May 27, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial Business students win big on national stage
The Business School is celebrating a big win by two of its students taking part in the annual Enactus national competition. Arianne Garcia and Naomi Rocca created a pitch for a “product accessibility innovation” to Unilever, shown here. Our students’ pitch was selected as one of six to present live to a panel of industry judges, who selected their “Love, Dove” innovation the best in Canada! This is Centennial’s very first 1st place win at the Enactus nationals. Every year, student entrepreneurs from Enactus clubs at colleges and universities across Canada present their business ideas to panels of industry leaders in order to be named Student Entrepreneur National Champion.
Arianne Garcia is an international student who studied remotely from Singapore during the winter semester. She recently arrived in Toronto and is just completing her quarantine. Arianne cares about Enactus so much that she applied to lead the team, and is now the seventh president of Enactus Centennial. Naomi Rocca is a single mom who has worked tremendously hard to balance her college and life responsibilities, and still found time to become a member of the Enactus Centennial team. Business faculty members Nadia Pereira and Byron Tobar worked closely to prepare their students for competition. As Nadia points out, “the experiential learning, leadership, industry networks and social entrepreneurial value that Enactus brings is second to none.”
Centennial’s WIMTACH named a Toronto Key Sector Asset
Toronto is one of the top cities in North America with a thriving life sciences sector, which supports innovative health technologies created by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Among the resources available to them is Centennial’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH), which recently has been named a Key Sector Asset by the City of Toronto for its unique contribution to the sector. WIMTACH is one of just 60 federally funded Technology Access Centres across Canada. It was created in 2015 to assist Canadian health technology companies to launch new products in the national and global markets. Since its formation WIMTACH has helped Ontario SMEs develop their novel technologies and products, and successfully bring them to market. WIMTACH has engaged 507 students in paid research opportunities supporting nearly 230 companies to date. WIMTACH, which is administered by Centennial’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), continues to work with Toronto-based partners to incubate and accelerate digital healthcare solutions. Explore our projects at wimtach.centennialcollege.ca.
Flex your #CCGreenThumb!
With our fabulous spring this year, planning for the Progress and Ashtonbee campus vegetable gardens is well underway! Established in 2018, this initiative has engaged students, faculty and staff with prepping, planting, maintaining and harvesting local fresh food. If you’re interested in volunteering for either campus garden this season we have a limited number of spots open. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest and we will provide details on planting days, garden maintenance scheduling and our COVID-19 health and safety protocols for working in the gardens. You can catch updates for each garden this growing season via Centennial College’s social media channels (Instagram stories, Facebook stories and Twitter) by following #CCGreenThumb. If you are looking for help starting your own garden click here for helpful webinars and resources to get you started, and be sure to share your own progress pictures on social media using the same #CCGreenThumb.
Two Advertising students win gold in national challenge
Not to be outdone by The Business School, two Creative Advertising students at the Story Arts Centre have won gold in the National Advertising Challenge, an industry-run competition that pits hundreds of advertising agencies against each other to produce the best ideas based on a brief that comes from Canada’s top brands. The student category is open to all those enrolled in a creative post-secondary program anywhere in the country. Centennial students Lindsay Newton and Christina Gregoire came up with “Reunite,” a timely ad for Simons, the Montreal-based clothing retailer, shown here. As student winners, the pair will receive a two-month internship at a Toronto advertising agency to hone their skills in a real-world working environment. Congratulations to our winning creative students!