About the speakers

Asif Alam
Global Business Director, Technology Practice Group and Senior Site Officer, Thomson Reuters

Asif Alam is the Global Business Director, Technology Practice Group and Senior Site Officer, San Francisco. In his role as Global Business Director, Asif leads and drive strategic & commercial engagement globally with our technology partners across the portfolio of Thomson Reuters assets: Legal, Financial & Risk, Tax & Accounting and News. As a Senior Site Officer, Asif is responsible for communication, compliance, facilities planning, social events, and volunteer activities across Thomson Reuters businesses on the West Coast of the United States.

David Aubuchon
Director of Market Development, Buyside & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters

David Aubuchon is currently Director of Market Development for Investment Management at Thomson Reuters. In this role David is responsible for coordinating the go-to-market strategy for a broad range of technology solutions servicing the Wealth and Institutional Asset Management space.

David has over 15 years of experience at Thomson Reuters in the financial services industry, with previous roles including Strategy for Capital Markets and Proposition Manager for Corporate Solutions.

David holds a B.S. is Management Information Systems from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and based in San Francisco.

Bonnie Lyn de Bartok
CEO, MacComick Inc.

Bonnie Lyn lends more than 20 years’ international business, finance, human resources, and social development experience in the resources industry to the leadership of MacCormick Inc., est. 2009 as Founder and CEO.

MacCormick Inc. has been advising their Mining, NGO, Government, and Financial clients on social management and impact issues for nearly a decade across the globe, and they are the creators of the world’s first Social Performance Index (the MSPI).

From cradle to production and exploration to major producing companies, her project work includes expertise in risk assessments, baseline studies, resettlement, impact and compliance reporting, social management systems (SMS), program and process evaluation, social audit and gap analysis, and strategic community investment; both from top down strategy and bottom up execution.

A graduate in Finance, Marketing, International (Social) Development Studies and International Politics, Bonnie Lyn is also an avid contributor to the social impact thought leadership within the mining sector. Her ideas have been published in First Nations Resource Magazine, LinkedIn, Mining Leaders International, Mining Technology Magazine, Resource Investing News, The Canadian Mining Journal, The Globe Investor and The International Mining Journal publications, sponsored by Fasken Martineau and Scotia Bank and endorsed by the Chairman of the United Nations, Global Compact.

Ken Beer
General Manager, AWS Key Management Service

Ken Beer is the General Manager of the AWS Key Management Service, a root of trust for all AWS customers to protect their most sensitive digital assets. Ken has worked in identity and access management, encryption, and key management for over 5 years at AWS.

Before joining AWS, Ken was in charge of the network security business at Trend Micro where he managed multiple appliance and software product lines to protect enterprise networks from external threats.

Before Trend Micro, Ken was at Tumbleweed Communications where he built secure messaging solutions to help enterprises comply with privacy regulations. Ken has spoken on a variety of security topics at events like the RSA Conference, the DoD PKI User’s Forum, and AWS Re:invent.

Kevin Bogdanov
Director of Market Development, Americas, Thomson Reuters

As Director of Market Development in the Americas, Kevin Bogdanov is responsible for bringing the voice of the customer and market into business decisions and regional industry engagement as part of Thomson Reuters’ ‘Customer and Third Party Risk Management’ business, which empowers customers to navigate the murky waters of AML, Financial Crime, Geopolitical Risk, Reputational Risk, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Third Party Risk and more. Kevin has spent 11 years running regional and global teams and programs that support how businesses align to and engage with the broader financial, risk, and technology markets, and is currently exploring how data, technology, automation and AI will disrupt and redefine the practice of compliance in the coming years.

Andre Boysen
Chief Identity Officer

Andre is responsible for positioning SecureKey’s growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and promoting demand for the company’s solutions globally. He serves as SecureKey’s digital identity evangelist.

He is recognized as a global leader in digital identity by One World Identity (2017) and Innovate Identity (2016). Andre serves on the boards of the identity standards organizations of DIACC and the Kantara Initiative. Prior to joining SecureKey, Andre co-founded and served as chief technology officer of 724 Solutions Inc.

