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St. Lawrence College Business students place second in International Innovation Challenge


Business students from St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus placed second in the 2017 Queen’s International Innovation Challenge in Toronto, November 24, 2017.

Team members Wil Etherington, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Mark Mathieu, Business Analytics and Kimlee Santos, BBA and Business Analytics, were one of five teams chosen out of 111 that registered for the 2017 Challenge. They presented their solutions to a panel of industry expert judges at the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto, Canada. Each team was awarded a cash prize, with $20,000 CDN awarded to the first place team.

The Queen’s International Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for students to utilize data and analytics to develop solutions to one of the world’s most pressing challenges. The underlying theme of the challenge is data and analysis.

This year students used their analytics skills and creativity to solve one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century – Food Security.  Food Security is an evolving issue for people around the world. 

“This opportunity showed us how integral data is to modern decision-making,” Etherington said. “We had the opportunity to use various datasets that were available through open government initiatives, NGOs and the United Nations to study food security problems and propose our solutions.” 

“I’m very inspired by the ability of our students to demonstrate how data can be used to solve global problems,” said Patrick Egbunonu, Business Analytics Program Coordinator. “As Big Data opportunities and Artificial Intelligence applications become ubiquitous, I know that graduates from our Business Analytics program will be prepared to play an integral role in generating data driven solutions to global problems.”


For media information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451