(Image left to right) Chantal Denis, CICan chair and general director of Cégep Saint-Jean sur Richelieu, Jon Sookocheff, manager of MHC's Entrepreneur Development Centre, Denise Amyot, president and CEO of CICan and Rina Marchand, director, content development and innovation at Fondation de L’entrepreneurship.
On March 9, 2015 at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City, Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) received the College and Institutes Canada (CICan) Entrepreneurship Award in the Student Entrepreneurship category. Jon Sookocheff, manager of the EDC was in attendance to accept this national recognition.
“We are proud of the EDC and Jon’s work. The centre has become a leader in the development of student entrepreneurs and has truly made an impact on our community,” says Chuck Payne, interim vice-president, advancement and community relations.
This award recognizes institutions which are achieving excellence in promoting entrepreneurial values as a means of fostering innovation and contributing to the local economy. The EDC, in particular was celebrated for the ability to create industry partnerships that provide students and alumni the resources required to successfully start, manage and grow their entrepreneurial careers.
“Jon has been instrumental in putting entrepreneurship in the spotlight at MHC and showcasing it as a valued career option,” says Payne. “Through partnerships he has managed to develop cross-curriculum resources and leverage existing resources to provide education and training across the campus in particular in the trades and visual communications programs.”
Under Sookocheff’s leadership, and through partnerships with the RBC Foundation and JMH & Co., the EDC has initiated and led a number of successful student-focused programs including:
Sookocheff explains that it is a great honour to be able to accept this national award on behalf of the faculty, staff and community partners that make entrepreneurship possible for students at MHC.
“Our students are leading by example to show that entrepreneurship is a viable and highly rewarding career for all young Canadians,” says Sookocheff.
To learn more about the EDC and the services available visit www.mhc.ab.ca.
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