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HSBC launches BUSINESS without BORDERS

June 14, 2010

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Unique program presents the strategies, opportunities and models for
Canada
as it transforms into global trading powerhouse
Visit www.bwob.ca

TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ – HSBC Bank Canada, in partnership with The Globe
and Mail
and Rogers Publishing Limited has launched BUSINESS
without BORDERS
, a unique program and online destination designed to
deliver expertise and thought-provoking advice to Canadian business
decision-makers looking for authoritative information to help their
organizations grow internationally.

BUSINESS without BORDERS (www.bwob.ca)
brings together the insights and opinions of two media powerhouses –
Rogers Publishing and The Globe and Mail – with the global
expertise of HSBC, one of the world’s largest international financial
institutions and leading emerging markets bank. Through the BUSINESS without
BORDERS website and regular articles in The Globe and Mail, Report
on Business
magazine, Maclean’s, Canadian Business magazine,
along with many other Rogers Publishing properties, decision-makers will
have unprecedented access to timely information about the issues and
opportunities that affect them.

Along with articles such as “The Challenges of Going Abroad” and
“Courting Investors in the Middle East,” BUSINESS without BORDERS
profiles successful Canadian entrepreneurs and organizations that have
grown internationally, providing readers with insights into some of the
best practices that have helped these companies overcome the challenges
of expanding beyond Canada.

“HSBC Bank Canada has a deep understanding of the key issues, trends and
challenges facing international business. As the leading international
bank in Canada and as ‘the world’s local bank,’ HSBC Bank Canada can
draw on the resources and expertise of our colleagues in 88 countries
and territories in supporting Canadian businesses as they venture beyond
our borders,” said Matthew Bosrock, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HSBC
Bank Canada. “We see our relationships as long-term, and we have a role
to play as global companies navigate the often complex process of doing
business internationally. This program is an excellent way for HSBC to
share that expertise with businesses beyond our own client base.”

“International expansion is a critical priority for many of the
decision-makers and executives who read Canadian Business,” says
Steve Maich, Editor and Associate Publisher of Canadian Business magazine.
“Combining the resources and experience of Rogers Publishing, The Globe
and Mail
and HSBC provides a fantastic opportunity to shed light on
the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Canadian businesses.”

“As the global economy rebounds, Canadian companies have an opportunity
to look beyond traditional markets and diversify in new directions,”
says Noel Hulsman, The Globe and Mail’s Custom Content manager.
“This program is designed to provide a road map, offering not only
inspiring examples of Canadian entrepreneurs in action, but also advice
and insights on how best to expand your business abroad.”

BUSINESS without BORDERS is open to businesses across Canada and
members will be able to access in-depth research conducted with senior
business leaders, additional informative articles not available to the
public, and networking opportunities throughout the year.

The program will launch the HSBC BUSINESS without BORDERS
International Business Awards
– a celebration of Canadian companies
successfully conducting international business and an inspiration to
Canadian businesses to explore global business opportunities.
Nominations and submissions to the awards will available at www.bwob.ca.
A panel of international trade and business experts will judge entries
to ensure that Canadian business excellence is recognized and rewarded.

About HSBC Bank Canada
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC
Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank
branches, and is the leading international bank and trade finance bank
in Canada. HSBC was rated the top bank for small businesses (5-49
employees) in a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business. With around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and
territories and assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, the HSBC
Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services
organizations.

About the Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s
national newspaper, is a division of CTVglobemedia, a dynamic
multi-media company, which owns CTV Inc., Canada’s number-one private
broadcaster. For more information about The Globe and Mail, please
visit: www.globelink.ca

About Rogers Publishing Limited
Rogers Publishing Limited, a
division of Rogers Media, produces many well-known consumer magazines
such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Flare, L’actualit√© and Canadian Business,
and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and
financial publications. Rogers Media’s various publishing and broadcast
properties are also integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers
Media is a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE:RCI),
a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For
furtherinformation about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.