First milestone completed: LAMBA's official launch event was a success!

The newly created Latin America MBA Alumni Network (LAMBA) hosted its official launch event this past November 10th at One King West Hotel.

 The newly created Latin America MBA Alumni Network (LAMBA) hosted its official launch event this past November 10th at One King West Hotel with the attendance of over 250 guests. Those included over two hundred MBA alumni and students from business schools in Canada, forty VP level executives from top corporations spanning multiple industries, representatives from top Canadian business schools including Rotman School of Management, Richard Ivey School of Business, HEC Montreal and Schulich School of Business; as well as representatives from multiple Latin American countries including the Consuls Generals of Mexico Mr. Mauricio Toussaint; Argentina, Mr. Julio Miller; Chile, Mr. Patricio Powell; Venezuela, Ms. Martha Pardo de Marquez and Peru Deputy Consul General Mr. Jaime Sparks.

The night started off with LAMBA President, Victor Olvera reminiscing about the origin of the association which started with "a group of Latin American MBA graduates from top business schools in Canada with the vision of creating a not-for profit professional association to be the main bridge that connects all Latin American MBA graduates living in Canada with one another, corporations, business schools and Latin America". The opening message was followed by guest speakers Sharon Wingfelder, Vice-President of Diversity and Resourcing from CIBC, and Wendy Hannam, Executive Vice President of International Banking at Scotiabank. The night also included a message from Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration of Ontario, who gave a message in Spanish.

The business community showed its support to the association as showcased by guest speaker Sharon Wingfelder: "CIBC is proud to be the first CEO-Level sponsor of LAMBA, not only because we passionately believe in the value of diversity, but investing in strong programs that help to attract and develop top talent is a key component in helping CIBC continue to be viewed as an employer and financial institution of choice for ALL Canadians".

This reaffirms how these corporations' objectives are aligned with LAMBA's mission to link Latin American MBA graduates and promote the excellence and value that Latin American alumni bring to the Canadian business environment.

The speeches were followed by a meet and greet in which LAMBA members mingled with guests from notable Canadian corporations such as TD Bank, RBC, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture, Pepsico, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Ferrero, Toyota, Bell Canada, among others. It was a great opportunity for members to interact and network with top executives, diplomats and fellow Latin American professionals across multiple industries.

The event has gathered accolades from executives, representatives of top business schools and LAMBA members including Prof. Beatrix Dart Ph.D. Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs Executive Director from the Rotman School of Management. Furthermore, new partnerships came to life as Aloma Gravel, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, confirmed Deszo Horvath, dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, approved of a new partnership to support the newly created association.

LAMBA would like to thank all their sponsors, partners and members for their support and looks forward to continue bringing value and building stronger links among its members, corporate organizations and business institutions. This was just the start of a number of initiatives aimed to connect LAMBA members with the business Community in Canada. Stay tuned for their 2011 event calendar aimed to offer valuable connections and memorable networking opportunities to their members.


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