The Future of Commercial Lending

The Future of Commercial Lending
Lenders of all shapes and sizes are on a path of digital transformation that will allow them to realize the benefits of process automation and capture new business opportunities. Before the outbreak of COVID-19, early adopters of innovative digital technologies were already gaining competitive advantage; today, for example, a financial technology company is now the largest mortgage originator (by volume) in the United States. Similarly, a Gartner survey of more than 3,000 CIOs revealed that the organizations that deployed artificial intelligence grew from 4% to 14% between 2018 and 2019. Please join PRMIA Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary chapters for a panel discussion addressing key questions risk professionals are asking about navigating the impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Lending, when to adopt AI/ML, what are the possible barriers of adoption, and what are the new models of risk, and beyond.

December 10, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Virtual event on the
GotoWebinar platform. 
This is a 2-step registration 


In this 60-minute virtual event, topics to be covered include:

  • Impacts of COVID-19 
  • Digitalization and its benefits
  • Key drivers of change 
  • Possible barriers to adoption 
  • New data and data accuracy
  • New models of Risk
  • The future of AI and innovation in Commercial lending 
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  Time   Event  
  Welcome and Introductions  
  12:05pm - 12:30pm
  Presentation by SAS  
  12:30pm-12:50pm   Panel Discussion   
  12:50pm - 1:00pm   Audience Q&A  
  1:00pm   Closing  


 Nezihe Aquino
, SVP Enterprise Risk and Chief Risk Officer, Vancity

Nez Aquino is the SVP Enterprise Risk and Chief Risk Officer at Vancity. Her team oversees the credit, legal services and enterprise risk management functions while building the organization's capacity to make timely, strategic decisions that help to deliver a differentiated member experience.

Nez has held progressive roles at Vancity over the last 14 years leading Finance, Payment Solutions, and Retail Banking prior her role as the CRO. Nez is a Chartered Professional Accountant with almost two decades of experience in banking. She is a director for the Board of Directors at Pacific Blue Cross, and served as a board member of Megaphone Magazine and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. 

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Andy England, Vice President of Credit Risk, ATB Financial

Andy England is the Vice President of Agriculture, Business & Corporate Credit with ATB Financial.  He leads a group of over 40 trusted advisers whose goal is to take smart risks in pursuit of the greater good of Albertans and being Number 1 in our markets, the place to work, and loved and respected by our customers.  He is a strong believer in purpose, passion, curiosity, balance, learning, evolving and that success is what you define it to be.  Andy has spent all of his career in Alberta and with ATB Financial and has benefited from a number of different roles including human resources, sales and risk management.  He is married with three grown daughters, all of which are proud graduates of the University of Alberta, and enjoys travelling with a particular interest in spending time in Europe.
Sarah Reppchen, Financial Services Risk Advisory, Deloitte, Co-Regional Director PRMIA, Event Moderator 

Sarah Reppchen is the Co-Regional Director of the PRMIA Chapter Vancouver and leading Financial Services for Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice in Western Canada. At Deloitte, she is responsible for supporting Financial Institutions across Western Canada managing the Regulatory and Risk Management challenges, especially Operational Risk creates one of the most imminent challenges. Sarah has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, especially in auditing and advising Enterprise Risk Management Functions concerning regulatory compliance in the context of the Basel III framework, as well as Vendor Risk Management Governance, Anti Money Laundering processes and Model Risk Management. Sarah’s primary experience was generated on large, complex banks (G-SIBs, D-SIBs), Credit Unions, investment management firms in Canada, Europe and on a global scale. Sarah has worked with the first, second, and third line of defense to inform on optimization opportunities while meeting regulatory requirements. She worked on behalf of EU Supervisory Authorities (ECB, BaFin, PRA) and supported on managing Regulatory Affairs with Regulators in North America. She was mandated by Regulators to support their audits of large banks concerning operational resilience, governance, development of control frameworks and policies meeting operational risk management and reporting requirements. Sarah qualifies as Wirtschaftspruefer, the German CPA (IFAC compliant).
  Therisa Roberts, Director and Global Solutions Lead Risk Modeling and Decisioning, SAS

Terisa Roberts is a Director and Global Solution lead for Risk Modeling and Decisioning at SAS. She has extensive experience in quantitative risk management, regulatory compliance and model governance and validation. She has worked in financial services, telecommunications, government, energy and retail sectors. 
She advises banks and regulators around the world on best practices topics in risk modeling and decisioning and the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She regularly speaks at international conferences on the application of innovative models in Risk Management. 
She holds a Ph. D in Operations Research and Informatics and lives in Sydney, Australia with her family.
Katherine Taylor, Sr. Industry Consultant Global PSD Risk Solutions, SAS Institute, INC.

Katherine Taylor specializes in advanced analytics for financial services. Her current research is in the application of machine learning in risk management. Katherine holds degrees in quantitative finance, economics, and political science.

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