Our Alumni

 
 

It all started when...

A young ambitious student decided that they wanted to make the best of their youth. They joined Enactus. Their stories are just as important as the ones we are trying to create. Our Alumni came a long way; starting from scratch to watching us carry on their legacy. Their guidance is something we know we can count on. From logistical problems to poster design aid, they’re there every step of the way, ensuring that the knowledge they once received from their seniors is passed onto us. As like every school prides themselves in their Alumni, at Enactus uOttawa, not only are we incredibly proud of our Alumni’s success but also in their continued involvement and support.

 
 

Sayem Reza

I'm Sayem Reza and I'm a marketing and communications manager living out of Toronto. I was one of the initial members of Enactus uOttawa, and joined just before our team's first ever trip to a World Cup (the 2012 Enactus World Cup in Washington). I joined Enactus at a time where I was still young and had no idea what I wanted to do in life. Around this time I had picked up my hobby of photography and with that came my skills in graphic design.

Upon joining Enactus, I was grouped with a bunch of students who (no matter how hard it was or the lack of support that we got) strived to make the Ottawa community a better place: socially, economically, and environmentally... all by using their talents. This is where I met many colleagues who've become life long friends, and this is where I picked up my passion for marketing.

 

It was a perfect mix of business strategy coupled with my sense of creativity that came with photography and graphic design. I eventually moved my way up to the Vice President of Marketing, where I managed a multidisciplinary team of designers, developers, PR directors, and we collectively helped market Enactus and its initiatives. Then, 4 years down the road, I had the pleasure of helping our team win the national exposition and represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup in South Africa.

What started out as a random trip I took with a few kids to the 2012 World Cup in Washington has become one of the most developmental journeys of my life.

It ended up taking us back to the 2015 World Cup in South Africa - not as spectators, but as champions, community leaders, innovators. I would never trade this experience for the world! I'm currently living my dream of being a marketer in Toronto, and I owe it all to my time with Enactus uOttawa.

Allie Daniel

Allie Daniel, is a recent graduate of Telfer School of Management and Enactus uOttawa alumni. She began her journey with Enactus four years ago, in her first year of university, when she heard about the student organization from a Teacher’s Assistant in her Introduction to Business Management class. She joined the team at a time when the team was young. There were approximately ten students involved, and very little gender and cultural diversity. With a strong team atmosphere where everyone was equally passionate about innovation, collaboration, and pushing the status quo, they were named Enactus Canada’s National Champion in 2015, just four years in operation. They then represented Canada at the annual global event: the Enactus World Cup.

“Striving to create community projects and social ventures that encompass the people, planet and profit model change the way I see the business world.

My hope for the future as an Enactus alumni and employee, is to offer the same opportunity I was given to students across the country, and help them create impact around the world”
— Allie Daniel

Throughout her time on the team, Allie learned how to be a strong leader, how to work with community organizations,  how to obtain financial support, how to manage and engage others, how to run a project and so much more. It was in thanks to the opportunities that the Enactus uOttawa team gave her that she accepted a position with the Enactus Canada Country Office as Manager, Program Development for Central Canada.

 
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my three years on this team it’s that every office should have a handball, it’s amazing the creativity that flows through when tossing one around on a late night.
— Shevaun Ensor

Shevaun Ensor

Shevaun Ensor-Harrison is a Vancouverite who found herself a home in Ontario as part of uOttawa’s 2016 graduating class where she majored in International Development and Globalization.

She spent the majority of her time in university earning hands-on experience in the world of social entrepreneurship through Enactus as a project manager and then moving on to be the vice president of project management. Initially, she managed a boutique that aided in supporting immigrant and refugee resettlement through employment and skills training. After reaching full sustainability and being recognized as the top team in Canada, Shevaun was delighted to move on and facilitate another 10 social enterprises and programs in Ottawa, Nunavut, and around the world. Tackling issues such as homelessness, environmental degradation, and food insecurity, Shevaun was recognized as the 2016 HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow for Central Canada.

