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About – Description


The 2011Toronto International Microfinance Summit (formerly known as the Toronto Microfinance Conference & Gala) is Canada’s premier event focusing on domestic and international applications for microfinance. This forum in Toronto will bring together attendees from diverse backgrounds including development professionals, senior officials of NGOs, foundations, young professionals, students, academics, donors, post-graduate students, interns-volunteers in international development, as well as business leaders and media with the objectives of raising the profile of microfinance; educating our community on the value of microfinance as a universal poverty reduction tool; and providing tangible support for microfinance programs and scholarships.

Go to our own web site and find fruit mania slot. Run around proceed and begin winning. Run entirely by volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages, our growing committee began its work in 2009. The Conference was the inspiration of the Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit and Rotary District 7070 Microfinance Committee.  In 2009, 250 people attended the Conference, exceeding the target by 40%. In 2010, a fundraising Gala was added to build on that success. Over 250 people attended the inaugural Gala and Conference attendance increased to over 400. Our 2010 sponsors were Citi, Crann Law and State Street. The MasterCard Foundation helped finance approximately 140 college and university students to attend the Conference. The event received local and international media attention.

Now in its third year of operation, the following Vision and Mission statements were developed to articulate the committee’s work:

Vision: We envision a world without poverty through microfinance.

Mission: To establish an annual Microfinance Conference & Gala in Toronto that will:

  • educate people on the value of microfinance;
  • provide a forum in the Greater Toronto Area where everyone interested in alleviating poverty through microfinance can connect, exchange ideas, share experiences and transfer best practices;
  • raise the public profile of microfinance;
  • raise funds for educational scholarships and fellowships in microfinance;
  • raise funds for projects to relieve poverty globally through the provision of microcredit and other financial services to the poor.

This Year’s Event
Building on previous successes, the 2011 Toronto International Microfinance Summit (TIMS) includes two related events:

  1. A fundraising Gala – (Friday, September 16, 2011) – will raise funds for an educational scholarship in microfinance; for a microfinance project that involves our First Nations’ communities; and, for an international microfinance project.

The Gala will be held at the Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Simpson Tower, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2Y4.
Cocktail Reception 6:00 pm, Dinner and Speeches 7:30 pm; Dress:  Black Tie (optional)
Tickets:   $250 per person
$2250 – table of 10
$1800 – table of 8

2.    A one-day Conferencethe micro way (Saturday, September 17, 2011) – will feature experts in the field who will address the effectiveness of microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool and provide frontline insights from around the world. Our theme for this year’s conference is:  
From Microcredit to Financial Inclusion:  Making a Difference in our World.

The Conference will be held at the very green Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, 105 Princes’ Blvd.,Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3.
Registration 7:30 – 9:00 am; Program, includes lunch 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
early bird (before September 2, 2011) – $100
regular price (September 2 onwards)  – $125  
student $100

Event speakers to date include:

    • Phil Smith, co-author of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty, a book published in 2007 about microfinance from the donor’s point of view
    • Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development
    • Gordon Crann, RAGM Vice President and member of Toronto Earlscourt Rotary Club
    • Lynn Exton, Chief Risk Officer, Opportunity International Network
    • Edgar Hielema, President, Oikocredit Central Canada
    • Joyce Lehman, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Deborah Lindholm, Founder of the Foundation for Women, RAGM Director and member ofthe Rotary Club of La Jolla, California
    • Mahir Momand, CEO, Islamic Investment Finance Cooperative Group
    • RAGMTreasurer and member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise
    • Jeff Rayman, Director of UEnd: Poverty Foundation and member of the Rotary Club of Toronto East
    • Damian von Stauffenberg, Founder of MicroRate
    • Kadita (A.T.) Tshibaka, a Director of the Board of Opportunity International USA, previous CEO of OI USA, and previous Head of Global Risk with Citi

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Financial Sponsors


Alterna State Street

Rotarian Bronze
Crann Law Firm Dentistry On Dufferin

JVL Global
Microfinance Consulting

Friends of TIMS

Edward Gruscyk
Insurance Agency Ltd.

Media Partners

OMNI Television

Canadian Newcomer Magazine

MicroCapial Monitor


CNW Group


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