HSBC Women in Business Leadership Scholarship Awarded to Queen’s Commerce Student

Posted on March 1, 2012

KINGSTON, ON, March 1, 2012—HSBC Bank Canada has established the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award at Queen’s School of Business. The award, worth $10,000 per year for two years, is granted to a third-year female student based on academic achievement and leadership potential. Four Queen’s students will receive the award over the next five years.

Third-year Queen’s Commerce student Cathy Huizi Wang was selected as the 2012 recipient for her outstanding academic record and leadership roles with Queen’s University Investment Counsel (QUIC), a student-led investment fund managing a real money portfolio, and Students for Free Enterprise (SIFE), an entrepreneurial student group that empowers people in need to improve the quality of their life. Cathy is also a case competition winner and a teaching and research assistant.

“This scholarship is a tremendous opportunity for emerging female leaders at Queen’s School of Business,” said Shannon Goodspeed, Executive Director of the Commerce program. “We are thankful for HSBC’s investment in the most vital educational building block—our students—and for their support for women in business.”

According to a recent Catalyst Census, women made up 47.3% of the Canadian workforce, but held only 17.7% of senior officer positions at Financial Post 500 companies; and more than 30% of companies in the study had no women senior officers.

“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.”

HSBC Bank Canada’s $80,000 donation will fund the award 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. The award is renewable in fourth year provided the student maintains a GPA of 3.7 and continued leadership activity. The award has also been established at seven other universities across Canada.

“This award has given me financial security and the confidence to pursue my career in the finance industry,” said Cathy Huizi Wang. “I am very thankful to HSBC and Queen’s School of Business for recognizing me with this award, which provides women with the support and mentorship needed to succeed in their careers.”


About Queen’s School of Business

Queen’s School of Business is one of the world’s premier business schools – renowned for exceptional programs, outstanding faculty and research, and the quality of its graduates. Canadian executives regard Queen’s as Canada’s most innovative business school, offering students academic excellence and a superior overall experience. Queen’s School of Business – where Canada’s first Commerce program was launched in 1919 – is located at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The School also delivers programs at locations across Canada, as well in the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.

For more information:

Amber Wallace
Queen’s School of Business / 613.533.3151