(MONTREAL, QC) May 2, 2023 – A team of students from University of British Columbia – Vancouver are helping inspire and prepare the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs.  

The Enactus University of British Columbia – Vancouver team won the 2023 HSBC Entrepreneurship Project Accelerator Best Project award and was recognized yesterday at the Enactus Canada National Exposition Opening Ceremony. 

Building Bridges educates non-Indigenous youth about Indigenous history and empower them to take local action through social entrepreneurship. The program consists of four stages and modules, guiding students through project development while also teaching about reconciliation and decolonization. 

“Entrepreneurship is on the rise in Canada and is driving economic growth,” says Caroline Tose, Chief Operation Office, HSBC Bank Canada. “Enactus University of British Columbia – Vancouver’s work is an inspiring example of how the next generation is poised to lead the way in building this future.”  

The HSBC Entrepreneurship Project Accelerator, launched in 2018, is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to identify, create and deliver projects that empower aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to set up or grow their businesses through entrepreneurship training and support, and empower Canadians to develop employment skills.  

The Enactus Canada National Exposition is an annual three-day event that unites hundreds of delegates including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals, and top Canadian CEOs to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education. 

For more information about the event, competition updates, and results, visit enactus.ca/events/national-exposition 


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 188 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 30,000 lives.  

As a global network of 33 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca. 


HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in the country. We help companies and individuals across Canada to do business and manage their finances here and internationally through four businesses: Commercial Banking, Wealth and Personal Banking, Global Banking, and Markets and Securities Services. 

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC Bank Canada, is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 62 countries and territories. With assets of US$2,990bn at 31 March 2023, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. 

For more information visit www.hsbc.ca or follow us on Twitter: @HSBC_CA or Facebook: @HSBCCanada 

Media Inquiries:
Tyler Maddigan
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Enactus Canada
tyler@enactus.ca | 709.725.8931