HSBC Bank Canada publishes annual Public Accountability Statement

    VANCOUVER, April 26 /CNW/ - HSBC Bank Canada, its subsidiaries and
affiliates have published their fifth annual Public Accountability Statement
entitled, HSBC Bank Canada in the Community 2006. The document is available
online at
    Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank
Canada, said: "At HSBC Bank Canada, we understand the importance of sharing
our success with the communities in which we live and work. That's why we
support various charitable organizations that contribute to our society
whether it's through education, environmental initiatives or community
development. Helping these organizations is our way of thanking the community
for their support over the past 25 years."
    HSBC Bank Canada in the Community 2006 includes information on our
charitable donations and sponsorships that support education and environmental
organizations, our commitment to our employees and customers and our support
for business customers.

    Printed copies of this publication are also available at any branch of
HSBC Bank Canada.

    HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than
170 offices and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around
10,000 offices in 82 countries and territories and assets of US$1,861 billion
at 31 December 2006, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and
financial services organizations.

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For further information: Media Enquiries: Ernest Yee, Assistant Vice
President, Public Affairs, (604) 641-2973; Sharon Wilks, Senior Manager,
Public Affairs, (416) 868-3878

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