Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

May 12, 2008 23:59 ET

Over 200 Aboriginal students from across the country arrive in Regina to showcase their best projects for the 2008 E-Spirit business plan competition

REGINA, SK, May 12 - Over 200 Aboriginal high school
students are meeting in Regina for BDC's annual E-Spirit National Aboriginal
youth business plan competition from May 12 to 14. The grade 10 to 12 students
come from as far as Hazelton, British Columbia in the West; Arviat, Nunavut in
the North and Postville, Labrador in the East.
For the 16 weeks leading up to the competition, students worked hard to
develop their business plans. Three teams will be awarded the Gold, Silver and
Bronze prizes at the E-Spirit Awards ceremony. Over the past eight years,
E-Spirit has exposed more than 3,500 Aboriginal youth to the potential of
entrepreneurship and the Internet at the Aboriginal community grass roots

Media opportunities include:

1. E-Spirit Trade Show

Media are welcome to visit the trade show to meet the students who have
developed business plans for a variety of products and services that range
from innovative environmental solutions to lifestyle services.

Date : Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Time: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Centre for Kinesiology & Health Studies (CK),
University of Regina Campus, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK

2. BDC E-Spirit Awards Ceremony

Media are invited to attend the Grand Entry where Plains Cree dancers
dressed in full regalia will welcome the attendees in a ceremony high in color
and rich in tradition.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. Honor song and Elder blessing
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Grand Entry and Entertainment by
Great Plains
Production Dancers and hip hop duo
Eekwol & Mils
8:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Presentation of E-Spirit awards
9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. D.J. Dance Party

Dinner will be served from 6:45 to 8:15.

Location: Conexus Arts Centre, Convention Lobby and Hall 200A Lakeshore
Drive, Regina, SK

Interviews may be arranged with:

a) Aboriginal students and teachers from across Canada
b) Wilson Neapew, National Director, Aboriginal Banking, BDC
c) Bob Kayseas, Department Head, School of Business and Public
Administration, First Nations University of Canada
d) Kristin Francis and Robert Lavallee, E-Spirit Alumni

About BDC

BDC is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada.
BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and
medium-sized businesses through its complementary financing, investment and
consulting solutions.

For more information on E-Spirit, visit

Contact Information

  • Johanne Bissonnette, BDC Media Relations
    Manager, (514) 283-7929, Cell: (306) 501-1144 (May 13 and 14 only),