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Canadian Open Banking Forum


Day One: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

10:15 EDT

60 min
Ben Mulroney The Honourable Colin Deacon Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Keren Moynihan Tabatha Bull

Ensuring Open Banking Meets the Needs of All Canadians: Addressing Financial Barriers to Minority Groups and Small Businesses

Moderator: Ben Mulroney, Co-Founder / Chief Communications Officer, Orchard Technology, Inc.

The Honourable Colin Deacon, Senator, Senate of Canada

Isaac Olowolafe Jr., General Partner, BKR Capital

Keren Moynihan, CEO, Boss Insights

Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

This session includes business leaders across various sectors to discuss important topics such as:

  • What are the longstanding banking and payment challenges facing BIPOC Canadians, small businesses and rural/remote communities?
  • How can Open Banking be helpful in addressing some of these hurdles?
  • What are the public policy challenges that Canada faces in this domain, and why is it crucial to act?

11:15 EDT

60 min
Martin Ho Howie Millard Amit Monga Hugh McKee Shekher Puri

Strategic Considerations for Open Banking Model

Moderator: Martin Ho, Director and Digital Payments and Commerce Leader, Deloitte

Howie Millard, AVP, Government Relations, TD Bank Group

Amit Monga, Fintech and Banking Expert

Hugh McKee, Head, BMO Partners, Bank of Montreal

Shekher Puri, Senior Director Digital Identity, APIs and Security, RBC Royal Bank

As open banking advances in Canada, there are several key elements of an open banking model which needs to be considered to drive adoption and meet the needs of multiple constituencies. This panel explores some of these key considerations in further detail.

  • What are key principles to consider when shaping data scope for open banking? What are some considerations when it comes to reciprocity?
  • What are key principles to consider when developing a liability model?
  • How can we think about providing and monitoring access to open banking while ensuring safetysoundness and innovation?
  • What needs to be considered from a consumer protection and education perspective?

12:15 EDT

45 min


13:00 EDT

60 min
Jason Chomik Katie Gibson Diogo Jose Sousa da Silva

Accreditation, Tech Specs and Standards

Moderator: Jason Chomik, Canadian Director, FDX

Katie Gibson, Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships, CIO Strategy Council

Diogo Jose Sousa da Silva, Head of Division, Financial System Regulation Department, Central Bank of Brazil

As the Open Bank Lead moves forward with the Industry in implementing Canada’s Open Banking framework, a number of areas are still left to be defined including the accreditation criteria as well as rules and standards. During this panel, hear from industry thought leaders on the need to have low barriers to entry to create an inclusive environment while protecting consumers, end users and other participants, and hear about use cases from first-to-market countries.

  • Accreditation criteria except for federally regulated banks
  • Accreditation process to be independent, transparent, coherent with other regulatory regimes
  • Criteria intended to demonstrate ability to comply with the common rules on liability, privacy and security and financial capacity to ensure consumers are protected in the event of loss
  • The need to keep barriers to entry low enough to allow participation by a wide range of entities while protecting consumers, end users and other participants.
  • Recommendation for flexibility and tiered participation that is proportionate to the degree of risk to the system
  • Technical expertise to develop technical specifications that support established public policy objectives
  • Accessibility and inclusivity for all accredited system participants, safe and efficient transfer of data, the capability to evolve with technological change, and interoperability with international approaches.
  • In the event that no adequate solution emerges, the Report suggests government intervention

14:00 EDT

60 min
Michelle Beyo Tushar Tyagi Sumee Seetharaman Stephane Bousquet Patrick Barr

Bank (and Credit Union) Strategies for Open Banking Success: Mergers, Partnerships and More

Moderator: Michelle Beyo, CEO, Finavator, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative

Tushar Tyagi, Senior Manager, Open Banking, Equitable Bank

Sumee Seetharaman, AVP, Open Banking, TD Digital Channels

Stephane Bousquet, Open Banking Leader, National Bank

Patrick Barr, Director, Strategy & Programs, Large Credit Union Coalition (LCUC)

With the pandemic, the need for digital, personalized and secure financial products and services became accelerated as consumers were asked to shelter at home. In the new normal and with the advent of Open Banking in Canada, there are a number of incredible opportunities for financial institutions and fintechs to partner and create innovative products and services for all Canadians. In this session, hear from industry leaders on how open banking is reshaping financial services, potential opportunities as well as innovative products and services that can be built in an open banking ecosystem.

