ST. JOHN’S, NL
– A delegation of students, accompanied by faculty advisors, from College of the North Atlantic (CNA) are experiencing the trip of the lifetime this week.
From Sept. 26-28, the group from CNA’s School of Business & Information Technology (IT) will join students from approximately 15 schools as part of Team Canada to compete in the Enactus World Cup 2017 in London, England. They will support the national champion – Enactus Memorial, who defended its title this past June in Vancouver, BC.
Team Canada will be among 3,500 students, business, government and academic leaders to promote entrepreneurial action as it relates to the economic, environmental and social health of communities at the grassroots level. While there, participants from all over the world will exchange ideas to create community development projects to assist in improving lives.
Stephen Warren is the Dean of CNA’s School of Business & IT, and he describes this event as a “huge accomplishment” for faculty advisors, Dwight Hutchens and Deidra Strowbridge; campus administrator, Joan Pynn; and, teams from Prince Philip Drive, Grand Falls-Windsor and Clarenville campuses.
“This mission aligns well with both the mandate of the School of Business & IT, as well as CNA as a whole. The Enactus CNA team has consistently shown dedication and commitment to the communities in which we operate. They should feel very proud of themselves to be selected to join a select group to attend this world-class event.”
Hutchens agrees and finds it difficult to contain his excitement for what he describes as an “international experience of a lifetime” for his students.
“Teams from over 35 countries will be competing for the World Cup title, and they will be showcasing some amazing projects. They are being delivered around the world by an amazing group of volunteers. For most of the students travelling, it will be their first time visiting Europe and attending the World Cup. This is a global opportunity, and will be an amazing cultural exchange, as well as a chance to develop friendships on a global basis.”
While at the Enactus World Cup, teams from the each of the participating countries will display the entrepreneurial action they performed to raise the standard of living for others. Competitors will also take part in a series of forums and breakout sessions, as well as interact with international business leaders. Top executives will assess the projects to determine who will become Enactus champion.
The group has received funding support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and will contribute some of their own capital for the trip. CNA will also assist in funding for meals and incidentals.
“We are proud of our students, and this is yet another prime example of how those attending CNA are stellar in their fields to not only effect change on a local level, but also on a global scale,” said CNA’s President & CEO Dr. Bill Radford. “These students will carry this experience with them into the future as they pursue their careers, and we are only too happy to see the results and guide them along the way.”
For up-to-date information on the Enactus Cup competition, visit: http://enactus.org/worldcup/
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