HSBC Bank Canada rated one of the top employers in the country

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - HSBC Bank Canada has once again been selected
as one of MediaCorp's "Canada's Top 100 Employers" as featured in Maclean's
Magazine and one of The Financial Post's "100 Best Companies to Work For".
HSBC has also received recognition as one of "BC's Top 40 Employers" as
featured in The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Times Columnist
    Mr. Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank
Canada, said: "HSBC is proud to be recognized as a top employer in Canada. At
HSBC, we value diversity in all elements of our business and strive to empower
our individual employees across Canada. HSBC is committed to building the
strong reputation we have already established in Canada, developing workers
who provide the highest standard of service to our customers as we continue to
expand across the country."
    Selection criteria used in MediaCorp's "Canada's Top 100 Employers"
includes seven key areas: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere &
Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5)
Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; and (7) Training & Skills
Development. The list recognizes industry leaders and includes a range of
businesses. The Financial Post's Top 100 list recognizes exceptional
private-sector employers that are growing quickly and offer excellent career

    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 83 countries and territories and assets of US$2,150 billion at 30
June 2007, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial
services organizations. To find out more about employment opportunities at
HSBC, visit our website at

For further information:

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

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