With over 20 years of experience in banking and risk management, Rex Alex currently works at CWB Financial Group as Assistant Vice President, managing the Operational Risk Management division. Rex gained his risk management expertise working with various Canadian Schedule I and Schedule II Banks, Crown Corporations as well as various International Financial Organizations. Rex also teaches undergraduate students various investment management and finance courses at Concordia University of Edmonton. Rex volunteers with Edmonton CFA Society as a Board of Director and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Society. Rex is also a member of the Program Review Committee at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Rex is a CFA Charter holder, has a Masters Diploma in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees. He has also completed Executive level courses at Schulich Business School and New York Institute of Finance.
Sarah Reppchen is leading Financial Services for Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice in Western Canada. 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 10 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).