This week Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Cape Breton travelled to Toronto, Ont. to compete in SIFE Canada nationals. The team consisted of 13 CBU students and staff advisor, Matt Stewart, a business counselor at CBU’s Small Business Development Centre (SBDC). With 2011 being the teams first full year of operation they were nominated for and won, The John Dobson Foundation: Best Start-Up SIFE Team Award.
“The team worked hard all year not only in preparation for the competition, but also within the community,” says Stewart. “They were excited to win the award and I feel they rightfully deserve it.” Stewart dedicated his year volunteering to aid the SIFE team in their advancement.
SIFE Cape Breton’s president Jillian Moore won the Gwyn Morgan Bursary for Principled Leadership. This award was only offered to one student in Canada. Along with the title she received a $2,500 bursary.
“The National exposition was a fantastic experience that showcased student projects from across the country,” says Moore. “I was honoured to be recognized for an award that focuses on principled leadership, which is what I always strive for. “
Students In Free Enterprise encourages students to form teams on their campus and apply business concepts learned in the classroom to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. SIFE Cape Breton is supported by The Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business – Small Business Development Centre.