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Five things the TD Centre can teach us about how to build Toronto - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 01 2015,

The TD towers were a radical departure both in scale and in style. The tallest of the original two soared to 56 floors, dominating the skyline like nothing before or since. Rising from its six-acre site at King and Bay, it was everything the old buildings around it were not. While they featured arched windows and gargoyles, Greek columns and bronze roofs, the design of the TD Centre was all austerity and simplicity.

It is just this sort of future that the creators of the TD Centre had in mind when they hired one of the era’s most renowned architects to build them something outstanding. The architect was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), the Chicago-based German émigré who liked to say that “less is more.” He referred to his works as “skin-and-bones” architecture, and his unadorned steel-and-glass boxes were meant to reflect the spirit of a modern technological era.

It took ambition and foresight to pull off something as bold as the TD Centre. It meant thinking about what the city would become instead of just coping with what it was. Those qualities sometimes seem lacking in today’s Toronto. There are still things we can learn from those dark towers.

First, don’t be afraid of tall buildings.
Second, investing in quality pays.
Third, maintain what you have.
Fourth, pay attention to details.
Finally, always think about the future. Toronto, and Canada, were in a risk-taking frame of mind when the first tower took shape. Expo 67, the wildly successful world’s fair, was under way in Montreal. The striking new Toronto City Hall by Finnish architect Viljo Revell had opened two years earlier.
'60s  ambitions  architecture  boldness  foresight  history  lessons_learned  Marcus_Gee  skyscrapers  Bay_Street  TD_Bank  Toronto  design  forward_looking  PATH  detail_oriented  minimalism  quality  Expo_67  risk-taking  mindsets  pay_attention 
may 2015 by jerryking
TD to help customers pinch pennies with new app - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 30 2014 | The Globe and Mail |OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER

This week, TD will announce a partnership with Moven, a company whose namesake app monitors spending habits and, as a result, allows users to tighten up their discretionary spending and save money....Moven's app works in much the same way as health-tracking apps such as FitBit – but for personal finance....The result is an instant analysis of the user's financial health....With the Moven partnership, TD hopes to reintroduce the concept based on “soft advice” – an app that, rather than chastising users for spending too much money, offers them updates and tidbits of information about their spending habits with every purchase.... ...The move is part of an aggressive push by TD into mobile finance. Earlier this month, the bank announced it is partnering with UGO, a mobile wallet platform that allows users to digitize their credit and loyalty cards for use on smartphones.
mobile_applications  personal_finance  TD_Bank  Moven  Nudge  Omar_el_Akkad 
december 2014 by jerryking
What TD Bank’s Ed Clark learned on the job - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 19 2014 | G&M | LEAH EICHLER.

1. Listen.

2. Learn on the job.

3. Hire people smarter than you.

4. People and culture are everything.

5. Give employees opportunities to stretch themselves.
TD_Bank  banking  banks  CEOs  leaders  lessons_learned  listening  hiring  organizational_culture  Leah_Eichler  Ed_Clark  smart_people 
september 2014 by jerryking
Which TD branches open Sunday » Banks in Canada
Over 300 TD Canada Trust branches across Canada will be open from Noon to 4pm. 7 Day banking
TD_Bank  Junior_Achievement  banking 
march 2012 by jerryking
CMO Council: Marketing Magnified October 2011
very few feel their campaigns are highly evolved on a local level.
localization  TD_Bank  Junior_Achievement 
march 2012 by jerryking
TD Taps Canada's Mosaic for Growth
28 February 2006 | The Globe and Mail | Sinclair Stewart
TD_Bank  ethnic_communities  immigrants  banking  banks 
march 2012 by jerryking
The latest shade of green – zero energy use - The Globe and Mail
erica ruth kelly
Special to Globe and Mail Update (Includes Correction)
Published Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Since 1990, the Friends of the Environment Foundation at Toronto-Dominion Bank has helped fund more than 19,000 environmental projects with the aim of helping Canadian communities to reduce, reuse and recycle. ..."“With the big banks pulling in the profits they are, there is greater pressure to create and preserve a positive brand, without succumbing to the criticism of ‘greenwashing,’” he says. Branding itself as a green bank “attracts loyal customers and employees because they are going a step further than the conventional green initiatives.” "
CSR  Junior_Achievement  green  TD_Bank 
january 2012 by jerryking
First nations new focus for Canada’s banks
Jun. 15, 2011 The Globe and Mail GRANT ROBERTSON. Ottawa’s
plan to pay out billions of dollars in land claim settlements to first
nations bands over the next several years, along with changes to the
mortgage market on some reserves, is opening up a lucrative and growing
business for the country’s banking sector. The Canada First Nation Joint
Action Plan, announced last week in Ottawa, extended the government’s
plan to settle outstanding land claims, paying out roughly $1-billion a
year to bands that are owed money. The reserves that are in line to
receive those payouts must line up a bank to manage that injection of
funds. This has spawned a burgeoning niche in Canadian banking, as
financial institutions compete for the right to manage that money
through their wealth management and trust divisions. Bank of Montreal,
Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Peace Hills Trust are
among the financial institutions now focusing on aboriginal banking as a
fast-emerging market.
banking  land_claim_settlements  BMO  RBC  action_plans  TD_Bank  financial_institutions  money_management  wealth_management  aboriginals  Altruvest 
june 2011 by jerryking Taking a load off
April 30, 2010 | Report on Business Magazine | Tara Perkins. Profile of Don Drummond.
profile  economists  TD_Bank  Don_Drummond 
may 2010 by jerryking
Earnings gap a 'troubling' trend - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 24, 2009 | Globe and Mail | by JOE FRIESEN AND TAVIA
GRANT. Much of the difficulty in finding a high-paying job that matches
an applicant's qualifications relates to the elusive Canadian experience
that employers seek. It's difficult to get a good job without Canadian
experience, but impossible to get that Canadian experience without first
getting a good job. "Their best chance at jobs are with people they
know, and very often their social networks are not very strong," Mr.
Jedwab said. "If your best connections are at a local restaurant ...
then you'll get a job at a restaurant."
immigrants  Toronto  Canada  productivity  TD_Bank  Statistics_Canada  Tavia_Grant  social_capital  social_networking  achievement_gaps  Joe_Friesen 
november 2009 by jerryking
Immigrant illiteracy costs Canada billions
September 28, 2009 | National Post | by Megan O'Toole.
According to a report by Craig Alexander of TD Economics, immigrants are
not being utilized to their full potential, costing Canada's economy
billions of dollars every year -- and poor language and literacy skills
are at the heart of the problem.
Toronto  economic_development  illiteracy  TD_Bank  immigrants  literacy 
october 2009 by jerryking

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