The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) congratulates the 37 Canadian schools whose students qualified to attend the eleventh E-Spirit national gathering in Moncton, New Brunswick, May 17-19, 2011.

Aimed at Aboriginal youth in grades 10 to 12, E-Spirit is a 16 week Internet-based business plan competition designed to increase student awareness of technology, e-commerce and entrepreneurial opportunities. E-Spirit provides participating students with interactive business planning resources, online access to mentoring and extensive student networking opportunities via the web and in person.

“E-Spirit encourages Aboriginal students from across Canada to work in teams and embrace entrepreneurship as a career option,” said Wilson Neapew, National Director, Aboriginal Banking Unit, at BDC. “During the competition, our youth discover how to use technology to develop a business idea and what it takes to bring a product to the market, skills they will need later in life. Each year we are very proud of the quality of the projects submitted and we salute the students’ community involvement.”

The following schools qualified for BDC’s E-Spirit business plan competition 2011:

British Columbia
Barriere Secondary School (Barriere)
Chase Secondary School (Chase)
Clearwater Secondary School (Clearwater)
Correlieu Secondary School (Quesnel)
Four Directions Storefront School (Kamloops)
Gold River Secondary School (Gold River)
Hazelton Secondary School (Hazelton)
Pleasant Valley Secondary (Armstrong)
Salmon Arm Secondary (Jackson Campus) (Salmon Arm)
Salmon Arm Secondary (Sullivan Campus) (Salmon Arm)
Stein Valley Nlakapamux School (Lytton)
W.L. Seaton Secondary School (Vernon)

Alberta
Canmore Collegiate High School (Canmore)
Ponoka Composite High School (Ponoka)
Ponoka Outreach School (Ponoka)

Nunavut
Nuiyak School (Sanikiluaq)
Sakku School (Coral Harbour)

Saskatchewan
Kakisiwew School (Whitewood)

Manitoba
Children of the Earth High School (Winnipeg)
Gordon Bell High School (Winnipeg)
Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (The Pas)
R.B. Russell Vocational High School (Winnipeg)
Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School (Pine Falls)
Sisler High School (Winnipeg)
St. John’s High School (Winnipeg)

Ontario
Espanola High School (Espanola)
Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (M’Chigeeng)
Saugeen District Secondary School (Port Elgin)
St. Mary’s College (Sault Ste. Marie)
Wasse Abin High School (Wikwemikong)

Québec
Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan (Maniwaki)
Manikanetish (Sept-Îles)
École Monseigneur-Labrie (Havre-St-Pierre)

Nova Scotia
L’nu Sipuk Kina Matuokuom (Indian Brook)
Sydney Academy (Sydney)
Wagmatcook School (Wagmatcook)

Newfoundland and Labrador
B.L. Morrison School (Postville)

About BDC
Canada’s business development bank, BDC puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 1,900 employees and more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC offers financing, venture capital and consulting services to 29,000 small and medium sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. http://www.bdc.ca/ 

For further information:

Maria Constantinescu
Advisor, Media Relations
Business Development Bank of Canada
514-496-7146
[email protected]