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CFA Society Toronto Features Ground Breaking Research and application of Gender Strategy

TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Monday January 26, 2015, CFA Society Toronto will host a half day conference, Getting to Alpha: The Competitive Advantage of Gender Strategy, exploring top analysis on gender diversity and how it correlates to increased financial gain. The topic of women in leadership is quickly progressing from conversational theory to applied competitive strategy. A report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute reveals that, "Since 2005, companies with more than one woman on the board have returned a compound 3.7 percent a year over those that have none."

Leading global investment practitioners will examine recent findings showing that companies with higher gender mix on boards and in senior management exhibit higher returns, valuations and payout ratios. This half-day conference highlights the business imperative of gender diversity as a means to achieving optimal financial results. As the evidence mounts, more investment decision makers will consider diversity in management before allocating their assets.

Event sponsorships and individual registrations are now available for the January 26, 2015 conference.

For more information about this thought-provoking topic visit, Getting to Alpha: The Competitive Advantage of Gender Strategy.

A limited number of press passes are available by request – please email eventregistration@cfatoronto.ca

Keynote Presentations

Gender Diversity and Corporate Performance
Julia Dawson, Managing Director, Credit Suisse

The New World Order- What is the 30% Club and how are CEOs involved in this initiative?
Helena Morrissey, CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management Ltd, London, UK.

The New World Order in Practice - Creating and inspiring teams for optimal performance
Suni Harford, MBA, Managing Director and Citigroup's Regional Head of Markets for North America

Panels

The Importance of Gender Diversity in the Workplace
Noel Archard, CFA, Managing Director and Head of BlackRock Canada
Barbara Stewart, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc.
John Ruffolo, CA, Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures

Gender Diversity Starts at the Senior Level
Helena Morrissey, CBE, CEO, Newton Investment Management Ltd, London, UK.
The Honourable Mr. Howard Wetston, Q.C, Chair & CEO, Ontario Securities Commission
Richard E. Talbot, CPA, CA, CFA, Chief Operating Officer, RBC Capital Markets

CFA Society Toronto proudly acknowledges its' Getting to Alpha: The Competitive Advantage of Gender Strategy sponsors and would like to extend a special thank you to our lead sponsor, BlackRock.

Media Inquiries
Sara Pacella
CFA Society Toronto
Phone: (416) 366.5755 X 235
E-mail: media@cfatoronto.ca

About CFA Society Toronto

CFA Society Toronto supports the professional and business development of more than 8,000 CFA charterholders in Toronto, making it the second largest CFA Society in the world. It provides members with a local perspective on a global designation, including: educational programs, sponsored events, job postings, quarterly newsletters, a comprehensive affinity program and networking opportunities. A not-for-profit organization, CFA Society Toronto is affiliated with CFA Institute, the global body that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst curriculum and sets voluntary, ethics-based performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Society Toronto's members are leaders in ethics in the financial community. For more information, please refer to www.cfatoronto.ca.

CONTACT: Sara Pacella CFA Society Toronto Phone: (416) 366.5755 X 235 E-mail: media@cfatoronto.ca

Source:CFA Society of Toronto

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