Canadian Treasurer

September 6, 2011

MasterCard Foundation exposes students to entrepreneurship, financial inclusion

TORONTO---The MasterCard Foundation is providing 100 college and university students with financial assistance to attend its conference at Toronto's Allstream Centre September 17, 2011. In its third year, the Summit is comprised of two events, a fundraising Gala ( Sept 16) and the micro wayConference with a new MicroMarketplace  (Sept 17). This year the theme is  From Microfinance to Financial Inclusion: Making a Difference in our World. Topics include:

  • Financial Literacy, Youth Programs and First Nations

  • Mobile Banking, Technology and Investment Funds with impact

  • How microfinance enables global health initiatives

  • Rating Microfinance Institutions and Risk Management

  • Microfinance in conflict zones

"The Toronto  International Microfinance Summit brings together thought leaders in the sector with both international and domestic expertise," says Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. "The Summit is an important platform for knowledge-sharing and The MasterCard Foundation is proud to support students' attendance."

"Microfinance is the place where business and international development objectives intersect and social impact is achieved," adds Jim Louttit, Vice President of Toronto International Microfinance Summit and Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit Secretary. "For the second year, The MasterCard Foundation is partnering with us so more students can learn about this powerful poverty reduction tool, interact with experts and get involved.

The Honourable David C. Onley,   Lieutenant Governor  of Ontario, will attend the Gala and bring greetings. 40 Summit speakers from 30 organizations on 5 continents include:   Bob Annibale  - Citi Microfinance; Vidar Jorgensen - Grameen America; Kadita (A.T.) Tshibaka - Opportunity International,   Philip Smith  - philanthropist and author;    Joyce Lehman  - Bill &   Melinda Gates  Foundation;   Michael Bowles  - Aga Khan Foundation; Damien von Stauffenberg - MicroRate;   Jeff Rayman  - Secutor Capital;   Dr. Tanjina Mirza  - Plan   Canada;   Howard Weinstein  - Solar Ear;   Charles Belanger  - FINCA; Francois Montour - CIDA; Tess Bayombong - CARE   Canada; and   Deborah Lindholm- Foundation for Women.



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