Ivey student earns elite leadership honour

Richard Ivey School of Business student Genevieve Eccleston has been awarded the HSBC Women in Business Leadership Award, a first for the business school. 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, Ivey dean. “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.”

HSBC Bank Canada established the awards at eight top universities across Canada: Western, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, 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.

Eccleston is the first of four Ivey winners to be announced over the next five years.

“It is an absolute honor to be chosen for this award,” Eccleston said. “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, HSBC Bank Canada president and chief executive officer. “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, Eccleston was her high school’s Student Council President and received the Millennium Scholarship for her academic excellence and extracurricular contributions. In 2006, she 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 HBA section president.