November 2017

6th Annual Financial Literacy Panel Discussion

7:30am-9:30am | Arcadian Court - 401 Bay Street, Toronto

Join our experts in recognition of Financial Literacy Month as they discuss the importance of this essential skill in Canada, the current initiatives in place to enact an inclusive approach and our country's goals for the future.

- Lunch will be served -

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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6th Annual Financial Literacy Panel Discussion


CEO & Founder
BLAK Fintech


Divine is a disruptor in every sense of the word with his relentless ambition, determination, grind and hustle. A former substantial drug dealer, and Hip-Hop/Rap recording artist turned "techpreneur", he first appeared on the tech community radar in 2014 when he reached out to billionaire and famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist (VC) Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of top-tier VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), on social media via Twitter, and the two eventually became friends.

With only an 8th grade formal education and no tech background, a year later, Divine would officially enter tech when he founded his first financial services and technology startup, BLAK Fintech (BLAK). BLAK is an acronym that stands for Building Leverage Acquiring Knowledge. BLAK builds affordable tech-driven personal financial and banking products with a focus on the financially excluded and disadvantaged Unbanked and Underbanked. Some of BLAK’s strategic partners include fintech startups MoCaFi and DisputeDoc. Divine’s extraordinary story of meeting Ben and entrepreneurial journey that followed, has been featured via such media outlets as Tech Crunch, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Inc., The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View, Breaking Banks with Brett King and American Banker.

Divine has been featured at numerous events focused on diversity and inclusion in tech. This year, he was selected as a keynote speaker by Georgia State University's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute's Russell Center, for their inaugural Influential Speaker Series, the annual France Fintech: Revolution event held in Paris, and as a Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) community partner, addressed the Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network (CSFPN) members as part of their Power Breakfast Series.

Being a formerly incarcerated individual with a decade of incarceration, Divine is now an advocate against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform, and a brand ambassador for The Last Mile organization. As an inspirational speaker, Divine now utilizes his life story and journey of redemption to inspire others worldwide.

Divine is currently writing a book and recently had a screenplay completed on his life for a feature film. He was recently cast in the Ben Stiller directed and executive produced Showtime miniseries prison escape drama, Escape At Dannemora, based on the real life 2015 prison escape from Clinton Correctional Facility upstate New York.

Divine is a Contributor to Black Enterprise (BE), and is set to appear at this year's BE TechConneXt Summit on a panel with criminal justice reform advocate and New York Times best-selling author of Writing My Wrongs, Shaka Senghor and others.

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.

Krystal Abotossaway

President, Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
Diversity Sourcing Specialist, TD Bank

Krystal Abotossaway

Krystal Abotossaway is a proud member of Aundeck Omni-Kanging First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations. Krystal received her Honours Human Resource Management degree from York University. In her current role at TD Krystal manages specific diversity programs designed to recruit and retain top talent Enterprise Wide. As a diversity sourcing specialist she is responsible for building diversity pipelines for hard to fill roles and business critical roles.

As an Urban Aboriginal woman, she continuously looks for ways to create social impact. Her primary focus is Aboriginal women in leadership as well as Aboriginal Youth. Krystal is an avid community advocate sitting on many boards within the GTR. Some of which include Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.

Specialties: Diversity Workforce Insights, Diversity and Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition/Sourcing Strategies. Experienced helping business attract, integrate, retain and engage diversity talent.

Meaghan Daly

President & Founder
Forward Vision Games

Meaghan Daly

Meaghan has a degree in finance and worked as a Senior Equity Trader/Market Maker for major Canadian banks and investment firms for over 7 years on Bay Street. She was a trader during the financial crisis and saw first hand what happens when governments, businesses and financial institutions do not properly manage financial risk. She also realized that the same issue is true with people. They struggle with financial decisions due to a lack of understanding of financial risk.

Meaghan is very passionate about financial capacity skills, the capital markets, and Indigenous issues. She founded and launched Forward Vision Games based on the core belief that the financial world has changed and we need to change how we teach it. Forward Vision Games builds cloud based financial simulation games to teach foundational financial skills to people in an engaging and impactful way. The company on builds financial capacity in Canadians across the country and has a focus on Indigenous people and communities. The first game launched in the fall of 2013 in northern Alberta for upper year high school students. Forward Vision Games is now engaging in and developing partnerships with high schools, post secondary schools as well as entrepreneurship training programs. Meaghan also travels directly to Nations across the country assisting them with their financial capacity and access to capital at the Nation level.

Forward Vision Games is a member of the EdTech cluster at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto, a leading center for innovation in education in Canada

Yvan Baker


Yvan Baker

Yvan Baker was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Etobicoke Centre.

He currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. Previously, Yvan served as Parliamentary Assistant to Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board from 2014-2016.

In addition to his role at the Ministry of Finance, Yvan also holds several other legislative responsibilities including Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Commissioner, Board of Internal Economy; and a Member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Yvanís background is as a business advisor, teacher and community leader.

Yvan most recently operated his own business, working as a management consultant to help Canadian companies grow and solve their strategic challenges. Previously, Yvan was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto and New York. He has consulted to clients that include Fortune 500 companies in a variety of sectors. Yvan has consulted in industries such as retail, energy, financial services and telecommunicatiPons.

Until being elected, Yvan also taught Master of Business Administration students at York University.

For years, Yvan has worked to foster opportunity for those less fortunate and to build stronger, more prosperous communities. He has volunteered for a variety of charitable and humanitarian organizations, including Leave Out Violence as Board Director; the Emerging Leaders Network where he worked with civic leaders on projects promoting Torontoís economic and social prosperity; and Global Grassroots where he supported emerging women leaders in Rwanda on projects that address issues such as lack of access to water, domestic violence and health education. Yvan has also served our constituency as an Executive Assistant to a former MP for Etobicoke Centre.

In recognition of his service to the community Yvan was awarded the Queenís Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Yvan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Yvan was raised in Etobicoke where he has lived for over 25 years. He is a proud native and resident of Etobicoke Centre.

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