Michael Abate is a Senior Manager within Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice and was previously part of Omnia, Deloitte’s AI practice. He has a background in computer science and is a CPA. He has 15+ years of experience in supporting clients with their data, analytics and technology journeys. His current focus is the delivery of data, advanced analytics and technology in the risk and compliance spaces.
Andres is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Financial Crime Specialist, Certified Blockchain Expert, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, and member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators who works within the AML Internal Control, International Banking for Scotiabank. Currently, responsible for the design, implementation, and ongoing enhancement of AML/ATF controls for International Banking business units through, specifically through the oversight of implementation of technology to meet AML/ATF & Sanctions Policy objectives. Andres has over 10 years of experience in Compliance and AML working within the financial services industry working on regulatory compliance effectiveness reviews, 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 is a Partner in the Litigation Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and leader of the International Trade & Investment Law Group. He specializes in enforcement, disputes and compliance regarding economic sanctions, anti-corruption law, trade controls, defence goods, services, brokering and technology controls, blocking orders (Cuba), government contracts, national security, anti-dumping/countervail/safeguard, customs, tariffs and border measures. He has developed recognized expertise in advising on the intersection of Canadian sanctions, export and technology transfer controls, and anti-corruption laws with those of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and other jurisdictions. Past Co-Chair of and the Senior Adviser to the American Bar Association Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. Past Chair of the Export Committee of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters. John regularly speaks at conferences and teaches intensive courses on economic sanctions, anti-corruption law and export controls put on by these and other organizations in Canada and internationally. John is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law where he designed and is currently teaching Anti-Corruption Law and its Application in International Business, one of the first courses of its kind to be taught at a Canadian law school. He has 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: “A Coherent and Effective Approach to Canada’s Sanctions Regimes: Sergei Magnitsky and Beyond.”
Paul Burak is a compliance professional working within the crypto space. Specializing in anti-money laundering and securities compliance, Paul leverages over 15 years of experience to develop and implement effective compliance programs for regulated entities. He is a regular De-Fi and crypto user with a passion for innovation and believes that financial sovereignty through technology will empower people to have greater agency over their lives.
Stuart Davis has more than 30 years’ experience working with global financial institutions in the US and Canada. He has spent more than half of his career as financial crimes risk professional, running anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions and fraud programs, as well as associated data, analytics and technology. He is currently serving as the Executive Vice President and Group Chief AML Officer for Scotiabank’s Financial Crimes Risk Management division. Mr. Davis is also an ardent supporter of human rights and, since 2015, has championed financial institutions in the fight against human trafficking and online child sexual exploitation. In 2020, he helped launch Project Shadow: a public-private partnership co-led by Scotiabank to detect and disrupt illicit financial flows from online child exploitation in Canada. Mr. Davis chairs the Canadian Banker’s Association sub-committee on AML, Money Laundering Specialists Group (MLSG), co-chairs Canada’s Department of Finance’s Advisory Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ACMLTF), and is a member of WeProtect’s Global Alliance policy board. In 2021, Mr. Davis joined the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, in an effort to increase the effectiveness of the financial crime risk regime, globally.
Jennifer is the firm’s National AML Services Leader, a Chartered Professional Accountant, a qualified Investigation and Forensic Accountant and a Certified AML Specialist.
Jennifer regularly provides consulting, training and compliance program review services to financial organizations, including banks, credit union organizations, securities dealers and money services businesses.
Jennifer has led the development of our AML compliance program review services, regularly works with regulated entities to address and manage higher money laundering and terrorist financing risk areas and provides recommendations for practical and defensible compliance strategies. Jennifer has had AML as a focus of her professional work for over 20 years.
