Speakers

Rex Alex

Rex Alex

Assistant Vice President, Operational Risk

Canadian Western Bank

With over 22 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 several International Financial Organizations. Rex also teaches undergraduate students 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 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.

Saad Ali

Saad Ali

Director, Governance, Controls & Operational Risk

CIBC

Norman Baldwin

Norman Baldwin

Partner

GRC Vista Risk Consulting

Norman’s career in risk management spans more than 30 years. As Operations Manager for First Generation Capital, he oversaw operational risk for the parent company plus an extensive and diverse portfolio of subsidiaries in Canada, the Philippines, and the USA. He later performed the same managerial role for projects in Canada and southern Africa with Resource Group and Lion Mining Finance. He subsequently spent 23 years in Brazil, where he trained staff teams at HSBC Brasil, Banco Itaú, Banco Real, Itaipu Binacional, and Accor do Brasil on creating risk cultures and compliance programs for international operational risk management practices and standards. He is currently a managing partner of GRC Vista, which provides governance, risk, and compliance consulting services to groups in Canada and Brazil, primarily in methodologies and technologies to create successful risk cultures. Norman holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA in Strategic Management from the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba.

Mumtaz Chaudhary

Mumtaz Chaudhary

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Pragilis Solutions Inc.

Mumtaz Chaudhary  is the Chief Experience Officer and Co-Founder at Pragilis Solutions—a boutique consultancy that partners with CEOs and executives to anticipate change before it arrives in their organizations. After spending over a decade consulting to companies in the education, energy, machinery, mining, and financial services sectors, Mumtaz knows what it takes to build change-resilient organizations and change-ready leaders—and it’s not managing change as a one-off event. It’s building change management skills for the future.

A thought leader for Pragilis, Mumtaz routinely writes for notable publications such as Consult Magazine and Change Management Review. Mumtaz is a frequent speaker on how companies can properly engage their people to deliver successful change—digital, organizational, strategic or otherwise. She has an active interest in helping companies lead people-centered change and looks for opportunities to incorporate agile, design-thinking and lean principles into her distinctive approach.

Mumtaz is a Certified Change Management Professional™ (CCMP) and holds a B.Sc. in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Calgary.

Shaheen Chaudhary

Shaheen Chaudhary

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Pragilis Solutions Inc.

Shaheen Chaudhary is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Pragilis Solutions. After having gained over a decade of experience working for the world’s largest consulting firms, Shaheen left his comfortable corporate job to launch his own company—a boutique consultancy with his wife, Mumtaz. And, he hasn’t looked back.

Throughout his career, Shaheen has always enjoyed turning challenges into opportunities. Through his firm’s efforts, he’s assisted a growing number of organizations not only survive, but thrive, using his expertise and guidance. Shaheen is passionate about emerging technologies, entrepreneurship and the future of work.

Shaheen is an ITIL® certified professional and holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.

Eslam Eldakrory

Eslam Eldakrory

Director, Business Continuity and Risk Management

Home Trust Company

With over 17 years of experience, Eslam currently leads the Business Continuity and Business Risk Management in Home Trust Company where he designs, monitors, and manages the Business Continuity Management program for the company, Eslam’s core focus is to ensure both business resilience and emergency response preparedness are effectively embedded into business process, functions and teams to navigate through emergencies and critical business disruption events. Eslam built his experience as he assumed different leadership roles in Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management with different financial institutions in several countries and in various sectors from Banking, Insurance, Leasing, Brokerage and Mortgage.

Eslam has a bachelor degree in finance as well as a master degree in Banks’ management, a diploma in Credit Risk Management, a Chartered Risk Analyst, Associate- Life Management Institute-ALMI®, a Certificate in Risk Management and Assurance-CRMA® and a Certified Internal Auditor-CIA®, Eslam believes deeply in the value of continuous learning. Eslam is deeply passionate about his area of expertise and he believes in Steve Job’s quote ‘’The Only Way To Do Great Work Is To Love What You Do”.

Jeremy Holmes

Director, GRM 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 over 22 years of financial industry experience, including 7 years in reporting and oversight roles in the CAMLO office of RBC, 6 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 Corporate Functions.

Michael Leung

Michael Leung

Founder & Management Consultant

Candian Cybersecurity Inc.

Michael Leung is an experienced leader of governance and risk management in cyber/information security with more than 15 years of senior level management responsibility. He is the founder of CANADIAN CYBERSECURITY INC. and a management consultant – helping businesses and organizations identify, prepare for and mitigate cyber risks by providing counsel and expertise in risk management, strategy, and tactics.

Michael was previously the head of Information Security at a Canadian financial institution for over 11 years, and also an active volunteer and a leader within the local, national and international cyber/information security, IT governance and risk community. He has volunteered on a number of task forces, working groups, and committees for ISACA International, and is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. As a past President and Board chair of the ISACA Vancouver Chapter, he was responsible for the oversight and direction of chapter operations in promoting the practices and the development of professionals in IT risk, governance of enterprise IT, information security management, and IT assurance within the local business and academic community, and chapter membership.

ISACA is a non-profit, global membership association for IT and information systems professionals, and consists of more than 460,000 engaged professionals, with more than 165,000 members in 188 countries, including 217 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.

Ashok Menen

Ashok Menen

Enforcement, Investigation Counsel

Ontario Securities Commission

Ashok Menen is an Investigation Counsel in the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Ashok is both a lawyer and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Ashok serves a dual role at the OSC, advising on enforcement matters with an inter- jurisdictional component and as legal counsel to the Office of the Whistleblower. Ashok has been involved with the Whistleblower Program since before its launch. Ashok is responsible for reviewing whistleblower submissions, dealing directly with whistleblowers and their submissions and assisting Commission Staff assigned to investigate whistleblower tips. He is also responsible for public enquiries about the Commission’s Whistleblower Program. Prior to joining the OSC, Ashok worked as a forensic accountant at a Big Four accounting firm and at a global forensic accounting boutique.

Franco Oboni

President & Principal Consultant

Oboni Riskope Associates Inc.

Franco (linkedin.com/in/foboni) is a consultant (https://www.riskope.com/), author of over fifty papers and co-author of four books including the 2019 Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century, discussing what Mining Companies Need to Know and Do to Thrive in Our Complex World. He regularly teaches MBA risk management modules. Clients include Global 1000 companies, mining, insurance, railroads, etc. Studies support arduous decisions shading light and conveying pertinent information to decision-makers.

Sarah Reppchen

Sarah Reppchen

Financial Services Leader, Western Canada, Risk Advisory

Deloitte

Kerry Willett-Vali

Director, Operational Risk and Regulatory Management

RBC

Kerry has worked in the Financial Industry for over 23 years and has held a variety of senior 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 Graduate Certification in Human Resource Management; a Canadian Risk Management designation from The Global Risk Management Institute; and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation from The Insurance Institute of Canada.