Speakers List - Toronto Financial Information Summit

Keynote Speakers

Alexis Gouslisty

Head of Data Strategy, Business & Artificial Intelligence

National Bank of Canada

As head of data strategy at National Bank. He leads the BI, Advanced Analytics and AI Strategy and owns the ecosystem to empower the bank with accurate, timely and relevant insights, resulting in real-time actions that provide unparalleled relevant client experiences. His career has focused on helping large enterprise drive a competitive advantage with technologies. His executive credential includes: Chief Technology and Innovation officer at Avanade (joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft), 16 years at Microsoft, including leading the mission critical application business and has proven results at IBM, P&W, Bell and others.


Ajinkya Kulkarni

Director, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Ajinkya (pronounced A-jink-ya) is a seasoned leader and specializes in commercializing promising technology innovations.

Over his career, he has helped large enterprises and startups build technologies ranging from mobile apps to big data and in latest continuation, Artificial Intelligence in the financial sector.

Starting with early iterations of RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and Log analytics, Ajinkya has delivered business results by applying machine learning in all forms, namely statistical modeling, machine learning, network analytics and most recently, neural networks and deep learning. He has applied his skills across many verticals and major brands, IBM, Accenture, TELUS and Scotiabank.

An Engineer by profession, Ajinkya is a graduate of the Master of Management of Innovation program at the University of Toronto. He is an avid photographer and enjoys learning languages in spare time.



Eugene Wen, MD, DrPH

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics


Dr. Eugene Wen is the Vice President for Group Advanced Analytics at Manulife Financial. He is responsible for supporting Group Functions with advanced analytics, establishing a data scientist team, building a Center of Expertise (CoE) in advanced analytics, providing thought leadership, creating governance and policy frameworks for analytics function and providing research and development (R&D) capabilities to businesses across the company.

Alex Tait

Director, Market Data Services


Alex Tait manages the Market Data Services practice for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), responsible for all commercial, administrative and control aspects of Market Data. He brings over 20 years of Financial Services experience in a variety of roles in Capital Markets, Wealth Management and retail banking. Prior to joining CPPIB, Alex was with RBC Capital Markets. During his tenure as Managing Director, Market Data and Securities Reference data, he had accountability for RBC's enterprise Market Data function as well as securities reference data. Most recently, Alex led the firm's global Capital Markets Procurement function. Based in Toronto, Canada, Alex serves on the FISD Executive Committee and has been FIA certified since 2010. He also recently obtained his FIA Data Licensing accreditation. He holds a BBA from Bishop's University (Finance/Economics) and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.

Kelley Hoffer

Vice President, Regulatory Compliance

RBC Capital Markets and Wealth Management

Kelley Hoffer is the Vice President, Regulatory Compliance for the Capital Markets and Wealth Management businesses in Canada. Kelley's experience in the securities industry extends over 20 years. She began her career at Richardson Greenshields and has held senior leadership positions with RBC, Manulife Securities and TD Securities. She currently leads a team of approximately 150 Compliance professionals supporting the wholesale and wealth management businesses at RBC.

Kelley has an honours degree in Law & Justice from Laurentian University and an LLM in Corporate and Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Kelley has been an active participant in industry committees including IIROC's Market Rules Advisory Committee and the Conduct, Compliance and Legal Section Executive Committee. She is on the Seneca College Advisory Committee for their Financial Services Compliance and has been a Certificate Instructor for Osgoode's Regulatory Compliance Program. She has also contributed to the OSC's Current Practices for Risk Profiling in Canada and Review of Global Best Practices, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee Compliance Workshop in the creation of the Global FX Code and the FSB's work to strengthen governance frameworks to mitigate misconduct risks.

In addition to the above, Kelley has been an active member of various committees supporting Women in Capital Markets.


Dan Finerty

Senior Data Scientist


Dan Finerty is a 30+ year veteran in the Information Management discipline. In his current role, Dan is a Sr. Data Scientist and SAS Canada's solutions lead for information management. In this role he is currently responsible for providing guidance to customers on ways to maximize their return on investment in Advanced Analytics through the strategic deployment Data Management capabilities.

Dan started his career at IBM as a System Engineer where he developed his expertise in application and data management. This experience was further augmented in several roles throughout sales, marketing and professional services consulting. After his tenure at IBM, Dan continued his career at Progress Software as a thought leader in mainframe application and data integration and held various other roles at Data Direct Technologies, Informatica and GT Software before coming to SAS.

Dan holds a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Waterloo.


Amanda Holden

National Lead & Solutions Executive Fraud & Security Intelligence,


Amanda is a technology, fraud and operations leader with over 15 years experience in payments and 25+ years experience in financial services. Amanda is a proven leader and facilitator of business-technology strategies and partnerships.

In her current role as a National Practice Lead for Fraud & Security Intelligence for SAS, Amanda is responsible for driving business development and go to market strategies for SAS Fraud and AML products and services. As a national leader and evangelist, Amanda is focused on finding solutions to customers' financial crimes, loss and AML problems. She is passionate about data & analytics and the role they play in reducing financial crimes in Canada

Prior experience includes technology leadership roles at TD, Visa and Interac Association where Amanda lead teams responsible for technology, application development, technology and business operations and fraud mitigation and reporting.


