Miller Thomson LLP
Imran Ahmad is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, technology and privacy law. As part of his cybersecurity, privacy and data breach practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop
and implement practical and informed strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He focuses on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security and data breach incident preparedness and response. He
also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action, or a litigation.
Imran is a board member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s (CATA) Cyber Council which advises the Government of Canada on cybersecurity matters. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access
to Information Law Section. Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada (to be published in summer 2017 by LexisNexis).
Director of Financial Risk Management, KPMG
Jason Au is a Director of Financial Risk Management at KPMG LLP in Toronto. He has extensive experience and knowledge pertaining to regulatory requirements and expectations in relation to the use of regulatory capital models for Pillar 1 risks, model governance and capital adequacy.
Prior to joining KPMG, Jason was a Senior Manager at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) responsible for leading cross-disciplinary teams responsible for the approval and ongoing monitoring of Canadian banks’ regulatory capital models for market, credit, counterparty credit and operational risks. While at OSFI, he played important roles related to a number of key aspects of Basel implementation: he drafted OSFI’s capital model approval process, led the review of 7 banks’ Basel 2.5 model applications, and co-chaired the Counterparty Credit Risk and Credit Valuation Adjustment (CCR-CVA) Working Group. Jason has also represented OSFI at the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision’s Standards Implementation Group Trading Book Subgroup (SIGTB), making important contributions to its review of the variability of market risk-weighted assets across global banks.
Valérie Fontaine Aubry
Risk Specialist, Murex North America
Valerie Fontaine-Aubry, FRTB practice lead at Murex NY, has 20 years of experience in the software and capital markets industry. She started at Murex as an Interest Rate Derivatives consultant working with numerous European and American banks and hedge funds. In 2007 as head of the Emerging markets team she initiated the emerging markets practice in New York leading large implementations in Latin America. She specialized 8 years ago in market risk focusing on pre-sales and implementations of enterprise risk solutions while also contributing to the evolution of MX.3. She is currently focusing on regulatory aspects of market risk and is part of the Murex FRTB design team.
Valerie holds a Masters degree in finance from the Dauphine University, Paris.
Head of Risk and Finance Technology Solutions TD Bank Group
Simon Barkla, Vice President and Head of Risk and Finance leads teams of talented, committed professionals entrusted with executing a broad Global technology strategy that supports TD’s customers, clients, shareholders, and employees.
Within the Enterprise Enabling Technology Solutions portfolio Simon leads the strategy, delivery and support of technology solutions for Credit Risk, Operational Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, Technology Risk Management, Finance, Audit and Strategic
Sourcing. Each of these services plays a unique and essential role in ensuring the bank operates in an efficient, cost effective manner, while still respecting the global brand.
Cyber Security Advisory, KPMG
Yassir Bellout is a partner in KPMG’s Cyber Security Advisory practice. With 17 years of professional experience, Yassir has assisted clients across industries in delivering major programs with the objective of deploying Cyber protection and resilience
measures. He has led multidisciplinary teams of Business, Information Technology and Cyber Security professionals.
Yassir holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), a Master in Science (M.Sc.) and an Engineering Diploma (B. Eng.) in computer science. He is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor
(CISA) and an Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP).
Yassir has assisted major Canadian organizations in forming Cybersecurity functions and running large Cyber transformations. While serving major players in the Banking, Insurance, Finance, Retail, Telecommunications, Transport, Media and Government sectors,
Yassir consistently brought a business-oriented perspective to complex Cybersecurity challenges.
His areas of expertise include Cyber Security governance and strategy, Cybersecurity risk identification and evaluation, Cybersecurity maturity assessments, Cybersecurity architecture, Identity and Access Management, compliance to standards and regulations,
Crisis management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Privacy protection, Cybersecurity penetration tests and RedTeaming exercises, Benchmarking and evaluation of Cyber Security practices.
Ranjan Bhaduri, PhD
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bodhi Research Group
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri is the Founder, President & CEO of Bodhi Research Group. Bodhi Research Group is focused on research and education in the alternative investments industry.
Dr. Bhaduri has extensive experience in hedge fund research, hedge fund factorization, portfolio management, and due diligence (investment, operational, and structural). Dr. Bhaduri has designed and implemented an institutional due diligence and research program. Dr. Bhaduri’s experience includes being on an Investment Committee at Morgan Stanley where he conducted due diligence and helped design customized portfolios of Alternatives. Earlier, he was at a Canadian Fund of Funds, and at a multi-billion dollar capital management firm where he was involved in all aspects of its fund of hedge funds and structured finance business. He has also worked with two major Canadian investment banks in the Financial Strategy Consulting Group and in Global Risk Management & Control, respectively.
Dr. Bhaduri has a winning track record of leadership and training. Several of his former analysts and interns have gone on to have successful careers and have held positions at prestigious organizations, including the following firms: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and Crabel Capital Management.
Dr. Bhaduri has held an advisory role at the East-West Center, a leading think tank on the Asia-Pacific region. He has taught finance and mathematics at several universities and lectured on Derivatives for the Montreal Exchange. Dr. Bhaduri has published papers on, and been invited to speak worldwide regarding hedge fund issues, and advanced portfolio and risk management techniques. Dr. Bhaduri was invited by the CME to be part of a special delegation that met with regulators in Beijing and Taipei to discuss hedge fund issues.
Dr. Bhaduri holds both the CFA and CAIA charters. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Toronto CFA Society, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Dr. Bhaduri previously served as a member of the All About Alpha Editorial Board, and has previously served on the CAIA Chicago Chapter Executive. Dr. Bhaduri currently serves on the Board of Directors of AIMA Canada, co-chair of AIMA Canada Managed Futures Committee, and on the AIMA Global Research Committee.
