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Calling Aspiring Entrepreneurs for a Tourism Start-up Event!

Navigate invites all members of the Grenfell community to participate in a Tourism Start-up Event on May 5th-6th, 2023.

During this exciting 1.5-day event, participants will work in teams to experience the thrills and pains of being an entrepreneur in the tourism industry, and meet fantastic mentors, coaches, and investors who will guide them through the start-up process. The event will take place at the Centre for Research and Innovation (2 Mill Road, Corner Brook, NL A2H 1C2) on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 2023. Please contact Brennan Lowery ( for more information and register here.



Fighting microplastics
Grenfell PhD student is making the world a better place

The hits keep on coming for Grenfell PhD candidate Abdul-Latif Alhassan and his work to make the world a better place.

Alhassan, a candidate in the transdisciplinary sustainability program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and environmental work through his companies, AbbaTek Group Inc. and JCI Consultancy.

Most recently, he has been listed as one of 12 finalists in the ENACTUS Canada Student Entrepreneur National Competition. Last month, he learned he was in the top five for the Mel Woodford Cup. And during BDC Small Business Week 2022, Alhassan was named the Navigate “Student Entrepreneur of the Year.”

AbbaTek Group is a social enterprise that supports Newfoundland and Labrador companies who focus on aquatic ecosystems and microplastic remediation. AbbaTek provides the environmental tools, data analytics and processes that companies need to help make meaningful impacts within our province. JCI Consultancy offers quality environmental consulting services to private and public sector stakeholders that share Alhassan’s vision for developing sustainable, agile and viable communities.

“We utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to help fight microplastics pollution by reducing uncertainty in microplastics research – freeing researcher times and helping them protect human health and the environment through informed policy making/influencing,” said Alhassan.

In addition, last year his work was one of only 30 winners from across Canada in the “Ocean Startup Challenge.” The competition provides financial support from a combined $640,000 funding pot for development capital, mentorship and training opportunities for budding Canadian Bluetooth businesses.

“Current water quality testing protocols do not include microplastics and there is a huge opportunity to make a case for policy and regulation changes,” he said, adding he is incredibly grateful for the acknowledgement of the work he and his co-founders do. “My work is driven by my desire to to make positive, meaningful and lasting impacts, not just for the planet, but also for everyone who lives here now and in the future.”


Repair Café: Call for station leaders 

Are you interested in sharing your repair skills?

Grenfell Campus is partnering with the City of Corner Brook to hold a Repair Café, where people can bring broken tools, appliances etc. for “repair care.” If you have expertise you’d like to bring, sign up as a as a station leader and share your knowledge with community members.

Contact Samantha Young to sign-up!

The event will take place Thursday, April 27, 5-9 p.m., at the Centre for Research and Innovation, 2 Mill Road.


‘Somewhere?’ discussion series

When: April 3rd, 4-8 p.m.

Grenfell Campus faculty, staff and students, as well as community members, are invited to sign up for this incubator discussion series, organized through the Centre for Research and Innovation.

What makes a place somewhere? What makes a place have meaning?

The upcoming ‘Somewhere?’ series explores the concepts of place and significance of histories. The creative program of activities, running throughout April-May, brings together Indigenous artists, environmentalists, dramatists, scholars, and community members through interactive sessions and art-making workshops to re-imagine place as it exists now and what it can become.

“Somewhere?”, which kicks off at the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) on April 3, 2023, is a partnership of Grenfell Campus, the Rotary Arts Centre, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Tourism Association.

Learn more here.

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