A decade of support to Aboriginal youth - BDC announces E-Spirit finalist

MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) congratulates the 32 schools that qualified to attend the E-Spirit national gathering in Ottawa, May 10-13, 2010. This year E-Spirit celebrates ten years of continuous support to Aboriginal youth across Canada.

Aimed at Aboriginal youth in Grades 10 to 12, E-Spirit is a 16 week Internet-based competition that provides interactive business planning resources, online access to mentoring and extensive student networking opportunities, via the web and in person. This business plan competition is designed to increase students' awareness of entrepreneurial and business opportunities, management and business skills, e-commerce and technological capacities.

"E-Spirit targets students at the age when they're starting to think about career choices," said Wilson Neapew, National Director of BDC's Aboriginal Banking Unit. "It lets them know that starting your own business and being your own boss is a good, viable option. Teams might live in remote areas, but technology allows them to access research and advice from business experts and tap into markets well beyond their communities."

The following schools qualified for the E-Spirit Business Plan Competition 2010:

    Canmore Collegiate High School (Canmore)

    British Columbia
    Pleasant Valley Secondary (Armstrong)
    Barriere Secondary School (Barriere)
    Clearwater Secondary School (Clearwater)
    Gold River Secondary School (Gold River)
    J.V.Humphries (Kaslo)
    Stein Valley Nlakapamux School (Lytton)
    Beattie School of the Arts - Pineridge Campus (Kamloops)
    Four Directions Storefront School (Kamloops)
    South Kamloops Secondary School (Kamloops)
    VAST Alternative School (Port Alberni)
    Correlieu Secondary School (Quesnel)
    Salmon Arm Secondary- Jackson Campus (Salmon Arm)
    Salmon Arm Secondary (Sullivan Campus) (Salmon Arm)
    W.L. Seaton Secondary School (Vernon)

    Children of the Earth High School (Winnipeg)
    Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (The Pas)

    New Brunswick
    Southern Victoria High School (Perth-Andover)

    Lake Melville (Northwest River)

    Nova Scotia
    Chief Allison M. Bernard Memorial High School (Cape Breton)
    Holy Angels High School (Sydney)
    Sydney Academy (Sydney)
    Unamaki High School (Eskasoni)
    Wagmatcook School (Wagmatcook)

    Nuiyak School (Sanikiluaq)

    Fort Frances High School (Fort Frances)
    Pelican Falls First Nations High School (Sioux Lookout)

    Jean-Du-Nord Ecole Secondaire (Sept-Iles)
    Manikanetish (Sept-Iles)
    Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan (Maniwaki)
    école Monseigneur-Labrie (Havre-St-Pierre)

    Kakisiwew School (Whitewood)

About BDC

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

SOURCE Business Development Bank of Canada

For further information: For further information: Johanne Bissonnette, Media Relations Manager, BDC, (514) 283-7929, johanne.bissonnette@bdc.ca

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