UWindsor student named national leader in entrepreneurship

Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship conferred its 2012 Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award on Odette School of Business student Emilie Cushman during its national exhibition, May 8 in Calgary.

President of the Windsor chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, Cushman helped expand her team’s YOUTHrive project, which allows high school students to start and run a micro-business. In addition, she developed a partnership with the University’s medical school to launch a clinic that will provide refugees with legal, medical, social work and financial services that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.

Sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada, the award celebrates female university and college students who exemplify success and inspire their peers, community and country through entrepreneurial leadership. Cushman was one of six regional winners competing for the national award this week.

Amy Harder, president of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship, a national charitable group, said she “looks forward to seeing the remarkable things Emilie will accomplish.

“Emilie possesses the drive and dedication that will ensure she contributes to her community and country well into the future,” she said.

In recognition of this award, Cushman’s UWindsor SIFE team will receive a $2,500 project grant to be used in the development and delivery of an initiative focused on the advancement of women in the community.

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