Patrick is a finance and technology professional who is passionate about the cooperative sector. As the Director of Strategy & Programs at the Large Credit Union Coalition (LCUC), Patrick leads strategic technology initiatives for some of Canada’s largest credit unions, which collectively manage assets in excess of $150 billion. Before joining the LCUC, Patrick worked with the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) where he led their government relations work on the Open Banking and adjacent files. Previously, he held a mixture of roles in the financial sector, including investment and corporate banking.
With over 20 years of experience in digital strategy and IT delivery, Natacha is an innovation leader and key player in National Bank of Canada’s digital transformation. She led the implementation of Canada’s first Open Banking channel and is currently Open Banking Lead and Data Strategist within National Bank’s Data Office.
As the President of the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada – DIACC, Joni harnesses over 20 years of expertise in identity and access management innovation, adoption, and industry standards development. Joni spearheads initiatives that align with the organization’s vision of creating a robust digital identity ecosystem. This ecosystem propels the digital economy forward and contributes to the growth of Canada’s GDP, ensuring benefits for all Canadians. With a passion for building diplomatic and impactful relationships, Joni is at the forefront of formalizing strategic partnerships that drive positive change. Her influence extends to influential committees and organizations such as the SCC Data Governance Initiative, OECD, ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS, ISO, and ITU-T.
Christine Day is a performance-driven technology and business leader known for innovation in the Financial Services Industry. An entrepreneur by nature, an innovator, and a visionary, Christine has defined the technology posture for Questrade Financial Group for over 15 years, steering it from a small start-up to one of Canada’s top online financial services firms. In 2017, Christine was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, an award celebrating fearless female leaders. In 2021, Christine was named Canada’s Top Women in Fintech and in 2023, CIO of the Year. Today, Christine leads a team of over 1000 technology specialists in 11 countries to deliver solutions spanning investing, wealth, mortgages, home realty, banking and insurance. With a unique combination of expertise with financial services and financial technology, Christine propels transformative change in Canada, most notably the introduction of Open Banking and Real-Time Payments Rails to modernize the financial services infrastructure in Canada and to enable innovation and competition.
Jason Dodokin is an experienced digital financial services leader at Symcor Inc., a Canadian company that enables secure data exchanges, supporting the country’s largest organizations in the financial, insurance, government and telecommunications sectors. As Senior Director of Open Banking Products at Symcor, Jason is responsible for leading the company’s open banking strategy, product development and management, ensuring compliance with regulations, and fostering partnerships that enhance financial services offerings. Jason’s team of product managers work with both Data Providers, Data Recipients, and service providers to enable innovative services for participants and align with global best practices regarding Consumer Driven or Open Banking solutions.
Dr Scott Farrell is now Strategic Counsel at international law firm King & Wood Mallesons, having been a senior partner for many years. Scott led the Australian Government Reviews which designed and developed Australia’s open banking and consumer data right frameworks and modernised its payment regulation. Scott has chaired the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group and has served on the government’s advisory board for innovation, research, and science matters. Scott is an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW Sydney Law School and serves on the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Leandro Pupe Nóbrega has over 15 years of experience in the technological financial sector, having worked with major banks such as Caixa Econômica and Banco do Brasil, as well as fintechs, delivering Open Finance products in Latin America. Currently, he manages the Brazilian Open Finance community and holds the position of Head of Product at Open Finance Brasil in collaboration with Chicago Advisory Partners.
With over 12 years of legal experience in the financial sector, Alina has developed a strong expertise in digital transformation projects, payments, open banking, and digital identity. As the Managing Counsel for Payments and Merchant Solutions at TD, Alina leads a team of lawyers who support the bank’s innovation agenda and strategic partnerships in the payments space.With every interaction, Alina’s mission is to create order out of chaos and find solutions to complex legal arrangements that don’t compromise business outcomes.
With over 34 years of experience enforcing Canada’s Competition Act, John served as the Commissioner of Competition of the Competition Bureau Canada from June 2013 for a five-year term. He is currently a Senior Business Advisor for Fasken, one of Canada’s largest law firms. John also holds a number of appointments, including a past Fellow for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Future of Business Centre, a Non-Government Advisor to the International Competition Network, Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, as well as a TMX Industry Professor at DeGroote Business School at McMaster University. John is an economist with an M.A. from McMaster University.
