14th Annual Event!
Operational Risk Management
Explore Vulnerabilities and the Latest Best Practices for ORM!
October 22 - 23, 2019 · Toronto, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts
Andrew Richardson, Principal, SImplified Risk Management Inc.
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience developing, implementing, and leading Risk Management Programs in financial services. Roles with BMO Financial Group, Meridian Credit Union, and Coast Capital Savings focused on
enhancing strategic management processes at the Board and Chief Executive level and optimizing key operational processes to identify opportunities and issues. He has experience with regulatory and legal compliance programs, cyber and
criminal risk management, process optimization including effective internal controls, third party supplier and project risk management, and human resource risk programs. He is passionate about enabling strategic success through enhanced
risk awareness as part of overall corporate culture, and passionate about implementing targeted value-added programs enhancing the capabilities of individuals and teams. In 2018, with Gennine Richardson, they formed Simplified Risk
Management Inc, based in Vancouver, a consulting firm dedicated to providing simple risk management solutions to small and medium sized businesses.
Olivier Beaumont, Advisor, Regulatory and Operational Risk Management, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
Risk Manager, Regulatory and Operational Risk Management, iA Financial Group.
Saad Ali, Director, Governance, Controls & Operational Risk, CIBC
As the leader of the Governance, Controls and Operational Risk team in CIBC Finance, Saad Ali is responsible for ensuring the bank has a robust governance framework which meets regulatory standards, industry best
practices, and complies with the enterprise’s risk appetite. He plays a multi-dimensional role with managing risk arising from business transformation processes and identifying enhancement opportunities within a Shared Services
model. Saad has over 10 years of experience from various Financial Institutions with roles in Internal Audit for Capital Markets, Regulatory Risk and Finance. He is also a CPA and CA from PwC with a specialization in financial
institutions and asset management. Saad is also involved in teaching roles with York University and CPA Ontario.
Andres Betancourt, CFCS, CAMS, CBE, Senior Audit Manager, AML/ATF & Sanctions, Scotiabank
Andres Betancourt brings over 10 years of experience in Compliance and AML within the financial services industry with Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and Grant Thornton LLP. Andres helps lead
the AML Unit Audit function to appropriately assess the design and operational effectiveness of internal controls and adherence to Bank policies and regulatory requirements, particularly those related to AML/ATF and Sanctions Risk
Management across the Bank. While at Bank of Montreal, RBC and Grant Thornton, Andres worked on anti-money laundering and fraud investigations, oversight and testing, quality assurance audits, Compliance Effectiveness reviews, policy
interpretation and regulatory reporting during several years.
Rahim Panjwani, Senior Vice President, Regional Head of Testing & Validation, Wells Fargo Bank
Rahim Panjwani is a Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Testing & Validation for Canada & Latin America at the Wells Fargo Bank. Rahim has over 20 years international experience mainly in banking. Prior to Wells
Fargo he has worked with the Bank of Montreal, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. While working with these large multinational banks he has led various challenging assignments in the Middle East, Europe and SouthEast Asia and has built /
transformed their governance, audit, testing and validation functions with an international outreach. He has been leading cross-geographical teams and has proven to be a transformational leader with exceptional change management skills.
Rahim is a passionate volunteer and over the past 18 years has served and led on the boards of large Not for Profits. Rahim is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and is a Certified Internal Auditor
(USA), Certified Management Auditor (London School of Economics) and a Certified Director (Pakistan). Additionally, Rahim is due to attend a Compliance Management program at Duke University, USA in summer this year.
Jeremy Holmes, Director, Operational Risk, Corporate Functions, RBC
Jeremy is Director, Operational Risk, Corporate Functions at RBC. Within his current role, Jeremy is responsible for providing Oversight and Challenge to RBC’s Technology and Operations, Human Resources, Finance,
Group Risk Management, Compliance, AML, Internal Audit and a collection of units within the CAO globally. Jeremy has 20 years of financial industry experience, including 5 years in reporting and oversight roles in the CAMLO office of
RBC, 5 years as an operational risk advisor at TD and RBC, and 3 years in Internal Audit at TD Financial Group. His team has successfully rolled out a Program Maturity Assessment across the Corporate Functions at RBC to objectively
evaluate the breadth and maturity of the Operational Risk Program in each unit, thereby allowing management and the lines of business the ability to understand the level of embeddedness of the Operational Risk Management program in
Laura Smith, Director, Risk Management Operations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Laura Smith is the Director of Risk Management Operations at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Prior to that, she has held various roles over 14 years at CMHC including two years as Director Internal Audit and two
years as Director of Finance. Laura is a CPA and prior to joining CMHC she worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.
Kerry Willett-Vali, Director, Operational Risk and Regulatory Management, RBC
Kerry joined RBC in 1998, and has held a variety of senior operational risk roles in Banking, Insurance and in Corporate Functions. In her current role as Director, Operational Risk and Regulatory Management, she is
accountable for the first line of defense operational risk management function for Group Risk Management globally. Previously, Kerry was Director, Operational Risk Advisory and Oversight where she had responsibility for providing second
line of defence oversight of the Personal & Commercial Banking and Insurance Segments. Prior to these roles, Kerry directed large first line operational and underwriting teams at RBC Insurance.
Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree; a Canadian Risk Management designation from The Global Risk Management Institute; and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation from The Insurance Institute of Canada.
Jamie Pearson, Director, Risk Management, Meridian Credit Union
Jamie leads the development and maintenance of all Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk Management processes at Meridian and its national bank subsidiary, motusbank, including enterprise-wide and project risk
assessments, risk appetite, and coordination of all activities under the Operational Risk Management Framework. He manages the activities of Meridian's Management Risk Committee and Operational Risk Committee, placing a strong emphasis
on developing practical solutions and adding value through risk management. Jamie was previously a Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman focusing on Enterprise Risk Management for non-FIs.
Tanna Brodbar, Vice President, Operational Risk Management, Great-West Lifeco
Tanna Brodbar holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from York University and an MBA in Leadership from European University Business School. Tanna is Vice President of Operational Risk Management at Great-West Lifeco, where
she leads the corporate group that establishes, executes, monitors and manages the Corporation’s operational risk management and oversight methodologies and practices. Tanna also heads up the Corporation’s supplier risk and
fraud risk oversight functions. A highly strategic leader, Tanna is known for her ability to be effective in diverse businesses and functions, successfully tackling tough challenges, and developing high-performing teams that deliver.
When time permits, Tanna enjoys teaching and speaking about leadership and business management. Aside from her family,Tanna’s other personal passion is Muay Thai kickboxing and you can find her battling it out several nights each
week in a mid-town Toronto kickboxing gym.
Katherine Macpherson, Senior Manager & Operational Risk National Leader, Financial Services Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP
Katherine is a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Advisory practice of Ernst & Young. She leads the Operational Risk practice in Canada, helping clients build and transform their operational risk management
programs to maximize stakeholder value. With over 12 years of experience at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), and over 6 years of operational risk experience in the banking and insurance industries,
Katherine has deep first-hand practical understanding of leading industry ORM practices.