Event Details

Be inspired by women making waves in the CANADA payments industry and beyond. Join us at the 2022 Symposium! Our theme for this year is “Breaking Through with Great Expectations”.

Our keynotes, panels, and break-out work sessions will help strengthen your skills while keeping you on top of industry trends. Hear from women leaders on a variety of subjects including current payments issues and initiatives, fintech, and leadership. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with women at all levels and with diverse backgrounds in payment and fintech. This is a must-attend event for any woman who’s serious about accelerating her career in the payments industry.

The Women in Payments Symposium is a unique event that provides perspectives from key women leaders in payments, supports diversity and gender parity, and includes topics impacting all aspects of the payments ecosystem. The format is split between networking breaks, keynote addresses, executive panel discussions and career development breakout sessions. This forum is an unparalleled opportunity that is empowering, current and immediately relevant to any woman pursuing a career in payments.

 

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Global Sponsors

 

 

 

Platinum

 

 

Innovation

 

Gold

 

Gold

 

Gold

 

Silver

 

Silver

 

Silver


Bronze

 

Bronze

 

Digital

 

Digital

 

Mentorship - Platinum

Regional Sponsors

 

Mastercard

Platinum

 

Next Gen Talent

 

Awards

 

Keynote

 

Unicorn Challenge

 

Gold

 

Gold

 

Gold

 

Gold

 

Lunch

 

 

Bronze

 

 

Bronze

 

 

Bronze

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

REGISTRATION - OPEN MIC MENTORING - FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER

 

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM ET

OPENING & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - FIRESIDE CHAT

Anne Butler
Chief Legal Officer
Peoples Group

 Nichola Douse
Vice President, Head of Customer Delivery Canada
Mastercard

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM ET

MENTOR INTRODUCTION

Struggling to navigate your career path?  Need help to improve your leadership skills?  Challenged with work-life balance? We all struggle with career-related questions, and it's not always easy to find mentors to point us in the right direction. Join Open Mic Mentoring for a power-packed session, and glean priceless insights from a number of fabulous women leaders in the payments industry, to help you fast-track your career.

Ruxandra Aldea
VP and Head, Strategic Accounts, North America
Feedzai

Vanessa Crooker
VP of Enterprise Loyalty and Partnership
AMEX

Jennifer Hawkins
SVP, Head of Emerging Businesses
BMO

Mia Huntington
EVP, Business Head - Buy Now Pay Later/POS lending
Elavon

Anna Rossetti
Banking Partner, Strategic Growth
Kyndryl Canada Limited

Anzhelika Zinger
VP, Infrastructure and Cloud Delivery
FIS

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM ET

ROUND ONE

 

3:45 PM - 4:20 PM ET

ROUND TWO

 

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM ET

ROUND THREE

 

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM ET

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING COCKTAIL

 

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM ET

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting &
 Host of DiverCity Podcast

6:45 PM - 7:25 PM ET

AWARDS DINNER

 

7:25 PM - 8:05 PM ET

AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

8:20 PM - 8:45 PM ET

AWARDS KEYNOTE

Sarah Paquet
Director & Chief Executive Officer
FINTRAC

8:45 - 9:00 PM ET

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM ET

 

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

 

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

OPENING REMARKS

Marilu Gaudio
President, Chase Merchant Services Canada
J.P. Morgan & Chase 

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Eva Wong
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Borrowell


Christine Hunter
VP, Enterprise Payments Strategy
TD Bank

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

HUMANS AT WORK - THE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE

Seismic shifts such as the pandemic have impacted how we work and our interactions with each other. What are the best ways to work together for the greatest impact going forward? Hear from three generations of highly acclaimed payments professionals as they discuss how they have been successful working together, the skills that got them there and the critical skills that will be need for the future - especially when we don't know what the future holds.

Moderator

Ann McDow
Chief People Officer
Peoples Group

Shauna Archibald
Head of Client Delivery
 J.P. Morgan

Daria Hill
VP, Marketing & Communications
Interac

Shawna Miller
VP of Marketing and Communications
Mastercard Canada

Michelle Brick
H Senior Director Real Time Payments
 RBC

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

LOFT 3/4

POST-PANDEMIC DIGITAL PAYMENT TRENDS: WHICH ONES WILL STAY; WHICH ONES WILL GO?

Research shows that while Canadians still prefer to use credit cards online and at the point of sale, 59% of adults tried a different payment method during the pandemic. From increased adoption of contactless and proximity payments, digital wallet use and a ramp up in new payment methods, the Canadian market is going through a payments ecosystem transformation that will unlock and solidify new consumer payment experiences. This session will bring the merchants’ acceptance perspective in this digital transformation and how players are working together for the modernization of the country’s payment ecosystem.

