The Odette SIFE team has achieve a ranking among the top 5 finalists in Calgary, Alberta, by ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), a national charitable organization, and a 50 person judging panel comprised of top Canadian CEOs. SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is the global student association under the ACE organization.
A three-day competition was held in Calgary for the first time, involving upwards of 1,000 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students from across Canada. The event effectively engages generations of leaders around the shared cause of building a better Canada. A total of 600 students representing over 40 universities and colleges, making up 43 university and college teams, were involved in three grueling rounds of competition, showcasing their economic outreach projects and business venture achievements to the various judging panels.
The team from Odette have dedicated thousands of volunteer hours over the past school year to help build a better Canada. With a team of over 40 students, SIFE Windsor operated 10 projects, created 7 jobs, and infused over $400,000 in economic opportunity in the 2009-10 academic year.
“What a remarkable achievement for our team, being named in the top five for the very first time in our history is astounding”, said incoming President Bradley Ouellette. Faculty advisor, Professor Jim Marsh, was equally admirable of this young team, “They worked exceptionally hard through tough competition, overcoming challenges, basking in the victories along the way, but never losing sight of the finish line – placing in the top 5.”
During their time at the National Competition in Calgary, SIFE Windsor had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Dick Haskayne, an individual noted for his many contributions in Alberta's business community. “Mr. Haskayne was very encouraging to all of us; anyone can learn and benefit from his considerable integrity, dedication and generosity”, said Ellen Nyarko, Creative Director of SIFE Windsor.
Patrick Lor, President, Fotolia North America and promoter of Demo Camp around Canada, also met with the SIFE team. “As Project Manager of Demo Camp, having a discussion with Patrick Lor was very insightful,” said Vice President Tarek Dandach. “He proposed positive recommendations on our version of Demo Camp; we will start to implement them to improve our Demo Camp for the 2010 -2011 year!”
The SIFE program, operated by ACE, provides university and college students access to real world experience, through the implementation of economic outreach projects that complement in-class studies. Students involved in ACE make a meaningful contribution to their communities today, and discover their potential to achieve an even greater impact as the leaders of tomorrow.