Previously, he served as chief technology officer for Footprint Software and as chief executive officer for the company’s Asia Pacific business. In 1999, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in recognition of his vision and accomplishments. From 1990 to 1994, he served as the chief executive officer of Open Systems Limited. Andre has also served on the boards of 724 Solutions Inc., Dexit Inc., Footprint Software Pty. Ltd., and 305 Management Services.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He currently lectures at Wilfred Laurier’s Schlegel Entrepreneurship Centre.

Brennan Carley
Global Head of Enterprise Proposition & Product, Thomson Reuters

Brennan is responsible for Thomson Reuters Enterprise business globally, which includes all Thomson Reuters business in real-time and historical data feeds, enterprise analytic services, data management platforms, hosting and managed services. He leads Thomson Reuters strategic response to regulatory and market structure change, and is also responsible for product management of Thomson Reuters’ core platforms (the Eikon desktop platform, Elektron feeds platform, and Enterprise Content Platform.) Brennan also leads Thomson Reuters' MIFID program and the company’s Collaboration and Messaging offerings.

Brennan joined Thomson Reuters from Proton Advisors, bringing almost 30 years of experience in trading technology and trading communications. Brennan provided advisory services to private equity funds, venture investors, and their portfolio companies in trading technology and telecommunications.

Brennan was a part of the founding team and served as SVP of Product Marketing at Spread Networks, a provider of ultra low latency connectivity to the financial markets. Prior to that, he was COO of NYFIX (later NYSE Technologies). He founded financial extranet Radianz (later BT Radianz) where he ran Strategy, Product, Technology, Service, and Operations. Prior to that he was head of technology for Instinet, and began his career at IBM. He has been a director on the boards of companies including Marketcetera, Yipes, and Monitor110, and is an adjunct Professor of Business and Technology Management at New York University.

Brennan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from New York University and has done graduate studies at Columbia University, Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2014 he was named #48 in The Trade magazine’s ranking of the “100 Most Influential People in Buy-Side Trading- Past, Present and Future”. He has been featured in the book, “Architects of Electronic Trading: Technology Leaders Who Are Shaping Today’s Financial Markets” and in Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys.”

Elin Cherry
Chief Executive Officer, Elinphant L.L.C

Elin Cherry is the Chief Executive Officer of Elinphant, L.L.C. an innovative and collaborative compliance services firm.

Elinphant excels at executing, advising and overseeing the following: Annual CEO Certifications | Independent AML Reviews | Conflict of Interest Reviews | Expert Witness Testimony | 15c3-5 Certifications | MCDC Oversight | Trading Surveillance | Best Execution Analysis | Regulatory Inquiries | Swap Dealer BCP Independent Reviews | Industry Surveys/Studies | Public Speaking Engagements | Regulatory Relations | Examinations | Dodd-Frank | Volcker Rule | Broker Dealer Compliance | Sales Practice | Bank Compliance | System Implementations | Equity and Fixed Income Markets | Research | BSA / AML | Regulatory Reporting

Garry W.G. Clement

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Phil Cotter
Managing Director, Risk and Supply Chain, Thomson Reuters

Phil Cotter is Managing Director of the Thomson Reuters Risk and Supply Chain business.

He was previously Managing Director of Experian’s Credit Services business in the UK and, immediately prior to joining Thomson Reuters, ran his own consulting business and served as a non-executive director on the board of Bisnode AB, a pan-European information services provider based in Sweden. With nearly 20 years of experience in information services, he has in-depth experience and knowledge of global information trends and strategies.

He holds several advisory positions including Nottingham University Business School, where he is an Honorary Professor.

Rahul Deshpande
Senior Vice President, Digital Integration Strategy, Mastercard

Rahul leads the digital integration strategy at Mastercard. In his role, he evaluates the value creation potential for integrated products and acquisitions for the security and digital divisions at Mastercard; develops and drives a consolidated strategy to integrate device security, digital credentials and authentication for Mastercard properties as well as for customers. His work involves deploying Artificial intelligence technology across Mastercard network to help financial institutions increase the accuracy of real-time approvals of genuine transactions, identify fraud and reduce false declines.

