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Ivey Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship Award

Mar 1, 2012

Genevieve EcclestonThe Richard Ivey School of Business is proud to announce HBA ’13 student Genevieve Eccleston is the first Ivey student to be awarded the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award. The award recognizes emerging female business leaders based on academic excellence and future leadership potential.

“I am thrilled Genevieve has been selected for this award,” said Carol Stephenson, Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business. “Our goal is to develop and cultivate outstanding leaders who will make a positive contribution to Canada’s business landscape. Genevieve has already demonstrated this commitment through her academic achievements and extra-curricular involvement.”

The Awards, established by HSBC Bank Canada, will be awarded over a five year period beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year to four female Ivey students who will be attending the school. Each recipient will receive $10,000 per year for the final two years of their degree.

“It is an absolute honor to be chosen for this award,” said Eccleston. “I am committed to becoming a leader who strives to make a difference in my school community now, and in the business world in the future.”

"HSBC believes that education is a fundamental building block for communities," said Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Canada. "Our success is built on our ability to attract and develop a diverse range of talent, and we are delighted that the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Awards will recognize future business leaders, encouraging them to achieve their full potential and forge a path towards becoming some of Canada’s top executives."

Born in Pickering, Ontario, Genevieve was her high school’s Student Council President and received the Millennium Scholarship for her academic excellence and extracurricular contributions. In 2006, Genevieve won the Ontario Debating Championship in the Ontario Pro-Con Debating Forum. Currently, she is completing her third year at Western University and is her Section President. Her other contributions include being a member of the Social Science Soph Team, VP Finance for Right to Play Charity Western U and VP Corporate for the student-initiative Get REAL (Reaching Equality At Last). Genevieve plans to pursue a career in Investment Banking following her studies at Ivey.

HSBC Bank Canada has established the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Awards at eight top universities across Canada: Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, Western University, York University and McGill University. Each school will receive an $80,000 donation from HSBC Bank Canada to fund the Awards over a five year period. Students can also apply to be considered for HSBC Bank Canada summer internship positions, as well as management trainee programs upon graduation.

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