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Media release: Mohawk and Government of Ontario officially launch project to support entrepreneurial students

HAMILTON (May 12, 2015) – Students who dream of creating their own jobs are getting a helping hand from the Province of Ontario and Mohawk College.

SURGE connects entrepreneurial Mohawk students with community resources, offers mentorship and career coaching and runs year-round on-campus workshops, events and competitions. SURGE is a project of Mohawk’s On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Mohawk is officially launching SURGE by hosting a speed networking event for students, alumni and local entrepreneurs. The event will feature two Mohawk alumni -- the Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Vanh Kalong, owner of the My Thai chain of restaurants -- along with the student winners of SURGE’s Pitch It To Win It Challenge.

What: SURGE official launch and free speed networking event for entrepreneurs

When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 13

Where: The Arnie student pub, Mohawk College Fennell Campus


“Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while creating rewarding careers. By partnering with colleges and universities to support entrepreneurship, we are ensuring our province’s business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need to succeed today.”- the Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation.

“Giving young entrepreneurs opportunity in this competitive global economy is what this is all about. It’s great to be part of the synergy created by bringing together Mohawk’s fine minds with mentors, together turning great ideas into implementable great ideas. Congratulations and continued success.” –The Hon. Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale.

“Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to be able to deliver this project as a trusted partner of the Government of Ontario. I look forward to putting our years of experience in connecting academia and industry, and our on-going support of young entrepreneurs to good use in making this initiative a tremendous success.” - Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence, which manages Ontario’s Campus Linked Accelerators (CLA) and On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) programs.

“Nearly 86 per cent of Mohawk students get jobs within six months of graduating. We’re here for those students who dream about creating their own jobs and launching their own businesses. We help flatten a steep learning curve by bringing students together and introducing them to mentors and the wealth of resources available at Mohawk and in the community.” - SURGE project coordinator Karen Reiner with Mohawk College’s McKeil School of Business

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 22,500 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton. For the fifth consecutive year, Mohawk is ranked number one among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for overall student satisfaction.


For more information about SURGE and the speed networking event for entrepreneurs, contact:

Karen Reiner

Project Coordinator. McKeil School of Business, SURGE

(905) 575-1212 ext. 3209