"Nova Scotians are great supporters of local businesses because we like to see each other succeed, and it's our sense of community that fosters success." ~ Vanessa Ferguson, NSCC PR student
Twenty-eight Nova Scotia businesses are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchange. Collectively these businesses represent about $28.6 billion in market value. (Source: Province of Nova Scotia)
NSCC PR Student Vanessa Ferguson won the honour of initiating the trading day for Canada's largest stock exchanges through her Twitter entry to the Province's contest.
For the first time ever, the country's largest stock exchanges opened from Nova Scotia on May 11, 2016. At the forefront of the excitement, ringing in the opening of the trading day at Waterfront Campus, was one of the College’s own Public Relations students, Vanessa Ferguson.
Vanessa won the honour by participating in the Nova Scotia government Twitter contest in partnership with TSX Ignite − a program dedicated to strengthening small businesses.
“N.S. has a huge millennial population. Starting a business here means tapping into a young, innovative and talented workforce,” says Vanessa’s winning Tweet.
While Vanessa is originally from Montreal and has lived in many places in the world, she will always consider Nova Scotia her home and is optimistic about starting her career here.
“Living in Nova Scotia, I've met so many creative and talented individuals. With so many universities and colleges here, we're a hub for fresh and innovative ideas,” she says. “Starting a business here is great because Nova Scotians are such supporters of local businesses. We like to see each other succeed. Our sense of community fosters success.”
Vanessa opened the TSX together with NSCC President, Don Bureaux, Nova Scotia Premier, Stephen McNeil, and TMX CEO, Nick Thadaney.
“There’s a new culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia,” says Premier McNeil. “Our students and young entreprenuers are turning ideas into innovative businesses that are competing and succeeding around the world.”
“We are so proud of Vanessa,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “The College works to instill in our students the essential qualities the next generation of business leaders will need by inspiring an entrepreneurial spirit, promoting innovation and encouraging them to use their talents and skills to find their own niche. Vanessa is a shining example.”
After convocation in June, Vanessa looks forward to combining her education and skills in her field with business marketing.
TSX held the special market open event at the College to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurialism in Nova Scotia.