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Business student sept 2016

Alumni help business students make a difference

September 26, 2016

This month, Sheridan business students will head to Toronto to observe the Enactus World Cup. The students are part of Sheridan’s Enactus team, a club of Sheridan business students who come together to develop business solutions for social challenges. They’ve helped improve access to therapeutic programs for autistic children, and assisted a social entrepreneur who founded a children’s charity in Haiti. Over the last year, the team has been examining how to help international students feel more welcome and learn to navigate life in Canada. The team then presents their work at Enactus competitions locally, regionally and at the national level.

Beyond helping solve real-life problems, Enactus also provides a chance for alumni to give back. For Bryan McClatchie, participating after graduation is natural. The 2016 marketing grad founded Sheridan’s Enactus club in 2012, and as an alumnus he’s committed to making sure it thrives.

“You want your team to succeed. It shows dedication and loyalty,” he says. Being involved in the club continues to provide him with networking opportunities he found valuable both as a student, and now that he’s established his own food-service marketing firm, Good Eats, with fellow marketing grad Matthew Whitney. “Enactus is like a family,” says Whitney. “I’ve built relationships there and I want to keep them growing.”

Thomas Rogers says McClatchie’s and Whitney’s experience is invaluable. As the current president of Enactus, the fourth-year Global Business Management student says alumni offer real-world experience to help with their projects. “Alumni are mentors and enrich the student experience at Sheridan,” he says. Faculty advisor Vishal Bishani agrees, adding the club offers a spring board for both alumni and students to advance their careers.

“I’m very proud of our students,” the Pilon School of Business professor says. “I want to give them the skills they need to succeed.”