Ottawa students rise to Challenge

Ottawa – Five local students are named winners in the second annual National Capital Leadership Challenge, a search for future leaders of the capital’s technology sector. The top four each pocketed $5,000 and all five were Sprott.jpgoffered a 12-week paid work term with the Challenge’s industry participants Bridgewater Systems, Control Microsystems, Enablence Technologies, Plasco Industry Group and Pleora Technologies.
An initiative of local business, the Telfer School of Management at uOttawa and the Sprott School of Business at Carleton, the Challenge saw participants judged on their business savvy, poise and vision in presenting plans for career and business success.
Top honours went to uOttawa’s Agnes Grudniewicz, who has plans to bring the arts and technology communities together to achieve greater public support for the arts.

Runner-up Jamie Heard, Carleton, impressed the panel with his ideas for educating young people about sound money management. Telfer.jpg
Sharing second spot was Amanda Gorchinski, uOttawa, who articulated how she would like to be remembered as a business leader forty years from now.
Carleton’s Mark Habicht, also in second place, played CEO of an emerging company intent on becoming an industry leader.
An additional internship went to Jessica Ruston, Carleton, who outlined her vision for career success, covering the important traits or approaches that would help her get there.
“The quality of this year’s entrants demonstrates that we have some great leadership talent emerging in the Ottawa area,” says Greg Boyle, a partner at Stonewood Group Inc., a Challenge sponsor. “But to realize this potential and ensure our technology sector is not left short in years to come, today’s leaders must step up and provide these students with opportunities and mentorship.”
Including Stonewood, this year’s sponsors were The Human Resources Professionals Association (Ottawa Chapter), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Corporate Renaissance Group, Connolly, Nichols, Allan & Co. LLP and inmedia Public Relations Inc.

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