(VANCOUVER) 7 May 2019: Students at the University of Calgary have created a social enterprise that helps create meaningful employment for people of First Nation communities through beekeeping and fruit-bearing orchard operations.

The Enactus Calgary team won the 2019 HSBC Entrepreneurs Project Accelerator Best Project award at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.

The team has helped five individuals launch beekeeping businesses, selling their honey at farmers markets and local stores.

“At HSBC we are committed to supporting the communities we serve, and helping young people develop the skills needed to secure long-term prosperity for all,” says Kim Flood, Senior Vice President and Head of Communications, HSBC Bank Canada. “The work Enactus Calgary has done to help entrepreneurs in their community grow sustainably is inspiring.”

Launched this year, the HSBC Entrepreneurs Project Accelerator empowers Enactus teams by providing the resources needed to identify, create and deliver projects that accelerate the advancement of Indigenous people creating social and economic opportunities.

The 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition unites 1,500 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.


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 37 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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