TD celebrates the Colours of Asia at annual Gala

Bharat Masrani, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group,
poses with South Asian Committee members at TD's 2017 South Asian Gala
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TD added its signature green to a vibrant backdrop of colour this year at the company's annual South Asian Gala. Themed the "Colours of Asia," the 2017 event brought together more than 1200 employees and their guests for a night of fun, philanthropy and inspiration.

The Gala, now in its eighth year, is a high-energy celebration of South Asian culture enjoyed through music, fashion, and traditional food and drink. Highlights of the evening included a fashion show featuring traditional bridal outfits from eight different regions, a cheque presentation to Langar Seva, and a variety of impressive raffle prizes.

In his remarks, Bharat Masrani, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group, emphasized the importance of having a diverse and inclusive culture – and the role it has played in TD's growth as an organization.

"We must continue to challenge our own biases, invite new perspectives, become better allies, and grow in ways that will enrich the lives of our customers, the communities we serve, and our colleagues."

This year, employees across Canada were asked to contribute ideas for the design of gold and silver pieces in celebration of Diwali. Precious metals are often purchased as gifts for cultural occasions, and the ornate designs and celebratory messaging on these unique pieces were purposefully chosen because of their connection to South Asian culture.

The South Asian Gala, which has grown exponentially in popularity since its inception, is one of four major annual events organized by TD’s South Asian committee. TD has donated over $870,000 to various South Asian community initiatives in 2017 alone.