TORONTO, May 15, 2018 /CNW/ - A student group in London, Ontario has created a social enterprise that provides local employment through an initiative that collects and refurbishes gently used mobility devices to sell them to those in need at a discounted price.
Their efforts were rewarded on Monday, May 14 at the 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition, where Western University won the award for 3M Canada Project Accelerator Best Project for Roll Up Solutions Inc.
This year, the team has refurbished 15 chairs, built an online store, created three part-time jobs for individuals with employment barriers and diverted over 1,000 pounds of waste.
"3M combines science, technology, creativity and innovation to make a real impact," says Liisa Sheldrick, corporate social responsibility and communications leader, 3M Canada. "Our Enactus partnership enables us to stimulate progress that inspires people and communities across the globe."
The 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Accelerator is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to identify, create and deliver truly innovative projects that address the specific and unique needs and opportunities within Canada.
The 2018 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 delegates including the country's brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.
For competition results throughout the event, please follow @Enactus_Canada on Twitter. All event results will also be published on enactus.ca/events/national-exposition.
ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country's largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,300 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 26,000 lives.
As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.
ABOUT 3M: At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Established in 1951, 3M Canada was one of the first international subsidiaries opened by 3M with the head office and original manufacturing site in London, Ontario where approximately 800 of the company's 1,800 employees work. Learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the world's problems at www.3M.ca or on Twitter @3M_Canada.
For further information: Media inquiries: Nicole Almond, Enactus Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 702-2251; Liisa Sheldrick, 3M Canada, email@example.com, 519-282-1457