Andres is a Certified AML Specialist, Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified Blockchain Expert, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, and member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators who works in the Global AML Audit Centre of Excellence for Scotiabank. Andres has over 10 years of experience in Compliance and AML working within the financial services industry working on regulatory compliance effectiveness reviews of reporting entities, AML and fraud investigations, AML remediations, quality assurance program design and testing, training and strategy development, Centre of Excellence processes and AML internal control audits in Canada and international banking regulatory audit reports (Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cayman, TCI, Uruguay and Central America).
JOHN BOSCARIOL is a Partner in the Litigation Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and leader of the International Trade & Investment Law Group. John specializes in investigations, enforcement, disputes and compliance regarding economic sanctions, anti-corruption law and policy, export and technology transfer controls, blocking orders (Cuba), government contracts, national security, anti-dumping/countervail/safeguard, customs, tariffs and border measures.
He has developed a recognized expertise in advising on the intersection of Canadian economic sanctions, export and technology controls, and anti-corruption measures.
John testified before Canada’s Parliament on the enforcement of economic sanctions and anti-terrorism laws, and many of his recommendations were adopted in the House of Commons Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs: A Coherent and Effective Approach to Canada’s Sanctions Regimes: Sergei Magnitsky and Beyond.
He represents clients in dealings with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Global Affairs Canada, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canada Border Services Agency, Controlled Goods Directorate (PSPC), Department of National Defence, Canadian Transportation Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Federal Courts, and NAFTA Binational Panels.
John is recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of only four Most Highly Regarded Lawyers – Investigations (Canada) for his “outstanding knowledge of anti-corruption matters”. Recently, he was named by Expert Guide’s Best of the Best (Global) as one of the world’s top 30 international trade attorneys and by Best Lawyers as the 2019 and 2020 International Trade and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto. Martindale-Hubbell rates John as “AV Preeminent”, their “highest level of professional excellence” and Chambers Global ranks him in Band 1 for WTO/International Trade.
He is Adjunct Faculty of the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law where he designed and teaches Anti-Corruption Law and its Application in International Business. He has also been active in the leadership of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, where he is Senior Advisor and Past Co-Chair of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. He is also Past Chair of the Export Committee of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters. He is also active in Canadian bar associations, including as a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Joint Committee on Anti-Corruption and as Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association International Law Section.
Select recent examples of work in the economic sanctions and trade controls area include:
- Economic sanctions, AML and foreign corruption investigation involving an Asia-based bank and covering activities in the Middle East by politically exposed persons
- Acted for Russian bank in successful application to Minister of Foreign Affairs for removal from Canada’s economic sanctions blacklist
- Acting for former Ukraine government official in applications to Global Affairs Canada and litigation in the Federal Court seeking removal from economic sanctions blacklist
- Risk assessment, design and implementation of economic sanctions and anti-corruption compliance programs, procedures and controls for companies in oil and gas, mining, financial services, and aviation industries
- Acting for national and global financial institutions on economic sanctions compliance, investigation and enforcement matters, including dealings with Global Affairs Canada on permit applications, voluntary and mandatory disclosures to the RCMP, investigations by the RCMP and other enforcement authorities and the de-risking of financial products and customer relationships
- Trade controls investigation for a U.S.-based Fortune 100 public company spanning Canada, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
- Economic sanctions and trade controls investigation for a U.S.-based Fortune 500 public company involving Canada and the United States
Mauriceo Castanheiro (CFE, CAMS) is a Product and Industry Expert at Verafin with over 15 years’ experience fighting fraud in the financial industry. Having held key positions in fraud management at the Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal, including roles in business intelligence, operations, analytics and strategy, Mauriceo brings a wealth of experience to Verafin and his work informing the development of innovative solutions to fight financial crime.
Gene is The AML Shop’s Chief Identify Officer and delivers a “digital first” philosophy by creating a balanced hub where digital ID and AML initiatives connect as an expert shopper for clients and industry insider for technology firms.
As one of Canada’s leading voices in the anti-money laundering (AML) industry and digital identification space, Gene has spanned much of his career designing, implementing and sustaining AML/ATF programs digital identity programs nationally and internationally.
Gene started his career running the systems, operations and compliance controls for financial planning firms offering securities, banking and insurance products. His compliance focus progressed with Manulife, where he most recently served as the Head of Global Compliance AMLATF program, responsible for the program design, relationships with AML vendors and working with Industry peers to respond to government and FATF consultations for both AML and identity.
