Students show their green at conference


The Undergraduate Commerce Society held its ninth annual Show Me The Green Conference March 12, which saw three UTM students take home the grand prize.

Requiring student teams registered in any Ontario university to create a business plan that promotes sustainable practices, the competition is focused on motivating innovative thinking and strategic planning for businesses from an environmental and sustainability standpoint.

The event began with a morning reception featuring speeches made by UTM principal Deep Saini. The Master of Science in Sustainability Management department and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada directed interactive workshops throughout the day.

The event was co-chaired this year by Mansee Bubber and Austin Oude-Reimerink, who together initiated a method of giving feedback to participating teams on how to shape their ideas and develop them.

The winning team was Team A$AP, a trio of fourth-year UTM students graduating this year. Alice Li, Patrick Zhang, and Brandon Black took home the $3,000 cash prize for their presentation on Ecofont.

“I really believed in this idea, thus I was confident in sharing the concept at a more professional level,” said Li on the group’s win.

The winning team’s idea presented a technique that saves ink by leaving holes in the font when printing papers. The holes reduce the amount of ink being used,  while the words are still readable when printed.

This article has been corrected from the print edition. It incorrectly stated that senior lecturer and director of undergraduate programs Louis Florence made a speech at the conference and that there was a workshop directed by the Career Centre.