  • How is open banking re-shaping financial services?
  • Will open banking drive innovation and revenue success?
  • Where are the best opportunities?
  • What opportunities are being missed without Open Banking in Canada?
  • How can banks shift their focus to leverage open banking?
  • How has Open Banking helped with the economic recovery from the pandemic in other countries?
  • Some interesting examples of products and services built from Open Banking
  • How are banks planning for the future?
  • Learnings from initial pilots
  • Will there be losses?
  • Will relationships between banks and fintechs be monetized?
  • What do partnerships look like?
  • What does collaboration look like?
  • How does the Open Banking Relationship compare to partnering or collaborating?
  • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Process barriers
    • Technical issues
  • IT incompatibility: banks’ legacy systems
  • Need for banking industry to continually seek consumer consent for data to be shared
  • What’s different about Credit Unions?

15:00 EDT

15 min


15:15 EDT

60 min
Michelle Beyo Elena Litani Noah Fitzgerald Braulio Lam

Focus on Fintech, Service SMBs

Moderator: Michelle Beyo, CEO, Finavator, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative

Elena Litani, Chief Product Officer, Pillar Financial

Noah Fitzgerald, CRO, Orchard Technologies

Braulio Lam, Chief Product Officer, Payfare

The pandemic was a particularly difficult time for SMBs, with many searching for innovative, digital, and convenient solutions to help them navigate this disruptive time. During this session, hear from industry experts on the challenges facing SMBs, how best to service them, and opportunities for the new normal.

  • Funding for fintech globally sky-rocketed over this past year:
    • The fintech sector is booming, with a record $91.5 billion in global funding so far this year
  • The past quarter saw the birth of 42 fintech unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion), bringing the year’s total to 200, according to CB Insights’ State of Venture Q3’21 Report.

16:30 EDT

End of Day One

Day Two: Wednesday, April 6, 2022

10:10 EDT

50 min
Michelle Beyo Simon Lyons

Learning from the Open Banking Journey in the U.K and Insights as the World Moves to Open Financial and Open Data

Michelle Beyo, CEO, Finavator, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative

Simon Lyons, Standards, Transformation Lead, Pay.UK

As Canada moves forward with its own Open Banking framework, it will be important to learn from another first to market country such as the UK to better understand lessons learned as well as opportunities to ensure that the Canadian framework is successful. During this session, hear from an industry expert on what can be learned from the UK’s implementation of Open Banking, what was successful and how Open Banking impacted how this market responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What we learned
    • Importance of consumer education
    • Ensuring that the mobile interface / journey is convenient and easy to use
  • What was successful?
  • How Open Banking helped during the pandemic
  • Products and services built on Open Banking

11:00 EDT

40 min
Eyal Sivan Neil Butters Doug Woolridge Nathanael Coffing Eugene DiMira

Innovation for the Consumer: Consent Management and Digital ID

Moderator: Eyal Sivan, Head of Open Banking, Axway, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative Canada

Neil Butters, AVP, Digital Id and Innovation, Interac Corp

Doug Woolridge, Vice President, Financial Services, Head of Financial Services, EPAM Canada

Nathanael Coffing, Co-Founder, Chief Security Officer, Cloudentity

Eugene DiMira, Chief Identity, The AML Shop

Open Banking has the opportunity to help strengthen relationships between organizations and their customers through enhanced trust, speed, convenience, control and consent. In this panel, join our industry experts as they discuss and explore consent management and digital ID.