Jean-Charles Bouvrette, Ph.D.
Director, Integrated Risk Management Modelling, Mouvement Desjardins
J-C Bouvrette joined Desjardins in 2010 in risk management. His main interests are in integrated risk management and modelling, asset pricing and financial institution management and regulation. Since 2010, he worked more specifically on stress-testing, recovery plan, economic capital modelling, capital adequacy, risk appetite and risk-adjusted performance measures. M. Bouvrette has a Ph.D. in Finance from HEC Montreal. He also joined PRMIA Montreal steering committee in 2017.
Vice President Global Banking and Financial Markets Risk and Compliance Watson
Financial Services Solutions Industry Platforms, IBM
Grace Brasington has twenty-eight years of experience in the financial services
industry, holding executive level roles at advisory firms and financial institutions. Grace
currently serves as IBM’s Global Leader for Risk and Compliance in Watson Financial
Services Solutions, Industry Platforms business. Grace has focused her career on risk,
compliance, data management, predictive analytics, operations management, and data
governance. Prior to IBM, Grace has served as SunTrust Bank’s Chief Compliance
Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for the continuous development and
enterprise-wide implementation as well as execution of SunTrust’s Compliance
Program. In addition, she directly managed select enterprise-wide compliance activities
including Privacy, Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending.
Grace has developed, built and guided multiple financial institutions strategy for
leveraging and deploying data and technology capabilities to solve critical business
issues with an emphasis on data governance, risk and compliance. She has extensive
experience in leading businesses through challenging times and facilitating their
mitigation of risk and their adherence to regulatory and compliance dictates, while
driving and managing compliance change, and championing risk management
Beginning her career at a variety of technology companies including NCR, Tandem
Computers, and EMC Corporation, Grace then transitioned to advisory roles in
consulting at KPMG LLP. She has held executive roles as the Chief Risk Officer for a
$3B technology and services company and was most recently the Chief Compliance
officer for SunTrust Banks, a $190B financial institution with headquarters in Atlanta,
Areas of expertise include:
- Regulatory Compliance
- Data Management
- Data Governance
- Risk Management
- Technology Service Delivery
- Operations Management
- Process Improvement
- Organizational and Business Transformation
- Program Management
- Mergers and Acquisitions
Director of Derivatives Oversight, Autorité des Marchés Financiers
Lise Estelle Brault is Senior Director of Derivatives Oversight at the Autorité des marchés financiers. Her department is responsible for the implementation of derivatives regulatory policy in Quebec, including the ongoing development of over-the-counter
derivatives oversight following the financial crisis. Her team is also responsible for developing the AMF expertise in the analysis of trade repository derivatives data. In her current role, she is responsible for qualifying counterparties who
offer derivatives to Quebec retail clients, and for approving the products on offer. Moreover, she chairs the AMF Derivatives Advisory Committee, a forum to gain insight into relevant issues and maintain an open dialogue between sector participants
and the AMF with respect to the efficiency of the exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives framework.
Lise Estelle co-chairs the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Derivatives Committee whose mandate is to develop common regulatory approach for Canada’s derivatives markets.
Lise Estelle is a member of the AMF Fintech Steering Committee and leads the work stream dedicated to study the blockchain technology and its potential impacts on financial markets. She initiated the development of an internal laboratory to experiment
with various new technologies with a view to anticipate regulatory and consumer protection issues.
Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, PSP Investments
J.F. Bureau has more than 25 years of experience in the North American and European financial markets. As PSP Investments’ Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, J.F. Bureau is responsible for creating an integrated approach to managing a full
spectrum of risks and supporting enterprise-wide activities by establishing effective risk management practices and processes. Since joining PSP Investments in March 2010, he has built an effective risk structure that includes a total fund perspective
in a changing risk landscape. Prior to joining PSP Investments, J.F. Bureau held executive finance positions at a number of companies, notably as Vice President, Credit - Specialized Products at National Bank of Canada, Vice President, Corporate Projects
– M&A at Groupe Vidéotron ltée, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DiagnoCure. J.F. has a Master’s degree in Finance from Université Laval and is a CFA charterholder.
Capital Specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)
Greg Caldwell is a Capital Specialist at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Greg has worked at OSFI since 2007. He has been a member of the BCBS-Trading Book Group and Market Risk Group since 2008 and is a policy specialist on market risk, interest rate risk in the banking book and model risk issues. Prior to working at OSFI he worked as a Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer, PSP Investments
Giulia Cirillo joined PSP Investments in October 2016 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Before joining PSP Investments, she was President and Senior Consultant at Loc-Global Executive Consulting Inc. She also held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Health, Safety, Security at Bombardier Recreational Products from 2011-2016. Prior to that, Giulia spent 20 years with Rio Tinto (previously Alcan Inc.) where she held roles of increasing responsibilities with the various business entities, such as: Global Practice Leader, Leadership & People Development - Rio Tinto, Vice President Talent Management & Functions – Rio Tinto Alcan, Vice President and Talent Management & Organizational Development – Alcan Inc.
Advisory Vice-President, Office of the President and CEO Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Sophie Cousineau has been Advisory Vice-President, Office of the President and CEO since 2014 where she advises the President and CEO on key files, including how to determine and implement la Caisse’s strategic priorities. She also oversees the management of the Office of the President.
