(TORONTO) 22 June 2020 – Blair Forrest, owner of AMZ Prep Canada and full-time student at the Wilfrid Laurier University, has won $10,000 and has been named 2020 Student Entrepreneur National Champion by this country’s largest student leadership development organization, Enactus Canada, and proud program supporter, HSBC Bank Canada.
AMZ Prep Canada helps businesses, ranging from small to large brands, sell their products on Amazon’s marketplace.
“Congratulations to Blair Forrest whose achievements serve to inspire young Canadians across the country,” says Kim Hallwood, Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Bank Canada. “Supporting Blair and others like him is part of our commitment to help communities with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the global economy.”
Blair earned the esteemed title of Student Entrepreneur National Champion after beating hundreds of other student entrepreneurs across Canada. After qualifying through the Student Entrepreneur Opening Round of Competition, Blair went head to head with two other student entrepreneur finalists, pitching his business virtually to a panel of business executives and entrepreneurs. He was crowned Student Entrepreneur National Champion on June 19 at the Virtual Enactus Canada National Exposition.
“At Enactus, our core mission is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” said Enactus Canada president, Nicole Almond. “Blair exemplifies the qualities we hope to inspire in our future leaders so we are proud to celebrate his achievements and help propel AMZ Prep Canada through this financial award and recognition.”
The 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 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 267 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 50,000 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 Wealth and Personal Banking. The HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services groups with assets of US$2,918bn at 31 March 2020. Linked by advanced technology, the HSBC Group serves customers worldwide across 64 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
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