TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto International Microfinance Summit
announced today that its micromarketplace will be "the" place to find social finance innovators on October 5;
this and more at its full-day forum on domestic and international
microfinance. Sponsored by Oikocredit, Alterna Savings and JVL Global
Corp with The MasterCard Foundation providing financial assistance for
100 students to attend, the Summit brings together people with diverse
backgrounds and views for dialogue and to foster critical thinking,
innovation and action.
DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013
TIME: 8:00 am Registration & The micromarketplace open, 9:00 am - 5:40 pm Program
PLACE: Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Blvd (Exhibition Place), Toronto
TICKETS: $125 regular, $100 student; www.microfinanceconference.ca
Keynote speaker, Hon. Bob Rae, Advisor to the Matawa Tribal Council
representing nine First Nations in the Ring of Fire starts the day with
Why Microfinancing Matters to Canada's First Nations. At lunch, keynote Ian Smillie transports attendees overseas with The Lady Vanishes: Canada and the World of International Development. Tavia Grant, Economics Reporter at The Globe and Mail, moderates the closing panel discussion.
"Microfinance has become a crucial tool for the working poor by
providing much-needed credit for personal and business needs," states
Eugene Ellmen, Director, Oikocredit Canada. "Now our task is to figure
out how microfinance can play a larger role in international
development. The Toronto International Microfinance Summit will
contribute to this critical dialogue and Oikocredit Canada is pleased
to be a sponsor of this important event."
There will be more than 30 speakers and moderators including: Jannalee
Anderson, Opportunity International Canada; Stéphanie Émond, FINCA
International; Dawn Madahbee, National Aboriginal Economic Development
Board; Lorna Pitcher, Children of Hope Uganda; Mark Simpson, Business
in the Streets; and Michael Vasquez, Rebellium Digital Marketing.
"Small business start-ups and entrepreneurs are very important to the
economic growth and development of our communities," adds Heather
Simpson, Director Community Accounts at Alterna Savings. "One of the
biggest barriers to success for start-up businesses is access to
financial services. Throughout our history Alterna has seen the impact
that access to inclusive financial services by an individual can have
on the community at large."
Ignite Capital will be at the micromarketplace this year. Founded to help aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs who do not
have access to capital through traditional means, it is providing an
opportunity to compete for a start-up grant worth $20,000. Application
deadline is October 14, 2014.
"There are many microfinance initiatives underway locally and
internationally," says Heather Broughton, Co-Vice Chair, Toronto
International Microfinance Summit; and President, My Oral Village.
"The Summit's micromarketplace will be abuzz, providing attendees many opportunities to connect with
local and international organizations of all sizes and at all stages of
growth. Children of Hope Uganda and Guatemala Stove Project are just a
few more you should stop by to meet. The Ontario Ministry of Economic
Development, Trade and Employment's Office for Social Enterprise will
also be there."
Everyone is welcome. Join microfinance, development and business
leaders, social innovators, government officials, politicians,
entrepreneurs, students, academics and the media. Explore how
microfinance has brought and can accelerate change. Areas covered include water and sanitation, women's empowerment, local
initiatives, Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations, scale and
sustainability and technology.
Follow the Summit @microfinanceTO and Facebook.com/microfinanceTO. Join the conversation at #tims2013. Visit the micromarketplace. Watch the microwalk video and interact at the microbookclub blog launching with Freedom from Want at www.torontomicrofinancebookclub.com . A half-day pre-Summit Microfinance 101 certificate course in collaboration with Coady International Institute
will be held at OCAD University on October 4. Application is mandatory.
Tickets sold separately.
For TICKETS: www.microfinanceconference.ca
Toronto International Microfinance Summit is Canada's premier event focusing on domestic and international
microfinance. Founded in 2009 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011,
the organization was inspired by the Rotarian Action Group for
Microfinance and Community Development (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 our community on microfinance, a formidable poverty reduction
tool; to create a forum for dialogue and action; and to raise profile
and/or funds for organizations that make an impact through
microfinance. In 2011, 40 speakers from 30 organizations on 5
continents presented at the Summit. The 2012 Toronto Microfinance Symposium was presented in collaboration
with Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In 2013, our
5th anniversary, we explore microfinance as a catalyst for social and
economic change. www.microfinanceconference.ca
SOURCE: Toronto International Microfinance Summit
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