St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School graduates Nicholas Cheng, Ilya Kovalevskiy and Manuel Ron Lleras are being recognized for their achievements in the Canada Comeback Challenge.

The Canada Comeback Challenge is a federally funded nationwide student challenge that creates opportunities for post-secondary students to contribute to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery while gaining valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. 

Student teams tackle real-world problems facing employers in Canada’s public, private, and non-profit sectors for a chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges on an online format. If selected, Nicholas, Ilya and Manuel will have the opportunity to work with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund their company, MUBO.

MUBO is a web-based multi-university biotechnology organization aimed at preparing students for a career in the science industry. Operating online, MUBO provides university students with practical laboratory training, certification sessions and relevant resources to build their skills and confidence before entering the workforce. 

“We intend to transform MUBO into a registered non-profit organization over the next few years, taking it to the next level and facilitating the sharing of information, resources & events amongst MUBO chapters all across Canada,” said Nicholas, when asked where the team hopes MUBO will be in the future. “We also wish to expand MUBO in the future to encompass colleges, technical institutes and high schools, creating a community of widespread scientific knowledge that will allow students get a better feel for the sciences and encourage talent development,” said Nicholas.

The team was selected out of 400 teams to advance to the final round where only 10 teams remain. The winner will be announced on March 31at 3 p.m. via live stream.

Click here to watch the announcement of the Canada Comeback Challenge winner. 

Congratulations Nicholas, Ilya and Manuel for your outstanding achievements!