SEPT 29 – Muhammad Yunus, “Banker to the Poor” to talk Social Business Opportunity for Indigenous and Underrepresented Communities with Expert Panel in Toronto

SEPT 29 – Muhammad Yunus, “Banker to the Poor” to talk Social Business Opportunity for Indigenous and Underrepresented Communities with Expert Panel in Toronto

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SEPT 29 – Muhammad Yunus, “Banker to the Poor” to talk Social Business Opportunity for Indigenous and Underrepresented Communities with Expert Panel in Toronto

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2016 – TORONTO INTERNATIONAL MICROFINANCE SUMMIT announced today that iconic Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, is coming to Toronto to share his vision for Social Business – Capitalism that Serves Humanity. A panel of business, development, and mental health experts working with Indigenous and underrepresented Communities will bring their successes and challenges to the conversation. Then together, they will seek new opportunities.

Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microcredit and microfinance, revolutionizing global banking to include the extreme poor – mostly female micro-entrepreneurs. To date, 8.5 million Bangladeshis have had “a hand up” out of poverty; 140 million people globally.  Professor Yunus has received 132 international awards and 58 honorary doctorates for his work. He is a member of the Board of the United Nations Foundation. Now, the Nobel Laureate is focused on establishing social business.

“Whenever I see a social problem I create a social business to solve it,” said Professor Yunus, inspiring this special event:

An Opportunity for Indigenous and Underrepresented Communities.

DATE: Thurs, September 29, 2016
TIME: 6:30 pm Registration ●7:00 pm Keynote, panel and Q&A and reception.
PLACE: Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI), 426 University Avenue, Toronto
TICKETS: In person $25  / Online Livestream $10
Seating is limited.
The first 80 to register, pay online and attend will receive two complimentary books on Social Business courtesy of Alterna Savings.  
MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  See contact info below.

● Muhammad Yunus, PhD, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2006)
● Thomas Haubenreisser, PhD, Vice-President and Director, SolarShare
● Suzanne Stewart, PhD, C.Psych, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness & Life Transitions, University of Toronto (Yellowknife Dene First Nation member);
● Jeff Rayman, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of The Shit Starts Here;
● David Abbott, Vice President, Operations, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). (Ojibway-Metis descent)

“We are excited to connect Muhammad Yunus to experts working with Indigenous and underrepresented communities,” said Jim Louttit, President of Toronto International Microfinance Summit and Rotary International District Governor (7070). “Dr. Yunus’ zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emissions goals may seem unrealistic, but so was financial inclusion for the poor before microfinance.”

Everyone is welcome.
Join social innovators; development, business and community leaders; government officials; politicians; entrepreneurs; academics; students; the media and anyone interested in socio-economic innovation, poverty reduction, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.


Event Sponsors: Alterna Savings, Oikocredit, and ConferenceCloud.
Media Partners: Microcapital Monitor, NationTalk, Indigenous Business & Finance Today, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.

Toronto International Microfinance Summit is Canada’s premier event focusing on domestic and international microfinance. Founded in 2009 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011, the organization was inspired by the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) and Rotary District 7070 Microfinance Committee. The Summit’s signature events (Conference, Gala and/or Course) are run entirely by volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages. Our vision is a world without poverty through microfinance. Our mission is to hold an annual event that: educates our community on microfinance as a poverty reduction tool; brings diverse people together for dialogue and action; and raises profile and/or funds for those making an impact.

SOURCE: Toronto International Microfinance Summit

For further information and press passes, contact:

Wendy Bodnoff, Marketing, Media & Public Relations   647 933 8158

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