Prior to joining la Caisse, Ms. Cousineau worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. She was The Globe and Mail’s chief Québec correspondent from 2012 to 2014. She was also La Presse’s business columnist for 11 years, after being division head of the Economics section and a reporter. Ms. Cousineau also worked as a reporter at Les Affaires and the daily newspaper, Le Soleil.
Ms. Cousineau earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University.
Sr. Sales Executive, IBM Watson Financial Services Risk and Compliance
Jeff d’Avignon is commercial lead for IBM Risk and Compliance solutions for the Canadian and Caribbean region. Supporting clients’ initiatives across Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance with comprehensive solution coverage across the various areas of risk management in banking, insurance and investment management segments.
Jeff graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. He is a PRMIA steering committee member with both Montreal and Toronto chapters.
Alex Da Costa
Managing Director, Hedge Funds, Pavilion Alternatives Group
Alex Da Costa directs Pavilion Alternatives Group’s hedge fund advisory business which services institutional investors primarily in North America. Pavilion Alternatives Group and its affiliate Pavilion Advisory Group advise on over $690 billion of assets including $70 billion of alternatives assets. Prior to joining Pavilion, Alex was based in London (UK) where he worked as a fund of hedge fund portfolio manager at ABN AMRO Asset Management before co-founding SilverStreet Capital in 2007.
He holds a MSc in Finance, a B.Sc degree in Civil Engineering and has 18 years’ investment experience.
Senior Vice-President Finance, National Bank of Canada
Jean Dagenais, Senior Vice-President – Finance since September 2008, is responsible for financial planning, financial reporting, accounting standards, taxation and regulatory capital compliance. He also oversees the financial information certification process.
Mr. Dagenais serves as a director and/or officer of several Bank subsidiaries, including National Bank Group Inc., National Bank of Canada Acquisition Holding Inc., NatBC Holding Corporation and NBC Covered Bond (Legislative) GP Inc. He is a member of the administrative agent monitoring committees of Canadian Credit Card Trust and NBC Asset Trust, and co-chair of the inter-sector financing committee and structural foreign exchange committee. He also sits on the investment committee of the Bank's pension plan.
Mr. Dagenais joined National Bank in September 1990 as Chief Accountant and was promoted to Vice-President and Chief Accountant in September 1997.
Prior to joining National Bank, he held several accounting positions with international manufacturers. He began his career in 1980 as an auditor with a large external audit firm.
Mr. Dagenais holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke. He is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (Chartered Accountant).
From October 2007 to June 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Centre de liaison sur l'intervention et la prévention psychosociales (CLIPP), an organization that promotes the application of research into psychosocial problems. Mr. Dagenais is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quatuor Bozzini, a musical group dedicated to new, experimental and classical music.
Talent Management Director, Finance Montreal
Benoit Desgroseillers acts as the senior director for all HR and Fin Tech related projects within the industrial cluster Finance Montreal. He holds an EMBA and he’s a member of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) order,
he previously worked as general manager of a university’s career center and was a HR generalist manager at GE Money, a subsidiary of GE Capital.
Managing Director, KPMG LLP
Jeff Dykstra leads KPMG’s U.S. liquidity risk practice. He has been serving a wide range of global and domestic financial institutions for over 15 years specializing in liquidity stress testing, contingency funding plans, recovery plans, and funds transfer
pricing. Prior to joining KPMG, Jeff served on the expert witness team in the Lehman Barclays matter and was a member of the balance sheet management group at ABN AMRO NA.
Risk Officer, Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo)
Remco is the Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at AIMCo, the Alberta crown corporation responsible for managing C$100 billion in assets for more than 30 Alberta pension funds, endowments and government funds. He joined AIMCo in
2016 from MN, the Dutch fiduciary manager responsible for managing C$175 billion in assets for Dutch and British pension funds, where he was Managing Director UK, responsible for founding and growing MN’s proposition to UK pension funds.
During his 20-year career in investment and risk management, Remco has held various other roles, including Global Head of Risk & Performance at ABN Amro Asset Management in London, Managing Director EMEA for the Analytics division of Wilshire Associates
in London and European Head of Risk & Performance at ING Investment Management in The Hague.
Remco is a CFA charterholder and holds a Ph.D. Candidacy and MA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Alberta. He is married with two mini-dachshunds, Ms. Jansen and Dr. Snuggles.
Francesco Faiola is an Executive Director of MSCI and Country Manager for Canada. He is responsible for the Analytics business of MSCI (portfolio construction and risk management solutions) with Canadian Asset Owners. In this role, Francesco oversees
the relationship with 8 of the top 10 Pension Funds in Canada (representing over $ 1.3 trillion in AUM) with the objective to support their risk governance across their investment process. Before relocating to Canada almost 3 years ago, Francesco
spent 9 years with MSCI in Paris, most recently managing the relationship with the largest Pension Funds across The Netherlands, U.K., Denmark and Southern Europe.
Prior to joining MSCI in 2004, Francesco spent 7 years at Moody's Investors Service in London and Paris where he covered multiple senior roles, including Head of Business Development for Fund Ratings in Europe and VP - Senior Analyst. Francesco started
his professional career with the global custody unit of JPMorgan in Brussels (today BoNY Mellon)
Francesco graduated with honours in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the PRMIA Chapter in Montreal.
Pascal François is full professor of Finance at HEC Montreal. He is the director of the Montreal Institute of Structured Products and Derivative Instruments (IFSID) since its creation in 2011. Pascal is also co-editor of Finance, the academic journal of the French Finance Association. His research focuses on derivatives, credit risk, and contingent claims analysis applied to corporate finance. Pascal’s scientific contributions have been published in some of the top journals of the field, including the Journal of Business, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Pascal has also authored three textbooks in Finance. He holds a joint Ph.D. from Sorbonne University and ESSEC Business School.
