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MONEY$TYLE: Taking Diversity to the Bank

With the new year has come a new arrival to IN Magazine’s roster of contributors. Beginning next month, the Money$tyle column will be penned by a longtime friend of Canada’s LGBT community, Al Ramsay of TD Bank.

Ramsay’s title, in fact, captures a lot about how a culture has changed and how a bank has kept pace with those changes: regional manager, LGBT business development, TD Bank Group—GTA.

Ramsay and his team of senior advisors are responsible for growing LGBT personal, wealth and business portfolios by providing expert financial advice and delivering a client experience that has distinguished TD in the banking community. Put simply, Ramsay and his colleagues are devoted to making dreams a reality. “We’re here to support you in achieving your life’s goal,” he says, “whether it is to buy a home, start a family, start a business, save for retirement…or any other personal or professional goal that’s meaningful to you.”

As a measure of TD’s commitment to diversity, Ramsay says, “we are proactively bringing The Entire Bank” to serve the full range of financial needs among members of the LGBT community. That means, “providing a first-class customer experience and financial advice in an inclusive environment.”

For readers of IN, that financial advice will be found regularly in the print and online versions of the magazine. Ramsay will bring to bear an impressive store of experience. For the past 10 years, he has held increasingly senior positions supporting TD’s Diversity and Inclusion mandate from a customer, employee and community standpoint.

He is considered an expert in the LGBT community and has been instrumental in helping TD become a leader in this community. Ramsay’s résumé also includes such positions as national manager, community relations—diversity; senior manager, corporate diversity; senior manager, marketing diversity; and more recently, branch manager.

By his own description, one of Ramsay’s proudest career moments was spearheading the 2005 launch of TD’s first LGBTA Employee Resource Group (ERG) in Toronto. It has since expanded to include 21 ERGs with more than 3,000 employees across North America. And it continues to grow, as they say, even as we speak.

Friends and colleagues point out an old adage aptly applies to “Al,” that if you want to get something done, just turn to the busiest person in the room. Ramsay has had a 24/7 passion for advancing inclusiveness both in the workplace and the communities he serves. He has held positions on numerous work committees and grassroots community-organization boards, including TD’s LGBTA Executive Committee, Community One Foundation and the Urban Financial Services Coalition. In his spare time—don’t ask me when he might possibly find any—Ramsay enjoys mentoring young people from diverse backgrounds.

In the hands of this skilled TD Bank standout, the Money$tyle column will cover saving for college, funding your retirement, home loans and a host of other financial topics with the LGBT community in mind. Ramsay’s knowledge, professionalism, experience and devotion to diversity are an invaluable addition to IN Magazine’s bench strength. My colleagues and I extend a welcoming hand to Al.

Jim Brosseau, Editor
IN Magazine