Moderator

Erica Savka
Senior Vice President, Product Management
Bank of America

Karen Budahazy
Vice President Digital Enablement & Issuing
Peoples Group

Marta Rzeszowska
Vice President of Products
Moneris Solutions

Chloe James
Group Director of Media & Communications
RFI Global

Kris Tsaousidis
Vice President, Merchant & Acquirer Solutions
Visa Canada

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

LOFT 1/2

EMBRACING CANADA'S BRAVE NEW OPEN BANKING WORLD

The open banking wave is picking up speed in Canada with many projecting the framework to be operational by January 2023. This is a huge milestone that empowers consumers to gain more control over their financial information through a safe & secure system – and will become an estimated $10 billion opportunity for Canadian banks. As the country focuses on next steps, a concerted effort from all parties and stakeholders will be required. Join our expert panel of industry leaders who will share their insights on open banking and discuss the elements needed for the road ahead.

Moderator

Lian Zerafa
Executive Business Advisor
Accenture

Phil Hogg
President
Worldpay Canada Corporation

Roy Kao
Practice Lead, Financial Services Innovation
CGI

Jude Leclerc
Regional Head of Payments Solution, North America
HSBC

Sarah Gowdy
Vice President, Open Banking 
Scotiabank and Tangerine

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

LOFT 5

NEXTGEN WOMEN IN PAYMENTS: CAPITALIZING ON EMERGING TRENDS FOR CAREER GROWTH

A career in payments is becoming an increasingly exciting one in Canada and around the world, with many opportunities for growth. Innovation in open banking, embedded payments, digital currencies, blockchain, cybersecurity and data privacy among others are all important areas of focus that are making Canada a global hub for talent recruitment for incumbent and fintech organizations. How can nextgen female professionals adjust their career trajectory to capitalize on these trends? How can they build new skills to embrace change? How does STEM skills factor in career paths? Join this panel of experts as they share their experience in career development based on emerging trends and discuss key considerations.

Moderator

Christy Buchanan
Director, Account Management 
Mastercard

Kalyani Y Bhatia
Global Head of Payments & PMI Go to Market
SWIFT

Shelley Barnett
Human Resources Business Advisor
J.P. Morgan

Shreya Bhasyakarla
Digital Product Leader - APIs
BMO

Charlene Lee
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Scotiabank

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM ET

NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM ET

SPONSORED SESSION

LOFT 5

UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITY

At Mastercard, diversity, equity and inclusion are about more than bringing together people with different backgrounds. It’s an understanding that when we create meaningful connections, inspire acceptance, and cultivate a culture where we all belong, we are a better team—one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better business results.  

Laura Irwin
Senior Vice President, People and Capabilities, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions 
Mastercard

Serah Jacob
Associate Managing Consultant
Mastercard

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

LOFT 3/4

ALL THINGS CRYPTO: THE 411 ON MARKET DEMAND, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Cryptocurrency adoption is growing at an astonishing rate around the world. As of 2021, it is estimated that global crypto ownership rates were at an average of 3.9% with over 300 million crypto users worldwide. This number is growing quickly among the crypto-curious. In this session, hear from the experts as they explore the use cases for crypto, how FIs are responding to this fast-growing demand and some of the challenges and opportunities they are facing with adoption.

Moderator

Dina Mainville
Senior Director
CipherTrace, a Mastercard® company

Darcey McVanel
Director, CBDC Policy Integration 
Bank of Canada

Geetha Panchapakesan
VP Payment Partnerships
Circle

Srishti Jain Andreasen
Director of Global Business Development
RS Software

Lisa Durnford
Senior Manager
Wealthsimple

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

LOFT 1/2

GET READY - HERE COMES THE METAVERSE! 

Get ready for the next frontier of money and payments. The metaverse will radically change the way we engage with each other. The opportunities are boundless and mind- bending as this new environment may seem; forward-thinking financial institutions need to consider how it will transform everything from the basics, to the future of business. In addition to the huge potential for product and service innovation, the metaverse is an opportunity to restore the dialogues that have been lost in digital channels—to create memorable experiences for the next generation of customers, many of whom will never need to step into a banking branch. Hear from this panel of experts as they explore the $8 trillion opportunity that is the metaverse.

Moderator

Jess Murray
Managing Director, North America Banking Lead
Accenture Song

Carmen Cutajar
Partner, IBM Consulting
IBM Payments Center

Tiffany Wan
Managing Director, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Akshay Rumalla
Head of Consulting & Analytics
Visa Canada

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

LOFT 5

MANAGING REMOTE TEAMS FOR SUCCESS

Today's hybrid workplace environment is widely adopted as the new way of working. Businesses are introducing more technology, flexible work options and ways to facilitate team collaboration. Yet with +4 million Canadians still working from home, employee burn-out and fatigue are at an all time high. This panel will explore this new hybrid work environment, the challenges and opportunities that this “new normal” brings, and best practices for happier, more engaged and productive employees.

