Chantelle Buffie earns prominent award for entrepreneurial leadership

Chantelle BuffieTORONTO, ON (May 7, 2013): Chantelle Buffie, student at Simon Fraser University, received the 2013 National HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award from charitable organization Enactus Canada and proud supporter HSBC Bank Canada. The award presentation took place today at the 2013 Enactus Canada National Exposition being held in Toronto.

Armed with a self-described private sector drive and a public sector heart, Buffie serves as a mentor to youth at her university and seeks to empower women in her community. She co-founded her own social enterprise, Fushion Kitchen, a platform for immigrant women to gain Canadian work experience and confidence through cooking classes.

“At HSBC we believe that the strongest leaders are developed over the long-term,” said Sandra Stuart, Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Bank Canada. “We are very pleased to support Enactus Canada’s exciting program focused on developing and nurturing the talents of Canada’s emerging female leaders.”

The HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award is designed to recognize, celebrate and honour female university and college students who exemplify success and inspire their peers, community and country through entrepreneurial leadership.

“I want to thank HSBC and Enactus Canada for this honour,” says Buffie. “It is refreshing to see a major corporation and national charity come together to celebrate female leaders who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and social conscience.”

Buffie, along with the top 50 award applicants, is invited to attend the exclusive “HSBC Women’s Leadership Forum” held at the 2013Enactus Canada National Exposition. This forum inspires dialogue, builds leadership capacity and establishes connections among generations of top entrepreneurial female leaders across Canada.

In recognition of the national award, Buffie and the Enactus team at Simon Fraser University will receive a $2,500 project grant to be used in the development and delivery of an initiative focused on the advancement of women in their community.


ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada is a community of student, academic and business leaders enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,300 student leaders create and implement over 350 community empowerment projects and business ventures every year in communities coast to coast. As a global network of 38 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit

About HSBC Bank Canada: HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 6,600 offices in 81 countries and territories and assets of US$2,693bn at 31 December 2012, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

Media inquiries:

Jody Lundrigan
Director, Communications
Enactus Canada
P: 416.304.1566 x 222
M: 416.346.0131
Sharon Wilks
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs
HSBC Bank Canada
P: 416-868-3878