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December 9, 2016
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Katherine Banks
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Laurier student attempts to stump the trump

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Sep 29/06

Katherine Banks, a 4th-year business administration student at Wilfrid Laurier University, is participating in a nationwide business challenge, the Impact Apprentice. Taking place in Ottawa from September 26 through 29, the competition is based on the popular Trump-founded television series, The Apprentice, though the Impact version sees a nationwide Canadian competition with an educational focus. Laurier is one of 17 universities or colleges represented in the competition. 

Impact Apprentice showcases teams of Canadian university and college students competing in a series of sales, marketing and management challenges. Throughout the competition, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their application of business skills relating to leadership, management and teamwork. Team names include: Mosaic, The Pinnacle, Kiai and Capital Pearl.

“Impact is made up of a dynamic group of students from universities across Canada,” said Steve Farlow, executive director of Laurier’s Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship. “Impact Apprentice is a wonderful networking and learning opportunity.”

Banks was selected from more than 300 students who originally applied for one of the 32 spots. Contestants will be competing for $10 000 in prizes, not to mention the chance to build significant business contacts and add to their professional portfolios. In addition to her role as a business student, Banks started a company that is working to raise $7M to build Canada’s first vertical wind tunnel, which will be used as a skydiving freefall simulator.

During Banks’ first day of the competition in Ottawa, she enjoyed a keynote address by Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Diane Finley, an exclusive tour of non-public areas of the House of Commons, and limo-with-champagne transportation.
The closing banquet of Impact Apprentice will feature Brent Buckman, the first Canadian to star on Trump’s The Apprentice. Buckman will announce the winners of Impact Apprentice in Ottawa on September 29.

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