Moderator

Heather McGregor
Vice President, Senior Merchant Specialist - Large Corporate Enterprise Payments
Bank of America

Loreli Buenaventura
Head of Learning, Talent and Diversity & Inclusion
HSBC Bank Canada

Anzhelika Zinger
VP, Infrastructure and Cloud Delivery
FIS

Anca Mardan
DWS Practice Leader
Kyndryl Canada

Eleanor Bryant
Sr. Director, Acquiring Partnerships
Visa Canada

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM ET

 

NETWORKING LUNCH

 

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

INNOVATION PANEL

Open banking, crypto, NFTs, embedded finance, BNPL. These are just a few areas within the payments industry in Canada that are bringing disruptive innovation to light. But how are industry leaders driving this innovation within their teams and organizations? What hurdles have they overcome, and how are they keeping the momentum going? Sit in and hear the lessons learned and key takeaways on creating a culture of innovation and driving progress forward.

Moderator

Nancy Smith-Laidman
Director - Canada Head, Client Success Management
Citi Canada

Cathy Pin
Canadian Head of Client Service, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC Bank Canada

Dana Warren
Head of Global Strategic Platform Partnerships
Stripe

Fern Glowinsky
President & CEO
Merrco

Miguel Diaz
Head of Toronto Innovation Hub Centre
BIS

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

LOFT 3/4

DATA AND TRUST - WE CAN'T BANK WITHOUT IT - USING DATA TO PREVENT CYBER-CRIME AND MAINTAIN TRUST 

If Cybercrime was a country it would be world's third largest economy after (US and China). Cyber attacks can not only inflict damage on an individual or an organization, they can be used to cripple a city, or even a country. Post covid, the acceleration of digital banking activity is a primary target for cyber-crime, and there are no signs of a slow down. Join us for a panel discussion on prevalent and emerging trust threat vectors, as well as technologies that can help address the concern and the frameworks to continue to retain and grow the trust Canadians have with the Financial Sector. This discussion will touch on:

· Ransomware and Cryptocurrency Account take over and Identity

· Financial crimes and Data

· Data trust’s role in building long term relationships

Moderator

Judy Li
Director, Data Analytics, Information Management and ISO
Payments Canada

Ruxandra Aldea
VP and Head, Strategic Accounts, North America
Feedzai

Angelika Artemova
Issuing Account Management
Mastercard

Azadeh Houshmand
Director, Experience Design Strategy / Client Experience Design & Insights (CXDI)
Royal Bank of Canada

Tara Bailey
VP Client Services
2Keys Corporation, An Interac Company

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

LOFT 1/2

WILL CANADIAN FIS KEEP PACE WITH CHALLENGER FINTECHS? A FUN DEBATE.

Consumer expectations are rapidly changing and thanks to the power of connectivity and an always on, instant and easy world fueled by fintech innovation. Are Canadian financial institutions keeping up? Have they taken the necessary steps to be competitive and to not only retain, but win new customers? Join this fun debate and hear different POV's on how trust and privacy issues have played a role and whether technology, specifically around data and AI, have impacted the strategies FIs have taken to compete.

Moderator

Anna Rossetti
Banking Partner, Strategic Growth
Kyndryl Canada Limited

Team Yes

Mia Huntington
EVP, Business Head - Buy Now Pay Later/POS lending
Elavon

Lucia Li
Global Advisory (Consumer & Retail)
J.P. Morgan

Mahima Poddar
SVP & Group Head, Personal Banking
EQ Bank

Kerri-Ann Santaguida
VP and GM, Merchant Services
AMEX

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

LOFT 5

SILENCING YOUR INNER CRITIC

Have you ever felt like there’s a nagging nay-sayer on your shoulder, whispering negative and critical things in your ear about your ability to achieve? We all have an inner critic that can hold us back and if we let those negative thoughts creep in, it’s bound to limit our achievements in both our personal and professional lives. In this session, learn how to recognize those negative thoughts to eradicate limiting beliefs and fears so that you can reach your full potential.

Moderator

 Lorraine Leduc
Director, Business Development, Enterprise
FIS Global

Bindhu Alvar Thiruvenkadathan
CIO, Wealth Management
BMO

Annette Kingsley
VP, Colleague Experience
American Express

Veena Balram
Vice President Consulting Services, Banking and Financial Markets
CGI

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM ET

NETWORKING BREAK

 

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A FEMALE UNICORN 

It takes a special grit and resilience to become a Female Founder, let alone a Female Unicorn. Listen in as two highly successful Female Founders, at different stages of their journeys, share their motivation, challenges, and lessons learned on the road to Unicorn status. 