Robert Keslick

Data Governance Lead


Rob has over 40 years' experience in Canadian Financial Services industry with extensive expertise in the management of customer information assets at an enterprise level, throughout the Customer Information Life cycle, including the impact of data quality on Regulatory requirements (Privacy, AML, Capital adequacy); Customer satisfaction; Enterprise profitability, and Operations within multiple lines of business.

Rob also has extensive expertise in Customer-centric analytics and Customer Profitability modeling that converts data on customers, their product holdings, and behaviours, into actionable insights.


Rares Pateanu

Executive Consultant

RLP Executive Consulting

Rares is the Former Executive Director for Morgan Stanley's Enterprise Data & Services unit in Montreal while getting involved in some of the architecture and strategy projects across ED&S worldwide. He has been involved in IT for over 30 years, in R&D, system software development, applications development, security, customer service, management and marketing, working for companies like Reuters, IBM, Bank of Montreal, CGI, and Rogers Communications.

Rares is an Adjunct Professor at York University in Toronto, an award winning frequent speaker at computer science conferences all over the world and the author of many articles on data processing topics.

Currently Rares is the CEO and a Director of XGC Software Inc. the developers of the first crypto currency with full KYC identification.

Mukesh Sharma

Director, Data Quality Management - Chief Data Office - Investment Division,


As a Director of Data Quality Management in Manulife Investment Division, Mukesh Sharma is responsible for leading Data Quality Management program from awareness to implementation. Most recently prior to Manulife, Mukesh led and executed a wide range of initiatives that supported the implementation of Scotiabank's Enterprise Data Quality Management program.

Prior to that he has been involved in IT, Asset Management, Trust company, Capital Markets for over 25 years, in back office, middle office, management and data processing, working for companies like Bolton Tremblay, National Trust, Canada Life Assurance, Bank of Montreal, and Scotiabank. Mukesh graduated from the University of Rajasthan with a master's degree in commerce and business administration (MCBA) and is a certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt.'


Brent Patterson

Major Accounts Director - Canada


Brent Patterson provides over 30 Years of experience in financial services operations management and technology. Brent's experience has been leveraged to enable firms in the development of data design, strategies and governance. Application of his knowledge of best practice for data management has created operational efficiencies and data quality for variety of global risk, regulatory and financial reporting. Brent has extensive international work experience in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia.

• 10+ years in implementing consulting and implementing data solutions and strategies: technology and operations.
• 20 + years in software product development.
• 20+ years -operations management & shared services consolidation.
• 25+ years in trading - operations technology, infrastructure and automation

Dominic Dowd

Director, Data Management Delivery


Dominic Dowd, Director, Data Management Delivery Dominic leads the Data Delivery team in the Data Management group at CPP Investment Board. His team is responsible for consumer engagement, data architecture, data governance and program management. Dominic brings over 20 years of financial-industry experience. He joined CPPIB in September 2016 after a 15-year tenure at TMX Group in increasingly senior roles within the Market Insights division leading global data product management programs. Dominic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics McGill University.

Stephen Neal

Managing Director & AVP

TD Securities

As Managing Director and AVP, Technology Solutions Delivery, Stephen is responsible for Regulatory and Trading Operations IT at TD Securities. He manages a global team, with employees in New York, Toronto and London. For more than 20 years, Stephen has defined and developed technology solutions for investment banks, exchanges and other financial institutions in the U.S. and throughout Europe. Prior to joining TD in 2012, Stephen worked at Barclays Capital as Director and Global Head of Middleware, where he was responsible for a team that delivered high performance information technology solutions across all asset classes. He also previously worked at Progress Software, TIBCO Software, Talarian and Logica. Stephen grew up in London, but he and his family now live in New York.

Ganesh Iyer

Integration Solution Specialist

Information Builders

Ganesh Iyer is an Integration Solution Specialist at Information Builders. With over 17 years of experience in Information technology, Ganesh is a seasoned Integration professional who has managed and led the delivery of large integration projects across a broad spectrum of industry verticals. Many of his strategic implementations have had a direct impact on customer revenues through significant cost savings and process optimizations In his time at Information Builders, Ganesh has also driven product direction, specifically around Master Data Management and their newer Big Data Solutions. Ganesh is constantly looking at ways to provide innovative solutions to his customers and enjoys programming in Java. His experience in industry verticals includes government, insurance, utilities, manufacturing, services, financial services and technology. He holds a MBA from University of Mumbai and is Bachelor in Computer Science.

Raymund Arzaga

Senior Manager Governance, Policy and Procedures, Data Office


Raymund Arzaga is the Senior Manager Governance, Policy and Procedures at Scotiabank's Data Office. He is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and implementation of the Enterprise Policy, Framework, and Standards across Scotiabank both domestic and international working closely with different stakeholders, Data Stewards, IT Application Owners, and data domains. He brings over 23 years of financial services experience in varied roles and capacities with prior expertise in legal and compliance. He has recently concluded forming the U.S. Data Risk Management core group in their New York U.S. office. Recently, Raymund has been appointed to the Scotiabank's Adherence Team (Second Line of Defence) accountable for evaluating data domains' level of compliance to Scotiabank's Data Policy, Framework and Standards.

