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Educational Sessions (upcoming)

    • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto, 3rd Floor, Macdonald/Howland Room

    TMAC Toronto is pleased to host an insightful educational session on Digital Currencies, Blockchain and their affect on Finance. 

    In August, 2019, The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has challenged the dollar’s position as the world’s reserve currency, arguing that it could be replaced by a global digital alternative. In this session we will explore how digital currencies (E.g. central bank issued currencies, Libra, settlement coins) could have potential to unlock governments dollar funds, reduce U.S. dollar dominance on trade, and increase financial inclusion. The session will highlight both - the risks and the benefits of the approaches proposed and technological innovations in recent years starting with bitcoin.   

    This session will bring perspectives from Bank of Canada, and other industry players. Our speakers will include:

    Elena Litani- Moderator
    VP of Engineering, KOHO Financial

    Elena is a senior influential leader with a deep passion for technology and innovation. With extensive experience in technology and financial industry companies, she currently serves as VP of Engineering at KOHO Financial, Canada’s first challenger bank, looking to help eradicate debt caused by a system fuelled by hidden fees and interest rates. With an integrated app and reloadable Visa card, KOHO is building the ultimate savings experience and leading the charge in the fintech space. Previously, she held numerous roles in fintech, banking and IT sectors. In recent years, she  focused on digital economy vision that enables digital identity, central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and new ways to pay.

    Cyrielle Chiron
    Head of Research and Strategic Foresight, Payments Canada

    Cyrielle Chiron is Head of the Research and Strategic Foresight teams at Payments Canada, both of which inform strategic objectives and support the navigation of Canada's industry-wide payments Modernization initiative. Cyrielle offers a wealth of payments, retail and commercial financial services knowledge and deep research experience. She has an extensive international career in research and consultancy in the financial industry, most recently with RFI Group as Managing Director, North & Latin America where she was also editor of Canadian Banker Magazine. She has two BBAs in international Business (Helia & Rouen Business School), and a Master’s Degree, MSc International Marketing & Communication Management (Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse).

    Lucia Gallardo
    Founder & CEO, Emerge

    Lucia is a Honduran serial entrepreneur building socially impactful emerging technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems as Founder & CEO of Emerge. Emerge’s solutions facilitate a more efficient, more humane, and more transparent movement of people, goods, data and resources around the world. For its work, Emerge has been nominated for the 2018 Global SDG Awards and Newsweek’s 2019 Blockchain Impact Awards. Lucia is a 2017 Venture for Canada Fellow, a 2018 RBC Future Launch Fellow, a 2018 Money 20/20 Rise Up Fellow, and a certified UN SDG Advocate. Most recently, she was nominated for MIT Technology Review's Latin American Innovators under 35 and the Royal Bank of Canada's 2019 Women of Influence.

    Brad Kirby
    VP, EDJX

    Brad is a seasoned global finance, treasury and capital markets professional, spending 6 years at Deloitte (Canada/Cayman Islands) and nearly 5 years at Brookfield Asset Management before starting DLT Advisory Group in March 2018, advising blockchain executives. He has a degree in Finance from the University of Western Ontario, holds a CPA, CA designation and is a Certified Blockchain Professional.

    Brad is currently a VP at EDJX, a blockchain-based edge computing platform, where he is actively developing a market for blockchain-based computing, micro payments and stablecoins. He previously advised a number of blockchain-based start-ups in the fintech space, which included companies active across the capital market supply chain.

    Francisco Rivadeneyra
    Research Advisor, Bank of Canada

    Francisco Rivadeneyra is a Research Advisor in the Funds Management and Banking Department at the Bank of Canada. His research is broadly divided into financial economics and payments research. He is interested in how agent heterogeneity and payments infrastructure affect asset prices and welfare. His recent academic research focuses on the implications of technological innovations, for example electronic money and distributed ledger technologies, for the mandates of central banks. His recent policy work has been to develop computational tools to measure the risk and efficiency of payments systems. Earlier work focused on the management of domestic debt and foreign reserves portfolios.

    Mr. Rivadeneyra holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

    Remarks will be off the record and will not necessarily reflect the view of the Bank's Governing Council.

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Educational Sessions (past)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 Payments Modernization
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Bank of Canada - Canadian and Global Economic Outlook
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Cross-Border Payments and Virtualization
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Payments Fraud and Cybersecurity: Managing Cyberthreats and Data Breaches
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Credit Agreements: Negotiating, Refinancing, Navigating the Capital Markets and Managing Bank Relationships
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Blockchain 2.0 and the Use of Cryptocurrencies / Stable Coins
Thursday, November 22, 2018 The Strategic Role of Treasury and Career Advice for Treasury Professionals
Monday, October 15, 2018 AGM & Global Economic Update
Monday, June 04, 2018 Millennials and Gen-Z in the Treasury Workplace
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Disruption in Treasury Technology
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Working Capital Optimization
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Blockchain & Its Impact for the Treasury Role
Thursday, November 23, 2017 The Fascinating World of Cyber Security and Cyber Insurance
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Payments Canada Modernization…A Practitioner’s View
Friday, September 22, 2017 Economic Update: Canadian and Global Outlook
Thursday, June 29, 2017 Innovation and Disruptive Changes
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions in Canada: Prepare Today To Achieve Tomorrow
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Modernizing the National Payments Systems
Thursday, January 19, 2017 The Benefits of Removing Canadian and US Tax Hurdles for Cross-Border Cash Pooling

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