Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

November 18, 2008 23:59 ET

BDC and Impact join forces to encourage youth to lead the entrepreneurship movement

TORONTO, Nov. 18 - The Impact Entrepreneurship Group and the
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) have joined forces to reach out to
youth across Canada and raise awareness about leadership and entrepreneurship.
On November 21-22nd, 2008, young leaders, business professionals and prominent
entrepreneurs from across Canada will be converging at the 2008 Impact
National Conference. As Canada's largest youth entrepreneurship and leadership
event, the conference will bring together the top 500 youth leaders and
entrepreneurs who will shape Canada's future with the goal of helping them
become self-starters and lead the entrepreneurship movement, consistent with
this year's theme of "The Movement Starts Here."
"BDC is proud to be the Title partner of the Impact National Conference,"
said Michel Bergeron, Vice-President, Corporate Relations of BDC. "This
contribution is consistent with our mandate to help small businesses develop
into tomorrow's business leaders. In challenging economic times we seek to
encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to continue to identify
exciting opportunities, explore the benefits of entrepreneurship and
contribute to the establishment of an innovation-driven business environment."
Students will be joined by some of Canada's most notable entrepreneurs
including:

- Rebecca MacDonald, Founder of Energy Savings Income Fund
- Stuart MacDonald, Founder of Expedia Canada and Tripharbour.ca,
- Linda Haynes, Founder of ACE Bakery
- Ann Kaplan, President & CEO of iFinance Canada Inc.
- Bob Young, Founder of Red Hat Linux CEO of Lulu.com
- Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G.A.P. Adventures
- Leonard Brody, Venture Capitalist and Best-selling Author

"We are pleased to continue our strong partnership with BDC to host this
year's conference. Their commitment to supporting youth entrepreneurship is a
natural fit with Impact's core values and the conference will emphasize the
need and importance for youth to embrace entrepreneurship," said Ray Cao,
President of Impact Entrepreneurship Group.
This year's conference will take place at the Westin Harbour Castle in
Toronto and feature workshops, speaker sessions, exhibitions, interactive
sessions, and an 800 person gala. Part of a week-long celebration of youth
entrepreneurship in Canada, the conference is the flagship event of
Entrepreneurship Week Canada, a nation-wide awareness campaign taking place
from November 17-23rd, 2008.
For more information visit: www.eweekcanada.com
BDC is the Title Partner of the Impact National Conference which is also
being supported by: Industry Canada, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE),
the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, and Deloitte and Fasken
Martineau.
For more information visit: www.conference.impact.org

About the Impact Entrepreneurship Group

The Impact Entrepreneurship Group is Canada's largest non-profit,
student-run organization dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit
amongst youth in Canada and becoming a starting point and catalyst for youth
interested in entrepreneurship and leadership.
More information is available online, www.impact.org

About Business Development Bank of Canada

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. BDC works with
entrepreneurs in all industries, through all economic cycles and focuses on
helping small and medium-sized businesses in their development projects, local
and global. BDC manages a $10.6 billion loan and investment portfolio and
serves over 28,000 clients. Small and medium sized businesses make up 99.7% of
all employer businesses in Canada. Visit www.bdc.ca for more information.

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