Rahul joined Mastercard Labs in 2014 as a part of R&D and product incubation group. Prior to Mastercard, Rahul led a number of leadership positions in Fortune 50 logistics, supply-chain, consulting and technology companies; built award winning applications, intelligent pricing engines, supply-chain networks and led R&D, engineering and enterprise architecture groups. He was also a co-founder of a startup that successfully launched an automated scanning and drafting product for civil engineers, architects.

Rahul holds MBA in strategy from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in computer science with specialization in artificial intelligence and genetic programming.

Jim Finkle
Cybersecurity and Technology Editor, Reuters News

Jim Finkle is the Americas cybersecurity and technology editor for Reuters, based in Toronto. Jim joined Reuters in Boston in 2005 as a technology reporter and began covering computer hacking, turning it into a full-time beat. Jim has written stories on a wide variety of hacks, from iPhones and cash registers to implanted pacemakers, automobiles and the electricity grid. Jim has previously worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations in Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Amherst, Massachusetts.


Professor Geoffrey Hinton
Vice President, Google; Chief Scientific Advisor, Vector Institute; Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Toronto

Geoffrey designs machine learning algorithms. His aim is to discover neural network learning procedures that are efficient at finding complex structure in large, high-dimensional datasets. His research group at the University of Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.

He is now a Google Engineering Fellow and manages the Toronto branch of the Google Brain Team. Geoffrey Hinton is a fellow of the Royal Society and his awards include the NSERC Herzberg Gold medal, the IEEE James Clerk Maxwell Gold medal, the BBVA award for Information and Communication technology, the Killam prize for Engineering, the Rumelhart prize and the IJCAI Research Excellence Award. 

Robert Jenkins
Global Head of Research, Thomson Reuters

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services and Asset Management industries having served in numerous executive and investment management roles at Fidelity Investments in addition to time spent as a strategy consultant in the Asset Management/FIG practice of McKinsey & Company.

As the Global Head of Research and Mutual Funds at Thomson Reuters, Bob oversees the global collective fund business propositions and investment research functions. Bob also serves on the Investment Committee of Thomson Reuters overseeing the firm’s global defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.

Bob earned an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Over his career he has held FINRA Series 4, 7, 8, 9/10, 24 and 63 General Securities licenses and has served as a General Securities Principal and as a Senior Registered Options Principal. In addition to numerous speaking events and financial media appearances, he has authored several white papers on topics such as Retirement Investing, Investment Policy and Portfolio Manager Selection.

Heather Kay
Manager, Deloitte Canada

Heather is a Manager in the Risk Advisory practice at Deloitte Canada, in Toronto. Heather specializes in regulatory and risk management consulting within the financial institutions industry.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Heather worked at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions where she was responsible for assessing the conditions of a major Canadian bank’s national operations, branch network and foreign subsidiaries. Heather has participated in a number of high profile reviews in the areas of compliance, finance, risk governance, insurance, credit risk, corporate lending and capital markets.

Most recently, Heather was engaged by a major Canadian bank to support its efforts in achieving compliance with MiFID II conflicts of interest regulations.

Deborah Ng
Head of Responsible Investing & Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Deborah Ng is a Director, Strategy & Risk and Head Responsible Investing at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Deborah leads the Plan’s responsible investing initiatives, working internally with all investment teams to integrate environmental, social and governance considerations in their investment processes and externally with global peers and organizations to engage with corporations and promote sustainability in investments. Areas of focus for the plan include: corporate governance, climate change, supply chain, cyber security and ESG disclosures.

Prior to this Deborah was part of the Strategy & Asset Mix team where she focused on the research, evaluation, and introduction of innovative asset allocation strategies that are designed to help meet the Plan’s long-term liability objectives. She also provided input and support for the annual strategic investment plan and medium-term risk management.

Deborah is Chair of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark’s Infrastructure Advisory Board, and a member of the Bloomberg ESG Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Teachers’, Deborah founded Acuity Communications, assisting investment firms such as UBS Securities, CIBC WM, and Desjardins Securities with their investment research requirements. Deborah was awarded with Directors Award from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she obtained her Master of Finance. She is also a CFA charter holder.


