PDC Announces 26 Student Ambassadors for 2014-15

October 6, 2014 | by: Heather Boyd-Kinnie

The Pond-Deshpande Centre (PDC) is pleased to announce their 2014-2015 Student Ambassadors.

The Student Ambassador Program has selected 26 students representing all of the post-secondary institutions in the province. The official kickoff to the two-year program is October 28th in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

With diverse educational backgrounds including: Philosophy, Computer Science, Engineering, Communications, Psychology, Political Science, Law, Crafts Design, the Student Ambassadors are action-oriented innovators driven to change the world. They are students who want to learn about and champion the entrepreneurial Culture in Atlantic Canada.

The Student Ambassador experience includes the opportunity for:

  • A first-hand look at the entrepreneurial world through regional and global opportunities. This includes an exploration of the Boston Startup Communities and potential travel to India.
  • Development of real-world entrepreneurial skills.
  • Organization of entrepreneurial campus projects with teams, mentors and funding.
  • Hosting the YES Atlantic (Youth Entrepreneurship Summit).
  • Invitations to mixers, community events, conferences, and a broad range of opt-in opportunities throughout the year.
  • To meet a phenomenal peer network from across the province.
  • Participation in Pitch competitions and to possibly win $1000 to market test their own innovative idea.

“New Brunswick is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship . We are helping build a movement of young change agents on a mission to turn possibilities for a better world into today’s reality. We strive to better equip the next generation of changemakers to take action using the entrepreneurial lens,” said Karina LeBlanc, Executive Director, Pond-Deshpande Centre.

“Today’s reality is that the region needs young people to put their talent and full potential to work toward transforming the future of the region. The millennials are purpose-driven and many are passionate about starting their own ventures or working for companies that are making a positive impact. This dynamic cohort of Student Ambassadors, selected from across the province, are poised to do just that,” said Jenelle Sobey, Social Innovation Manager responsible for the design and delivery of the Student Ambassador Program.

The Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick acts as a catalyst to grow and support a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the province of New Brunswick. It was founded through the support of Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande,  President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, Jaishree Deshpande, Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, and a founder of the Deshpande Foundation, and Gerry Pond, Chairman of Mariner Partners and CEO of East Valley Ventures. For more information, visit www.ponddeshpande.ca

Contact for all media inquiries and student interviews: Jenelle Sobey, Social Innovation Manager, 506.999.1536

Student Ambassadors 2014-2015

Philip Dewar, Mount Allison University, B. Commerce, Accounting & Economics, 3rd year

Dakota Damery, New Brunswick Collage for Craft and Design, Foundations Visual Arts, 1st year

Al Cusack, St Thomas University, Bachelor of Arts, 1st Year

Tiffany Brown, St. Thomas University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Communications, 4th year

Robert McMichael, St. Thomas University, Bachelor of Arts, Criminology and Human Rights, 3rd year

Nova Pelletier, St. Thomas University, Bachelor of Arts, Double major in Communications & Criminology,

Gloria Hessou, Université de Moncton, BAA-Accounting, 4th year

Carl Richard, Université de Moncton, Bachelor in Business and Administration, specialization in Finances , 4th year

Francesca Turgeon, Université de Moncton, Juris Doctor (Bachelor of Laws), 3rd year

Nyenda Robichaud, Université de Moncton, Bachelor in business administration- management, 3rd year

Herb Bempah, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1st year

Anna Mathis, University of New Brunswick, Diploma of Fine Caft: Fiber Arts, Bachelor of Adult Education, 4th year

Hilary Swan, University of New Brunswick, Renaissance College’s B-Phil and leadership studies, 3rd year

Tiffarah Gosman, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (Renaissance College Program), 4th year

Nick Pothier, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Computer Science, 4th year

Dylan Hughes, University of New Brunswick, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, 5th year

Jessica Brennan, University of New Brunswick, Renaissance College, minor in Neuropsychology, 3rd year

Alex Battah, University of New Brunswick, Computer Engineering, 3rd year

Bill Liang, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Computer Science, 3rd year

James MacLean, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering , 3rd year

Emilie Chiasson, University of New Brunswick, Renaissance College, Leadership Studies, 3rd year

Nikki Falavena, University of New Brunswick, Renaissance College, minor in Business- Marketing, 3rd year

Alec Boudreau, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Leadership, 2nd year

Carissa Boer, University of New Brunswick, Bachelor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies, 3rd year

Rachel Mathis, Mount Allison University, Bachelor of Arts, 2nd year

Theresa MacAulay, New Brunswick Community College, Business Administration, 2nd year

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