TD Bank Partnerships with Aboriginal Communities
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TD Bank wasn't always ahead of the curve

As Senior Vice President for the Toronto Dominion Bank, Monique Bateman is among the most senior Aboriginal people in Canadian banking.  She credits her professional success to the values she gained growing up in a small Métis community in Manitoba.

During her 30-year career at TD, she says she has seen the bank make big strides in its support of native customers and communities.

"Early in our journey, TD’s approach was not well coordinated, and progress was slow. I was part of an Aboriginal committee in the 1990's; and sometimes it felt like moving a boulder up a hill."

She says TD has come a long way since then, and she credits storytelling and the “role model effect.” 

"We have strategically focused on engaging Aboriginal employees by encouraging them to share their stories, backgrounds and culture. This is about building pride in our heritage, and it sends a powerful message of inclusion."

"We have also showcased Aboriginal executives as role models within the organization. That’s especially key for Aboriginal peoples because role models are an intrinsic part of their culture: Elders hold much respect and are regarded as teachers and mentors."

Read more about TD Bank's partnerships with Aboriginal Communities, and watch a video of Monique Bateman talking about mentoring.


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