Partner, Odgers BerndtsonRecognized as an industry leader in Quebec, Nathalie focuses on Board & Executive
assignments in the financial services sector, as well as for Crown corporations and
large not-for- profit organizations. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Nathalie built a
successful executive search business, which she sold in 2008. She has received
several awards for her entrepreneurship, including the Medium Enterprise Entrepreneur
Award and the JCCM’s Arista Award. Named “Top HR Woman” in 2012 by Premières in
Affaires Magazine, Nathalie held a column for Les Affaires and HRJob for more than 10
years. Nathalie has a Marketing Degree from the University de Paris XI and a
Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from IGS Paris. She also holds a
CHRP and ICD.D designation. Nathalie Francisci sits on the Board of Directors of the
Foundation of the Heart Institute and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Managing Partner, Chappuis HalderBenoît Genest is the Managing Partner of Chappuis Halder’s Global Research & Analytics center of expertise and is currently based in London. He has extensive experience in managing technical wide-scope projects, especially those dealing with SME risk
management (France, Asia, North Africa, partnership with World Bank…) and modelling in financial industries as well as an in-depth understanding of the application of artificial intelligence to risk management.
Under his leadership, the GRA team produces more than 1,000 pages of research per year. White paper publications around risk modelling such as Basel ASRF model, PD forecasting, Systemic Risk, Mapping, Credit and Counterparty Risk, Liquidity forecasting,
Big Data are available online and certain have been published through specialized rik journals such as Risk and Risk.net.
Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Manulife Asset Management & Chief Risk Officer, Global Wealth and Asset Management, Manulife
Franck Goussanou is Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Manulife’s Global Wealth and Asset Management business. Franck is leading the development of ongoing risk policies, processes and procedures to ensure identification, measurement, monitoring and reporting of risk assumed by the Global Wealth and Asset Management businesses. In addition to his broader wealth role, Franck serves as the Chief Risk Officer for Manulife Asset Management and also provides independent review of operational risk for Manulife’s General Account investment operations. Franck joined Manulife from Standard Life Investments (SLI), where he served in progressively senior roles in both North America and the United Kingdom. Most recently, Franck served as Co-Head, Investment Risk Management for SLI, where he oversaw the investment risk function globally, and provided independent investment risk oversight.
Senior Vice President, bcIMC
Norine Hale leads bcIMC’s Human Resources department, providing strategic oversight and focusing on activities at the executive level. She also works with the CEO/CIO and Board of Directors on all HR matters, including compensation, employee development, and performance management. Before joining bcIMC in 2009, Norine worked as a generalist in the HR field for 20 years, at organizations representing private, non-profit and crown corporation sectors, and industries ranging from transportation to finance. Previous experience encompasses labour relations, benefit plans, compensation and performance management. Norine is a member of the BC Human Resources Association and holds a BA (Psychology) and an MBA specializing in Human Resources Management.
Director, Risk Management Titan Advisors
Stephen Harvey joined Titan Advisors in 2015 following Titan’s acquisition of Saguenay Strathmore Capital, Ltd, and is now Director of Risk Management, with responsibility for assessing and monitoring manager and portfolio level market risk. In addition,
Stephen works closely with Tom Holliday on portfolio construction and ensuring that portfolio mandates are implemented. He joined Strathmore Capital in 2005 (later Saguenay Strathmore) where he held various hedge fund research and risk duties. In
2000, Stephen joined the risk analytics team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, where he worked on hedge fund risk aggregation. Stephen graduated with a B.A. in business and economics from York University in 2000. He has been a CFA charter holder
Heldmann, Ph.D., CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager, Best Styles US Equity Head of Best Styles North America
Mr. Heldmann is a senior portfolio manager, a director and Head of Best Styles North America with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2007. He is responsible for developing the Best Styles US Equity team while building on its research capabilities.
Mr. Heldmann previously managed Best Styles Emerging Markets and Best Styles Europe Equity products. He has nine years of investment-industry experience. Before joining the firm, Mr. Heldmann worked for the international laboratory CERN in Geneva,
Switzerland, as a particle physics researcher. He has a master’s degree in physics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and a Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Mr. Heldmann is a CFA charterholder.
Business Architect - Risk, Desjardins
As a business architect for all of Desjardins' areas of risk, Jonathan Hotte is actively involved in setting up a common data environment for multiple users, including risk management resources. Previously, he was an internal auditor responsible for the Risk Management function as well as certain aspects of information technology.
Mr. Hotte holds a Master's degree in Accounting, Control and Auditing. He has also been a lecturer at UQAM for several years, notably in the areas of Information Technology Management and Governance, Risk Management and Internal Controls. He holds the CPA auditor designation and the CIA (certified internal auditor) and CISA (certified information systems auditor) certification.
Mr. Hotte's academic and professional backgrounds make him a person who is very familiar with the importance of using technology to meet the needs of business people, particularly within risk management.
Radosveta Ilieva, Adm.A, CISA, CRISC
Head of IT Compliance team, Loto-Québec
Radosveta Ilieva is heading the IT Compliance team at Loto-Québec, where she’s in charge of the IT compliance framework of controls. With an extensive experience in financial and IT risk management, audit and governance, she has managed internal control and IT audit teams in various billion dollar revenue companies.
