Vision & Mission
Toronto International Microfinance Summit (TIMS) is Canada’s premier event focusing on domestic and international microfinance. Founded in 2009, the Summit was inspired by the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) and Rotary District 7070 Microfinance Committee. The signature Conference (Gala and Course) are run entirely by volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages. Incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011, and now in its eighth year of operation, the following Vision and Mission statements articulate the work of the Board of Directors and organizing committee.
Vision: We envision a world without poverty through microfinance.
Mission: To establish an annual Microfinance Summit 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 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.
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International and domestic development professionals, NGOs, business leaders, foundations, social finance innovators, government officials, politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, students, the media and anyone with an interest in socio-economic innovation, poverty reduction and social justice.
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Officers and Board of Directors
President – James Louttit
Treasurer – Karen Somerville
Director – Wendy Bodnoff
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