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2017 Tyler Santing Award Winner

The Sales and Marketing Program was proud to present Fernando de Gama Olievera with the 2017 Tyler Santing Spirit Award on June 9, 2017. Tyler was an exceptional student whose endearing personality and spirit had a huge impact on his classmates in the Sales and Marketing Program.  He proudly represented Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition, winning 2nd place in the Advertising Campaign Case Event  and also was involved in our ENACTUS Club. Tyler will always be remembered for his high energy, enthusiasm, smile and his ability to make others smile. The Tyler Santing Spirit award was established by a donation from a student in his class, and supported by the Santing family. The award is meant to recognize a student in Sales & Marketing that has contributed positively to the program culture and environment, just as Tyler did. 

Fernando de Gama Olievera, the recipient of this year’s award, brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to every day.  As an International Student coming to Niagara, he embraced the School of Business learning experience from the very start and quickly became an active participant in the classroom environment as well as the School of Business as a whole.  He volunteered as a Student Assistant, in the International Department, represented Niagara as a participant in the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition Team,  and even donned our school mascot costume at the competition.  While at school, Fernando worked several part-time jobs in sales and marketing, at the same time as maintaining excellent grades and above all else, always coming to campus with a smile on his face.  His positive approach and way at looking at life is infectious and added a lot to the program culture for students in the Sales & Marketing program. We are also happy to report  that not only is Fernando a graduate of the Sales and Marketing Program, he is now also a colleague, as he was just hired by Niagara College as the International Student Recruitment Regional Manager for the Americas.  

Fernando received his award from Rick Santing, Tyler’s father and was also joined by the two previous Tyler Santing Award recipients, Fred Donkor (2015 Winner)  and Marc Calaguiro (2016 Winner).  ​

Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition

This year the School of Business was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge presented by the School of Business, Hospitality and Environment.

8 student teams representing 6 different programs including: Bachelor of Business Hospitality, Event Management, Golf Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Sales and Marketing and Sports Management competed in this business pitch competition.  Each team had 15 minutes to deliver a convincing presentation of their research and business strategy for a new business idea to a panel of industry experts. Two student teams from the Sales and Marketing program were selected to compete at this exciting event that took place on April 20, 2017

I am happy to report that the 2 teams from Sales and Marketing performed exceptionally, winning 1st and 3rd place in the competition. Congratulations to the 1st place team made up of students from Term 1 of the Sales and Marketing Program: Kiersten Gates, Ece Nur Pehlivanoglu, Ana Bilek and Firas El Zein.  The 3rd Place Team was also made up of Term 1 students from Sales and Marketing and included: David Jones, Rico Dean, Vitor Baradel and Nicholas Leduc.

The winning group won $750 and the 3rd place team received $250. In addition, all of the final teams will have an opportunity to work with NC Takeoff to help bring their idea to fruition. ​Way to go Sales and Marketing students!

Professor Terri Champion
Coordinator – Sales and Marketing Program
Niagara College School of Business
tchampion@niagaracollege.ca