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Be inspired by women making waves in the Canadian payments industry and beyond. Join us at the 2021 Symposium!

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.

Purchase a ticket to this event below or become a member of our online community to gain access to private networking, career, speaking, and mentorship opportunities exclusively for women in payments.

Annual Membership Plan

  • Complimentary access to any of our live-streamed global symposia, including ASEAN, Australia, Canada, EMEA, LATAM and USA.
     

Monthly Membership Plan

  • Member-only pricing for any live-streamed global symposia. 
     

MEMBERSHIP PERKS

LEARN FROM VIDEO CONTENT 

Our library of video content includes Pause for Payments with Kristy, archives from our weekly video chats with inspiring women in payments from around the world. Topics include current and emerging payment industry themes, and career development discussions to help you take your career further, faster

SEARCH AMAZING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

See our private database of vetted career opportunities. Every opportunity listed in our membership site is screened prior to posting to ensure its relevance, reputability, and quality. Search locally or abroad. You can also choose to opt-in hear of new opportunities that match your experience as they arise.

BUILD YOUR GLOBAL NETWORK

Expand your horizons beyond your country’s borders. Search our member database to network with women in Australia and our other global regions. Our members are comprised of ambitious women at all career levels with diverse backgrounds in payments and fintech.

FIND SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES

Speaking at our events can help you gain expert status while supporting the growth of other women in payments. Find upcoming local and global speaking opportunities in our private online community.

CHAMPION YOUR PEERS

Our online community of members is a place where women support women. Become a member to learn more about nominating a woman leader, innovator, or rising star to be recognized through our annual Awards Program. 

JOIN OUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Learn more about or Global Mentorship Program that connects up-and-coming women in payments with established industry leaders from around the world. Learn more about finding or becoming a mentor.

9:00 - 9:15 AM ET
OPENING REMARKS
MAIN STAGE

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payme
nts

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting

9:15 - 9:45 AM ET
OPENING KEYNOTE
MAIN STAGE

 

Ann Cairns
Executive Vice Chair
Mastercard

9:45 - 10:00 AM ET

SPONSORED SESSION - IBM

Carmen Cutajar
Client Partner - FSS, Payments
IBM Canada

9:45 - 10:15 AM ET

NETWORKING/SPONSOR EXHIBITS

 

10:15 - 11:00 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

INNOVATION & DRIVING CHANGE

PAYMENTS MODERNIZATION IN A POST-COVID WORLD

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many businesses to adopt automation as a way to increase working capital, create efficiencies, and potentially reduce costs across the broad community of suppliers, customers, and partners. Other market forces like open banking and payments modernization further accelerate innovation in the B2B space creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and incumbents to optimize and simplify payments domestically and Cross-Border. Is digitization here to stay? How will the migration to ISO 2022 standardize payments? How will card issuers keep up in this new climate? And, how are the newest trends, such as request to pay, impacting the market? Join this panel of industry leaders as they explore this brave new payments world and answer these questions and more.

Moderator

Michelle Beyo
CEO
Finavator

Angelika Artemova
Director, Account Management
Mastercard

Mia Huntington
Executive Vice President, Digital and Associations
Elavon

Katie Whalen
SVP, North America Credit Processing-Issuer Solutions
Fiserv

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

BETTER TOGETHER: HOW LOYALTY IN PAYMENTS IS BEING REDEFINED

Loyalty and rewards programs are taking the payments industry by storm, and there are now many options available to consumers. Join this panel discussion to learn how loyalty and rewards in payments are simultaneously being re-defined and disrupted. They we will take a closer look at the competition heating up among such loyalty programs as those offered by bank cards such as (Avion), major retailers, payment solutions (Klarna) and tender neutral merchant programs (Rakuten). They will also take a look at the competition between issuers and paytech. Ultimately, who wins and what does the future hold for merchants, issuers and consumers?

Jo-lynn Foo
Product Manager Digital Banking
Questrade Financial Group

Lindsay Mulligan
Head of Marketing
Klarna

Rey Saeidi
Head of Consumer & Loyalty Products
Visa

Farzeen Saleh
Director, PC Mastercard Acquisition & Parnterships
President's Choice Financial

Dina Vardouniotis
Principal Consultant
Payments & Parnterships Inc.
 

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

THE ERA OF BANKING-AS-A-SERVICE: NEW ENTRANTS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND COMPLIANCE

With the exploding payments market in Canada comes new opportunities for incumbent and digital banks, Fintechs and third-party providers (TPPs) to create an ecosystem to support the next generation of BaaS financial solutions. But this innovation comes with compliance and money laundering risks that must be addressed. Knowing this, how do we continue to foster innovation and creativity while protecting customers and participants who “play by the rules”? How can Paytech and Incumbent banks work together with Fintech to establish cost-effective Compliance as a Service Solutions? In this session, industry leaders tackle these questions, review the regulatory landscape and the implications and challenges for traditional players and new entrants, and outline how third-party services can be leveraged to help minimize barriers to entry while protecting customers.