National Practice Lead, SAS Canada
Darryl leads SAS' risk practice in Canada and has close to 20 years of experience in banking and risk management. Prior to joining SAS Darryl held positions as Chief Risk Officer at two OSFI regulated institutions where he was responsible for the design
and implementation of a comprehensive risk framework. Prior he held various positions in lending, and risk and capital management at one of Canada's largest banks.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University and a MBA from Schulich School of Business.
Vice-President, Chief Risk Officer and Corporate Affairs, Laurentian Bank of Canada
A specialist in risk management and also an actuary, Susan Kudzman is currently Executive Vice-President, Chief Risk Officer and Corporate Affairs at Laurentian Bank of Canada. She has previously held the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief
Risk Officer at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. In addition to risk management, she was responsible for depositor services, performance calculation and analysis and strategic planning.
Ms. Kudzman is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Human Resources Committee of Yellow Pages Limited, a leading digital company in Canada. She is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Human Resources Committee and the Risk Committee
of Transat A.T. Inc, a tour operator an airline and tour operator based in Canada. Susan is involved in many community and philantropic activities, she is a member of the Board and chairs the HR Committee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.
Ms. Kudzman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and the titles of Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA).
David Latour, M.Sc, FRM, CFA
Advisory Vice-President, Risk Management, Fixed Income Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
David Latour has more than 12 years of experience in risk management. For the last eight years, David has been working at Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec where he has held different roles in credit, liquidity and counterparty risk management. For the past year, he has been the Business Unit Risk Manager for the Fixed income portfolio. His different responsibilities include portfolio construction, transactional analyses and representing the Risk team on investment committees. He is also responsible for continually developing the risk culture within the portfolio and risk management teams.
Prior to joining Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec, he worked at RBC Royal Bank and GE Capital Canada. David obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal as well as the FRM and CFA certifications. He is also a member of PRMIA Montreal steering committee.
Chief Economist, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
Chris Lawless is chief economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, providing analysis and advice on economic and financial issues and investment strategy and macro risk.
A seasoned observer of the BC and Canadian economies, Chris has served as chief economist with the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, with the Library of Parliament economic research service, and as an advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees.
Chris has an M.A. in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics.
Chris is currently a director and past-president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference, and a member of the boards of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington
University and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Chief Audit Executive, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Stefano Lucarelli has 30 years of experience in roles of increasing responsibility in both accounting and financial data analysis. In 2015, Stefano was appointed Chief Audit Executive, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). In his current role, he is responsible for internal audit at BDC and reports to the Audit Committee of the Bank’s Board of Directors. Since joining BDC, Stefano has held a number of senior management positions, including Vice President, Finance; Vice President and Controller; Director, Treasury – Capital Markets. Before taking on his current role, Stefano served as Senior Vice President, Finance. His areas of responsibility included financial reporting and controls, financial planning, loan accounting, and treasury and advisory services operations. His most notable achievements at BDC have been developing a loan provisioning model for the Bank, implementing a customer relationship management system, setting up an internal control certification program and overseeing the transition to the new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Investment Officer, IPSOL Capital
Jacques Lussier is currently CEO and Chief Investment Officer of IPSOL Capital, a firm dedicated to the development and management of efficient portfolio solutions for institutional investors. He is a former academician at HEC Montreal and has worked
within the financial industry for the last twenty years.
Prior to IPSOL Capital, Jacques worked 18 years at Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM) where he was Chief Investment Strategist until March 2013. During his career, Jacques has been involved in most segments of the asset management industry: portfolio
policy and global asset allocation for institutional clients, funds of funds management both alternatives and traditional, research leading to product design and product management in the equity, commodity and asset allocation space and management
of a high net worth platform. In the early 2000s, he managed the largest fund of hedge funds in Canada ($6.5 billion).
Jacques earned a M.Sc. in Finance from HEC Montreal and a Ph.D. in International Business from the University of South Carolina. He is a CFA and was president of Montreal CFA Society from 2013 to 2015. He is a board member of Retraite Québec and president
of its investment committee. He is also a member of the advisory board of InvestorLit and the author of the book “Successful Investing Is A Process” published by Wiley and Bloomberg Press in December 2012 and co-author with Hugues Langlois of “Rational
Investing” published by Colombia University Press in March 2017. He is currently working on a third book. He also wrote two series of short educational documents to support investment advisors and retail investors on behalf of CFA Montreal. (www.cfamontreal.org/en/fichesinvestisseurs).
Steven R. Malin, Ph.D.
Director, Investment Strategist US Capital Markets Research
& Strategy, Allianz Global Investors
Mr. Malin is an investment strategist and a director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2013. As a member of the US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team, he is responsible for making weekly US and global asset-allocation recommendations.
Mr. Malin’s responsibilities also include analyzing global economic, financial, political and regulatory developments; and briefing institutional, retail and retirement clients. He has 26 years of financial-markets, central-bank and investment-industry
experience. Before joining the firm, he was the director of research at Wealthstream Advisors, a private wealth management firm; and an advisor to Aronson Johnson & Ortiz, a quant-based institutional equity manager. Earlier, Mr. Malin was a senior
portfolio manager at AllianceBernstein, serving institutional, sub-advisory, Taft-Hartley and private clients throughout North America. He also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for more than 16 years, and during this time he was an officer
who held several senior positions, including senior economist, media relations officer, vice president in the communications group and corporate secretary. Before that, Mr. Malin was the senior economist, founder and director of the regional economics
center at The Conference Board. He also taught graduate and undergraduate macroeconomics and risk-management courses at Barnard College-Columbia University and the City University of New York. Mr. Malin has a B.A. in economics from Queens College
and a Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Assistant Vice President, Regulation and Risk Assessment, Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (Alberta)
Chris Merriman is the Assistant Vice President of Regulation and Risk Assessment for the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta. The Corporation’s mandate is to provide risk-based regulatory oversight and a deposit guarantee to enable a safe and sound credit union system in Alberta. The Corporation does this by providing a 100% guarantee of deposits held with Alberta credit unions; regulating credit unions and enforcing the Credit Union Act; reviewing, advising and directing credit unions on sound business practices; monitoring credit union performance and implementation of appropriate actions to improve performance and reduce risks; and establishing individual credit union loan approval limits and providing an appropriate adjudication process for loans exceeding these limits.
