TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto International Microfinance Summit
announced today The MasterCard Foundation is providing 100 college and
university students with financial assistance to attend its conference
at Toronto's Allstream Centre September 17, 2011. In its third year,
the Summit is comprised of two events, a fundraising Gala (Sept 16) and
the micro way Conference with a new MicroMarketplace (Sept 17). This year the theme is From Microfinance to Financial Inclusion: Making a Difference in our
World. Topics include:
Financial Literacy, Youth Programs and First Nations
Mobile Banking, Technology and Investment Funds with impact
How microfinance enables global health initiatives
Rating Microfinance Institutions and Risk Management
Microfinance in conflict zones
"The Toronto International Microfinance Summit brings together thought
leaders in the sector with both international and domestic expertise,"
says Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. "The
Summit is an important platform for knowledge-sharing and The
MasterCard Foundation is proud to support students' attendance."
"Microfinance is the place where business and international development
objectives intersect and social impact is achieved," adds Jim Louttit,
Vice President of Toronto International Microfinance Summit and
Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit Secretary. "For the second year,
The MasterCard Foundation is partnering with us so more students can
learn about this powerful poverty reduction tool, interact with experts
and get involved.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will
attend the Gala and bring greetings. 40 Summit speakers from 30
organizations on 5 continents include: Bob Annibale - Citi
Microfinance; Vidar Jorgensen - Grameen America; Kadita (A.T.) Tshibaka
- Opportunity International, Philip Smith - philanthropist and author;
Joyce Lehman - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Michael Bowles - Aga
Khan Foundation; Damien von Stauffenberg - MicroRate; Jeff Rayman -
Secutor Capital; Dr. Tanjina Mirza - Plan Canada; Howard Weinstein -
Solar Ear; Charles Belanger - FINCA; Francois Montour - CIDA; Tess
Bayombong - CARE Canada; and Deborah Lindholm - Foundation for Women.
For tickets and more information, visit: www.microfinanceconference.ca Follow the Summit on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, take the micro walk on YouTube and try the NEW mobile app, coming soon.
Toronto International Microfinance Summit is Canada's premier event focusing on domestic and international
microfinance. This non-profit organization was founded in 2009 by
Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit (RAGM) and Rotary District 7070
Microfinance Committee. The Summit's signature Conference and Gala are
run entirely by volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages. Our vision
is a world without poverty through microfinance. Our mission is to
educate people on microfinance - a formidable poverty reduction tool,
create a forum for dialogue and raise funds for domestic and
international microfinance projects and educational scholarships.
Formerly the Summit was known as Toronto Microfinance Conference &
The MasterCard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion
and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in 48
countries, The MasterCard Foundation is helping people living in
poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper.
An independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, The
MasterCard Foundation was established through the generosity of
MasterCard Worldwide at the time of the company's initial public
offering in 2006. For more information, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org
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