HSBC Bank Canada Supports Aboriginal Business Students at Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to announce a $50,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada to establish the permanently endowed HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Business Award at the Shannon School of Business.

“We are pleased that HSBC Bank Canada has chosen CBU and our students as the recipients of their generosity in establishing an award for Aboriginal students studying in our Shannon School of Business,” says Dr. John Harker, CBU President & Vice-Chancellor. “Collaboration is necessary in business and this partnership with HSBC Bank Canada shows our students that working together makes great business sense.”

The HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Business Award will be given annually to an Aboriginal student enrolled in the Shannon School of Business who demonstrates academic achievement, community service and financial need. The fund will provide an award of $1,500 each year in perpetuity.

“HSBC is very pleased to support students at Cape Breton University by establishing the HSBC Bank Canada Aboriginal Award,” said Bill Aubé, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Head of Québec, Atlantic and National Capital Region, HSBC Bank Canada. “HSBC believes strongly in helping to create greater access to education, which is why we fund awards at post-secondary institutions across Canada. We are especially pleased that this award will help Aboriginal students achieve their educational goals.”

HSBC Bank Canada has established similar awards at six post-secondary institutions across Canada, including CBU, the University of Victoria, Capilano University, Douglas College, Vancouver Community College, and NorQuest College.

Through consultation and collaboration with Aboriginal community leaders, CBU has created a successful model of education that has assisted more than 500 Aboriginal graduates achieve academic success in various disciplines.

CBU is Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education. The HSBC Award supports Aboriginal education at CBU and complements the University’s Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Named in honour of CBU honorary degree recipient and outstanding Canadian business mentor Purdy Crawford, the Chair’s mandate is to develop and recruit Aboriginal students to consider and embrace business education and the many opportunities it presents for them individually, and for their communities as a whole.  Equally as important is the goal of creating a nationally recognized business curriculum relevant to the needs of Aboriginal communities and offering coordination of business advice for Aboriginal students through a university network of advisors.