EnactusOC heading to nationals after dominating in multiple categories
Enactus Okanagan College students have their sights set on nationals, after making the podium in four competitions at the Enactus Regional Exposition – including three first-place finishes.
They performed so well, that EnactusOC was recognized with an Excellence in Innovation Award, provided when students demonstrate their commitment to tackling some of Canada’s biggest challenges.
“We have come a long way this year,” explains Danielle Walker, EnactusOC President. “Our team has tripled in size, we have scaled and rebranded projects, and we have also started some amazing new ones. Our team has pulled together, shown great strength, adapted in challenging times, and paved the way for future success.
“These awards demonstrate EnactusOC’s determination, resiliency, and desire to better our community; I am extremely proud of all our members!”
The team captured first place in the Climate Action Challenge – the fourth time in a row that OC has come out on top in this category. They were recognized for the Unusually Good apple cider project, which uses discarded fruit in the agricultural process to create 100% pure, fresh orchard-pressed and pasteurized beverages. Proceeds from beverage sales support apple chip processing, which are donated to children and community members facing food insecurity.
Unusually Good was also at the heart of the team’s Entrepreneurship Challenge win – a back-to-back golden performance. They were also crowned champions in the Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition, which pitted them against other teams across Canada.
EnactusOC was also named runner-up in the Financial Education Challenge, for the Ivy Collective project. New this year, Ivy Collective creates an inclusive and supportive environment for immigrant and refugee youth to build their skills and confidence. They provided a free workshop series to newcomer Canadians to teach essential career skills, and are now extending the reach of the program through virtual sessions being promoted in Vancouver and Toronto.
The team was coached by Business professors Andrew Klingel, Kyleen Myrah, Danielle Robinson, Sheilagh Seaton and Mark Ziebarth.
“These awards speak to the tremendous impact the Enactus students have on their community. Despite the many challenges of the last two years, they have not only significantly expanded their project to reduce food insecurity and fight climate change, but even started new ones,” says Klingel. “We are so proud of these students as they are a shining example of transforming lives and communities.”
Their performance at regionals netted EnactusOC $5,500 to be re-invested back into their projects. People looking to support the students can purchase Unusually Good apple cider online at www.unusuallygood.ca or these local retailers: Peter's Independent Grocer, BC Tree Fruits Market, Pickleball Depot, Cap’s Liquor Store, Askew's Foods and Buy-Low Foods in Vernon.
Enactus Canada National Exposition will be held May 10-12 virtually.
Tags: Enactus, Okanagan School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, Inside OC
April 4, 2023
Q: What's your name? A: Ruth Gabriela Melo Flores Q: What's your hometown? A: Quito – Ecuador – South America Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: Well, I studied for a bachelor's degree in Law in Ecuador. Then, I worked for a while and got my Master's degree in Government and Culture of Organizations at the University of Pamplona. When I returned to my country, professional opportunities arose for me. I mean, a Master's degree improved my career. Spain helped me develop ...Read more...
June 7, 2022
Grads of Okanagan College’s Animation Diploma program are finding their skills have never been in higher demand. First- and second-year students showed samples of their artwork and demo reels to industry partners at OC’s annual Animation Industry Night on May 17. “Lots of the work was very professional,” says James Wood, Chair of Okanagan College’s Animation Department. “Our program is short, but intense. The instructors make sure the students have a realistic understanding of what they need do to succeed in a competitive and demanding wo...Read more...
May 30, 2022
Business students from Okanagan College are once again able to travel to Jyväskylä, Finland to experience an international summer school at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Finland’s education system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. OC Business Professor Blair Baldwin, who has taught Services Design at JAMK for several summers, says working in Finland has helped him innovate and create new teaching methodologies. “JAMK employs experiential learning across its curriculum,” he says. “They stress critical thinkin...Read more...
May 27, 2022
Okanagan College students will once again be competing for the Canadian title after qualifying for the Enactus National Exposition with a first-place finish in their league during the semi-final round. Enactus teams at post-secondary institutions across Canada competed virtually earlier this month, and Okanagan College scooped up top position in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, and runner-up in the Scotiabank Climate Action Challenge for the Unusually Good Food Co. project. It also included national runner-up in Shaw and RBC accelerators...Read more...