As part of her visit to Sarnia earlier this week, federal Minister of Labour Kelli Leitch also took time to visit Lambton College for a roundtable discussion with the Enactus team, with a focus on developing strategies for entrepreneurs and especially women.
Leitch, who is also Minister for the Status of Women, heard the Enactus Lambton team discuss the positive impact of their “Strength in Numbers” project, a financial education initiative that has reached 93 women in Sarnia this year.
Women who participated in the program have been able to reduce their average debt by $150/month while saving an additional $50/month. The overall success of the program resulted in the team being named national champion in Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership earlier this year at the 2014 Enactus Canada National Exposition.
The group also discussed “The Cube,” Lambton College’s new on-campus entrepreneurial hub that was launched in partnership with Enactus Lambton. Taking its cue from global business incubators, the initiative aims to help students and local residents achieve their goals of becoming entrepreneurs or corporate innovators. With funding from the Government of Ontario’s On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, the Cube will also give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to build and expand their personal network through things like mentorship collaborations, community partnerships and access to global resources.
“I’m very pleased to see that Lambton College is taking a leadership role in encouraging young Canadians, and especially young women, to become entrepreneurs,” said Leitch. “The support offered by the school and its Enactus program are helping to foster the next generation of Canadian business leaders. As Minister of Status of Women, I’m very happy to see that women are playing an integral part in Lambton’s success because we as a government know that when women succeed, Canada succeeds.”
Leitch was joined at Lambton College by Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton.
“It was an honour to host Minister Leitch at our College and to have her meet with our award-winning Enactus team to discuss strategies for entrepreneurs,” sais Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “We are proud of what the Enactus Lambton team has done with their Strength in Numbers program and their work with the Cube. They are helping to create a better future for so many people in our community and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of those accomplishments and ideas with the minister.”