Chris leads a team of 4 risk professionals who help to oversee Alberta’s 21 credit unions.
He has been involved in the financial services industry in Alberta for nearly two decades. He and his team oversee financial institution related risks that include Credit, Market, Liquidity, Operational, Reputational, Legal and Regulatory, and Strategic risks within the areas of lending, deposit services, wealth management, information technology, other subsidiary operations.
Chris is a founding member of the PRMIA Edmonton chapter and is the Chapter’s Co-Regional Director. Chris has also been part of the Canadian Risk Forum’s organizing committee for this year.
VP Cross-Sectoral Risk Analysis, CDPQ
Bertrand Millot joined CDPQ’s risk department in 2015, where he heads the cross sectoral analysis team in charge of assessing the impact of risks that could affect the institution’s entire portfolio, including geopolitical risk.
Prior to joining CDPQ, Bertrand was CEO and CIO of Cordiant Capital a fund manager specialised in Emerging Market debt with total investments of about USD 2.5 billion in 50 countries across a wide array of sectors from infrastructure to agribusiness. Earlier in his career, he was active in infrastructure project finance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, UK as Portfolio Manager with responsibility for 180 investments in infrastructure and BNP Paribas in Paris, France.
Bertrand holds an MBA from McGill University, a MSc in engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D designation).
Industry Solutions Executive - Financial Services, Microsoft Canada
Sujan Menezes, a veteran software development and sales executive, is the Industry Manager on Microsoft Canada’s financial services team. Sujan’s role includes interacting directly with customers and partners to discuss Microsoft-based solutions to address market and technology trends in the financial services industry, and advocating Microsoft products and technologies with internal and external audiences. Sujan’s specific focus areas include the evolving role of technology in the online channel, technology for the branch and call centers, and the consumerization of IT for Financial Services. He works with Canadian financial institutions both large and small in realizing the most out of their software investments in Microsoft technology.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sujan worked for technology vendors focused on leading-edge solutions for the banking industry. He led a technical sales teams, services teams and product development teams in his 30 years in the industry. He has worked with leading banks worldwide in creating a vision for customer services in banking by leveraging the full potential of state-of-the art software. He has spent many years onsite with customers in helping them realizing that vision through customized software development.
His experience in developing worldwide banking systems has given him a unique perspective in the evolution of banking systems in Asia, Australia and Europe. He has been a leading proponent of leveraging the advances in software, services, and devices in order to drive both enterprise productivity and customer services.
With previous experience at IBM, and a variety of smaller technology vendors, Sujan has a broad view of different technologies and their applicability in financial services. His hardwaredevelopment background and years of software development have given him real-world experience with banking customers, in successfully realizing the full potential of technology. Sujan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Association Partner, EY
David Milne is the National Leader for the Quantitative Advisory Services practice within Financial Services Risk Management at Ernst & Young Canada. QAS covers derivatives valuations, as well as validation, modelling and implementation of market and counterparty credit risk solutions.
Prior to joining EY, David was Vice-President of the Quantitative Solutions group for CIBC’s Capital Markets Risk Management, responsible for the VaR and PFE models. He has also worked in quant roles at RBC Dexia and TD Securities, and at IBM/Algorithmics, where he developed a CVA solution for their real-time credit engine (RTCE).
He has been active in CBA and ISDA working groups on the recent Basel III market risk reforms, the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB).
Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital
Brian Minns, CFA Manager, Sustainable Investing is responsible for impact investing and the continuous improvement of Addenda Capital’s incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes
throughout the firm. He also engages with companies, regulators and policymakers on ESG matters in order to promote sustainable development.
Addenda Capital: Manager, Sustainable Investing (since 2014); Specialist, Sustainable Investing (2011-2014)
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board: Analyst, Responsible Investing (2010-2011)
Mercer (Toronto): Associate, Responsible Investment (2006-2010)
Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now part of MSCI ESG Research): Intern – Research
Master in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment from York University
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®)
Certified Sustainable Investment Professional (SIPC) from Concordia University John Molson School of Business
Partner and National Practice Leader, Financial Risk Management, KPMG
Mohamed Mokhtari is the partner in charge of the Financial Risk Management Consulting practice of KPMG Advisory Services in Canada. He has sixteen years of experience in the promulgation of sound treasury and risk management practices to financial institutions, pension funds and corporations. He is an expert in market and credit risk measurement and tools, in credit and market risk management, and in investment management especially within the context of Pension funds. Through advisory projects, he’s been involved in market risk quantification as well as developing hedging strategies for corporations and pension funds. He also led projects related to market and credit risk modeling, stress testing framework, ICCAP modeling, as well as counterparty risk within the context of Basel requirements.
