HSBC launches BUSINESS without BORDERS

Unique program presents the strategies, opportunities and models for Canada
as it transforms into global trading powerhouse
Visit www.bwob.ca

TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - HSBC Bank Canada, in partnership with The Globe and Mail and Rogers Publishing Limited has launched BUSINESS without BORDERS, a unique program and online destination designed to deliver expertise and thought-provoking advice to Canadian business decision-makers looking for authoritative information to help their organizations grow internationally.

BUSINESS without BORDERS (www.bwob.ca) brings together the insights and opinions of two media powerhouses - Rogers Publishing and The Globe and Mail - with the global expertise of HSBC, one of the world's largest international financial institutions and leading emerging markets bank. Through the BUSINESS without BORDERS website and regular articles in The Globe and Mail, Report on Business magazine, Maclean's, Canadian Business magazine, along with many other Rogers Publishing properties, decision-makers will have unprecedented access to timely information about the issues and opportunities that affect them.

Along with articles such as "The Challenges of Going Abroad" and "Courting Investors in the Middle East," BUSINESS without BORDERS profiles successful Canadian entrepreneurs and organizations that have grown internationally, providing readers with insights into some of the best practices that have helped these companies overcome the challenges of expanding beyond Canada.

"HSBC Bank Canada has a deep understanding of the key issues, trends and challenges facing international business. As the leading international bank in Canada and as 'the world's local bank,' HSBC Bank Canada can draw on the resources and expertise of our colleagues in 88 countries and territories in supporting Canadian businesses as they venture beyond our borders," said Matthew Bosrock, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Canada. "We see our relationships as long-term, and we have a role to play as global companies navigate the often complex process of doing business internationally. This program is an excellent way for HSBC to share that expertise with businesses beyond our own client base."

"International expansion is a critical priority for many of the decision-makers and executives who read Canadian Business," says Steve Maich, Editor and Associate Publisher of Canadian Business magazine. "Combining the resources and experience of Rogers Publishing, The Globe and Mail and HSBC provides a fantastic opportunity to shed light on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Canadian businesses."

"As the global economy rebounds, Canadian companies have an opportunity to look beyond traditional markets and diversify in new directions," says Noel Hulsman, The Globe and Mail's Custom Content manager. "This program is designed to provide a road map, offering not only inspiring examples of Canadian entrepreneurs in action, but also advice and insights on how best to expand your business abroad."

BUSINESS without BORDERS is open to businesses across Canada and members will be able to access in-depth research conducted with senior business leaders, additional informative articles not available to the public, and networking opportunities throughout the year.

The program will launch the HSBC BUSINESS without BORDERS International Business Awards - a celebration of Canadian companies successfully conducting international business and an inspiration to Canadian businesses to explore global business opportunities. Nominations and submissions to the awards will available at www.bwob.ca. A panel of international trade and business experts will judge entries to ensure that Canadian business excellence is recognized and rewarded.

About HSBC Bank Canada
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 and trade finance bank in Canada. HSBC was rated the top bank for small businesses (5-49 employees) in a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. With around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories and assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

About the Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, is a division of CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multi-media company, which owns CTV Inc., Canada's number-one private broadcaster. For more information about The Globe and Mail, please visit: www.globelink.ca

About Rogers Publishing Limited
Rogers Publishing Limited, a division of Rogers Media, produces many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare, L'actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media's various publishing and broadcast properties are also integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers Media is a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For furtherinformation about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.

SOURCE Rogers Media

For further information: For further information:

Media Enquiries:

Sharon Wilks, (416) 868-3878

HSBC Bank Canada

Noel Hulsman, (416) 585-5540

The Globe and Mail

Louise Leger, (416) 764-4125

Rogers Publishing


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