Enactus undergoes change in 2012, stays busy in 2013

Mason Buettner, Contributor Ω

Enactus Thompson Rivers, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), went through some major changes last semester and has a busy programming schedule going into 2013.

SIFE was rebranded as Enactus in October 2012 to reaffirm its commitment to entrepreneurial action.

“The name changed worldwide, not just in our club… We are evolving from more than just a free enterprise, so they decided to change it to Enactus,” said Mitesh Patel, president of Enactus Thompson Rivers.

Enactus is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in universities as well as business leaders in the community to help students make a difference in their community.

“Our mission is going beyond business to empower individuals to redefine their lives,” Patel said. “We see where there is a need in our community and we create tailored programs or curriculums around that and try to help the need.”

In the past, Enactus has been seen primarily as a business club but that is no longer the case.

“We have a student from almost every faculty sitting in on our club right now,” Patel said. “It’s not about business, there is a lot more to it, we do a lot of social work and a lot of stuff with event management.”

Going into 2013, Enactus Thompson Rivers has a Women’s Expo event, the Business Affair networking event and the Year End Gala scheduled showcasing its accomplishments to the community. Enactus Thompson Rivers also holds general update meetings every Wednesday as well as weekly meetings for the different programs.

The programs currently running are Environomics, Last Drop, Toolbox, Enactus Consulting, Help Hunger Disappear and Balance.

Enactus Thompson Rivers also participates in competitions against other Enactus chapters across Canada and the world throughout the year. Regionals are held each spring with the top teams advancing on to the national competition that takes place in May. The winning team advances to the Enactus World Cup, an annual event hosted in a different location each year.

If you are interested in joining Enactus Thompson Rivers, you can check out its website at www.enactustru.ca or attend one of the general meetings that take place every Wednesday. If you are unable to make the meetings but still want to be involved, you can send an email to info@enactustru.ca.

“We don’t turn anyone down,” Patel said.

Enactus Thompson Rivers has approximately 100 active members.