Right now I’m part of an amazing fellowship called Venture for Canada. Being a member of this community has connected me to inspiring people and given me access to professional and personal development opportunities throughout Canada. Being surrounded by some of the most driven and passionate people does amazing things to make you up your hustling game I have to say. Through this fellowship I’ve been interviewing with startups throughout the country (where will I end up? Stay tuned- until then I’ve learned to get very good at couch surfing). If you’re a soon-to-be or recent graduate who’s addicted to the entrepreneur lifestyle I highly recommend checking them out.

On the side I’ve founded my own social enterprise which aims to bring alternative financing and micro-lending programs to aboriginal and remote communities throughout Canada. We’re set to launch in early 2017 and I’m so excited to see where this leads. After having worked with similar programs and initiatives abroad I have a feeling this has the potential to create some real change. 

If you’re looking for a place where you and your knowledge will be valued, where you’ll get to take on a leadership role, where you’ll be challenged, and have a direct effect on outcomes, then you should join Enactus; the greatest workaholic family on uOttawa’s campus. It doesn’t matter what you’re studying, or what you do/don’t already know, if you’re willing to work and innovate then this is the team for you. 

Enactus has been an integral part of my development so far, both professionally and personally. I’ve gained skills that you can’t learn in a classroom, got to apply my degree in a new context, learned about the reality of many social issues and was given the opportunity to innovate in a nearly risk-free environment.

I started out as the quiet girl unsure of this whole “social enterprise” thing I had signed up for and came out having built and launched multiple ventures, being able to hold my own in negotiations and think like a CEO. Not to mention Enactus gives you the ability to work with 100+ amazing people year in and out, people that I will surely see again as we all enter the professional chapters of our lives. 

 

Timmy Guo

Looking back, Enactus was the most purposeful and rewarding thing I did in my undergrad.

It connected me with professionals and other ambitious students who are passionate about entrepreneurship and our community. It gave me endless opportunities to combine the knowledge gained in the classroom with creativity, problem solving, and teamwork to empower others and create a better world for all. Being involved with Enactus has made me more competent, more informed, and most importantly, more prepared for tomorrow. As a proud Enactus alumnus, I am always looking forward to advising the team as they continue to create solutions to our community's issues and hearing about their success stories.

Kathleen Kemp

Kathleen is a graduate of the Telfer School of Management with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in management, where she dedicated the majority of her university career to growing the social entrepreneurship culture in the Ottawa area. After finding her passion for social enterprise through the University of Ottawa’s Enactus team, Kathleen is now working to develop the social enterprise sector in Ottawa through her position at the Centre for Innovative Social Enterprise Development.

"Being a part of the Enactus team was by far the greatest experience during my university career. It really made me realize that my passion for helping others could be applied through my formal education at the school. I will forever be grateful for the lessons I learned by being a part of this team and the amazing opportunities that I received. It exposed to me a group of people that I’ll forever call friends and mentors throughout the rest of my life and I am so grateful to have that."

Looking back, the applied experiences I got really gave me an early look at what it’s like to start and own a business. However it was the interpersonal skills that I learned and learned from that I think were the most valuable aspect of being a part of the team. I’m excited to see the future of the team and to continue to support in whatever way I can because I know how drastically the team can change just not the lives of people within the community but the students working on projects as well.

Ajmal Sataar

For the past 6 years, Ajmal has been fully committed to using every ounce of his energy and passion into making a positive impact in his local, national and global community. This has been accomplished through implementing dynamic ideas that seem out of reach, but fortunately end up being successful.  He has a vision that entrepreneurship can be used to solve many of the world’s problems and engaging youth to use it will create the most impact.

Throughout the years, he’s created projects that have supported at-risk youth, marginalized immigrant women, individuals with a mental illness, high school students and homeless people. While in University, he led the Enactus uOttawa team of around 80 students to operate 10 community outreach projects spanning across Canada. Ajmal won student leader of the year and their team from the University of Ottawa ended up finishing first out of 62 teams in Canada to represent the country at the 2015 Enactus World Cup in South Africa.