Chai Lam

Director, Solutions Architecture


Chai Lam leads the solution architecture team at RBC Insurance, delivering digital solutions in the Mobile, CRM, BPO, RPA, Machine Learning and Analytics areas. He joined RBC in March 2014 as the Lead Architect for Cards & Payments to develop the future state architecture for Loyalty and Rewards, delivering projects for Mobile Payments with Reward Points, Offers, receiving a US patent in 2017 for payments; delivering an award winning Mobile App for Rewards, integration with eco-system partners such as Best Buy, Apple and travel services like Expedia.

At BMO, as Director and Architect for Personal & Commercial Bank, he chaired the Technology Council for architecture alignment to business and IT strategies. He delivered the future state, road map and solution architecture for Mortgages, Branch Digitization, Commercial Lending and Master Data Management which enabled a 360 view of the customer in support of customer experience and compliance.

At Canadian Pacific Railway, Chai Lam was Manager, Architecture & Delivery Practices and member of the CIO Leadership team.

Professional Engineer's license. Bachelor in Engineering, Masters in Economics

1. Secure Processing of Payments
2. Auto-Tele-Interview leveraging AI Technology (pending)




Paula Amy Hewitt, JD, CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/C

Chief Compliance Officer Risk Management Group

Macquarie Group (Canada)

After obtaining her J.D. in 2001, Paula Amy Hewitt articled and practiced primarily in mining and securities law at Bay Street law firms. Between 2009 and 2015, Paula worked at the Dundee Group of Companies holding various positions with its dealer, insurance, mortgage and asset-manager affiliates including Head of Legal, Designated Privacy Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer and Head of Insurance Compliance. In January 2016, Paula joined Macquarie Group becoming Chief Compliance Officer for Macquarie Capital Markets Canada (IIROC) and Macquarie Capital Markets North America (FINRA). Paula sits on IIROC's Ontario District Counsel, the IIAC's Derivatives Committee, and is a member of the IAPP Canada Advisory Board.
Paula holds several industry qualifications: Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) and Certificate in Investment Dealer Compliance from the Canadian Securities Institute.

LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/paulaamyhewitt
Twitter: @paulaamyhewitt


Dr Ernest Chan


QTS Capital Management

Dr. Ernest Chan is the Managing Member of QTS Capital Management, LLC., a commodity pool operator and trading advisor. He began his career as a machine learning researcher at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center in the storied Human Language Technologies Group, where he built a text search engine that was ranked in the top 7 in a world-wide competition sponsored by the US Department of Defense. He later joined Morgan Stanley's Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence Group in New York. He was also a quantitative researcher and proprietary trader for Credit Suisse, Mapleridge Capital in Toronto, and Maple Financial.
Ernie is the author of "Quantitative Trading", "Algorithmic Trading", and most recently "Machine Trading", all published by Wiley. He also writes a popular blog at epchan.blogspot.com , and is an Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University. Ernie earned his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University, and his B.Sc. from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Harry Chopra


Chief Client Officer

Harry Chopra is the Chief Client Officer of AxiomSL. He joined the company in 2017 and is based in New York City. Bringing more than 30 years of experience in global sales and financial services, Harry is responsible for overseeing AxiomSL's global business development efforts, implement go-to-market stategies and build worldwide client-driven growth.

Prior to joining AxiomSL, Harry was the Chief Commercial Officer for Credit Benchmark, where he developed the concept of consensus credit estimates by working with the Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer community across national, regional and global banks. Before that, Harry led the global sales and client services function for S&P Capital IQ. Besides these roles, he also served as the head of International Retail and head of Institutional Marketing at Citigroup Asset Management.

Harry received his Bachelor of Art in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Delhi, and he holds an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems from The University of Michigan.


James Rulli

Business Development

Data Capital Management

James Rulli is one of the first non-founding team members at Data Capital Management and he assists in leading the firm's business development and investor relations operations. Data Capital Management is a systematic hedge fund out of New York that uses the world's data and leverages cutting edge machine learning techniques to create idiosyncratic investment strategies that identify short-term pricing inefficiencies in the US equities market.

Prior to joining DCM he co-founded Pay Secure and held various consultancy positions in the hospitality industry. James has a degree in Business Management from Queen Mary University of London and is passionate about the onset of the data economy.

Patricia Huff

Senior Manager, Global Client Data Services


Patricia Huff is currently the Senior Manager of Client Data Services Operations team in Toronto and London. She has served in many roles across the reference data world for over 25 years, as a Data Analyst, then Business Analyst at Reuters and now at RBC. Her current focus is on establishment of Business Rules, Standards, and Data Governance compliance to ensure the data is of a high standard, consistent, and fit for purpose. She has been involved in all aspects of the data supply.