He’s as well experienced in asset management especially within the context of Pension funds. Mohamed Mokhtari has indeed started his career working for Watson Wyatt Worldwide in Europe assisting pension funds in the area of Asset management consulting. Since then, he’s been extensively involved in risk management and investment management related projects with several large financial institutions and pension funds in Canada. Finally, Mohamed, known as a subject matter expert in the area of derivatives and risk management, teaches an educational program for professionals in the area risk management as part as the Executive Education program of HEC.
Director, Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc.
Don joined AxiomSL in 1998 and heads the Risk Management Practice. Prior to AxiomSL, Don has 20 years of experience as a financial services executive, market participant and risk management specialist with JPMorgan Chase, Toronto Dominion and Credit Suisse.
Don spearheaded TD’s entry, first into the US Energy Industry, followed by active derivatives market making, which included key technology decisions. At CS, Don started the bank’s first Global Currency Options Unit, and later, as the Head of the bank’s
Australia/New Zealand Region, acted as the Regional Chief Risk Officer. Don has several published articles on Risk Management and holds undergraduate and MBA degrees in Finance from Miami University and The Ohio State University.
Global Head, Model Risk Management TD Bank Group
TD operates in a complex environment where models are strategic assets that are widely used, and as such, their development, validation, usage, and management are critical to mitigating risk to the organization.
Denis O'Donoghue leads a team of Risk Management professionals focused on assessing model risk at a model and aggregate-level, executing on the Model Risk framework, managing the governance and oversight of the Bank's model inventory, model monitoring and performance, and ongoing communication with Model Developers, Owners, Users, Business Sponsors, Executive Management, and the Board. He is focused on building capability to manage Model Risk on a more integrated and comprehensive basis for TD, in line with the Bank's Risk Appetite.
Denis has been with TD since 1986 in various roles including Retail lending and management, Commercial lending, TD Securities Credit Risk Management, Risk Management Credit Risk Policy and Basel, U.S. Head of Enterprise Risk Management, and now Model Risk Management for TDBG.
Associate Advisory Vice President, Risk Management, CDPQ
Yannis Papageorgiou for the past several years has been leading the enhancements to the risk measures used at CDPQ, particularly for infrastructure and real estate investments. Having joined CDPQ in 1998 as part of the firm’s original risk management team, he has held various roles in both risk and investment management. Yannis holds a Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Yale University.
Vice-President and CFO, CDPQ
Maarika Paul is Executive Vice-President and CFO at CDPQ, which manages over $270 billion of net assets. She also oversees all HR activities and sits on the Executive Committee. Ms. Paul is a member of the Board of Ivanhoé Cambridge, CDPQ’s global real
Maarika Paul is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCPA, FCA) and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) with 30 years of experience in financial management at KPMG and Bell Canada Enterprises. Ms. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
She is currently a member of the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a member of McGill University’s Audit Committee. In 2008, and again in 2015, she was named to Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list by the Women’s Executive
Senior Director, Credit & Liquidity Risk, PSP Investments
François Pouliot has more than 20 years of experience in risk management. For the last eight years François has been at PSP Investments, where he is responsible for credit, counterparty, liquidity and leverage risks. Prior to joining PSP Investments, he worked at Desjardins Group, Globevest Capital and National Bank of Canada. François obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal and the PRM certification.
Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Christopher Rankin was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of BDC in August 2016.
In this role, he is responsible for BDC’s enterprise-wide risk framework, risk operations, processes and systems, and also provides oversight of key elements of BDC’s risk management and reporting.
Mr. Rankin has almost 20 years of extensive experience in risk management, including credit, enterprise, portfolio and operational.
He joined BDC from Wells Fargo Equipment Financing Canada where he has been Chief Risk Officer, continuing the role he had held since 2013 at GE Capital Americas Canada prior to its purchase by Wells Fargo in March 2016.
Mr. Rankin started his career with GE Capital in 1998 as an account manager and over the years has held several leadership roles, including Senior Risk Manager – Canada and Senior Risk Officer and Vice President, Underwriting – GE Capital Canada.
Mr. Rankin holds an Honors BComm, Finance from McMaster University.
Director of Learning and Development, PRMIA
Mary Rehm is the Director of Learning and Development with the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), providing learning and certification programs for its members around the globe. Mary has 16 years of experience developing and
implementing professional certifications for global associations, as well as experience with K-12 education assessment development in the United States. At PRMIA she has recently led the PRM Job Analysis Study, the results of which are used to inform
the structure and syllabus for the PRM and Associate PRM programs moving forward.
Vice President, Public Market and Total Fund Investment Risk, PSP Investments
Alexandre Roy is Vice President, Public Market and Total Fund Investment Risk, having assumed responsibility for Total Portfolio investment risk in 2016. Alexandre oversees the valuation of derivative products, public market risk, and now total portfolio investment risk. Joining PSP Investments in August 2007, Alexandre was appointed Vice President, Public Market Risk in 2012. Prior to joining PSP Investments, Alexandre worked at Hydro-Québec, where he held Financial Risk Manager positions within Treasury and Hydro Quebec’s pension fund. Alexandre Roy holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from HÉC Montréal.
Director Promontory Financial Group Canada, an IBM Company
Philippe Sarfati a risk-management professional with more than three decades of experience in financial services, Philippe spent 21 years at the Bank of Montreal, where he held various executive positions in corporate and investment banking, international
banking, and group-risk management.
Prior to rejoining Promontory, Philippe was senior director and head of the supervision support group at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. At OSFI, he ran the risk-specialist group, a division that assesses credit, market, and
operational risks for the supervisory sector. His responsibilities included risk-model validation, compliance management, corporate governance, and AML/ATF compliance.
