Reflections on Enactus Lakehead

Local team of students have their most successful year yet

By Professor Mike Dohan

On March 7th-9th, the Enactus Lakehead team travelled to Mississauga, Ontario, to present their projects for the first time at the Enactus Regional Exposition for Central Canada. Enactus is an international non-profit organization which inspires students to improve the world through experiential learning and entrepreneurial action. The regional exposition saw a gathering of 499 students from 30 universities and colleges throughout Ontario and Quebec. Through Enactus, students have developed projects that address food security, provide non-traditional employment opportunities and skill development, divert waste into recycled material, and many others. Globally, these projects engage over 72,000 students at over 1,700 schools to impact 1.3 million people.

As part of this global network, Enactus Lakehead seeks to encourage students to improve their community through projects with the objective of improving social outcomes and the environment. They presented two projects that they have been working on for the past year. The first project entailed developing financial literacy skills for the clients of the John Howard Society, intended to empower clients to become more financially self-sufficient. The second project was called the “Entrepreneur’s Handbook”, which sought to encourage student entrepreneurs by connecting them with funding resources in the Thunder Bay region. Other projects that Enactus has worked on include empowering indigenous students from remote communities to start their own businesses, as well as improving student life through recreation activities.

Congratulations to business students Quinn Dombroskie (President of Enactus Lakehead), Emily Martin, Madi Sameshima, and rest of the Enactus Lakehead team on their most successful year yet. This year saw an expanded and engaged membership, the first profit-making project, and the first appearance at the regional competition. In May, the students will be presenting their work at the Enactus National Convention in Toronto, Ontario. This was all made possible through the students’ hard work and dedication. Next year, Enactus Lakehead will continue to expand our presence on the Lakehead University campus, and involve more students across all faculties. If you are interested in learning how you can be involved with the Enactus Lakehead team, please visit http://enactus.lakeheadu.ca.