TD Bank Financial Group supports management leadership at McGill

    $1,000,000 to support leadership initiatives at the Desautels Faculty of

    MONTREAL, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - McGill University today announced the donation
of $1 million by TD Bank Financial Group to establish the TD Fund for
Leadership at the Desautels Faculty of Management. The Fund will support the
MBA Global Leadership Seminar and the Undergraduate Leadership Seminar - two
key programs designed to promote leadership through collaboration and foster
personal reflection and responsibility by exploring management processes for
leading people and organizations.
    "At TD, we believe we have a responsibility to cultivate leaders who, in
addition to being strong contributors in the business world, will also have
training that will add to the long-term vibrancy of our communities," said
Bernard Dorval, Group Head Business Banking and Co-Chair, TD Canada Trust.
"We're confident that our donation to the Desautels Faculty of Management at
McGill will ensure students are participating in seminars that are part of a
truly world-class program."
    TD Bank Financial Group will commit $100,000 per year for 10 years in
support of the seminars, which are part of a comprehensive initiative to
develop integrated management at the Desautels Faculty. The MBA Global
Leadership Seminar includes guest speakers from academia and industry and was
developed by Desautels Professor Nancy Adler, who is well known for research
in global leadership, cross-cultural management and women as global leaders
and managers. The Undergraduate Leadership Seminar is a student-led initiative
that targets first-year Desautels students.
    "It gives me great pleasure to announce this gift from TD Bank Financial
Group," said Peter Todd, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at
McGill University. "Providing leadership training for our graduate and
undergraduate students is an important part of our mission to educate the next
generation of business leaders. We hope these funds will inspire all students
to reach even higher, both academically and personally, so they can lead and
drive positive change in business and society both locally and

    Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the
three primary areas of focus for TD's community giving. The major flagship
programs within these areas are: TD Children's Hospital Fund, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation and the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup,
TD Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community
Leadership, and the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition, through the support
of its customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national,
regional and local programs in support of diversity, arts and culture and
other causes. In 2007, TD donated $33 million to more than 2,000 charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada.

    McGill University, which is ranked by the Times Higher Education
Supplement as the 12th best university in the world, has offered commerce
courses for more than 100 years. Known for its global outlook and the
diversity of its faculty and student body, McGill's Desautels Faculty of
Management has 80 professors teaching more than 3,200 students in its
undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The undergraduate BCom program
attracts among the best students in the country. A redesigned MBA program with
an integrated management curriculum will be launched in September 2008. The
Desautels Faculty also offers programs with other professional faculties at
McGill and seminars and courses for working professionals.

For further information:

For further information: Geoffrey King, Communications, Desautels
Faculty of Management, McGill University, Phone: (514) 398-3933; Edith
Ducharme, Corporate Communications, TD Bank Financial Group, Phone: (514)

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