TFI recently welcomed Vanguard Investments Canada Inc to our membership network. We caught up with Kathy Bock, Managing Director and Head of Vanguard Canada to learn more about Vanguard's Canadian business and the role of innovation in today's fast-paced and changing financial market.
If you are a business leader struggling to land talented candidates for vacant finance and accounting roles, it is likely that you have noticed the labour pool getting smaller. Job seekers with the advanced technology skills you need get snatched up as soon as, or even before, they hit the job market. As a hiring manager, it makes finding the right person for the job increasingly difficult. And you are not alone. Research for our latest Benchmarking Accounting & Finance Functions report reveals that 9 in 10 Canadian CFOs have difficulties finding qualified candidates for these positions.
Last month, we had the honour of launching the new . The event, held at theSmith School of Business’ downtown Toronto facility, was filled with over 100 of our peers and colleagues from academia, government, and the financial industry. We were pleased to have Toronto Finance International (TFI)’s support in communicating the importance of advancing sustainable finance expertise in Canada in the lead up to the event and we look forward to continuing to work with TFI to move the dialogue on sustainable finance forward.
Written by Scott Farrell - Senior Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, Co-chair of the Australian Government's FinTech Advisory Group and Leader of the Australian Government’s review into Open Banking
The law to establish the Consumer Data Right (CDR) has been passed by the Australian Parliament. The way is now clear for Open Banking to start in Australia, as the first implementation of the CDR. After so much work has gone into the development of CDR and Open Banking, Australian customers will soon have the right to ask for their data to be shared with others they choose to trust.
Source: TFI Newsletter December 2018 Edition
Rotman School of Management, in partnership with TD Bank, are working to develop a Financial Acumen Development Program for Women. This program will complement Rotman’s many programs within its Initiative for Women in Business, which has been committed to strengthening the female talent pipeline since 2008. The purpose of this Financial Acumen Development Program is to help women working in Canada’s Financial industry improve their Analytical Thinking and Financial Acumen Skills.
Source: TFI Newsletter November 2018 Edition
The Canadian government recently released its immigration levels plan for 2019 to 2021, aimed at increasing permanent residents to Canada, with a focus on spurring economic innovation.
Toronto employs almost 400,000 professionals in the Financial Services Industry; making it Canada’s largest financial centre, and the second largest financial center in North America. Financial Services (FS) professionals work in the country’s well-established banking institutions, as well as in securities and investment, insurance, fund management and technology companies. While the FS industry has been actively developing this talent domestically, having world-class talent means attracting many professionals from abroad. The FS industry in Toronto has had to innovate to attract, develop and retain top talent to sustain its competitive advantage, among other global financial hubs.
Source: TFI Newsletter October 2018 Edition
TFI formally joined the World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC) in July 2018. The mandate of WAIFC is to facilitate cooperation and the exchange of best practices across financial centers. Initial projects will include collecting data on financial centres, green investment and infrastructure, FinTech, and the role of financial centers in financing the real economy.
Source: TFI Newsletter October 2018 Edition
It is possible to make money while doing good.
This is not simply an idealist’s dream. It is actually a founding belief that brings 11 major global investors together. AIMCo, Allianz, Aviva, CalPERS, CDPQ, Generali, Natixis Investment Managers, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’, OPTrust and PGGM – representing more than $6 trillion in assets under management – have agreed to work together and pledged to commit resources, expertise and networks to make a difference. Needless to say, investors have not joined forces just to talk: they are looking for tangible results. Led by Ontario Teachers’ and CDPQ, the group has sought the participation of key partners and decided first to focus its energy on three specific initiatives: