November 2016

Financial Literacy and the Inclusive Economy

7:30am-9:15am | Arcadian Court - 401 Bay St., 8th Floor, Toronto

A firm grasp on financial matters helps us live a secure and fulfilling life. In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, leaders from the public and private sectors discuss how this essential skill creates a more prosperous and inclusive economy, and why we all have a vested interest in helping younger Canadians manage their finances responsibly. 

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Financial Literacy and the Inclusive Economy

Bharat Masrani

TD Bank Group

Bharat Masrani

Bharat Masrani was appointed Group President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Bank Group on November 1, 2014. Bharat has more than 30 years of banking experience and is a member of the TD Bank Group Board of Directors. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for TD Bank Group from July 2013.

Bharat has held many senior executive roles across the bank. In 2006, he became the President of TD Banknorth, and in 2007, President and CEO. In 2008, he was named Group Head U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking and President and CEO of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. Previous to his role at TD Bank, he served as Vice Chair and Chief Risk Officer of TD Bank Group, a position he held from May 2003. Bharat also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Waterhouse Investor Services in Europe; Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Co-Head in Europe; Vice President and Country Head for India; and Vice President and Head, Corporate Banking Canada. He began his banking career with TD Bank Group in 1987 as a Commercial Lending Trainee.

Bharat received a Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree with Honours from York University in 1978 and obtained his Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University in 1979. For his achievements in business and the community, Bharat was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Schulich School of Business in 2017.

He and his wife, Shabnam, currently make their home in Toronto and have two grown children.

Elizabeth Mulholland

Prosper Canada

Elizabeth Mulholland

Elizabeth Mulholland is the Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Canada, a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Elizabeth joined Prosper Canada in 2011, after a 25-year policy career in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including a decade of independent policy consulting, five years as senior social policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister, and five years directing United Ways of Ontario’s government relations program. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology and French from Wellesley College and successfully completed McGill University’s Graduate Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Jane Rooney

Financial Literacy Leader
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Jane Rooney

Jane Rooney is Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, within the federal government’s Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC). She was appointed to that position in April 2014 to exercise leadership at the national level to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. Ms. Rooney engages and collaborates with stakeholder groups from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, to coordinate efforts and to strengthen Canadians’ financial well-being. A priority since her appointment has been the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada. Ms. Rooney’s public outreach has been instrumental in building momentum around the strategy, and ensuring hundreds of organizations across the country are undertaking initiatives to advance its goals.

She also oversees FCAC’s research and consumer education initiatives, which support the National Strategy through 1. the implementation of Canada’s National Research Plan for Financial Literacy, aimed at coordinating the efforts of the various Canadian researchers interested in the field of financial literacy; and 2. the development of programs, tools and web content designed to help Canadians gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to make better financial decisions.

Ms. Rooney established and chairs a federal government committee on financial literacy. She is also Canada’s representative and national coordinator of the International Network on Financial Education (INFE). Created by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2008, INFE promotes and facilitates international co-operation between policymakers and other stakeholders from more than 100 countries on financial education issues. Ms. Rooney also sits on INFE’s advisory board.

An experienced communicator, Ms. Rooney has spoken about financial literacy across Canada and internationally.

Prior to this Governor-in-Council appointment she was FCAC’s Director of Financial Literacy and Consumer Education, a role she held since 2008. Over her career Ms. Rooney has worked for more than 20 years in the financial sector.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University.

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education
Government of Ontario

Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter is the Minister of Education, and the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. Prior to this post, she served as the Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for pension reform.

Mitzie Hunter understands our community and the power of working together. A lifelong citybuilder, she is passionate about unlocking the city’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity.

As the former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Mitzie worked to solve some of our toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. She was also previously the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vice-President with Goodwill Industries and a Regional Director at Bell Canada.

Mitzie and her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1975. She grew up in Scarborough, graduated from U of T (Scarborough Campus) with a BA, and recently completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

As part of Kathleen Wynne’s team, Mitzie will bring people together to solve problems, and to create jobs and opportunity in our community.

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