Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

May 07, 2009 23:59 ET

167 Aboriginal students from across Canada are heading to Kelowna to present their projects at the ninth edition of E-Spirit Business Plan Competition

KELOWNA, BC, May 7 - 167 Aboriginal high school students
qualified to attend BDC's annual E-Spirit national Aboriginal Business Plan
Competition that will take place in Kelowna from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to
12 students represent nine provinces and two territories.
For 16 weeks leading up to this Internet-based competition, students
concentrated on developing viable business plans and perfected their
presentation skills. Following the award ceremony on May 14, three teams will
take home the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes, while other twelve teams will
receive Special Achievement awards. Over the past nine years, E-Spirit has
exposed more than 4,000 Aboriginal youth to the potential of entrepreneurship.

Media opportunities include:

1. E-Spirit Trade Show

Media are welcome to visit the E-Spirit trade show, meet with the student
teams and review business ideas that range from innovative environmental
solutions to lifestyle services.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. E-Spirit Business Tradeshow

Location: Gymnasium, Athletic Facility, University of British Columbia
Okanagan - Kelowna
333 University Way, Kelowna, BC

2. BDC E-Spirit Awards Gala

Media are invited to attend the BDC E-Spirit Awards Gala.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Special opening performance, honour song
and Elder blessing
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Awards Gala Ceremony. Entertainment
provided by Fara Palmer and The 7th
9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. D.J. Dance Party

Location: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna, BC

Interviews may be arranged with:

a) Aboriginal students and teachers from across Canada
b) Wilson Neapew, National Director, Aboriginal Banking, BDC
c) Cheryl K. Watson, E-Spirit Project Manager, BDC
d) Margaret and Jules Lavallee, E-Spirt Elders
e) Aaron Rae, E-Spirit Alumnus

The following schools will attend the E-Spirit Business Plan Competition
in 2009:

Canmore Collegiate

British Columbia
Chase Secondary School
Clearwater Secondary School
Grand Forks Secondary School
J.V. Humphries (Kaslo)
North Peace Secondary School (Fort St. John)
Salmon Arm Secondary - Sullivan Campus and Jackson Campus
Stein Valley Nlakapamux School (Lytton)

Children of the Earth High School
Gordon Bell High School
St. John's High School (Winnipeg)
Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (The Pas)

New Brunswick
Bonar Law Memorial School (Rexton)
Southern Victoria High School (Perth-Andover)

Newfoundland and Labrador
Lake Melville School (North West River)

Nova Scotia
Chief Allison M. Bernard Memorial High School (Cape Breton)
Sydney Academy
Wagmatcook School
Unama'ki High School (Eskasoni First Nation)

John Arnalukjuak High School (Arviat)
Nuiyak School (Sanikiluaq)

Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (Thunder Bay)
Espanola High School
Saugeen District Secondary School (Port Elgin)
Wasse Abin High School (Wikwemikong)

Ecole Manikanetish (Sept-Iles)
Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan (Maniwaki)

Regina Christian School

Del Van Gorder School (Faro)

The E-Spirit program was developed by BDC and is supported by the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Indian and Northern Affairs
Canada (INAC).

About BDC

BDC is Canada's business development bank. From 100 offices across the
country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing,
venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs. Visit for
more information.

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