He currently volunteers in the following capacities: Chair, IIROC CCLS AML Working Group; Co-chair, DIACC Outreach Expert Committee; Member, Sovrin Foundation Compliance and Inclusive finance working group; Member, International Institute of Finance’s Digital Trust initiative.
Pamela Draper is the President and CEO of Pateno Payments Inc., a firm that provides development solutions in the payments space, as well as the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in Canada in 2018. Prior to joining Pateno and Bitvo, Pamela spent approximately 14 years with top tier Canadian banks, in the areas of corporate and investment banking. Most recently Pamela held the position of Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Capital Markets group in Toronto where she was responsible for assisting North American corporate clients raising capital in public and private markets. Pamela obtained an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Current voluntary positions include acting as a Director for the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women and for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. Pamela also serves on the FinTech Committee of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium.
Joseph Iuso, CAMS, is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 30 years of success across the IT, AML compliance, banking, financial services, e-commerce, digital currency, and identity industries. He has leveraged his extensive experience in support of the financial services and retail payments sectors to ensure optimal ROI. Mr. Iuso holds and has held many leadership positions at companies including KYC2020, Payment Source, Bitbuy Technologies, UseMyServices, TEKchand LLC, ACHreturnsRX, RBC, JAWZ, CIBC, Interac, and IBM.
Joseph holds a Computer Systems Technology degree from Mohawk College as well as numerous certifications in Project Management, Technology, and AML Compliance. As a volunteer, he currently sits on the Canadian MSB Association board as the Executive Director, and Director of Technology for friends of HMCS Haida. In the past he has held board positions with the Canadian MSB Association (Former Chairman and founding member), the Canadian Tandem Users Group, and the Canadian Association of Compaq Users, and various other technology and spiritual not-for-profit charities and associations. Joseph firmly believes in freely giving back to the community that has provided and continues to provide him with so much support.
Carinta has been in the Money Service Business (MSB) space for over 20 years and divides her passion between a love for entrepreneurship and the world of MSBs. Having started her own first retail MSB in the year 2000, Carinta brings with her the experience of having “grown up” along side FINTRAC (also born in 2000). Carinta currently owns and operates two MSBs and is the current Co-Chair (and founding member) of the Canadian Money Service Business Association (CMSBA). If nothing else, the past two decades has left Carinta with an appreciation of the delicate relationship that exists between risk and profit.
Bruce McMeekin is senior litigation counsel with over 30 years of experience assisting corporate and individual clients with regulatory inspections, demands, orders, penalties, investigations, prosecutions, appeals and white-collar criminal issues. After 25 years of practice with a leading Canadian law firm, in 2014 he became the principal of J. Bruce McMeekin Law (www.jbrucemcmeekinlaw.com).
Derek has extensive domestic and international experience in the compliance, anti-money laundering and intelligence fields. He has a well-rounded background, having worked in both the public and private sectors, and has focused his expertise on the gaming industry over the past ten years.
Prior to joining MT>Play, a global gaming advisory firm, Derek was the Director of the Intelligence and Investigative Support Branch at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, where he led an integrated team of police and regulatory professionals in the gaming, liquor and horse racing sectors. He also served as a Commissioner on the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission and helped to establish a regulated gaming industry on the island with a specific focus on anti-money laundering controls and compliance.
Derek was previously an officer with the Government of Canada’s financial intelligence unit, FINTRAC. His primary duties there included enforcing compliance with federal money laundering and terrorist financing regulations and liaising with domestic and international regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
Amber is a compliance geek with a passion for technology.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Amber joined the compliance group at one of Canada’s largest insurers where she focused on the implementation of technology-based processes to streamline compliance. She has since worked in in-house roles with major securities firms and banks. Somewhere along the line, she added MBA, CBP, and a few other letters after her name.
Amber joined a boutique compliance consulting firm, then larger consulting firm, before getting frustrated enough with the status quo to launch Outlier Solutions Inc. (Outlier) in 2013. Outlier specializes in anti-money laundering (AML) and privacy compliance. The company is based on one of the premises of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: that to be really good at something you need a lot of practice (about 10,000 hours). Each of Outlier’s team members has 10,000 hours or more of in-house (not consulting) compliance experience. Amber loves leading this team of entrepreneurial compliance badasses.