Matheus Rauber acts as a senior advisor at the Financial System Regulation Department of Banco Central do Brasil. He has vast experience in regulatory affairs. He has been part of the team that regulated fintech and regulatory sandbox, and, currently, he works at the team responsible for coordinating the implementation of Open Finance in Brazil.
Nicholas Schiavo is the Director of Federal Affairs with the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) where he leads government relations, stakeholder engagement and national advocacy strategies for 150 of Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies.
Nicholas is also the Executive Director of No Conversion Canada, a national, grassroots, nonprofit coalition he founded to ban conversion “therapy” practices in Canada. In December 2021, No Conversion Canada and partners successfully passed Bill C-4, officially outlawing conversion “therapy” practices in Canada.
Previously, Nicholas worked as a Director of Policy and Government Relations with Impact Public Affairs, a Policy Analyst with Fisheries and Oceans Canada on theG7 Task Force, as an Ontario Global Edge Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya and with the Green Party of Canada during the 2015 federal election. Over the years Nicholas has been fortunate to work with a number of global institutions as a delegate, including the Commonwealth, the World Bank Group and the United Nations.
From 2017-2019, Nicholas served as the Program Director of the Young Diplomats of Canada where he met with Cabinet and the Prime Minister to develop a national, youth agenda. In 2018, he was selected as a Future Leaders Connect Fellow by the British Council to develop a long term policy action plan on LGBTQ2+ rights with the University of Cambridge. Nicholas is passionate about community organizing and currently serves on the Government Relations Committee with the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and was named one of “Canada’s Future Foreign Policymakers” by Open Canada in June 2018 and an “Emerging Leader, Politics and Government” by the Peak in February 2023.
Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Specialization in International Relations from Western University and a Master of Political Management as part of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program from Carleton University.
Saba Shariff is a seasoned and acknowledged leader at Symcor Inc., a Canadian company that enables secure data exchanges, supporting the country’s largest organizations in the financial, insurance, government and telecommunications sectors. As Senior Vice President – Chief Strategy, Product and Innovation Officer, Saba is accountable for Symcor’s existing and emerging product lines, overseeing teams responsible for designing and launching innovative services that address industry-wide challenges. Along with a mandate for charting Symcor’s corporate strategy towards continued growth, Saba and her team are focused on ensuring long-term topline growth for Symcor as it continues to provide critical services to the broader industry.
Lori is a people and business builder. In her 30 years of entrepreneurship, she co-founded and was the managing partner of two successful consulting firms; helping some of Canada’s most profitable companies, including JD Irving and Scotia Wealth, align processes and employee behaviours to drive growth. Lori’s background in strategy development and execution governance led Four Eyes Financial, a company she co-founded in 2015, to earn both the 2023 RegTech Company of the Year & Best Wealth Management Regulatory Solution (Canadian Regulatory Technology Assoc). Lori is the past chair of ALS Canada and Marathon by the Sea, and is a proud contributor to the Women’s Equity Lab focussed on early stage funding for innovative women owned businesses in Atlantic Canada.
Tanya Woods leads Government and Regulatory Affairs for Questrade Financial Group, a successful private Canadian company with $45B AUA and a portfolio of leading companies offering innovative financial, home, lending, and insurance services online to help clients become much more financially successful and secure. She is a dynamic and specialized technology, regulatory, and trade lawyer, former trade negotiator, and technology policy expert. Woods advises governments and companies on digital trade, open finance and fintech issues, intellectual property, sustainability and resiliency, cyber security policy and global enforcement, digital literacy, and emerging technologies. She has served in Advisory, Board and C-suite legal and business roles successfully advancing the commercial and regulatory agendas of technology companies for 20 years, including Microsoft, Nintendo, Interac, and BCE Inc. Woods also launched and led Canada’s first blockchain and digital assets trade association, served as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary to launch Canada’s first digital asset miner on NASDAQ, supported the development of the first global charity-led algorithmic (AI) literacy program, and sat on the Board of Canada’s first publicly traded 4D “metaverse” studio. Tanya’s leadership and contributions have been recognized by the Government of Canada, IT World, the Obama Foundation, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, amongst others.