Patents for startups, how skateboarding led to a career at TD and a journey of inclusion: TD's top December headlines

You’ve braved the malls, managed to not burn the turkey this year, and are finally ready to relax and spend time with family and friends. With all that holiday downtime, now might also be a good time to catch up on any TD news you may have missed. Here's a look at our top stories this month.

#OurLeaders

Last month, Kim Parlee sat down with TD's Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Masrani talk about TD’s fourth quarter earnings, his views on the Canadian housing marketing, and recent developments on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Check out the video.

Why did it take Tim Thompson (now Senior Vice President of Canadian Personal Banking Strategy and Transformation), 17 years before he felt comfortable enough to come out at work? Read about his journey and how it led him to now help drive inclusion for colleagues, customers and communities.

#MeetTD

In the latest iteration of our 'Meet TD' series, we introduce you to some of the people working in creative roles at the bank that add new depths and dimension to our culture.  

Meet Martha MacInnis, Head of Retail Design and Experience, and find out why creating innovative spaces for customers keeps her on her toes.

And meet Meet Riley McGarrity, Multimedia Lead, who surprised himself by finding a role at TD where his passion for extreme sports and videography is an asset when telling stories, with a twist.

#MarketUpdate

Kim Parlee spoke with Michael Craig, Senior Portfolio Manager at TD Asset Management, about market volatility resuming, and TD Bank Senior Economist James Marple regarding the Bank of Canada's decision to hold rates steady in last month's edition of MoneyTalk.

Senior Economist, Brian DePratto comments on the remarks from Bank of Canada Governor, Stephen Poloz, about the decision-making process that led to the announcement that the policy rate would be held at 1.75%.

Global growth, monetary policy and the factors impacting market volatility – Bruce Cooper breaks down what happened in the markets in December. Have a listen.

Despite recession talk proliferating in the media, TD's Chief Economist, Beata Caranci argued that financial and economic indicators have yet to breach levels that would signal an impending recession. Learn more about what she had to say here.

#Innovation

Working on a patent can be time consuming and tedious for many entrepreneurs, and securing the right patents can sometimes make or break a company down the road. That's why TD created the Patents for Startups initiative—a first of its kind collaboration program to support startups navigating the patent process. Learn more about it here.

Although Silicon Valley continues to be the top destination for tech talent and financing, TD Economics explains how innovation hubs in other U.S. cities and around the world are offering competitive alternatives.

#TDExplains

How does a bank draft work? Here's a fast primer on bank drafts from our TD Explains series.