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Canadian Open Banking Forum

Explore the Opportunities, Reap the Rewards, Avoid the Risks

April 21 - 22, 2020 · 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 Canadian Open Banking Forum, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Risk Manager, Regulatory and Canadian Open Banking Forum, 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.


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 Canadian Open Banking Forum program in Corporate Functions.


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 Canadian Open Banking Forum 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 Canadian Open Banking Forum 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 Canadian Open Banking Forum 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, Canadian Open Banking Forum, 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 Canadian Open Banking Forum at Great-West Lifeco, where she leads the corporate group that establishes, executes, monitors and manages the Corporation’s Canadian Open Banking Forum 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 Canadian Open Banking Forum 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.


Dennis Chaupis, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory Services, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Dennis is Senior Manager in Cyber Risk Advisory, with over 12 years of combined industry and consulting experience. In his current role, Dennis is leading the Vulnerability Management & Penetration testing practice in Toronto. Currently he serves financial institutions mainly with the main goal of identifying, managing, and assisting in the remediation of vulnerabilities that could have a business impact.


Wilfred Farias, Manager, Risk Advisory, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte

Wilfred is a Manager at Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, where he supports the national Cyber Incident Response and Crisis Management programs. He specializes in assisting organizations manage their cybersecurity incidents and breaches as they occur, by advising and guiding defensible breach response activities, technical recovery, and communications.


Juan Rodriguez, Senior Manager, Global Operational Risk, Scotiabank

Juan brings with him more than 25 years of successful experience in the financial industry. In the public sector, he worked in the Central Bank and Superintendence of Financial institutions in Ecuador. His journey in the private sector includes working in Diners Club, BMO, CIBC, and Scotiabank, where he currently acts as Senior Manager in Operational Risk for International Banking. He has been part of the Second Line and the First Line of Defence. His experience, along with his curiosity, customer-focus and result-oriented mindset have enabled him to successfully implement Canadian Open Banking Forum programs. He has a Master degree in Business Economics, a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a College degree in Systems Design.







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