food waste to increase students’ access to affordable and healthy meal options.

Their efforts were rewarded on Tuesday, May 7 at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition, where they won the award for 3M Canada Project Accelerator Best Project Award.

Through their Project Roots, Enactus UBCO has sold over 360 produce boxes and diverted over 5,000 pounds of food waste in the last six months.

“3M Canada is committed to supporting education and community programs that address social issues within Canada,” says Anthea Rowe, brand reputation manager, 3M Canada. “Through our partnership with Enactus, we are honoured to support the next generation of socially responsible leaders.”

The 3M Canada Project Accelerator is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to identify, create and deliver truly innovative projects that address the specific and unique needs and opportunities within Canada.

The 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 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.


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 3M: At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Established in 1951, 3M Canada was one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M with the head office and original manufacturing site in London, Ontario where approximately 800 of the company’s 1,800 employees work. Learn more about how 3M is applying science to life at www.3M.ca or on Twitter @3M_Canada.

Media inquiries:
Anthea Rowe
3M Canada