orange you glad.

from the rest of this week’s posts, you now know i was in Toronto last week. but you don’t know the main reason i was there. to be honest – plane ticket in hand – i didn’t really know why i was there either.

rewind two weeks.

i got an email from ING DIRECT asking me to join them in Toronto for an announcement. no further details except: sshhh. secret’s safe with me, who would i tell? i had no idea what was going on, but wouldn’t ever turn down a trip back home to the centre of the universe.

here’s the back story: about a year and a half ago, i was invited to an event at ING DIRECT’s Calgary Cafe. i got to know the cafe’s manager, Jonathan, started going to more events, and learned about the company. while i find many things about ING interesting, i am most drawn to their community involvement and charitable giving. that, and the fact that their employees always looks like they are having fun and love their jobs. i spent time with the Calgary group and was honoured to be named an #OrangeScarf ambassador earlier this year.

so there i was in Toronto on monday, with a group of ambassadors, gathered at the head office for a tour and dinner, and nothing! you’re killing me ING! i love surprises, but i love them more when i know what they are.

not a single hint.

on tuesday afternoon i found a seat in the Toronto Centre of the Arts with hundreds of ING employees to finally be filled in on the news.

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and there it is, straight from Peter Aceto’s, CEO, mouth – a name change to Tangerine.

but why? last november, Scotiabank completed its acquisition of ING Bank of Canada from Netherlands-based ING Groep. and with that came a need to change the name and visual identity.

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that’s the best news for customers – nothing changes. you still get the innovation, the interest paid on every dollar, the simplicity, and the great customer service.

but that wasn’t it. after a short stage change, the audience (employees, ambassadors, customers) were treated to a performance by Canadian band Walk Off the Earth. so good.

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everyone was on a high, but it just got better. a surprise private performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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shut up! i’m not sure anyone believed that was happening. a fellow baseball lover, i just became a bigger fan of Macklemore. just listen to same love and feel proud that you love love and everyone’s right to love.

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everyone should experience being in a room full of falling streamers.

want to know more? read this. thanks, Tangerine. what a whirlwind.

is your bank this cool?

photos via ING Facebook.

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