Canada as a Hub for Sustainable Finance

Posted by Daniel Malik on Feb 27, 2019 10:22:16 AM


What is Sustainable Finance?

Sustainable Finance can be defined as capital flows, risk management activities, and financial processes that assimilate environmental and social factors as a means of promoting sustainable economic growth and the long-term stability of the financial system. 

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Topics: Sustainable Finance, Canada, Toronto, Finance

ASPIRE Innovation and Industry Insight Weekend

Posted by Kathy Smart on Feb 27, 2019 10:06:56 AM

Source: TFI Newsletter February 2019 Edition 

TFI launched The ASPIRE Challenge in October 2018; a competitive, industry-led innovation challenge designed to attract 2nd year post-secondary students to Financial Services and showcase innovation within the sector. The Challenge was built to incorporate meaningful employer interaction and feedback into every stage, providing all participants with solid work-integrated learning (WIL) experience and increasing the number of WIL opportunities available to students within the GTA.

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Toronto, Finance

Rotman's Financial Acumen Program for Women

Posted by Toronto Finance International on Dec 20, 2018 3:51:55 PM

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.

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Finance

Innovation in Action – Engaging the Next Generation of Talent with Financial Services

Posted by Kathy Smart on Nov 30, 2018 2:12:29 PM

Source: TFI Newsletter November 2018 Edition 

Work-integrated learning (WIL) – an unfamiliar phrase to most of us, is a term meant to modernize and broaden the definition of student work experience beyond traditional examples such as co-ops and internships. Given its potential to positively impact the level of work readiness and employability among our student population across Canada, it’s no wonder that the concept of WIL is growing in popularity among post-secondary educators, employer talent acquisition teams and government officials alike.  In fact, governments at all levels are proactively investing in WIL, to support students’ transition to the workplace.  One example of this progressive support is the federal government’s $2M+ investment earlier this year in expanding ASPIRE, a sector-wide, student WIL initiative led by Toronto Finance International.  ASPIRE’s goal is the creation of 10,000 new WIL opportunities in financial services by the end of 2020. 

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Toronto, Finance

What Canada’s Increased Immigration Levels Mean for Toronto’s Financial Services Industry

Posted by Toronto Finance International on Nov 30, 2018 2:11:05 PM

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.

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Topics: Canada, Talent, Finance, International Markets

Welcome to Toronto Finance International

Posted by Jennifer Reynolds on Oct 11, 2018 11:27:15 AM

Source: TFI Newsletter October 2018 Edition 

Welcome to the first edition of the TFI newsletter. A new monthly newsletter for TFI members to keep them informed about TFI activities and important Toronto industry news and events. This edition and those to follow will feature:

  • TFI initiatives including newly released reports and events
  • Upcoming industry events
  • A monthly blog by one of our Members discussing an important industry topic

I am very pleased that our first blog is by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, Barbara Zvan, titled Global investors find value in making a difference, profiling how 11 major investors agreed to work together and pledged to commit resources, expertise and networks to make a difference. 

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Topics: Canada, Toronto, Finance

TFI Joins World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC)

Posted by Toronto Finance International on Oct 11, 2018 11:25:57 AM

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.

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Topics: Sustainable Finance, Canada

New cyber report seeks to change the conversation…and narrow the gap

Posted by Sashya D'Souza on Oct 11, 2018 9:31:08 AM

Source: TFI Newsletter October 2018 Edition 

In TFI’s recent talent report Unlocking the Human Opportunity: Future-Proof Skills to Move Financial Services Forward, we propose that the key to harnessing the most out of technology is to focus on people.  To that end, we introduced four core skills groups to help our members future-proof their workforces, regardless of how, and at what pace technology continues to evolve.

Similar core themes run through our latest talent report released this summer in partnership with Deloitte The changing faces of cybersecurity: Closing the cyber risk gap, which offers an innovative yet practical approach to addressing the growing global talent shortage in this business-critical function, with a focus on the Canadian landscape.

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Topics: Canada, Cybersecurity, Talent

Global investors find value in making a difference

Posted by Toronto Finance International on Oct 11, 2018 9:30:42 AM

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:

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Topics: Sustainable Finance, Canada

TFI Leads the Discussion on Sustainable Finance

Posted by Daniel Malik on Oct 11, 2018 9:29:01 AM

Source: TFI Newsletter October 2018 Edition 

The global transition to a low-carbon economy is providing an opportunity for financial centres to play a leading role in unlocking the potential of sustainable growth. An estimated investment of US$500 billion per year between now and 2030 will be required in order to keep global warming under 1.5° Celsius and the financial sector has a significant role to play.

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Topics: Sustainable Finance, Canada

 

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