Breakfast of Champions raises over $40,000 for #SickKids with Twitter Canada's Kirstine Stewart as the Keynote Speaker

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Young professionals rose bright and early this morning to share the most important meal of the day with 30 prominent leaders from diverse fields at Breakfast of Champions at the Toronto Board of Trade. The event raised over $40,000 to support the Endocrinology Fellowship Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Kirstine Stewart, Managing Director of Twitter Canada, delivered an inspiring keynote speech on what it means to be a "champion". She emphasized to the young professionals the importance of mentorship and being a champion for others. In her concluding message, she urged the young professionals to work together and to "use the word 'champion' not just as a noun but as a verb as well."

This annual event provides young professionals from the law, finance, accounting, media and technology fields the opportunity to connect with business and community leaders from diverse fields. Some of the champions in attendance included Steve Irvine, Director of Marketing of Facebook Canada, Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, Paul Godfrey, President and CEO of Postmedia Network Inc., Barbara Stymiest, Director of Blackberry, Sarah Fulford, Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Life, and John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures.

"As young professionals, we understand the importance of developing the necessary knowledge and skills during the early stages of our careers," said Simon Leith, Breakfast of Champions event co-chair. "We are proud to support a fellowship that will allow young doctors to develop advanced skills in research, education and patient care, while also providing ambitious young professionals the opportunity to meet and learn from some of Toronto's most admired leaders," added Jonathan Tong, Breakfast of Champions event co-chair.

Breakfast of Champions also included a silent auction featuring highly coveted prizing including set visits to the television show Suits and Love it or List it, a Chef's Table experience at Earl's restaurant on King Street, as well as coffee with Olivia Chow. The Breakfast of Champions would like to thank the Toronto Blue Jays and CNW Group for their support.

About Breakfast of Champions:

Breakfast of Champions is a fundraising event hosted by the Young Professionals for SickKids. The event provides a unique opportunity for young professionals to interact over breakfast with Champions from a variety of fields, including business, law, medicine, entertainment and technology. Each Champion is assigned to a table with up to ten guests where they have the opportunity to share their insights about becoming a champion in their respective field.

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Image with caption: "Barbara Stymiest, Director of Blackberry, shares her experiences with the young professionals at Breakfast of Champions in support of SickKids (CNW Group/Breakfast of Champions in Support of SickKids)". Image available at:

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