Beedie Newsroom » ACE Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:42:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 10 finish for SIFE Simon Fraser at Ace Nationals Tue, 08 May 2012 17:49:50 +0000 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.”

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SIFE Simon Fraser lands ACE Western Canada regional awards Wed, 07 Mar 2012 01:17:44 +0000 Students from Simon Fraser University recently showed the Vancouver community what they “dared to do” to create social, environmental and economic impact throughout the Lower Mainland – and picked up some awards along the way.

Members of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter from SFU, along with 16 other universities from as far as Manitoba, attended the 2012 ACE Western Regional Exposition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The two-day event focused on the impact created when business concepts are applied to social missions.

Bringing together social entrepreneurs, community leaders, and business professionals, SIFE teams and members from across Western Canada demonstrated how they are the country’s emerging leaders and change makers. SIFE SFU had entrants in three separate challenges: the Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge; the TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge, and the Capital One SIFE Financial Education Challenge.

SIFE Simon Fraser claimed the title of Regional Champion for the Capital One SIFE Financial Education Challenge, as well as Regional runner-up for the TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The judges were impressed with the level of the professionalism of SIFE Simon Fraser’s presentations and the creativity behind their projects. Presenting for the Financial Education Challenge, Communications undergrad Lynn Shinto and Beedie School of Business undergrad Kimberly Nguyen-Don highlighted how the Hunger Actions program improved the standard of living for 52 low-income women by teaching them how to get the most nutritional value out of every dollar spent on food.

In the Entrepreneurship Challenge, Beedie School of Business undergrad students Madhav Goyal and Judy Liang demonstrated how SIFE Simon Fraser helps foster entrepreneurs from high school to university through the Bright Ideas and Student Entrepreneur of the Year (SEY) programs. This year, the team empowered 28 high school students to create social initiatives that impacted 650 individuals; and provided over $20,000 in resources to 11 SFU entrepreneurs.

Banner Bags, a nationally recognized environmental sustainability initiative, was also presented by Criminology and Psychology undergrad Dominic Liu and Beedie School of Business undergrad Safia Suleman for the Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge. To date, Banner Bags has avoided over 35,000 pounds of C02 emissions, and saved 1400 pounds of nylon from landfills.

In addition, Beedie School of Business undergrad Matias Marquez, co-founder of Buyatab Inc. and the SEY 2011 winner secured the ACE Student Entrepreneur Western Regional Champion. Also from SFU, Sonam Swarup, a third-year Communications student and Director of Community Development for SIFE Simon Fraser, was named the 2012 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow for Western Canada. Both will move on to the ACE National Competition to compete for the National titles.

“Every year, our students amaze us with their dedication and determination to build a better Canada through the positive power of business”, explains ACE President Amy Harder. “Thanks to their ongoing commitment, we know the future of this country is in good hands.”

SIFE Simon Fraser will now advance to the Capital One SIFE Financial Education Challenge Final Round of Competition where Shinto and Nguyen-Don will be competing against the Regional winners from Central and Atlantic Canada. The 2012 ACE National Exposition in Calgary will take place from May 7th-9th where SIFE Simon Fraser will also compete in the overall SIFE National Competition against teams from across Canada.

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