CSI partners with Securities Association of China to provide Guangfa Securities with financial services training



    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - CSI Global Education Inc. (CSI), Canada's
leading financial services training institute, held a special graduation
ceremony today for employees of one of China's top securities firms. The
28 graduates, representing China's fourth largest securities firm, Guangfa
Securities, were part of the longest and largest training program ever held
for a Chinese securities company outside of their home country.
    "Canada's expertise in the financial services industry coupled with our
high level of proficiency standards can help accelerate the growth of capital
markets globally. This new program is designed to bring Canadian financial
practices and operations to one of the world's fastest growing financial
services markets: China," said Dr. Roberta Wilton, President and CEO of CSI.
    The two-month program was the result of a partnership between CSI and the
Securities Association of China (SAC), China's national self-regulatory
organization for the securities industry. Built on Canadian financial services
best practices, the in-depth program was taught by professionals from many of
Canada's top financial services firms. The subjects covered ranged from
comparisons of financial markets and investment options to advanced cases in
investment banking operations, risk management and strategic wealth
management. The training program, called the Canada-China Advanced Certificate
Program for Securities Firm Operations and Management, also included the CSI
flagship Canadian Securities Course(R), the country's benchmark in securities
education, as well as panel discussions by industry experts and business
visits to leading Canadian financial services companies.
    "There is a growing demand for the type of professional financial
services education that Canada has to offer," said Wilton. "Exporting CSI's
Canadian financial industry best practices and expertise will not only help
develop growing capital markets such as China, but also develop important
business relationships between Canadian and Chinese financial services
companies. Today's graduation is an important benchmark in the growing
partnership between Canada and China for both financial services and financial
services education."
    "In any endeavour, education is the key to success and Canada, through
CSI, has a strong reputation in financial services education," said
Dr. Jianyong Li, President & CEO of Guangfa Securities. "Working with CSI, we
have made a strong investment in our people and in the future of our company.
Our work here will benefit Guangfa greatly in China's rapidly growing
marketplace."
    Mr. Haining Huang, Guangfa's General Manager for Guangzhou, took part in
the training program, and is confident that the education they received from
CSI will be of great benefit back home.
    "The program provided us with practical knowledge of securities firm
operations and tools we can use to effectively compete in the financial
services industry. We are looking forward to using our new knowledge and
insight to grow our business in China," Mr. Huang said.
    The graduation ceremony took place at Toronto's City Hall. In attendance
were officials from Guangfa Securities, CSI and other industry
representatives. Janet Ecker, former Ontario Finance Minister, and now head of
the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, was a guest speaker.

    About CSI Global Education Inc.

    More than 700,000 financial professionals and investors have earned their
credentials from CSI, formerly known as the Canadian Securities Institute,
since it was established in 1970. CSI is owned by ONCAP II, L.P., a private
equity fund managed by Onex Corporation's ONCAP Management Partners L.P. CSI
is endorsed by the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, Canada's stock
exchanges and Canada's securities regulatory commission. For more information,
visit www.csi.ca.





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For further information: Editorial Contacts: Roberta Wilton, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, CSI, (416) 681-2142; Loretta Lam, Focus Communications
Inc., (905) 305-0308 x 208, (416) 648-3888 (mobile), lorettal@focuscomms.com

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