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The Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association is a professional industry association whose members are the chartered banks of Canada. The CBA was established in 1891 and currently acts as the main representative body for over 45 domestic and foreign-chartered banks in Canada. The CBA provides its members with many benefits and services including information, research, advocacy and operations support services. In addition, the CBA actively contributes to the development of public policy on issues that affect financial services in Canada. Moreover, the CBA provides the general public with information about industry and financial issues.

The CBA’s mission is to become the leading contributor in the development of public policy in the financial services sector. The CBA promotes an understanding of the banking industry to the Canadian public, governments, international bodies, interest groups and the media through a varied range of activities including consultations, reports, submissions, speeches, publications and fact sheets. In addition, the CBA provides an open forum for dialogue between various interest groups and the banks.

The Institute of Canadian Bankers offers educational programs to bank staff and other financial services professionals. The CBA also offers a wide range of publications that report on topics such as banking trends, developments, and topical industry issues.

The CBA actively co-operates with other organizations on a national and international forefront to develop industry standards and conventions in order to enhance the efficiency and soundness of the financial system.

The CBA accomplishes its many goals through the co-operative efforts of bankers and professional staff that work to develop industry positions under the direction of the association's executive council which functions as its board of directors.

There are many existing committees and working groups that deal with bank-wide issues. These committees and working groups include human resources, independent business, agriculture, securities legislation, interbank operations, and risk management.

The head office for the CBA is located in Toronto, however the CBA also has regional offices located in Montreal and Ottawa.

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