Thursday 18th April, 2013
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Sylvie has worked in the financial industry for the last 28 years, and has seen the make-up of the executive of Canadian financial institutions change – albeit slowly. In today's world all businesses are fighting for talent, and the best are the best, no matter their cultural background, age or gender. Sylvie will share her reflections of her own leadership journey, and the unique differentiators she brought to the table – that you can bring as well. She will discuss the myths and truths of "female" leadership, communicating your value proposition and determining your competitive edge when climbing the corporate ladder.
Today, I intend to share with you, a little bit of my experience and how I developed my own leadership profile that would allow me to climb the corporate ladder.
Chairman, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance
In this capacity, Sylvie is responsible for managing teams and relationships with our affinity partners on a national scale, as well as business development with professional associations, university alumni and employer groups. The company's sales in this segment reach a total of 1.7 billion of written premiums.
Sylvie has been active with TD since 1985 and has gained expertise in various roles such as financing to private companies and corporate financing to public companies and most recently as Regional Vice President and Market Leader, Eastern Canada, Private Client Services for TD Waterhouse. Ms. Demers has also completed mandates in fund management, cash and derivative products in addition to her role as Vice President of a network of branches in the Montreal Centre-South District.
Her sharp skills in finance, combined with her relationship abilities, have enabled her to perform on an analytical level as well as on levels relating to business development and mobilization of work teams. Sylvie has always made her mark as a leader. Her strength lies in evaluating the talent of staff members to maximize her teams' abilities and obtain excellent results.
Fully aware of the need to give back, Sylvie is involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations. Over the last few years, she has accepted the honorary presidency of various fundraising campaigns to benefit organizations such as the Quebec Breakfast Club, Sainte-Justine Hospital and Action Nouvelle Vie on Montreal's South Shore. In 2010, she took on the honorary presidency of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
Sylvie Demers studied at École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and has a specialization in Finance.
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