Networking event with Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals sparks new opportunities

On July 26, Wells Fargo's Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council warmly welcomed the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) to the Toronto office to host their monthly general meeting and networking event.

The Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) is a member-based resource organization providing a link between corporations and the black communities through education, information, and programs to facilitate economic empowerment. For the past 20 years, CAUFP has established itself as a catalyst for excellence and for the advancement of black leaders in the Canadian financial services industry.

More than 70 members of CAUFP and Wells Fargo team members gathered for this exciting event featuring our own Wells Fargo keynote speaker – Marvin Spears, global commercial excellence leader in Commercial Distribution Finance.

Marvin shared his own personal story on how to push the corporate boundaries to achieve your dreams. He gave valuable advice to attendees on career planning, mentorship, and how to be more inclusive in today's corporate world.

"I've always known Wells Fargo to be one of the more inclusive banks in the U.S., however, I didn't fully realize the impact of their efforts to advance inclusion and diversity until Marvin presented the stats," said Meryl Afrika, vice president external for CAUFP. "I think that Wells Fargo is a leader amongst banks when it comes to inclusion, and as a board member at CAUFP, I was happy to see them continue these efforts in Canada by hosting us. Like many of our members, I look forward to attending more events hosted by Wells Fargo."

After Marvin's presentation, senior leaders, including Rick Valade, Canada Country Head, Zlata Huddleston, regional head of FIG, and Diane Resendes-Ching, Canada HR leader, joined attendees for a successful networking event.

"As a Wells Fargo team member, it is very encouraging to see how committed our company is to supporting diversity and inclusion, by championing organizations like CAUFP," said Vivienne Lutwama, financial crimes consultant and vice president internal of CAUFP's board. "All the CAUFP and Wells Fargo team members I mingled with shared how much they enjoyed the event and found the keynote speaker to be relatable and motivational. This was a successful collaborative event!"

"This was a great opportunity for both Wells Fargo and CAUFP members to gain new perspectives and develop their networks," said Anna Kalinina, Canada D&I Council chair. "We are looking at additional partnering opportunities with CAUFP as Wells Fargo continues its journey toward a more diverse and inclusive workplace."

The CAUFP holds many great events throughout the year, including their annual Youth Summit in September. To learn more about CAUFP visit