Refresh Financial

Refresh Financial

June 08, 2015 15:51 ET

Financial Literacy Training Program Launches With Help of Former Dragons Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon

Refresh FIT™ (Financial Intelligence Training) Aims to Improve Financial Literacy in Canada

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) -

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Refresh Financial's CEO, Michael Wendland, together with enRICHed Academy and former Dragons Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon, today announced the launch of a financial literacy training program - Refresh FIT™ (standing for Financial Intelligence Training). The program is launching in response to the record-high debt levels and chronically low savings rates in Canada today.

"We can talk about the debt situation in Canada over and over again, but the only way to enact real change is to offer financial literacy programs," says former Dragons' Den star Jim Treliving, who is backing Refresh FIT™ through a partnership with enRICHed Academy, a financial literacy program originally pitched on the Den in 2013.

Refresh FIT™ will focus on the basic building blocks of financial empowerment - covering topics such as money myths, credit and credit cards, and budgeting; while providing insightful training on managing daily finances, building wealth, and establishing a personal brand. The program, which will be available free of charge to all Refresh Financial clients, will involve weekly training videos released over the course of 6-8 months. Each week the program will focus on a different financial skill.

"It's no secret that Canadians' propensity to accumulate debt stems from a lack of understanding of basic finances. Most schools across the country do not offer basic financial literacy skills. Refresh FIT™ is really about empowering people - especially those who are already financially vulnerable - by helping them understand their finances and make better decisions with their money," says Refresh Financial's CEO Michael Wendland.

The recently released 2015 federal budget confirmed that financial literacy is also a priority for the Canadian government. Jane Rooney, Canada's Financial Literacy Leader, who is spearheading the taskforce responsible for the nation-wide financial literacy strategy recently remarked that, "collaboration among all individuals and organizations invested in improving the financial literacy of Canadian consumers is critical to success."

With the help of Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon and the enRICHed platform, the program is set to be best free training currently available in Canada. Wendland believes it will give clients a new perspective on saving and personal finances.

Those interested in registering or learning more about Refresh FIT™ can visit

Refresh Financial is hosting a public launch event on June 9th from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Refresh Financial CEO, Michael Wendland, will be joined by Dragons Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon and enRICHed Academy founder, Kevin Cochran.

What: Refresh FIT™ Launch Event

  • Presentation about the fundamentals of the program

Who: Michael Wendland, Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Kevin Cochran

  • Q&A session
  • Photo, video and interview opportunities

When: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: 499 Main St S, Brampton

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About Refresh Financial

At Refresh, our goal is to provide Canadians with access to credit while increasing their financial savings at the same time. We provide affordable Secured Savings Loans to Canadians looking to build credit, savings and a brighter financial future.

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