(VANCOUVER) 8 May 2019:  – Ross Arsenault, owner of Ashored Inc. and full-time student at Saint Mary’s University, has won $10,000 and has been named 2019 Student Entrepreneur National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, HSBC Bank Canada.

His business, Ashored is focused on improving the sustainability of the commercial fishery through the development of user-friendly and purpose-built innovations.

“At HSBC, we aim to help communities and businesses thrive, supporting the inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit that drives success,” said Kim Flood, Senior Vice President and Head of Communications, HSBC Bank Canada.  “We couldn’t be more pleased to recognize these outstanding young entrepreneurs who are the future of Canada!”

Ross Arsenault received the title of Student Entrepreneur National Champion after beating hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from across Canada. After successfully making it through the Student Entrepreneur Opening Round of Competition, Ross went head to head with two other student entrepreneurs, pitching his business to a panel of business executives. They received the national title at the Enactus Canada National Exposition last night in Vancouver.

“At Enactus, our core mission is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” said Enactus Canada president, Nicole Almond. “Ross exemplifies the qualities we hope to inspire in our future leaders so we are proud to celebrate his achievements and help propel Ashored Inc. through this financial award and recognition.”

The annual Enactus Canada National Exposition unites more than 1,500 delegates, including Canada’s brightest post-secondary students, academic leaders, top entrepreneurs and CEOs. The three-day event recognizes the entrepreneurial action that students in Canada are taking to drive hundreds of life-changing projects in their communities. Whether tackling food insecurity or providing financial education, students share the impact of their efforts to panels of leading business executives serving as judges.


ABOUT THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR NATIONAL COMPETITION: To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future. Every year, student entrepreneurs present their businesses to panels of Canada’s industry leaders in national competitions in order to be named Enactus Canada’s Student Entrepreneur National Champion.

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 3,400 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 lives. As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.

ABOUT HSBC BANK CANADA:  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 internationally through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management. The HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services groups with assets of US$2,558bn at 31 December 2018. Linked by advanced technology, the HSBC Group serves customers worldwide across 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.


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