The Right Honourable Paul Martin speaks at Toronto French School

TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will be talking to Senior School students at Toronto French School on Thursday, October 22nd at 12 noon. Speaking primarily in French, he will address two major challenges with which he is passionately involved.

Mr. Martin will discuss the pressures and opportunities facing contemporary Africa. Mr. Martin co-chairs, with Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, a $100-million poverty alleviation fund for the Congo Rainforest Basin. As co-chair of a high level panel, Mr. Martin just released a report on a new strategic vision for the African Development Bank. He also recently co-chaired a UN report on Private Sector Investment with the third world.

Mr. Martin has created the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, a charitable organization that supports education for Aboriginal students across Canada. He will also discuss the $50-million fund he set up recently called Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE). Its sole investment focus will be to partner with Aboriginal groups and individuals to promote Aboriginal business, entrepreneurship and prosperity.

Toronto French School is a bilingual, co-educational and non-denominational school for 1240 students from Pre-Kindergarten to university entrance. TFS delivers a unique, enriched bilingual curriculum with an international perspective and an emphasis on academic excellence and personal development. Students prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Collectively, TFS students represent more than 60 different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and speak over 30 languages at home.


For further information: For further information: If you would like to attend the one hour presentation including a bilingual Q&A session, please contact: Suzanne Tobin, Director of Marketing & Communications, Toronto French School, (416) 484-6980, ext. 4328,,

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