HSBC Bank Canada’s $50,000 donation to Kwantlen plants seed to grow environmental education

Mon, Jul 27, 2009

Kwantlen EPT student Kimberley Forsythe, on a co-op work placement with EHS Partners, conducts lead testing on-site at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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July 28, 2009

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Thanks to a $50,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada, Environmental Protection Technology (EPT) students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University will forever be rewarded for their passion for the environment.

The donation will be used to establish an endowment fund, which will provide—in perpetuity—a $2,500 annual award for a first-year EPT student who demonstrates community service and financial need.

“HSBC Bank Canada is very pleased to support students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University by establishing the HSBC Bank Canada Environmental Award,” said Lindsay Gordon, President and CEO, HSBC Bank Canada. “HSBC believes strongly in helping to create greater access to education, which is why we fund bursaries and scholarships at post-secondary institutions across Canada. We are especially pleased that this award will support students that share our commitment to the environment.”

“I’m really enjoying the program,” said Kimberley Forsythe, a first-year EPT student currently on a co-op placement with EHS Partners, a Calgary-based firm focused on finding solutions to environmental and occupational health and safety problems. “I’ve always been passionate about the environment and this program was the perfect fit. On behalf of the students studying EPT at Kwantlen, I want to thank HSBC Bank Canada for their generosity and for supporting such an important field of study.”

Kwantlen’s EPT program is a two-year diploma program that prepares students for technical work in the environmental field. Courses and two paid co-op work terms give students practical knowledge and experience in environmental protection technology, impact assessment, waste minimization and management, air and water pollution monitoring and control, and contaminated site investigations. For more information, visit:

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches, and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories and assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

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For more information about the endowment fund or Kwantlen Foundation, contact:
Jeff Norris
Executive Director, Foundation
Tel: 604.599.2264


For more information about HSBC Bank Canada, contact:
Ernest Yee
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Tel: 604.641.2973  


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Peter Chevrier
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2286