With this year’s first ever Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games in the Greater Toronto Area last May being a major triumph, members of the financial industry that made huge contributions to the success of the event were recognized.
Brad Sumarah and Steven Hawkins were recognized by Chief Mark Saunders, who was the Games’ honourary chair, at police headquarters on August 15.
Sumarah is the managing director of CIBC Capital Markets while Hawkins is the president and chief executive officer of Horizons ETF’s Management (Canada) Inc.
Their organizations each raised $10,000.
CIBC partnered with Toronto Police about three years ago to support Special Olympics.
“It’s a great cause and we enjoy working with young people,” said Sumarah. “We also relish supporting Toronto Police in whatever way we can.”
This the first year that Horizons joined forces with Toronto Police.
“We embrace many youth initiatives and we felt it was important to be involved in this space,” noted Hawkins. “We also had a huge volunteer contingent at the Games.”
Other major contributors and supporters were the Mortgage Company of Canada, TD Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets, TMX and BMO Global Asset Management Canada.
Cody Jasma, the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run business development director, said the support was overwhelming.
“Without these entities, the Games would not have been the success they turned out to be,” he said. “They really stepped up to the plate this year and showed they really cared for this event. In the past, we have had about two or three banking partners giving about $10,000 to $20,000. This year, we got well over $100,000 from the institutions.”
The Toronto Police Credit Union has also being a major supporter over the years.