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Toronto Centre Executive Panel "FinTech: A Game Changer for Financial Inclusion and Gender Equality"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Video

More than eighty senior officials from around the world, including governors and deputy governors of central banks, financial sector supervisors/regulators, representatives from the US Treasury, the IMF, the WBG, NGOs, and various other international development agencies attended Toronto Centre’s Executive Panel at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings on October 13, 2017. 

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Webcast on "Technology: New Challenges and Tools for Financial Supervision"

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Video

This webcast will focus on how technological innovation is transforming the financial services industry and its supervision.   Our speakers will address how the development of digital financial services is advancing the financial inclusion objectives, though creating new challenges and new sources of risks but also how technology is bringing new tools that support the monitoring of risks and compliance work carried out by supervisors. 

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Executive Panel on "Fintech: A Game Changer for Financial Inclusion and Gender Equality"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting another executive panel at 2017 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group titled "FinTech: A Game Changer for Financial Inclusion and Gender Equality." The panel will take place on October 13 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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September 2017 Newsletter

Monday, September 18, 2017

We wrapped up our summer international programs in July, conducted ten country programs and two regional programs, and just released our first webcast titled "Closing the Gender Gap in Finance." This is an important theme for TC, and in fact we had organized a live, well-attended session with the same title during the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings earlier in April. 

We are very pleased that this year saw the 11th time that we had conducted the annual Regional Leadership Program for Securities Regulators in partnership with Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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Webcast on "Closing the Gender Gap: The Role of Financial Regulators"

Friday, August 11, 2017 | Video

Toronto Centre is proud to introduce our first webcast on "Closing the Gender Gap: the Role of Financial Regulators," featuring guest speakers: Maureen Jensen, Chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission, and Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Senior Director, Finance and Markets Global Practice, World Bank

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BSTDB Regional Business Forum in Moldova

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our CEO, Babak Abbaszadeh, was invited to participate in the 2017 Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSDT) Regional Business Forumheld in Chisinau, Moldova. 

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Toronto Centre welcomes Ilana Singer to its Board of Directors and as the new Chair of the Securities Advisory Board.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Toronto Centre warmly welcomes Ilana Singer to its Board of Directors, and as the new Chair of the Securities Advisory Board.

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June 2017 Newsletter

Monday, June 12, 2017

It has been a busy past few months for us - we have delivered 24 capacity building programs, in all sectors of financial services, so far this year. Now with summer quickly approaching, there is still a host of programs to look forward to. Our first of three flagship international programs, banking, is taking place this week, followed by two back-to-back programs in July: securities, and insurance and pensions. We look forward to welcoming participants to Toronto!  

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Toronto Centre's 2016 Annual Report is Now Online

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Toronto Centre's 2016 Annual Report, Advancing Sustainable Development Goals by Promoting Inclusive and Stable Financial Systems, is now available online. 

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Toronto Centre Executive Panel on Closing the Gender Gap in Finance

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Video

More than eighty senior officials from around the world, including governors and deputy governors of central banks, representatives from the US Treasury , the UN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NGOs, and various other international development agencies attended our standing room only Executive Panel at the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings on April 21, 2017.    

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Toronto Centre Executive Panel on Closing the Gender Gap in Finance

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gender equality and women's economic participation are central to financial inclusion, and key drivers of economic development and achieving the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. A key milestone in this regard is eliminating the gaps in women’s access to and use of financial services that exist in many countries.

This panel will discuss how to close the gender gap in finance. While considerable progress has been made in increasing access to financial services, the gap in usage by women relative to men persists, and there is an even larger gender gap in management of financial institutions. 

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April 2017 Newsletter

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring is finally here and with its arrival comes a host of programs and projects that I am excited to share with you. First, we just wrapped up our well-received webinar on FinTech (now available on our website) and have an executive panel on gender planned for the upcoming IMF/WB Spring Meetings. Second, registrations are also underway for our flagship international programs - they are all taking place this summer in Toronto - and towards the fall, we are pleased to welcome the return of our two-week Certificate Course. 

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TC Poster on Gender at the IMF Conference on Gender and Macroeconomics

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We recently participated in a poster session held during the IMF conference on Gender and Macroeconomics in Washington, D.C. The conference acted as a forum for researchers and analysts to discuss innovative empirical and theoretical research on gender and macroeconomics and policy implications. 


See the poster that we presented! 

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Webinar: FinTech - A Driving Force for Financial Inclusion

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Video

This webinar will focus on FinTech, one of the most pressing issues facing policy makers, financial regulators and supervisors today. Our speakers will address how technological innovations can build more inclusive financial systems and why this matters for regulators and supervisors. They will also discuss the promises and challenges that FinTech presents.

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January 2017 Newsletter

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy New Year!

I am excited to announce that our flagship International Programs will be returning this summer. Held in Toronto, Canada, the first program for banking supervisors is set to take place in June followed by two back-to-back programs in July: one for securities regulators and the other for insurance and pensions supervisors.

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December 2016 Newsletter

Monday, December 19, 2016

As the end of 2016 is fast approaching, and I reflect on the past 12 months, I realize that we at Toronto Centre have a lot to celebrate.  We have made great strides in 2016 in expanding our programming to meet the needs of our partners and associates.  The end of 2016 marks, not only our 18th year anniversary, but also a year of "firsts" for us. We launched a number of new programs including Digital Finance, Islamic Finance and a two-week Certificate Program on Core Curriculum for Financial Supervision.  

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Save the Date for Our 2017 International Programs in Toronto

Monday, December 5, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we at Toronto Centre are gearing up to launch our 2017 International Programs for supervisors and regulators in Banking, Securities, and Insurance and Pensions. These popular programs fill up every year, and we want to make sure you have ample opportunity to register.

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2nd SBIF Conference on Banking Development, Stability and Sustainability

Friday, December 2, 2016

Following the 2016 ICBS Conference in Chile, our CEO Babak Abbaszadeh, was also invited to speak at the 2nd SBIF Conference on Banking Development, Stability and Sustainability. 

This conference, organized primarily by the Chilean Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions of Chile (SBIF), aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers who share interests in banking stability and sustainability. It is a forum for those in the banking sector to present new research as well as discuss current issues on financial stability.

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2016 ICBS Conference in Chile: Panel Presentation on Sustainable and Prudential Banking

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our CEO, Babak Abbaszadeh, was invited to participate in the 2016 International Conference of Banking Supervisors (ICBS) held in Santiago, Chile. 

The conference, which has been held every two years since 1979, aims to foster discussion of key supervisory issues and co-operation in the oversight of international banks. Hosted by Superintendencia de Bancos e Instituciones Financieras Chile (SBIF) this year, the conference is intended to bring together senior bank supervisors and central bankers from more than 120 countries, as well as representatives from institutional financial institutions such as the FSI, IMF and the Basel Committee. 

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Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision: a Pilot Regional Program in Tanzania

Monday, November 21, 2016

Regulatory and supervisory authorities overseeing financial service providers face significant challenges emerging from the digitization of financial services. The world of digital financial inclusion is growing at a fast pace – much faster than capacity and resources to tackle it from a regulatory and supervisory standpoint. 

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