8:00am - Registration and Breakfast


9:00am - Welcome

Lisa Rowsell, Managing Director, Financial and Risk, Canada

9:05am - Opening Remarks

Jim Smith, President & CEO, Thomson Reuters

9.15am - Opening Session - Reuters Newsmaker with Professor Geoffrey Hinton

Professor Geoffrey Hinton, largely considered the godfather of deep learning, will explain why this field in the artificial intelligence landscape has become so popular, how it is being used today by Internet companies like Google and Facebook, and in a wide variety of other industries – from financial services to healthcare, self-driving cars and manufacturing.  

  • Interviewer: Jonathan Weber, Global Technology Editor, Reuters
  • Professor Geoffrey Hinton, Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute and Vice President, Google

10:00am - General Session - Separating Hype from Reality in AI Technology

Robo advisors. Chatbots. Algorithmic trading. Little by little, AI is changing how the financial and risk industries operate. But how do you separate the hype from reality? This panel will discuss how AI is being applied today and the problems it can solve in the future while addressing the role of financial regulation and consumer protection. They’ll also discuss the hardest part of AI technology: data. 

  • Moderator: Brian Zubert, Director, Thomson Reuters Labs - Waterloo Region  
  • Rahul Deshpande, Senior Vice President, Digital Integration Strategy, Mastercard 
  • Larry Persaud, Principal Engineering Lead AI Cloud, Microsoft 
  • Tomi Poutanen, Co-Founder, Vector Institute 
  • Jay Subrahmonia, Head of Professional Services, Saffron AI Group, Intel 

11:00am - Refreshment Break


11:30am - Morning Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

  • Morning Session I - The Future of Digital Identity

Identity theft, fraudulent transactions, and shadow movements of money take place on a daily basis. In a world of global online transactions and commerce, digital identity – the sum of all digitally available data about an individual – is increasingly the cornerstone of the connected world. This session will cover the future of digital identity and the regulatory landscape surrounding it.

  • Moderator: Jim Finkle, Cybersecurity and Technology Editor,  Reuters News,
  • Andre Boysen, Chief Identify Officer, SecureKey
  • Michael A. Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University Of Ottawa
  • Robert Schukai, Global Head of Design, Digital Identity Solutions, Thomson Reuters 
  • Morning Session II Beyond Sanctions: Right-Sizing your Screening and Due Diligence Programs 

Is it enough to simply run your customers and third parties against Canadian and global sanctions and watch lists? As regulatory and reputation risks evolve, so must your risk mitigation efforts. During this session, the panel will explore what might be considered reasonable and sufficient screening, how deep into your third parties’ relationship web should you delve, best practices in ongoing monitoring and how to balance risk versus reward as you consider investing in technology solutions.

  • Moderator: Kevin Bogdanov, Director of Market Development, Thomson Reuters
  • Charlene Cieslik, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief AML Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Rogers Bank
  • Andrew Simpson, Chief Operating Officer, Caseware
  • Jesse Spiro, Head of Specialized Research, World-Check, Thomson Reuters


  • Morning Session III – The Post-MiFID II Landscape: What's Next for Data, Analytics, Cloud and More?

Markets continue to be challenged by increased regulatory and compliance obligations, ranging from MiFID II to FRTB, driving greater reporting and surveillance obligations, and an ever-growing volume of data to be managed. Technology is making more data available from more sources, with investors looking at satellite data, IoT data and social media content, not to mention data from venues that under MIFID II are subject to new transparency obligation. So what’s next? This session will discuss the impending impact of MiFID II and other regulations on Canadian financial institutions, and what it means for adoption of analytics, cloud, and more.

  • Moderator: Brennan Carley, Global Head, Enterprise Proposition & Product, Thomson Reuters 
  • Heather Kay, Manager, Risk Advisory Practice, Deloitte
  • Jon Robson, Executive Director, First Derivatives PLC.
  • Johannes Van De Wetering, Senior Director Advanced Modeling & Innovation, CIBC  

12:30pm - Lunch


1:30pm - Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose one)

  • Afternoon Session I – Big Data: Mitigating Financial Crime Risk

Preventing the flow of illicit money is paramount in the private sector. This session will examine how the industry manages regulatory requirements, including AML/KYC and sanctions as well as those on data protection, while at the same time effectively using big data, AI and other innovation to ensure better compliance, and improve monitoring and reporting.

  • Moderator: Hon. Hugh Segal,  Author and Former  Senator 
  • Phil Cotter, Managing Director Risk and Supply Chain, Thomson Reuters
  • Garry W.G Clement,  President and CEO, Clement Advisory Group
  • Afternoon Session II – The Role of Technology in Compliance

Forced to do more with less, tech-savvy CCOs are disrupting the status quo by looking to data, technology, and automation to streamline the compliance function, provide better visibility and reporting, and to bolster risk management functions. Join us as we explore the maturity curve of technology adoption in compliance, where technology can help compliance departments succeed and how RegTech will catalyze the next generation compliance department.

  • Moderator: Andrew Yuille, Head of Risk Business Solutions , Thomson Reuters
  • Elin Cherry, Chief Executive Office, Elinphant L.L.C.
  • Shaine Pollock, Vice President and Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Pierre Tellis, Senior Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer, TSX Trust
  • Afternoon Session III – Transforming Responsible Investing with Data & Technology

Traditional data is rapidly becoming commoditized, demographics are shifting, and Fintech startups are bent on disruption. With all that going on, how can asset managers prioritize ethical investing while at the same time generating alpha and staying profitable? This session will examine the role data and technology play in socially responsible investing, smart beta & and alternatives.  

  • Moderator: Dave Aubuchon, Director of Market Development, Buyside & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters 
  • Robert Jenkins, Global Head of Research, Lipper, Thomson Reuters 
  • Bonnie Lyn de Bartok, CEO, MacCormick Inc.

2:30pm - Refreshment Break


3:00pm - Closing Keynote - A Fireside Chat with Ken Beer of Amazon Web Services.

Big Data is yesterday’s news. We’re now in the age of Bigger and Even Bigger Data. Every company, in every industry – including yours – relies on data as an indispensable and fundamental tool. And very few deal with more of it than Amazon and its cloud-computing subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS). With this growing reliance on technology comes an increasing connection between business success and data security – indeed, cyber security has become Job One, whether in the consumer or B2B space. We’ll close the Summit with a fireside chat with someone in a front-row seat to this rapidly evolving phenomenon: Ken Beer, General Manager for AWS Security. Ken will be joined by Asif Alam, Global Business Director for Thomson Reuters Tech Practice Group, diving into this critical topic and exploring what this means for companies, their customers – and you.

  • Interviewer: Asif Alam, Global Business Director, Thomson Reuters
  • Ken Beer, General Manager, Amazon Web Services

4:00pm - Cocktail Reception and Networking


Event Information

Monday, December 4
8:00am: Registration and Breakfast
9:00am: Event Start
4:00pm: Cocktail Reception
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto
181 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
Registration Fee
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