  • Who has consumer data? What does the current consent management process look like? Consumers need to know what data has, can or will be shared?
  • How is the data being used?
  • Need for a standardized process for providing and revoking consent
  • The importance of collaboration in building an ecosystem approach to digital identity and securing the “lifecycle of credentials.”
  • Addressing the growing demand for authentication and authorization
  • Strengthening relationships between organizations and their customers through enhanced trust, speed, convenience, control and consent.
  • The need for strong security protocols to protect personal information from being identified, accessed or misused.
  • Current use cases of Digital ID
    • Benefits
    • Opportunities
    • Current Status in Canada (BC, Alberta Ontario)

11:40 EDT

50 min
Roy Kao Alex Vronces ​​Mo Banjoko

Financial Inclusion
How Do We Make Sure Everyone Can Take Advantage of Open Banking?

Moderator: Roy Kao, Open Banking Practice Lead, Global Wealth, Capital Markets, and Banking, CGI, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative

Alex Vronces, Executive Director, Paytechs of Canada

Michelle Winsor, CEO, Accelera

​​Mo Banjoko, Senior Manager, Business Consulting, EPAM Systems Canada Limited

Today in Canada, there are 5 million Canadians who are underbanked and 1 million Canadians who are unbanked. Open Banking provides an opportunity to change this current state. Through innovative and accessible financial products and services, learn how Open Banking can increase financial inclusion and education.

  • How Open Banking will help create product and services for the underbanked / unbanked in Canada
    • How it will increase financial inclusion
  • Importance of consumer education
    • Who is responsible for this? The government? Banks? FinTechs?

12:30 EDT

40 min


13:10 EDT

50 min
Eyal Sivan Michael Scherman

Data Ownership, Consumer Data and Privacy Rights

Eyal Sivan, Head of Open Banking, Axway, Board Member, Open Banking Initiative Canada

Michael Scherman, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

Today, Canadian consumer’s financial data is not legally theirs. As this conversation evolves, the de facto answer to who owns financial data is however, increasingly, the consumer. During this session, our panel experts will explore data protection laws, the idea of data portability, risks, and how open banking will enhance the interests that individuals have in their personal financial information.

  • How does data protection law define the nature and scope of a person’s interest in their personal information
  • How GDRP and reform of PIPEDA would expand or enhance interests individuals have in their personal information
  • The right to erasure
  • How the right of data portability will enhance the ability to bring data together for analysis and provide new tools and services
  • How open banking will enhance the interest that individuals have in their personal financial information
  • How will open banking help increase financial literacy?
  • What are the risks?
  • How does a consumer authorize or de-authorize use of personal information
  • How should consumers be educated to understand what they are consenting to
  • Who should be educating the consumer?
  • Should consent be standardized
  • How narrowly should governments define open banking?
  • Is Open Banking just one aspect of a broader open data policy?

14:00 EDT

15 min


14:15 EDT

30 min
Max Jarvie Cindy Zhang

Privacy Legislation Reform In Canada

Max Jarvie, Privacy and Data Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Cindy Zhang, Financial Services Regulatory Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Reforms in Canadian privacy laws, including both recently enacted amendments and proposed changes, are likely to advance consumer interests by providing for new rights and obligations related to transparency and meaningful consent, de-identification, and data mobility. Changes in these laws will also play an important role in ensuring that a Canadian Open Banking framework has a strong foundation to be successful, secure and interoperable. Industry experts will discuss the significance of these privacy law reforms and recent financial services regulatory developments and their impact on Open Banking in Canada.

14:45 EDT

30 min
Cindy Zhang Michael Goit

Fireside Chat on Privacy Policies, Practices and Procedures to Protect Personal Information --- Managing Operational and Systemic Risks and Data Security

Cindy Zhang, Financial Services Regulatory Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Michael Goit, Director of Digital Identity, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

In order for Open Banking to be successful in Canada, the need for defined and meaningful privacy policies and procedures will be an important part for adoption and growth of Open Banking. In this session, we will discuss the need to protect personal information, managing operational and systemic risks and data security.

16:00 EDT

End of Day Two