Creative Destructive Lab - Atlantic
Three of our achievers from Company Program: Hala, Alice and Eric, had the field trip of a lifetime this week. They joined me for a session at the Creative Destruction Lab – Atlantic, hosted at Dalhousie University. If you do not know much about CDL, check it out here: https://www.creativedestructionlab.com/locations/halifax/.
It was wonderful to see so many of our Laureates: Jim Spatz (2007), Chris Huskilson (2016), Ken Roe (1998), John Risley (1999), David Wilson (2008)! And we know that many more of you are involved in the program.
In the morning, our achievers sat in as mentors put founders of developing enterprises through their paces. They were encouraged to ask questions and did marvelous!
In the afternoon, all 18 ventures were put in front of all mentors for an evaluation. It was thrilling as mentors argued about a venture’s potential, its product and its people.
For our students, it was a master class in economics, with new terms, nuanced questions about shareholder interest, IP, going to market, competition, marketing and more. They were full of great questions throughout and they took feverish notes. For grade 11 students who are experimenting with entrepreneurship in JA’s Company Program, there is nothing more inspiring than seeing what the future has to offer if they stick with their ideas and work hard. They could see themselves in that room one day and they were not scared! They loved it!
When we talked to the kids at the end of the day about what they took from it, we were really amazed. Alice admitted that she has to tell her dad that “he was right” and that she now plans to study something in addition to commerce as she sees the value of a science or engineering background and its applications to business. Eric is in love with stats and now sees a potential future in more than just finance, as he contemplated things like performance metrics, organizational behaviour and aspects of psychometrics. Hala wants to study medicine and we might just have convinced her to study here at Dal and stick around.
Above is a picture with the students and Laureate, Ken Rowe. They were really amazed to be in a building that was named after him. Ken personally checked in with us after the day was done and walked the kids through the decisions that were made and why. He told them what he was looking for in businesses.