TORONTO, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Toronto Financial Services Alliance
(TFSA) today announced that Matthew Hobbs has been appointed as Vice
President, Sector Growth and Development, effective immediately.
Mr. Hobbs has more than 19 years of experience in the field of
international trade and investment, specializing in foreign direct
investment attraction, international trade promotion, international
marketing and events, government and stakeholder relations and business
development in both the public and private sectors.
"At the March meeting of our Financial Services Leadership Council, CEOs
said they continue to see a clear window of opportunity for Toronto's
financial industry on the global stage. They urged TFSA and our
economic development partners in the City, Ontario and Ottawa to
dramatically step up efforts to take advantage of it," said TFSA's
President Janet Ecker. "Bringing in someone with Matthew's extensive
experience will expand TFSA's capacity to execute our jobs attraction
strategy and strengthen our collaborative efforts with government
partners. He has a diverse skills set as well as international
experience to drive this agenda and its related marketing initiatives."
Formerly with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Mr. Hobbs has worked in
such dynamic markets as the UK, India, Turkey, USA and Canada. He
recently served as the UK's Director of Inward Investment & Marketing
in Canada, where his team received UKTI's "Worldwide Team of the Year
Award" for their success, including increasing the number of investment
projects in the UK by 65 percent.
"This is an exciting new challenge for me," said Mr. Hobbs. "After the
five great years that Toronto has given me, I am pleased to have an
opportunity to give back to the City's economy. I believe that now is
Canada's time, particularly in the financial services sector. However
we must move fast to capitalize on the sector's world-wide reputation
for stability, business acumen and expertise and use it to attract new
companies and associated jobs. We must also endeavor to support,
develop and grow our existing companies."
The TFSA is a unique, public/private organization representing the
financial services industry and its business support services, all
levels of government and academic institutions. Its mandate is to
enhance and promote the competitiveness of the Toronto region as a
global financial hub, to drive benefits for the financial cluster as
well as for the economic development of the region more broadly.
Originally created in 2001, members of the TFSA now include over 50 of
Toronto's top financial institutions, industry associations, service
providers, universities and colleges.
SOURCE Toronto Financial Services Alliance
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