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Hudson’s Bay Company Announces Student Contest Winners as Company Celebrates 344th Birthday

TORONTO, May 2, 2014 – Hudson’s Bay Company is pleased to announce the winners of its nationwide Junior and Senior Classroom Contests as it celebrated the 344th anniversary of the Company’s founding on May 2, 1670. Classes from across the country were invited to participate in online Scavenger Hunts hosted on   Junior classes were asked to find answers to questions about the fur trade and exploration as well as to propose a name for an HBC canoe depicted in the painting Chief Trader Archibald McDonald Descending the Fraser, 1828, by Adam Sherriff Scott, that captures the significance of the Company’s role in Canadian history.  Senior classes were asked to answer questions about business and entrepreneurship. Judges from the Canadian Canoe Museum, Curriculum Services Canada, CoEd Communications, Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation and Hudson’s Bay Company determined the winners of the Junior Contest.

canoesm2Junior Grand Prize Winner is École Jacques-Barclay of St-Mathieu, QC, whose submission L’Étoile de la Baie (Star of the Bay) was selected by the judges as the best canoe name.   The regional runners up are Bompas Elementary of Fort Simpson, NT, Assiginack Public School from Manitowaning, ON and École L’Arbrisseau from Quebec City, QC.

Senior Grand Prize Winner is Aldergrove Community Secondary School in Aldergrove, BC.  The regional runners up are H. Hardcastle School from Edam, SK, O’Neill C.V.I. from Oshawa, ON and École Antoine-Bernard from Carleton-sur-Mer, QC.

All winners receive a selection of HBC heritage books and other resources for their school.  The Grand Prize winners have also been awarded prizes of $500 each.

The contests were designed to familiarize schools with free educational resources available on the HBC Heritage website.  Information about the resources are available at


About the Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation

Established in 1994, the Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation (HBCHF) was created following the donation of the HBC Archives to the Manitoba Archives and the HBC Museum Collection to the Manitoba Museum to provide operating funds for the continued maintenance of these two collections in perpetuity. The Foundation also supports other specific projects related to HBC history, such as the HBC Education Program, which provides free resources for teachers and their students.

About Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay Company, founded in 1670, is North America’s longest continually operated company. Today, HBC offers customers a range of retailing categories and shopping experiences primarily in the United States and Canada. Our leading banners – Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks OFF 5TH – offer a compelling assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty and home merchandise. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s most prominent national branded department store with 90 full-line locations, one outlet store and Lord & Taylor operates 49 full-line locations primarily in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S., four Lord & Taylor outlet locations and Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent luxury specialty retailers, comprises 39 U.S. stores, five international licensed stores and OFF 5TH offers value-oriented merchandise through 73 U.S. stores and Home Outfitters is Canada’s largest kitchen, bed and bath specialty superstore with 69 locations. Hudson’s Bay Company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “HBC”.

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Tiffany Bourré
Director, External Communications
Hudson’s Bay Company
Phone: (905) 595-7184