Moderator
Charlene Sebastian
Head of Client Success and Delivery Enablement
MinervaAI

Sonia Arcieri
Head of Client Partnerships
TheBaaSCo

Anne Butler
Chief External Relations and Legal Officer
Payments Canada

 

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET 
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

LEADERSHIP

 

DIVERSITY IS THE STARTING POINT; ENGAGEMENT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the key to more innovative, productive, competitive, and profitable outcomes. Diversity alone will not get you there; it also takes equity, inclusion, and improved engagement of your workforce. Employers must realize the interdependency between all factors, show allyship, and take action to engage, listen and learn from their employee base to build a climate of inclusivity and ultimately improve engagement. In this session you’ll hear industry leaders discuss the importance of DEI, and how you can take practical steps, such as establishing ERGs, to transform your workplace culture.

Moderator
Eileen Scully
Author, Founder, CEO
The Rising Tides

Nicole German
Vice President, The Scotiabank Women Initiative
Scotiabank

​​​​​​Andrew Harrison
Director, TPS Strategic Initiatives
BMO Financial Group

Shenela Tavarayan
Retail Commerce, Senior Manager
Interac Corp. 

Caroline Van der Drift
Vice President, FI Partnerships and Executive Sponsor of Visa Canada's I&D Committee
Visa

10:15 - 11:00 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

LEADERSHIP

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE WORKING MODEL - WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF WORK MEAN?

In the post pandemic era, companies are looking at how they have adapted and what the future of their organization means from a digital transformation, innovation and employee engagement perspective. This panel discussion will bring together transformation leaders across technology and financial services, who will discuss and hypothesize on 'The Future of Work' and what that means for their organizations and the business community.

Moderator

Ayeesha Sachedina
Director and Chief Transformation Officer Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Sue Hutchison
President and General Manager
Equifax Canada Co.

Ritu Khanna
Managing Director, US East
Shopify Inc.

 

11:00 - 11:30 AM ET

NETWORKING/SPONSOR EXHIBITS

 

11:30 - 11:50 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

AWARD PRESENTATIONS

 

11:50 - 12:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

EXECUTIVE PANEL

Moderator

Suzan Denoncourt
Independent Director, Advisor, Guest Lecturer, Mentor

Sue Hutchison
President and General Manager
Equifax Canada

Ernie Johansen
Group Head, North American Personal & Business Banking
BMO

Rasha Katabi
Founder & CEO
Brim Financial

 

8:45 - 9:00 AM ET
OPENING REMARKS
MAIN STAGE

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payme
nts

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting

9:00 - 9:30 AM ET
OPENING KEYNOTE
MAIN STAGE

 

David Birch
Director
Consult Hyperion

9:30 - 10:00 AM ET

NETWORKING & SPONSOR EXHIBITS

 

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

INNOVATION & DRIVING CHANGE

THE FUTURE IS NOW: INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLVING PAYMENTS LANDSCAPE

The payments landscape in Canada is changing rapidly. From the launch of Canada’s new high-value payments system, Lynx, to the accelerated evolution of digital payments trends. How can you ensure you’re prepared for the future of modern payments? Listen in as this group of payments experts discuss the accelerated adoption of digitization and Canada’s payments innovation agenda.

 

Moderator

Sue Whitney
Vice President, Payments Strategy & Relationships
Central1

Robyn King
Director, Industry Relations
Payments Canada

Mary Ann Francis
Associate Partner, Core Banking and Payments
IBM Global Business Services

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PAYMENT APPLICATIONS AND THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Digital commerce is growing faster than ever, but we still pay online the old way. We need to work together to make manual guest checkout entry of credit card information a thing of the past and step into the future, where paying online is a sleek customer journey with embedded security layers to protect payment information. Join this panel of experts as they discuss the advances in payment applications that put the customer experience first.

Moderator

Ellie Zolghadr
Director of Product, Digital Solutions
Mastercard

Maria Hornak
VP - Treasury Management Officer of Corporate Client Banking
JP Morgan Chase

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

INNOVATION & DRIVING CHANGE

SECURITY OF PAYMENTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

With the digitization of payments comes increased online transactions and an elevated risk of security breaches and fraud. Real-time payments, in particular, cause a unique set of security concerns. In this session you will hear more about the changing threat landscape as we move towards real-time payments and the exciting work that is being done in securing payments. And you’ll learn the key security considerations as the industry continues to innovate, including the challenges faced as more data is linked to payment transactions, and the risk with digital currencies.

Moderator

Monika Tamber
Director, Security Governance
Payments Canada

Amanda Mason
Head of Product Management, Fraud Management
ACI Worldwide

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

LEADERSHIP

THE ART OF ENERGY MANGEMENT

Time Management remains a hot topic in today's competitive environment. Who doesn't desire more time, improved productivity and the means to finally get on top of the never-ending to-do list? The challenge with traditional time management is that we try to manage the effect, not the cause. While most experts will tell you to manage your time, in this session hear how to manage your energy, instead. When we become intentional with taking the actions that give us energy, and stopping those that don't,  we are able to redesign our days in a way that maximizes our performance and naturally become more productive. Say hello to a new way of achieving success and goodbye to overwhelming drain and struggles!

