Ever fancied a quiet lunch with a bank chief executive in a private dining room atop a gleaming skyscraper? Golf with a top trader?
Perhaps a cerebral evening out with a brokerage head and a former top U.S. economic adviser is more to your taste?
All it takes is a big cheque for charity. For a good cause, some of Toronto's top financial executives, including Royal Bank of Canada chief executive officer Gord Nixon, are auctioning off their time, and their access to some of the city's more exclusive spots.
Women in Capital Markets, which works to increase opportunities for women in the world of finance, has lined up a pretty incredible list of executives for the auction at next week's Vinifera gala. The soiree is always a fun night out full of wine tastings and great food, even without the chance to buy lunch with Mr. Nixon.
Here's a rundown:
· Gord Nixon, President and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada, and Doug McGregor, co-CEO of RBC Capital Markets, will host six people for lunch in the RBC executive dining room
· Rick Meslin, chief executive of UBS Securities Canada, will host a Skating Party for 250 people at the Air Canada Centre.
· Bob Dorrance, CEO & president of TD Securities, and Martine Irman, vice chair, will host eight people at a Toronto Raptors game in TD Securities' Platinum Lounge suite.
· Tom Milroy, CEO of BMO Capital Markets, and three other top BMO bankers will host eight people in the corporate box at BMO Field on July 20th to cheer for the Toronto FC.
· Richard Nesbitt, CEO of wholesale banking at CIBC, will host one person at his table at an exclusive dinner featuring Lawrence Summers, former senior economic advisor to President Barack Obama and Jim Prentice, the former Canadian cabinet minister who recently joined CIBC as a vice-chairman.
· Mike Durland, Group Head and Co-CEO of Scotia Capital, and general counsel Debbie Alexander will host two foursomes for a round of golf at Devil's Pulpit followed by a private dinner.