Last week in Calgary, along with the Trico Charitable Foundation, the Alberta Treasury Branches, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, we were pleased to host the Canadian Final of the Global Challenge. This unique challenge, turns the traditional business pitch competition on its head by rewarding presenters for their knowledge of a problem and not their proposed solution.
Congratulations go out to the winners of the Canadian Final: Mount Royal University and Simon Fraser University! Our panel of international judges had a difficult choice to make and ultimately rewarded MRU's Braden Etzerza for his work on food-security in fly-in communities in Northern BC, and the SFU team for their project on reducing the volume of medical waste generated by Canadian Hospitals. A special congratulations to Braden for also winning the people's choice award.
Up next for MRU and SFU, they'll move on to the Global Challenge Finals in Oxford England, where 22 teams from around the world will compete. Good luck — we're rooting for you!
We're also pleased to announce that we will be holding another Canadian edition of the Global Challenge in 2017-2018. A few schools have incorporated the Global Challenge into course curriculum, and we encourage others planning for next year to do the same.
Hosting Canada's first edition of the Global Challenge was a pilot for RECODE, and as such, we want to thank the participating schools for their leap of faith, confidence in us, and understanding as we worked through the kinks. Many thanks to Mount Royal University, Carleton University, the University of Calgary, Bow Valley College, Simon Fraser University, Concordia University, the University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, HEC Montréal, and Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador —we hope to see you next year.