Capitalize for Kids 2014

Jeff Gallant & Kyle MacDonald, BCom'11
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Jeff Gallant & Kyle MacDonald

Jeff Gallant and Kyle MacDonald, both BCom'11, were friends since their first year as classmates in the Commerce program. They shared an interest in finance, aspiring to careers in the field after graduation. Both succeeded in landing jobs on Bay Street – Jeff as an analyst at Alignvest; Kyle as an investment analyst at Veritas Investment Research.

Soon after arriving in Toronto, the friends looked for opportunities to get involved in the community by attending several charity events geared to young professionals. Jeff and Kyle decided to get involved at Toronto’s SickKids hospital. After participating in hospital tours, hearing stories from doctors and patients’ families, and getting to know the Foundation’s senior management team, the pair was inspired to do more. As Jeff explained, “There was a pretty big incentive for us to combine our interests in finance and come up with an initiative that would act as a permanent and growing source of capital for the hospital.”

More than just a conference, Capitalize for Kids was created to offer opportunities for both finance professionals and those outside the industry. In 2013, Jeff and Kyle dressed up as superheroes to deliver candy to patients at SickKids on Halloween. Their antics were a hit with the children, family, visitors and staff alike that day. The superhero costumes were a fitting, if subconscious choice. The vision of Capitalize for Kids: “Creating a world where investment professionals do well by doing good.” It sounds like a something Iron Man himself might say.

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