Larry Persaud
Principal Engineering Lead AI Cloud, Microsoft

Mr. Larry Persaud has over 20+ years of strategic business and software engineering experience. He led worldwide sales and engineering teams, managed opportunity life cycle, delivered mission critical SaaS solutions, and is a strategic advisor for Fortune 20 customers. He has designed Enterprise cloud solutions that have yielded strong ROI, greatly improved operational performance and laid the foundation for continuous improvements.

His business acumen and technology thought leadership are demonstrated in developing breakthrough business and technical concepts, patents and working with standards committees. Larry is an executive Director of Strategy, and Solution Architect at Microsoft, Cloud and Enterprise division leading AI SaaS vertical solutions.

Larry led the Federal and Commercial Security Practices for Computer Associates. His focus was to increase new contract value, full corporate aspirations for multimillion-dollar Enterprise business, enable business strategies, increase channel partner capabilities, client/partner training, and provide robust methodologies for CA’s Pre/Post Sales and Technical field personnel.

Shaine Pollock

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Tomi Poutanen
Co-founder and co-CEO, Layer 6

Tomi Poutanen is co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 (layer6.ai), which offers the world’s most accurate prediction engine for enterprise data. Layer 6 was the first company to offer clients a prediction engine powered by a real-time Deep Learning framework. Layer 6 is focused on helping financial institutions leverage all of their data to predict customer needs and personalize each customer experience.

Tomi is a serial tech entrepreneur with exits to Microsoft and Yahoo! The acquired software powers Azure’s cloud storage and the search ranking algorithm of Bing and Yahoo Web Search. While at Yahoo, Tomi built a novel $200M search advertising program, Paid Inclusion, and launched Yahoo! Answers.

Tomi is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a founding Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, the World’s leading AI venture accelerator. Tomi holds an MSc in Computer Engineering and an MBA from University of Toronto.


John Robson

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Lisa Rowsell
Managing Director, Financial & Risk Canada, Thomson Reuters

Lisa Rowsell is the Managing Director for Canada in the Financial & Risk (F&R) division of Thomson Reuters responsible for developing and driving the core business strategy across Canada including the end-to-end customer experience, revenue performance and partnerships.

Since joining Thomson Financial in 2000, Lisa has held a variety of sales and leadership roles within the organization with her most recent role, prior to assuming the leadership of Canada, Senior Vice President & Global Business Director for select strategic customers across financial centers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Robert Schukai
MBE, Global Head of Design, Digital Identity Solutions, Thomson Reuters

Robert Schukai, MBE, is head of digital identity services for Thomson Reuters. Previously, he led Applied Innovation, driving strategic projects in blockchain, cognitive computing, cloud services, and user experience.

Robert has held research, engineering, product, strategy, and business development roles at Motorola and Turner Broadcasting System.

He holds a BSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MSEE from Arizona State University. He was named a Member of the British Empire in 2014 for services to UK startups and education.

Hon. Hugh Segal
Author and Former Senator

Hugh is an accomplished author and columnist; he has appeared regularly on CTV, CBC and PBS. A former chair of the Senate foreign Relations and Anti-Terrorist Committees, he is a former Chief of staff to the Prime Minister and Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario, and served in the Senate for nine years as a Conservative even though he was appointed by a Liberal Prime Minister.

A former special envoy to the commonwealth, he has travelled extensively advocating for human rights, rule of law, judicial independence and democracy in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. An Honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy he speaks, with both insight and humour about important domestic, international and income security issues. In 2015 he won the Vimy Award from Canada’s defence community for outstanding contributions to Canada’s national defence and the defence of democracy.

He has written several books on Canadian public policy and foreign affairs. When in the Senate he brought in ‎ legislation forcing quarterly public reporting on all government spending and motions for televising and reforming the Upper Chamber. He was elevated to the Order of Canada in 2003 before being summoned to the Senate. He is a co-chair of the Democracy 10 (world’s largest democracies) forum and honorary chair of the Navy League of Canada.

