Nov 24, 2013

Money 50/50: Toronto 1 Postponed

The first Money 50/50 event has been postponed.

Late-breaking complications could not be overcome in the time available. Compromises would have prevented the attendees and speakers from getting the experience they deserve. All tickets have been fully refunded (even though PayPal doesn't provide a full refund).

The unexpected happens. Yesterday's TEDxRyersonU was very well organized but the two speakers I most wanted to see weren't there. John Ralston Saul (author and visiting professor) couldn't get back from Africa in time. Sue Gardner (executive director of Wikimedia Foundation) arrived from San Francisco but got stuck at Pearson airport due to the weather. Since there were numerous other speakers, the loss of one or two allows the show to proceed.

With Money 50/50, one speaker had to cancel and there wasn't enough time to find a replacement who would have time to prepare. Also, there weren't enough registrations to create the energy that feeds a live event.

Preparations are already underway for next time (probably January).

Thanks again to the speakers, registrants and volunteers.

Nov 9, 2013

Money 50/50 Toronto 1: The Speakers

Money 5050 speakers 3Money 50/50 connects you to carefully-selected writers who help you master your money at a live must-attend interactive event. The 50/50 format means the talks are short (like TEDx) and that half the time is for your questions. You can also talk to the speakers during breaks.

The Speakers at Toronto 1

Here’s who you’ll see at the first event (in alphabetical order).

imageJason Heath

Fee-only / Advice-only Financial Planner
LinkedIn | website | Financial Post column

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from York University in Toronto. He has also earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. In addition, Jason has completed numerous financial, tax and estate planning specialty courses from a variety of organizations. Jason has appeared on CTV New Channel and authored and been interviewed for articles on a wide variety of topics appearing in publications such as the National Post, MoneySense, The Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive. He is the Treasurer of the Block Parent Program of Canada and a personal finance columnist for the Financial Post.

Ashleigh PattersonAshleigh Patterson

Senior Editor, Yahoo! Canada Finance
LinkedIn | website | Twitter | Money Minute
Ashleigh is senior editor at Yahoo! Canada Finance, the #1 finance website in the country. She also hosts the popular online video series Money Minute, which offers weekly insights on the best ways to score great deals, avoid common scams and stretch your dollar. Previously, Ashleigh was a founding member of the Reuters Money team. She’s also passionate about student debt, real estate and millennial money management.

Promod SharmaPromod Sharma

Personal Insurance Actuary
LinkedIn | website | Twitter | Riscario Insider blog

Promod (“pro-MODE”) is the Founder of Money 50/50. He’s an insurance actuary (FSA, FCIA) who designed personal life/health products for various companies and then helped advisors across Canada sell them. In 2009, Promod started using his insider insights to help the public instead. He’s been interviewed in publications ranging from general (e.g., The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star) to niche (e.g., Beyond Risk). He was the sole nominee from the financial sector for a 2011 Business Excellence Award from the Toronto Board of Trade. Promod oversees six Toastmasters clubs and has done presentations across Canada.

imageKerry K. Taylor

Frugal Living Expert
LinkedIn | Twitter | Squawkfox blog

Kerry is the creator of, one of the most popular money blogs. Her articles on saving money and frugal living often go viral and have hit the front pages of Yahoo!, MSN, Lifehacker, and Kerry's creative and engaging writing style has won her accolades. She’s been voted one of Canada's Top Money Bloggers by The Globe and Mail readers, and she is regularly contacted by American and Canadian media. Kerry is the author of 397 Ways To Save Money, Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less.

The Date

Plan to attend on the evening of Monday, November 25th in downtown Toronto. Here are the details and registration form.