 

He started Cigbins, a cigarette butt collection and recycling company that collects and recycles cigarette butts while employing individuals with a mental illness. The social enterprise saw revenues of over $100,000 in its first year of operations and has had 7 individuals with a mental illness go through their transitional employment program.

Most recently, he started a company to challenge the severe problems youth face in Nunavut called Inspire Nunavut.  Inspire Nunavut is a remote social entrepreneurship training and mentorship program designed specifically for at-risk youth living in remote communities in Nunavut. They are creating some of the first entrepreneurial ecosystems in Nunavut, are the first to integrate Inuit culture and values, and now are helping create new businesses, increase community and economic development, increase their standard of living and solve problems in their community. The pilot initiative has gone successfully and Inspire Nunavut is planning to scale their operations.

All of this work and experience is credited to his time with Enactus uOttawa. Ajmal believes that Enactus is a unique opportunity for students to come together in a risk free environment and challenge themselves to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The experience of building a team from 5 members and a couple small projects, to a team of over 80 members that went on to win the Enactus National Competition, was beyond invaluable. Enactus should be taken full advantage of by any student looking to make audacious ideas a reality. It’s for anyone looking to exponentially catapult their careers in the social enterprise space, a space that he believes will be the standard for any form of business.

Sam Thumm

Enactus has taught me to follow my passions and that everyone has the ability to contribute to making the world a better place.

It has forced me to think differently about problems and shown me that business can be used as an innovative tool to solve these issues.

Enactus has set me up for a future in which I will my measure my success according to the economic, environmental, and social impact I am having on myself and others around me. It has allowed me to build lifelong friends, travel to three continents, and develop my personal and professional skills more than I ever thought possible. I am currently working at the Manager of Program Development for Enactus Canada, as well as acting as a mentor for young adults in Nunavut who are starting their own businesses, with Inspire Nunavut. In the future I will continue to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and always work in a job that provides meaning. My favorite and memory with Enactus would be winning the National Exposition in 2015 and having the opportunity to present on our projects against 35 other countries in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Enactus World Cup. As an Enactus alumni I understand the unique opportunity that is provided to Enactus students and can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am today, or where I am going in the future, without Enactus.

VINEETH SAMPATH

I'm Vineeth, and I'm a Marketer.

I’m also an avid hip-hop vinyl record collector, photographer, designer and foodie. I currently live in Ottawa and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Ever since I was a toddler, I wasn’t very good at drawing — so I decided to take up graphic design and photography instead. I haven’t looked back since (luckily I don’t have any of my doodles saved anywhere to remind me). In my spare time, I enjoy browsing r/AskReddit and Dribbble, waiting for Frank Ocean’s album to drop, eating donuts, and watching Seinfeld reruns.

Currently, I’m a growth specialist for Workshop X — an Ottawa-based company that’s dedicated to creating remarkable eCommerce brands. The company is responsible for art-based businesses CanvasPop, DNA11, Crated and PopKey. As the growth specialist, I work with a remarkable team to provide the world with great art. My main focus lies in digital marketing & growth through strategic partnerships, community management, email marketing and campaign management/optimization. While at Workshop X, I’ve had the pleasure to lead digital campaigns with brands such as Barnes & Noble, Birchbox, House of Marley, Casper, FiftyThree and more.

I can without a doubt say that being a member on Enactus uOttawa was the most rewarding experience of my university career.

It was through Enactus that I was able to exercise my passion for marketing, and apply it in a way that served a greater good around an energetic and driven group of people.

 The team of Enactus uOttawa is unlike any other— they’re a set of passionate, dedicated and ambitious individuals who have this unique talent of bringing out the best in one another. When you join Enactus uOttawa, it’s not just an opportunity to boost your resume (trust me, it looks really, really good on a resume) — it’s an opportunity to discover and develop your passion, and make a real difference with a group of remarkable people.