Jim Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters

James C. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Smith leads a company of over 45,000 people in more than 100 countries which provides critical news, information and technology to leading decision makers around the world. The company’s products primarily serve professionals in the legal, regulatory and financial markets. It reported revenues of $11.2 billion in 2016.

Mr. Smith began his career as a journalist and rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America. Following the divesture of Thomson’s newspaper business in 2000, he moved to the professional publishing side of the company where he was responsible for a number of businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He also served as global head of Human Resources before becoming Chief Operating Officer of The Thomson Corporation. Following the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Mr. Smith ran the Professional Division of the combined company. He was named chief executive in January 2012.

Mr. Smith graduated from Marshall University, and in 2013 also received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Marshall.

Jay Subrahmonia
Head of Professional Services, IntelSaffron

Jay Subrahmonia is the Head of Professional Services for Intel Saffron. She reports to the GM of Intel Saffron, and is responsible for delivering Saffron based solutions to clients. Her team of Client Managers, Cognitive Solution Architects, Cognitive Solution Engineers and Data Scientists work closely with clients to deliver Saffron based solutions, bringing reasoning systems to help transform businesses.

Prior to joining Intel, she held a number of executive positions at IBM. As VP, DevOps Transformation and Cloud Architecture at IBM, she worked with the Cloud leadership team to drive development transformation and operations excellence to deliver Cloud capabilities to market. As VP, Development for Core and Healthcare Products in the IBM Watson Group, she was responsible for delivering Watson solutions to clients in the healthcare and financial services industries. She has a strong track record of working with early adopter clients. She started her career at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center. Jay has a PhD from Brown University in Machine Learning, has 20 patents filed, 14 issued, and 9 corporate awards.


Pierre Tellis

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Jonathan Weber
Global Technology Editor, Reuters News

Jonathan Weber is the Global Technology Editor at Reuters News, overseeing a broad range of business and technology coverage.

Previously he served as West Coast Bureau Chief for the news agency, overseeing news bureaus in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. A veteran reporter, editor and journalism entrepreneur, he was previously the founding editor of The Bay Citizen, a non-profit news organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Before that he was the founder and CEO of New West Publishing, a new media company serving the Rocky Mountain West. He was the co-founder and editor in chief of the Industry Standard, the highly regarded newsweekly that chronicled the first Internet boom, and prior to that was a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University.

Andrew Yuille
Head of Partner and Platform Ecosystem, Thomson Reuters

Andrew Yuille has more than 25 years of experience of business development in high growth organizations across technology, information services and financial services and serves as the Head of Partners and Platform Ecosystem: Risk at Thomson Reuters. In this role he leads the development through partnerships of new business models and new propositions to drive commercial growth for the Risk business 

Andrew’s previous roles include Head of Proposition Marketing - Specialist Markets & Communities; Head of Proposition Marketing – GRC for Thomson Reuters; Chief Marketing Officer for global risk intelligence provider World-Check; and business development roles for ERP software vendor Tetra plc and supply-chain software vendor Strategix. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars across Americas, EMEA and Asia Pac on topics relating to governance, risk and compliance, the prevention financial crime, supply chain management and B2B marketing strategy.  

He holds an MSc in Management and Marketing from the University of South Wales. In 2001 Andrew was elected as a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Andrew is also a Trustee and Governor of Herries Educational Trust, a registered charity in the UK and volunteers as a licensed technical official for the UK Amateur Swimming Association.

Brian Zubert
Director, Thomson Reuters Lab - Waterloo Region

Brian is heading up a team of data scientists at Thomson Reuters Labs – Waterloo Region, jointly exploring opportunities in big data with financial, legal, and accounting customers as well as pursuing partnerships with startups and academia.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, he worked as an Executive in Residence at Communitech, where he supported over 100 startups helping them scale all aspects of their business. In his previous role as Director of Developer Relations at BlackBerry, Brian led a global team of 30+ developers through rapid expansion and managed direct technical relationships with over 600 major brands.

Event Information

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