Surrey April 26, 2008 – Eight teams from four high schools in Surrey gathered this weekend at the SFU Surrey campus to present their designs for the first Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) Project Management competition. The competition will be an annual event jointly offered by the WEF, the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) and the Faculty of Business Administration at SFU Surrey. This year’s winners of the event, Paul Kealong, Rebecca Reiss and Boris Shang, students at Semiahmoo Secondary School, each took home a prize of $300. Other competing schools included L.A. Matheson, Johnston Heights and Fraser Heights Secondary Schools. All students received a Certificate of Participation and a Project Management Pocket Guide.
The annual event was developed to support WEF’s mission to raise awareness of project management skills in high schools and promote the application of project management principles. The first annual competition was the result of cooperation between the WEF, headed by Max Wideman, and the SFU Surrey campus headed by Dr. Andrew Gemino, Associate Director of the Business Faculty at Surrey. “ The event was a great success and we were delighted by the enthusiasm and level of professionalism demonstrated by the students,” noted Joan Vincent who headed up the judging panel that included Ranvir Bahl, Lynda Best, Janet Bond, Mike Dewing, Roseline Melzer, Harbhajan Parhar, Fred Roth and Audrey Wideman.
The student preparation for the event included three, half day workshops, coordinated by Jennifer Ashton from SFU Business and Andrew Drinkwater from SIAT, and culminated in a final day of presentation held at the SFU Surrey campus on April 26. “It was difficult at first to get the message out to students about this competition,” noted Jennifer Ashton, “but once the message was out, we had a lot of interest from the Surrey high schools. We hope that we will be able to maintain the positive momentum for next year.”
While the organizers saw the event as a great success for SFU and WEF, it was the students who took home the real prize. As Paul Kealong, a student on the winning team noted, “This has been an amazing experience. The workshops were interesting and fun and I have learned some wonderful skills along the way. I hope you do this again next year.”