As chief risk officer of Coast Capital Savings, a Canadian credit union, Philippe developed and implemented the firm's framework for managing integrated risks. He also launched the group-risk-management function, which oversees all independent-oversight
and internal-control functions. Under his leadership, CCS obtained the highest regulatory rating of any credit union in the province of British Columbia.
Before CCS, Philippe served as director of credit risk at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he developed a framework to manage credit and counterparty risk for the pension fund's portfolios of private debt, commercial real estate, and financial
Director and Head of Multi-Asset Class Factor Research, MSCI
Peter Shepard is Managing Director and Head of Multi-Asset Class Factor Research at MSCI. His team is responsible for the risk factors in MSCI’s multi-asset class RiskManager and BarraOne platforms.
Previously, he led development of the Barra Integrated Model, spanning global stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, volatility futures, and most recently global private real estate, private equity and hedge funds. He was also an architect of the Barra
Global Equity Model, and has done research in portfolio construction.
Dr. Shepard holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he researched string theory and the quantum theory of gravity. He has publications in theoretical physics and finance. Dr. Shepard also holds a Bachelor’s
degree in physics and mathematics from Brown University.
IT Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
Abhishek Sinha is a Partner in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has over 16 years of experience in the banking industry leading large-scale transformation programs in regulatory compliance, cash management, payments, front
office systems, deposits and core banking. Abhishek has extensive experience conducting IT-Due Diligence for large M&A deals in the Canadian and US markets.
Abhishek focuses on technology strategy in the banking, providing thought leadership and developing compelling business-cases to support Organization Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, M&A Operational Assessments and Outsourcing Strategies.
He has worked across Strategy Development, Architecture and Delivery roles at leading North American and Asian banks.
Abhishek has led numerous IT advisory engagements including:
IT Due Diligence and IT carve outs
Mergers & acquisitions
IT operating model development
Dr. Sanjiv Talwar
Head of Risk Capital, Stress Testing and Model Development, Bank of Montreal
Dr. Sanjiv Talwar served as Head of Risk Capital, Stress Testing and Model Development at the Bank of Montreal. Sanjiv retired on May 1, 2017. Sanjiv continues to use his expertise in interim senior executive consulting roles.
At Bank of Montreal, Sanjiv oversaw the determination of capital demand — including economic capital, regulatory capital and stress capital — for the enterprise. In addition, he was accountable for risk model development. Dr. Talwar also held leadership responsibilities for CCAR, DFAST and ICAAP, and maintaining relationships with regulators in multiple jurisdictions.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore, where he held market risk oversight responsibilities for the trading and banking books, asset/liability management, product control and model validation. Prior to joining OCBC, Dr. Talwar was Senior Vice President at CIBC in Toronto, where he was responsible for Basel II regulatory capital and economic capital for all banking book assets. His experience also includes leadership positions at Commerzbank Securities in London, where he served as Head of Quantitative Research & Financial Engineering and Head of E-Commerce.
Dr. Talwar holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Enterprise Risk Management, Murex North America
Normand Tanguay is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management team at Murex North America, focusing on pre-sales and implementations of the Murex software for Market, Credit and Liquidity risk management. He has 15 years of experience in Capital Markets, a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Finance from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Samir Ben Tekaya
Vice-President, Investment Risk, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)
Samir Ben Tekaya is a Vice-President, Investment Risk at British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC). Samir has over 15 years of experience in Investment Risk Management in both banking and pension management industries. Before joining bcIMC in June 2016, Samir was a Director, Portfolios Valuations at Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and has also served as a Director, Fixed Income and Asset Allocation Risk Management at CDPQ. Samir also held market and credit risk management positions with Banks in Canada.
Samir holds a Master degree in Financial Engineering and a Master degree in Applied Economics and holds an Engineering degree in Statistics.
Senior Advisor, Responsible Investment, Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM)
Rosalie Vendette is a Responsible Investment Senior Advisor and supports Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM) in developing and implementing RI strategies. She has worked in responsible investing for over 14 years and has been with Desjardins since 2009.
Rosalie holds a bachelor degree in management and marketing from HEC-Montreal and a master in applied ethics at Sherbrooke’s University. She has successfully completed the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) offered by the John Molson School of Business at Concordia’s University.
Managing Director, Head of Securitized Products Research, MSCI
David Zhang is a Managing Director and Head of Securitized Products Research at MSCI. His team is responsible for developing models and analytics to support investment analysis, risk management, and regulatory compliance.
Before joining MSCI, Dr Zhang was Managing Director and head of Securitized Products modeling at Credit Suisse for more than a decade. At Credit Suisse he was responsible for supporting risk, regulatory and client analytics as well as sales/trading quantitative strategies. Dr Zhang’s group developed one of the most widely used MBS models by fixed income institutional investors. Their work was consistently awarded top ranking by various industry and client surveys, including Institutional Investor All-America Research Team ranking in Agency prepayment. They also won the award for best paper by the American Real Estate Society for research on effectiveness of government mortgage programs.
The regulatory projects Dr Zhang lead at Credit Suisse included developing models for CCAR and PPNR (Pre-Provision Net revenue), Dodd-Frank IHC (Intermediate Holding Company) and related VaR, RWA and RBPL modeling, and FRTB (Fundamental Review of Trading Book).
Prior to Credit Suisse, Dr Zhang worked at FreddieMac, CIBC Oppenheimer, and University of Chicago. He holds leadership positions at PRMIA (Professional Risk Management International Association) and GCREC (Global Chinese Real Estate Congress). He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, and his research on risk, financial modeling and real estate has been published in many academic journals. Dr Zhang has a Ph.D. from Princeton University.