Theresa Lambert
CEO/ Founder, High Performance & Success Coach
Theresa Lamber Consulting & Coaching Inc. 

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET 
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

LEADERSHIP

CONFIDENCE IS YOUR SUPERPOWER

Confidence matters as much as competence. Yet, women tend to derail their confidence by imposing perfectionism and using unrealistic definitions of success and failure on themselves and others. In this session you'll learn why confidence is your superpower and how to shift your perspective so that you can be bold, take risks and rise to the occasion and give yourself an edge in the workforce.

Moderator

Velera Wilson
Director of Marketing
Fiserv
Global Author & Speaker, You're Absolutely Worth It!

 Judith Erwin
CEO
Grasshopper Bank

Carol Grunberg
Vice President, Movement eXperience
Northwestern Mutual

10:45 - 11:00 AM ET

NETWORKING & SPONSOR EXHIBITS

 

11:00 - 12:00 PM ET
UNICORN CHALLENGE
MAIN STAGE

 

 

12:00 - 12:45 PM ET
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
MAIN STAGE

 

 

9:00 - 9:15 AM ET
OPENING REMARKS
MAIN STAGE

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payme
nts

Julia Streets
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting

9:15 - 9:45 AM ET
OPENING KEYNOTE
MAIN STAGE

 

Brenda Andress
President and Founder
SheIS

9:45 - 10:00 AM ET

NETWORKING & SPONSOR EXHIBITS

 

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PREDICT YOUR FUTURE: PAYMENT TRENDS

Dive into the data and trends shaping payments in the next two years. We’ve all experienced unprecedented change over the last year. As individuals, communities, companies and entire industries begin to recover, we will create a new “business as usual“ that will embrace some of the fundamental evolution we went through because of the global health crisis.

 

Erica Eby
Head of Business Development, North America
Ingenico/Worldline

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

INNOVATION & DRIVING CHANGE

MAKING SMES WINNERS: LESSONS LEARNED FROM BANK-FINTECH PARTNERSHIPS & WHAT'S NEXT

Delighting SMEs means addressing their top needs, and getting capital is a top priority. For years, access has been a challenge, however, getting capital is more tangible today than ever before as banks and fintechs partner to offer best-in-class products and services to SMEs. In this session panelists will explore the following ideas:

  • Strategies for a successful bank and fintech partnership
  • How real-time access to business customers’ financial data empowers banks to gain SMEs as customers
  • Going beyond transaction data...accounting, payroll
  • What still needs to happen to unlock the potential of open finance for SMEs
  • The new quid pro quo: What open finance offers SMEs and how to gain their business

Moderator

Marie Walker
Co-Founder & Head of Content
Open Future World

Keren Moynihan
CEO & Co-Founder
Boss Insights

Lisa Shields
Founder & CEO
FISPAN

Patricia Tripar
Managing Director, Transaction Banking
Santander US

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

INNOVATION & DRIVING CHANGE

THE SCIENCE OF CHANGE: HOW BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CAN DRIVE LINNOVATION IN PAYMENTS

The payments world is changing rapidly. Customers are demanding greater personalization and ease of experience, partnerships and mergers are changing the competitive landscape, and economic pressures are demanding a reinvention to the way we do business. With great innovation, however, comes great risk. In enterprise-wide transformations, that risk is often bound to the ability to understand what drives customer decision-making as a core component of innovation and how to drive effective change. In this session, Melaina Vinski will lift the hood to explain the neuroscience and psychology of rapid change and give practical tools for how to strategically place behavioral science at the core of decision making frameworks for innovation and change.

Melaina Vinski
Associate Partner, Behaviourl Science
IBM Global Business Services

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

LEADERSHIP

NEXT GEN TALENT: OWNING YOUR CAREER IN THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY

The Payments sector is rapidly evolving to provide more pathways for women to build and advance their careers. But the landscape can be difficult to navigate. In this session you will hear from industry leaders in different job roles as they reflect on their own journeys, how they approached their career progression and utilized networking, mentorship and sponsorship to get the roles they desired.

Moderator
Megan Kells
Head, Treasury Management Product
BMO Financial

Jehan Assad
Vice President Strategic Accounts
Finastra

Ly Ngyen
Senior Manager
Canadian Blockchain Capability Lead
Accenture

10:00 - 10:45 AM ET 
BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

 

 

 

10:45 - 11:30 AM ET

PAYMENTS AROUND THE WORLD

Margaret Weichert
Managing Director - North America Payments Lead
Accenture

Kalyani Y Bhatia
Head of Business Innovation Americas UK & Ireland
SWIFT

Sarah Gowdy
Vice President, Retail Day-to-Day and Payment Products
Scotiabank

11:45 - 12:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

THE DEBATORS LIVE AND STREAMING

 

12:30 - 12:45 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Mentor Draw & Closing Remarks

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
General Event Registration 23 Sep 2021 $180.00

21 Sep 2021 @ 9:00am EDT
23 Sep 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT

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