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SAIT Enactus Club makes remarkable achievements this academic year

Through dedication and hard work, the SAIT Enactus club received second-runner-up in the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge with its projects, Case Clash and Think Beyond High School (TBH), in the Western Regional Expositions on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Calgary.

“We are proud and humble to know that our hard work and dedication in creating a well-rounded team hasn’t gone unnoticed,” said Ninar Chaachouh, vice president of Enactus SAIT.

The Scotiabank Empowerment Challenge encourages post-secondary students to create and develop projects in education, learning skills, and life-long success with valuable opportunities for youth, as it relates in improving their livelihoods in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way.

The 2018 Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge (Photo courtesy of Reem Zaid)

As these two projects are selected, Enactus SAIT will go to Vancouver May 7 to 9 to present the projects’ ideas and compete against post-secondary institutions in the Enactus Canada National Expositions.

Enactus is a non-profit organization for students and business leaders across the globe that uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and enable progress in communities through following UN sustainable development goals, according to the Enactus website.

Through Enactus, students from different post-secondary institutions share their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to create businesses that have positive outcomes. With these business projects, students are able to compete with other schools in the Regionals, with the winning projects in nationals, and with one selected team in a world cup.

Beside the achievements of these projects and the huge impact that the team made on communities, Enactus SAIT received the President’s Student Leadership Award for 2019.

“Even though people think Enactus SAIT is a business club because it focuses on entrepreneurship, people don’t realize about how Enactus is a well-rounded and welcoming organization that realistically needs students from all disciplines – in fact, we need other students in order to implement the projects that we have,” said Chaachouh.

Case Clash project is a business competition for high school students, where they have to read a case study on a business situation and develop a presentation that shows their expertise and problem-solving skills.
TBH is designed for high school students and their need for stronger transition from high school to post-secondary, as a lot of students face mental health issues.

Enactus’ SAIT bureau take a knee at Enactus Canada’s Western Regional Exposition. (Photo courtesy of Reem Zaid)

Going along with achieving the UN goals, Enactus SAIT presented three other projects in the regionals, which were Project Hatchet, Impact Hub, and Business Beyond Borders. These projects covered the environmental, entrepreneurial, and educational aspects.

Enactus SAIT provides valuable and remarkable opportunities for students to be part of, as students can volunteer in current projects, attend meetings, meet new people, and share their ideas with others.

“Receiving the Enactus Canada ‘Most Improved Team’ in 2018 gave us the motivation to create a team environment through structure, success, and planning, as well as team events,” said Chaachouh.

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