Canadian Wins Global Graduate Student Entrepreneur Title

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Student Entrepreneur National Champion, Mike Wahl, Founder of Definitions Wellness Safety Services and a PhD student studying Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, has been named the "Graduate Student Entrepreneur Global Champion." The honour was given as a specialized category within the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a program of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO). Mike was named to represent Canada by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE).

The GSEA is the final stage of an international series of competitions for students attending a recognized college or university, who own a business, are principally responsible for its operation and have been generating revenue for a minimum of six consecutive months. As the top graduate student entrepreneur in Canada, Mike travelled to the 2011 GSEA global finals, held November 17 to 19 in New York City, where he took the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to present his business to an international panel of entrepreneurs, renowned journalists and business luminaries.

"This is the ultimate recognition for the Definitions team and a great way to celebrate all of our hard work," said Mike Wahl, Founder, Definitions Wellness Safety Services. "I am so proud of everyone involved."

Over eight years ago, Mike Wahl and his business partner Mike O'Neil saw an opportunity to bring personal training services to the St. John's market. He opened a fitness facility and through hard work and determination built a respected brand and a solid client group. Many of his clients worked in the oil and gas sector and as they started seeing positive results, they asked him to bring his services to their offices and industrial sites including offshore oil rigs. Through this, he realized his company had a unique opportunity to serve corporate clients as well, and over the years the company's focus has shifted to specializing in individual health, safety and wellness concerns for both individuals and companies.

For clients in Canada, the United States and even Africa, Definitions addresses physiology-based safety: wellness personnel travel directly to worksites including offshore oil and gas establishments, factory and office settings to improve the wellness and safety culture of the organization. The company now has 27 employees and offices in St. John's, Newfoundland, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Houston, Texas.

"Mike is a shining example of the positive power of business," explains ACE President Amy Harder. "His entrepreneurial spirit coupled with his compassion for the community is inspiring. He has shown the world that Canada is a nation where young people can turn their dreams into a reality."

ACE is still accepting nominations for the 2012 Student Entrepreneur Competition. To vie for the title of Canadian National Champion, visit www.acecanada.ca. Nominations will close December 2, 2011.

About the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

As the premier global competition for student business owners, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners, who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honoured outstanding students who juggle a full course load while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. For more information, visit: www.gsea.org.

About Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship

Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship or ACE is a national, charitable organization dedicated to teaching and igniting young Canadians to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. Through a collaborative partnership between higher education and industry, ACE delivers programming that provides university and college students access to real world experience that complements and extends in-class studies. Its flagship program, Students In Free Enterprise or SIFE encourages students to form teams on their campus and apply business concepts learned in the classroom to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. In addition to this, its Student Entrepreneur program has been credited with enhancing the success of students operating businesses, creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future. The result of ACE's efforts is that students make a meaningful contribution to their communities today, while also discovering their potential to achieve an even greater impact as the leaders of tomorrow. Today, ACE operates on 60 academic institutions nationwide with the direct involvement of close to 2,000 students. For more information, visit: www.acecacanada.ca.

SOURCE Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship

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