 

Alison James
SVP, Enterprise Payments
CIBC & President, 
INTRIA

Elena Litani
Co-Founder & CPO
Pillar

Faye Pang
Country Manager, Canada
Xero

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM ET

 

NETWORKING BREAK

 

 

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Bev Priestman
Head Coach
Canadian Women's Soccer Team

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Jennifer Sloan
Vice President, Public Policy
Mastercard

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET

 

NETWORKING COCKTAIL

 

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

INSPIRING WOMEN

Looking to get inspired or inspire others? This event is for you! Join senior executives and emerging leaders in the private, public and academic sectors for engaging panels, dynamic speakers and virtual networking. You will hear from women in leadership at all levels about the challenges they’ve faced, the successes they’ve achieved and their words of wisdom.

For registration and additional panel information, click here: https://telfer.uottawa.ca/en/events/202209201300-inspiring-women/

Hosts

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

Sarah Paquet
Director & Chief Executive Officer
FINTRAC

Stéphane Brutus
Dean
Telfer School of Management

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting &
 Host of DiverCity Podcast

7:25 PM - 8:05 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

8:20 - 8:45 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS KEYNOTE

Sarah Paquet
Director & Chief Executive Officer
FINTRAC

8:45 PM - 9:00 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS DINNER - CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

OPENING REMARKS

Marilu Gaudio
President, Chase Merchant Services Canada
J.P. Morgan & Chase 

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting &
 Host of DiverCity Podcast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: FIRESIDE CHAT

 

Eva Wong
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Borrowell


Christine Hunter
VP, Enterprise Payments Strategy
TD Bank

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

HUMANS AT WORK - THE SKILLS OF THE FUTURE

Seismic shifts such as the pandemic have impacted how we work and our interactions with each other. What are the best ways to work together for the greatest impact going forward? Hear from three generations of highly acclaimed payments professionals as they discuss how they have been successful working together, the skills that got them there and the critical skills that will be need for the future - especially when we don't know what the future holds.

Moderator

Ann McDow
Chief People Officer
Peoples Group

Shauna Archibald
Head of Client Delivery
 J.P. Morgan

Daria Hill
VP, Marketing & Communications
Interac

Shawna Miller
VP of Marketing and Communications
Mastercard Canada

Michelle Brick
H Senior Director Real Time Payments
 RBC

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

INNOVATION PANEL

Open banking, crypto, NFTs, embedded finance, BNPL. These are just a few areas within the payments industry in Canada that are bringing disruptive innovation to light. But how are industry leaders driving this innovation within their teams and organizations? What hurdles have they overcome, and how are they keeping the momentum going? Sit in and hear the lessons learned and key takeaways on creating a culture of innovation and driving progress forward.

Moderator

Nancy Smith-Laidman
Director - Canada Head, Client Success Management
Citi Canada

Cathy Pin
Canadian Head of Client Service, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC Bank Canada

Dana Warren
Head of Global Strategic Platform Partnerships
Stripe

Fern Glowinsky
President & CEO
Merrco

Miguel Diaz
Head of Toronto Innovation Hub Centre
BIS

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A FEMALE UNICORN 

It takes a special grit and resilience to become a Female Founder, let alone a Female Unicorn. Listen in as two highly successful Female Founders, at different stages of their journeys, share their motivation, challenges, and lessons learned on the road to Unicorn status. 

Alison James
SVP, Enterprise Payments
CIBC & President, 
INTRIA

Elena Litani
Co-Founder & CPO
Pillar

Faye Pang
Country Manager, Canada
Xero

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Bev Priestman
Head Coach
Canadian Women's Soccer Team

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING REMARKS

Jennifer Sloan
Vice President, Public Policy
Mastercard

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

Are you struggling to navigate your career path?  Do you need help to improve your leadership skills?  Challenged with work-life balance? We all struggle with career-related questions, and it's not always easy to find mentors to point us in the right direction. Join us on September 20th as we host Open-Mic Mentoring—Fast Track Your Career.

Women in Payments is bringing together several senior women executives in payments from organizations like American Express, BMO, Elavon, Feedzai, FIS and Kyndryl who will share their time, wisdom, and advice on accelerating your career growth. It’s a meeting worth scheduling into your calendar. This is an opportunity for mentees to sign up and spend quality time with THREE industry leaders.

Secure yourself a seat at this table before it’s too late. We look forward to meeting you.

20 Sep 2022 @ 5:00pm EDT
21 Sep 2022 @ 5:00pm EDT

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