2011 Toronto Microfinance Conference & Gala - moving out of poverty ...the micro way Woman borrowing funds for her business

I met a woman who borrowed $4. She had never seen $4 in her life. She bought a comb, a pair of scissors and a mirror and she put her husband in business as a barber. Now she has a home and her children are in school. All because of $4.

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2011 Conference Schedule – Saturday, September 17, 2011

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7:30 – 9:30 Registration, Coffee, MicroMarketplace Opens  
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks and Welcome Jim Louttit, Conference Chair
9:15 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker
“Staying The Course – Microfinance Matters!”

Kadita ‘A.T.’ Tshibaka, Director, Opportunity International
9:15 – 10:00 Introduction Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Microfinance and Community Development
10:00- 10:15 Transition to Breakout Sessions  
10:15 – 11:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions A  
  A1. Village Banking 
Moderator:  Jeff Rayman
Michael Bowles, Aga Khan Foundation
Jacquie Green, FINCA
  A2. Not All Microfinance Institutions Are The Same
Moderator:  Heather Broughton
Charles Belanger, FINCA
Narinder Dhami, Rotman-CAMH Rise Asset Development
Marilyn Fitzgerald, Common Ground Solutions
  A3. Local Microfinance – Learn The Process And Meet The Clients
Moderator:  Alex Kjorven
Wes Misener, Misener Menswear
Joanna Eaton, Newbieknees
Buchi Onakufe, Oluchi Group
Jennifer North, North Accounting
  A4. Rating Microfinance Institutions and Risk Management
    Moderator:  Lina Tikhonovsky
Damian von Stauffenberg, MicroRate
Lynn Exton, Opportunity International Network
  A5a. Financial Literacy and Youth Programs
 Moderator:  Susan Henry  
Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Plan Canada
Jennifer Gurbin Harley, MEDA
11:15 – 11:30 Transition to Breakout Sessions / Refreshments  
11:30 – 12:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions  
  B1. Financial Access Through Mobile Banking And Technology
Moderator:  Thomas Haubenreisser 
TBD, SciNet.com 
Joyce Lehman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stéphanie Émond, FINCA Canada
  B2. Investment Funds That Have Impact – Perspectives From Market Leaders
Moderator:  Jonathan Hera 
Edgar Hielema, Oikocredit Canada
Serge LeVert-Chiasson, Sarona Asset Management
Barry Pinsky, Rooftops Canada-Abri International
  B3. Microfinance Initiatives in Latin America
Moderator:  Annemarie Pallister 
Jannalee Anderson, Opportunity International Canada
Katie Marney, Wasiymi Wasiki

B4. Financial Inclusion and First Nations
Moderator:  Bernd Christmas

Kenn Ross, Miziwe Biik
Rosalind Lockyer / Stacia Kean, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprises
  B5. Microfinance Policy -Donor & NGO Perspectives
Moderator:  Javed Sakhawat
Joanna Richardson, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Tess Bayombong, CARE Canada
12:30 -2:00
Sit-Down Lunch

Luncheon Speaker – Jeff Rayman, President, Secutor Capital; Director, Uend:Poverty

Welcome of Behalf of Rotary and Introduction:  Bob Wallace, District Governor, Rotary District 7070

2:00- 2:15 Transition to Breakout Sessions  
2:15- 3:15 Concurrent Breakout Sessions C  
  C1a. Making A Difference in Africa
Moderator:  Annemarie Pallister 
Deborah Lindholm, Foundation for Women 
Martha Deacon, The Townships Project
  C2. Microfinance in Conflict Zones & Cooperative Models
Moderator:  Javed Sakhawat 
Mahir Momand, IIFC Group Afghanistan  Amy Ball, Friends of Kurdistan
Derek Cameron, Canadian Cooperative Association
  C3. Social Enterprises: Transforming Lives By Linking Markets
Moderator:  Julie McDowell
Claire Ross Dunn, Cuppa Change
Angela Draskovic, Zoe Alliance
Tal Dehtiar, OLiberte Shoes
  C4. Enhancing Microfinance Education Through Collaborative MFI Partnerships    Moderator:  Heather Broughton Jeff Huebner, Ambrose University College
Julie Redfern, MEDA
  C5. How Microfinance Enables Global Health Initiatives
Moderator:  Amit Shah
Beck Pryor, The New Development Solutions Group
3:15 – 3:30 Transition to Panel Discussion / Refreshments  
3:30 – 4:45 Panel Discussion – The Business of Microfinance
Moderator:  Gord Crann, Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit

Panel:  Vidar Jorgensen, Grameen America; Joyce Lehman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Tanjina Mirza, Plan Canada; Phil Smith, Philanthropist & Co-author; Damian von Stauffenberg, MicroRate
4:45- 5:00 Closing Remarks Jim Louttit, Conference Chair
Carol Golench, President, TIMS










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