Brock Martland, QC is a Vancouver lawyer practicing criminal and public law. He regularly defends, and occasionally prosecutes, a wide variety of criminal cases, and maintains an appellate practice. He has been involved a number of public inquiries, most recently as senior commission counsel to the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A. (Hon.)) and the University of Victoria (LL.B.), and clerked for the Honourable Justice John Major at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Gabriel Ngo was appointed Director, Enforcement – Retail Payments Supervision, in July 2021. In this role, he leads the design and implementation of the enforcement framework for the Bank of Canada’s new supervisory mandate, including its administrative monetary penalty regime and the internal review process to be conducted by the Governor.
Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Ngo was a Senior Advisor with the Department of Finance Canada, where he developed a professional expertise in stakeholder and international relations, regulatory compliance, as well as administrative law. Mr. Ngo has done extensive work on financial sector policy issues, including combatting financial crimes, financial technology, digital identity, and cryptocurrencies. In this capacity, Mr. Ngo represented Canada at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and was Canada’s Head of Delegation to the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering.
Mr. Ngo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) from the Telfer School of Management and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa.
Amber is a compliance geek with a passion for technology. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Amber worked in compliance with Canadian insurance companies, securities dealers and banks before becoming a compliance consultant and founding Outlier Compliance Group. During her career, she has achieved a number of additional designations (MBA, CIPP, CBP, FIS, CAMS) and remains a firm believer in the idea “experts” always have something to learn.
Stephen Scott is a former member of the RCMP and consultant to the UNODC GPML in Southern Africa. This has included in person mentoring to law enforcement and intelligence officers in Tanzania and online ML investigations training to countries in the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (ARINSA).
Stephen worked in the RCMP Calgary Integrated Proceeds of Crime AML Team, INSET and the IMET JSIU where he managed and conducted money laundering, asset forfeiture, organized crime and terrorist financing investigations for 24 years. As a member of the RCMP IPOC AML Unit Stephen served as the FINTRAC liaison, CBSA contact and the “gatekeeper” to the Alberta Justice Civil Forfeiture program. He was a designer and facilitator on the RCMP Advanced and Basic Proceeds of Crime courses as well as a facilitator at the Canadian Police College for the National Expert Witness training and Drafting Information to Obtain Search warrants courses.
In 2019/20, Stephen Scott served on contract as a sworn member of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Bureau of Financial Investigations conducting international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations.
Stephen is a licensed Private Investigator in Alberta and is currently contracted to firms that conduct due diligence, background, OSINT, asset recovery investigations and security and executive protection.
Jacqueline Shinfield is a Partner in the Financial Services Group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and co-lead of the Regulatory Group. She has extensive experience providing advice on the PCMLTFA and Canadian sanctions legislation. She provides advice on the provisions of this legislation, its application and interpretation, and prepares and assists clients in audits of their AML and sanctions programs and assists in preparing industry-specific risk-based risk assessments. Jacqueline also assists clients in making submissions on notices of violation issued by FINTRAC. She also has particular expertise in the payment and card industry assisting financial institutions in their dealings with the FCAC and FINTRAC. She acts for businesses and institutions in providing advice on compliance with the rules and by-laws of the CPA and codes of conduct of the CBA. Jacqueline is regularly ranked in national and international lists as a recommended Financial Services Regulatory lawyer.
I have a background in Law Enforcement and Commercial Banking. Having previously worked within AML in the UK, Canada and the US. My experience covers retail, corporates and products and services provided internationally utilizing FIAT and crypto currencies. I spent a number of years in the police where I specialized in financial investigations relating to serious and organized crime and terrorism both locally and internationally. Currently, I work at Wealthsimple as an AML Director where I am responsible for a number of programs including Wealthsimple Crypto’s AML program.
Kelly Young is the Manager of the Compliance Examination function and leads a team responsible for the oversight of all examination related processes and procedures as well as establishing the yearly examination plan. Since joining FINTRAC in 2006, Kelly has worked on numerous projects and teams within the compliance sector, such as developing Compliance officer training for new staff, providing assistance to Reporting entities, examination modernization as well as developing the internal systems used for compliance examinations. She has also provided international technical assistance to several countries. Prior to joining FINTRAC, Kelly held different positions at Public Safety Canada.