Canada’s Financial Heavyweights Unite to Help Toronto’s Youth-at-Risk in Fundraising Luncheon

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On Thursday, May 31, 2012 Canadian financial heavyweights join forces at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto to support unemployed women, persons with disabilities, and youth-at-risk, at the annual JVS Toronto fundraiser Strictly Business.

With the pace of change in the Toronto economy, this year's Strictly Business event will be truly exceptional

Amanda Lang, CBC’s senior business correspondent for The National, and co-host of the Lang O’Leary Report, will host Dr. Sherry Cooper and Dr. Avery Shenfeld in this year’s JVS Toronto Strictly Business fundraising luncheon which promises to attract a who’s who of Toronto business leaders.

More than Just a Networking Event
“With the pace of change in the Toronto economy, this year’s Strictly Business event will be truly exceptional,” said Paul Habert, Strictly Business Co-chair. “I’m incredibly grateful to the business community for their support. While many attend the annual Strictly Business Luncheon to network with Toronto’s business leaders, this year’s topic ‘Our Economy Under Pressure’ is gaining widespread attention for its timeliness, given the level of change in Toronto's economy, which many feel leaves youth without options.”

Victoria Amaral, of the JVS board of directors and President of Uniglobe Plus Travel, a sponsor of the event, agrees. “For young people in Toronto today, it’s adapt or get left behind. That’s why attending this event and providing this kind of support is so important. Members of the Toronto business and financial community who participate in Strictly Business 2012 send a clear message that they care about keeping Toronto a centre of employment opportunity. This year’s keynote speakers are particularly well suited for the topic, which explores the future of Toronto’s economy and this city’s readiness as an employer of tomorrow.”

Nationally Recognized Speakers

Keynote speakers include Dr. Sherry Cooper, Executive Vice-President and Chief Economist of BMO Financial Group, and author of Ride the Wave, and The New Retirement. Dr. Cooper is one of Canada’s most sought after speakers on the future of Canada’s economy.

As well, Dr. Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc., and is widely considered one of the top economists in both the United States and Canada.

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