Urban Financial Services Coalition

Urban Financial Services Coalition

August 28, 2012 12:14 ET

Urban Financial Services Coalition-Toronto Announces Its 2012 International Conference, September 27-29

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) -

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The Urban Financial Services Coalition (Toronto Chapter), the premier networking, professional development and community outreach organization for financial services professionals from diverse communities, is hosting its first International Conference, taking place September 27-29, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto.

The theme "Borderless Future, Boundless Opportunities" reflects the idea that employing diverse and informed professionals enables Canadian business to thrive in an inter-connected global economy. Conference attendees include: professionals of financial services businesses (including diverse employee affinity groups within those companies), youth interested in careers in financial services, small business owners and UFSC affiliate members from the United States, where the organization has a history that spans more than 30 years.

"We are excited to bring such an ambitious event to Toronto's financial services community," said Davina Reid, President of UFSC Toronto. "Our Conference is designed for all people interested in professional development and networking with business leaders as well as issues impacting the economy and the financial literacy of our communities."

Led by flagship sponsor TD Bank Group, Toronto's corporate community has been instrumental in UFSC Toronto's ability to put together a compelling Conference event.

"We are proud to sponsor the Urban Financial Services Coalition and this important conference," said Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations at TD Bank Group. "Sponsoring this conference aligns with our diversity commitments to be the employer of choice and fully reflect the communities we serve."

The Conference will be made up of the following:

- A Diversity Career Expo, bringing leading financial services, professional services and other companies together with the most talented group of diverse professionals.

- Substantive financial and economic programming, with tracks for both financial services professionals and entrepreneurs, featuring leading Canadian, US and Caribbean business leaders such as: Ian Clarke (CFO and EVP, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), Reggie Love (former "body man" to President Barack Obama), Bill Strickland (CEO Manchester Bidwell Corporation and noted leader of social change), Rodney Davis (CEO of Cool Group of Companies - Jamaica), Denham Jolly (entrepreneur, philanthropist and past President/CEO of The New Flow 93.5), Patricia Lovett-Reid (TV host and Canadian financial planning guru), Dan Nowlan (Co-Head, Equity Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets), Martez Moore (Executive Vice-President of Digital Media for BET Networks) and Joan Mohammed (Head, Operational Risk Management, BMO Financial Group)

- A community outreach event in Scarborough focused on building leaders and role models, delivered by UFSC Toronto members and corporate partners to community members and young people.

- The 15th Anniversary "Opening Bell" Gala, featuring our keynote speaker: branding and fashion icon, groundbreaking entrepreneur, founder and CEO of FUBU and star of ABC network's hit business reality show Shark Tank, Daymond John. The Gala celebrates the legacy of leadership and professional development UFSC Toronto has nurtured in the financial services community.

Other sponsors include CIBC, RBC Royal Bank, BMO Financial Group, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Polar Securities, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Gowlings LLP, Manulife Financial and Thorek Scott Partners.

"After 15 years in Toronto, we are often called the 'best kept secret' of the financial services community," said Reid. "We aim to change that by hosting an informative, inspiring Conference drawing from Toronto's many diverse communities."

For additional information and to register for the Conference please visit: www.ufsctoronto2012.com.


The Urban Financial Services Coalition - Toronto Chapter is a community-based not-for-profit organization primarily comprised of Black and visible minority financial services professionals. Our membership, fluent in the language of both business and our community, aims to develop our professional talent, inspire financial literacy for lasting community prosperity and encourage youth to consider financial services as a viable career path through opportunities to network and develop leadership skills. For more information please visit: http://www.ufsctoronto2012.com/about-ufsc/.

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