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MHC’s entrepreneurship program expands into rural communities thanks to $100,000 donation from RBC

February 7, 2019

RBC supports MHC's Entrepreneur Development Centre

Students at Medicine Hat College (MHC) are receiving hands-on entrepreneurship training, education, mentorship and start-up funding thanks in part to a generous donation of $100,000 from RBC.

The funds have been dedicated to growing initiatives like the Entrepreneur Development Centre’s (EDC) startup company program and seminar series.

Recently, it provided MHC and Prairie Rose School Division No. 8 the chance to launch the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship pilot project. This initiative provides rural students grades 10 to 12 at Eagle Butte High School (Dunmore), Foremost School, Senator Gershaw School (Bow Island) and South Central High School (Oyen) an opportunity to learn the foundations of entrepreneurship while developing a business venture.

“For us, RBC’s commitment expands way beyond a monetary value, they also provide our students mentorship and take an active role in all that we do. They have been there since the beginning and we appreciate how much they bring to our program,” says Tracy Stroud, business development manager at MHC.

Wayne Resch, acting president, mentions that MHC is grateful for RBC’s long-standing support of the entrepreneurial activities on campus and throughout the community.

“RBC has supported the EDC since 2010. We’ve had some great success stories come out of the program, and last year alone we were able to serve over 75 clients, at MHC, and in our community,” says Resch. “Our students have been able to start companies in industries like agriculture, tourism and technology. We are thankful to organizations like RBC for making it all possible.”

“We’re excited to be working with Medicine Hat College to help bring RBC Future Launch to life,” said Mark Brown, Regional Vice President, Alberta South, RBC. “We have a responsibility to prepare young people for the opportunities and ambiguities of the future. RBC Future Launch is a decade-long commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”

RBC is committed to supporting a wide-range of educational programs for young adults that help build a more employable, knowledgeable workforce. For more information on their initiatives visit

If you are interested in learning more about the programs available through the EDC, or would like to partner on an upcoming project visit