Students from Simon Fraser University showed Canada what they “dared to do” when they finished among the top ten teams at the SIFE National Championship.
The competition, part of the 2012 ACE National Exposition held from May 7 to 9 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta, featured over 50 schools from across Canada competing for the title of national champions.
After successfully negotiating the opening round, the SFU team advanced to the final ten and a semi final knockout round. Despite a strong presentation which drew standing ovations from several of the judges, the team was eliminated by eventual champions Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Sam Thiara, Associate Director, Undergraduate Alumni Engagement, was left with no doubt that the students can take great pride in their performance. “One judge told the team that in three years of judging, he had never seen a presentation as solid as (SFU’s) and to keep up the amazing work,” says Thiara. “There were tears from our team because they felt that they gave the performance of a lifetime and they had recognition that they did an exceptional job.”
Having attended the event for the past seven years in support of the SIFE Simon Fraser team, Thiara is well placed to comment on their current and future prospects. “The students earned respect and credibility. The hard work by all showed and they were true champions.”