SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge 2016 offers real-world sustainability experienceMar 17, 2016
Some of the brightest young minds from across the Pacific Northwest region will congregate at the Beedie School of Business in April to tackle sustainability issues in business at the third annual SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge.
VIDEO: Participating students, sponsors and Beedie professor Stephanie Bertels talk about the 2016 Net Impact Sustainability Challenge.
Each year the competition allows graduate students with a passion for sustainability to practice their skills, and network with like-minded students, faculty, and industry professionals.
This year’s competition will for the first time require competing student teams to solve a real-world sustainability-related problem currently faced by competition headline sponsor FortisBC.
With ten teams from across the Pacific Northwest region currently registered, a prize pool of over $8,000 will be on offer for winning teams.
“The SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to engage the next generation of corporate leaders and foster a robust dialogue around sustainability,” says Vanessa Connolly, Manager of Public Affairs at FortisBC. “We’re proud to be a title sponsor and look forward to seeing how the teams apply the skills and theory learned in classrooms to develop innovative and strategic solutions.”
Competing teams will present their case to a panel of experienced judges from academia and industry, including experts from FortisBC.
The opening night of the competition will also feature a networking event and a panel discussion on the energy sector in BC among industry experts from across the province.
“Obtaining a title sponsor such as FortisBC that is investing so much in sustainable business is testament to the growth in status this competition has made in only three years,” says Spencer Westlake, Vice President, SFU Net Impact chapter. “Offering a live case allows competitors to work within a real-world consulting realm and receive feedback from professionals working at the forefront of sustainability in business.”
Organized entirely by Beedie MBA students from the SFU Net Impact chapter, the 2016 SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge will be held from April 8 – 9 at the Segal Graduate School. A closing networking event will also be hosted at the new Telus Gardens building, Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum certified office tower.
Registration for the competition is currently open, with a limited number of places still available. For more information on the 2016 SFU Net Impact Competition, visit beedie.sfu.ca/netimpact/