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Student team takes home national title for building a better, more efficient food bank in Kingston

Toronto, ON (Thursday, May 12, 2011) – St. Lawrence College has been named the 2011 Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge National Champion by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and proud supporter Scotiabank. The national competition took place at the 2011 ACE National Exposition on May 10 in Toronto.

The "Students In Free Enterprise" (SIFE) team from St. Lawrence College stood victorious because of their dedication to enhancing the efficiency and resources available at the local Partners in Mission Food Bank.

The team implemented four separate initiatives for the food bank, including: The installation of a commercial walk-in freezer to increase their food capacity; successfully getting Partners in Mission accepted into the Feed-in Tariff solar panel installation program; Increasing the overall energy efficiency of the food bank through an energy audit and installation of a new energy-efficient furnace and air conditioning unit, and; creating funding to allow the food bank to purchase a five-ton truck to improve their operations.

"We are proud to support this exceptional competition, " said Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment and we work diligently to integrate environmental principles into our operations. We applaud SIFE and all of the competing school teams for their efforts to educate the broader community on how to become more environmentally responsible."

The purpose of this national initiative is to encourage SIFE teams to develop projects that provide others with the knowledge required to make positive environmental decisions, both in their personal and professional lives, while keeping a focus on the creation of economic opportunity.

"We wanted to empower the food bank by using green technologies as a business model," said Merina Johnston, Project Lead for the Food Bank Project, "Through our efforts, we’ve empowered the food bank to help more members of the community, while saving resources and the environment by providing them the means to operate in a more efficient manner."

Over 1,000 delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs took part in this annual gathering that effectively engages generations of leaders around the shared cause of building a better Canada. The Scotiabank & SIFE Go Green Challenge is one of the five competitions that takes place annually at this event.


About ACE
ACE is a national, charitable organization that is teaching and igniting young Canadians to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. ACE delivers a team-based program called Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and an individual-based program, Student Entrepreneur. ACE students created 600 jobs, logged 250,000 volunteer hours, directly impacted 95,000 people and have generated over $12 million in economic activity in the past year alone. ACE is currently established on over 55 post-secondary campuses across Canada.

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For further information, please contact:
Jaime Szegvary
Communications Consultant, ACE

Deborah Clark
Corporate Media Communications, Scotiabank

Merina Johnston
Project Lead, SIFE St. Lawrence

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