Let me tell you about Leadership, Capital One Canada and the Enactus World Cup. Because this will inspire you with good leadership skills, good financial education, and good in the world around us…
Firstly, let me tell you about Enactus Team Canada (Canadian university students from Memorial University who created a pretty amazing program). You will be inspired by these students’ entrepreneurial spirit and how they are becoming the next generation of socially conscious leaders.
What is Enactus?…
Enactus stands for “ENtrepreneurial ACTion for others creates a better world for US all”. It is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Teams of outstanding university and college students can create community development projects which empower people to be a part of their own success.
Enactus Team Canada -> Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland) – SucSeed
BREAKING NEWS! Team Canada won the Enactus World Cup 2016
Through their project SucSeed, Enactus Memorial has been able to provide microloans, financial literacy training and economic opportunities to fresh produce growers in rural Labrador. The team partnered with the engineering department to develop a hydroponic system, made out of recycled materials. They partnered with a local charity for at-risk youth to build the systems; providing employment opportunities and compensation. They developed a microloan program with Capital One Canada so that communities, who do not have access to fresh and/or affordable produce, can purchase a hydroponic system and train community members how to use it.
I was so impressed by Team Canada’s presentation. They were professional. They were confident. Their concept is not only thoughtful but also effective. They have found a sustainable solution to the lack of fresh produce in northern communities right here in Canada, while empowering those communities to take ownership of their own business. Add in training at-risk youth in skills they can use for future employment…it is turnkey! Not only that, but these students are becoming the next generation of leaders, learning that companies can be profitable AND socially conscious.
I’m so glad that Capital One Canada invited me to come down to the Enactus World Cup. As I watched Team Canada present I was inspired. I walked through Capital One Canada’s interactive booth I felt engaged to the point of putting my own words on their graffiti wall (see image below). As a country sponsor, their booth showcased innovation with videos and a fun quiz on leadership styles.
CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL EDUCATION CHALLENGE
Capital One Canada is also involved with Enactus at a national level in Canada. The Capital One Financial Education Challenge is one of four challenges in the Canadian Enactus regional and national competitions. Teams from across the country present projects that most effectively use financial education and/or inclusion to empower people to improve their lives in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way.
The result is that Canadian Enactus teams create projects that typically have a great financial literacy component or are based completely on financial education. This helps more Canadians make informed and positive financial decisions that will ultimately improve their quality of life. Capital One Canada employees also act as mentors to many of the teams, helping them build program elements like Memorial’s microloan program.
Pictured above: Me at the Capital One Canada booth at the Enactus World Cup. Writing my answer on the wall to “What makes a great leader?“
Related: I did a quick and easy “What type of leader are you?” online quiz at the booth. Look to a coming post revealing the results (I wonder if you’ll be surprised…)
Disclosure: This post on the Enactus World Cup is in partnership with Capital One Canada. As always, the opinions in this post are my own. #spon