Just this past October, Causeway board member Kathleen Kemp was in Johannesburg to compete in an international “World Cup” for social enterprise. Kathleen Kemp is the co- founder of CigBins, a company that proudly employs Causeway clients. CigBins was chosen as the flagship project for the University of Ottawa’s Enactus team. Enactus brings together student, academic and business leaders to create sustainable change in communities through entrepreneurial action.
There are sixty-three Enactus chapters located at Universities across Canada. Social Businesses often start out life as an Enactus project; the students of uOttawa gave support to CigBins in HR, marketing and operation optimization. CigBins offers full service to customers providing cigarette butt disposal bins which are then collected and sent off for recycling.
In May 2015, the uOttawa Enactus team took part in a National Exposition where they were crowned the national champion, thanks to the CigBins social enterprise. The team then moved on to Johannesburg, South Africa to represent Canada at the Enactus World Cup. Of the thirty-six teams in the international competition, CigBins placed in the top twenty. Kathleen is pleased to note that Causeway’s story was very well received in Johannesburg and that the team installed two CigBins while in town. The uOttawa team also had an opportunity to go on a safari tour and enjoy the landscape and wildlife. They also participated in a culture fair, offering visitors the chance to score a goal in a hockey net and sample maple sugar.