The TD South Asian Gala was a true celebration of diversity

CI News Service

Mississauga, December 4. 2015 (CINEWS):  Last month TD Bank Group celebrated diversity and inclusiveness within the Bank by hosting its annual South Asian Gala. For the past six td1years, the South Asian Committee at TD has invited employees from across the Bank to join in the festivities and learn about the South Asian culture. The evening also featured speeches from several TD executives, including keynote remarks from Bharat Masrani, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Bank Group.
This year’s Gala was an opportunity to introduce Kelvin Tran, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor, TD Bank Group, as the new Chair of the TD Visible Minority Committee. “We are committed to keep diversity and inclusion at the centre of everything we do,” said Tran. “We are determined to be a place where employees and customers feel comfortable and supported regardless of background. The South Asian Gala is an example of how we at TD celebrate diversity and inclusiveness with our employees and the local community.”
Held at the Apollo Convention Centre in Brampton, almost 1200 TD employees attended the event and all had a good time. This year’s theme was “TD Filmfare Awards”, highlighting Bollywood style entertainment. Employees at the bank were encouraged to submit short selfie-style “Dubsmash” videos based on five categories – Best Bollywood Actor/Actress, Best Bollywood Villain, Best Bollywood Comedic Scene, Best Bollywood Romantic Song, and Very Best of Hollywood. Guests at the Gala were then asked to vote by text for their favourite videos and winners received a Dubsmash Filmfare Award.
“Our annual gala is an opportunity for employees to enjoy a memorable night out with colleagues and learn about the South Asian culture,” said Jeet Dhillon, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at TD Wealth, and member of the TD South Asian Committee. “As a committee we aim to align ourselves with the TD’s overarching diversity initiatives. Our mandate is simple – to create a fun and collaborative employee experience while supporting our community.”

Pradip Rodrigues started out as a journalist at Society magazine, part of the Magna Group in Mumbai. He wrote extensively on a variety of subjects. He later moved to the Times of India where he was instrumental in starting the now defunct E-times, a television magazine. He conceptualized Bombay Times and became its first assistant editor where he handled features and page three. Since coming to Canada in 2000, he has freelanced for newspapers and magazines in India and written autobiographies for seniors.

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