Saint Mary’s University Team Takes Home 3M Canada Award at 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition

Enactus Saint Mary’s innovative work to address food insecurity through aquaponics was rewarded on Tuesday, May 9th at the 2017 Enactus Canada National Exposition.

At the national exposition, Enactus Saint Mary’s team took home the award for 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Partnership Best Project for Aquality Solutions. They received the award for their work helping to address food insecurity in Canadian Indigenous communities through an aquaponics system that enables isolated communities to grow their own fruits, vegetables and fish year-round.

“Enactus students are innovative problem solvers and, thanks to partners like 3M, are ready to challenge the status quo for the benefit of social good,” said Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada. “Enactus Saint Mary’s has a lot to be proud of today and we are excited to share the progressive changes they have made within their community.”

Enactus Saint Mary’s has completed construction of its first solar greenhouse and is currently working toward building a 100 litre aquaponics system. The modular design can be easily scaled and implemented across other communities.

“At 3M, we are committed to improving our business, our planet and our everyday lives through science and collaboration,” says Liisa Sheldrick, communications and 3Mgives leader, 3M Canada. “We believe that improving every life is a worthwhile pursuit, and projects like this reflect our belief in applying science to improve lives – with our customers, partners and communities.”

The 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Partnership 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.