Victor Dodig was named President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America’s leading financial services institutions, in September 2014.
During his tenure, Victor has helped usher in a new era for the bank, positioning CIBC as a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world. In 2016, he led the acquisition of The PrivateBank, establishing a strong North American platform for CIBC to serve clients and deliver future growth.
Victor brings nearly 25 years of extensive business and banking experience, having led CIBC’s Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Retail Banking businesses. He also led several businesses with UBS and Merrill Lynch in Canada and internationally, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
A member of CIBC’s Board of Directors, Victor also serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute and Royal Ontario Museum Board of Governors. He is a vocal advocate for gender diversity in the workplace, as Chair of the 30% Club Canada, Chair of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, and a member of the global Catalyst Board of Directors.
Victor is the recipient of the 2017 Catalyst Canada Honours (Company Leader) Champion award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and was recognized as a Baker Scholar. Victor holds a Diploma from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) in Commerce.
Victor resides in Toronto with his wife Maureen and their four teenage children. He is an active community member, currently serving as Co-Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation’s Promise Campaign.
Australian Payments Network
Australian Payments Network
With over 20 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments.
Dr Fourie was appointed as CEO of Australian Payments Network in 2016 and also serves as the NSW Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia. Prior to this, she served on the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Dr Fourie also served as Card Division Managing Director for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s investment bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.
Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country by Economic Society South Africa. Leila has published several articles in academic journals.
Chris Hamilton is the CEO of BankservAfrica. During his time as CEO of the Australian Payments Clearing Association, APCA played a central coordinating role for many aspects of the Australian payments evolution, with the country now deploying one of the most advanced payment systems in the world.
Hamilton was born in Sydney, Australia and worked as a solicitor there specialising in Security Industry Law and has wide-ranging industry policy experience in the Australian Financial Services – this includes 11 years with the Australian Stock Exchange where he was the Executive General Manager responsible for clearing and settlement.
Mark joined as Central 1’s President and CEO in January 2018.
He has had a successful career spanning more than 30 years in executive leadership roles including extensive experience in financial services across three countries. Prior to joining Central 1, Mark spent 5 years as the President and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the second largest Insurance company in Canada. Prior to this he spent 12 years in a number of executive positions at the Suncorp Group, a diversified Top 20 ASX listed financial services conglomerate in Australia.
In addition to his professional roles, Mark holds volunteer positions with a number of community organizations, including Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and Governor of the Business Council of B.C.
Mark is an Associate of FINSIA and a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Insead.
Paul is a results-oriented Canadian leader with a strong track record of more than 20 years in the payments industry. He is focused on building on PayPal’s successful 12-year history in Canada, and driving the next phase of growth for the company and its 6.5 million active customers in the country.
Paul plays a pivotal role in identifying strategic partnerships and bringing payment innovations to the Canadian market. He leads his team to help more than 250,000 Canadian small businesses and large retailers grow their sales locally and internationally. An engaging speaker with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, Paul brings a unique perspective on how financial services companies can collaborate to make money more accessible to people and businesses.
Prior to PayPal, Paul was vice president and general manager of global commercial payments at American Express Canada. During his tenure at American Express, he developed and drove business strategy for corporate payments and small business services and held several key leadership positions across sales, account management, e-procurement and travel. A global sales leader, Paul has lived and worked in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph.
Global Risk Institute
Global Risk Institute
Richard Nesbitt is CEO of Global Risk Institute in Financial Services, which is building a globally recognized research organization in the management of emerging risks. Richard is also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, an Adjunct Professor of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and chair of the Advisory Board of the Mind Brain Behavior Hive at the same University.
At Rotman, Richard created and teaches a course entitled “How Banks Work: Management in a New Regulatory Age”. The course examines the regulations arising from the financial crisis of 2008 and then examines how banks manage successfully to adapt and prosper in their businesses within these new regulations. He is also an active public speaker at conferences and events across North America where he presents on the topics of risk management and securities market structure.
In June 2017, Richard published a book (with Barbara Annis) titled “Results at the Top” on the issue of men’s responsibility for gender diversity to improve their organizations (Wiley 2017).
Richard, who serves on a variety of corporate and community boards, was recognized in 2014 by the organization Women in Capital Markets with its Visionary Award. This honour was bestowed on Richard for work over his career to sponsor gender diverse management teams and boards in order to produce better companies. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for his work with the school.
Before joining the Global Risk Institute, Richard was Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce until he retired from that position in September 2014. In this role, he was responsible for the global operations of Wholesale Banking, Technology and Operations; Strategy and Corporate Development; CIBC’s International Operations, including CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank; and Treasury. He joined CIBC in 2008 following his more than 20 years of experience in the securities industry which included CIBC Wood Gundy from 1987 to 1997.
From 2004 to 2008 Richard was Chief Executive Officer of TSX Group, a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, having joined TSX as President of TSX Markets in 2001. He was responsible for the consolidation of the various local exchanges across Canada into what is today known as the TMX Group.
Yves-Gabriel founded his first startup in e-commerce at age 17. Since then, he has successfully launched his fair share of online businesses. Yves has since then moved his entrepreneurial focus to fintech. Before launching Flinks, Yves has successfully spearheaded the development of custom products dedicated to online lenders such as an automated decisioning platform based on financial transactions, and online identity verification tools to prevent fraud and improve the quality of underwriting. Identifying the need for a Canadian-dedicated financial data API, he founded Flinks in 2016 with a single goal: being the leader in financial data on Canadian market. Yves has managed to get contracts from Canada’s top20 financial software companies in only a few months of commercialization.
David Furlong holds an MBA from the Queen’s School of Business and a Bachelor of CS from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada). Mr. Furlong joined National Bank of Canada in 2012. He has held a number of senior-level positions including Senior Vice-President – Marketing Experience Delivery and Transformation, Senior Vice-President –International Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Senior Vice President Transformation, and in November 2017 was appointed SVP Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital and Blockchain.
David has led the implementation of many projects to support the Bank’s overall multichannel strategy, expansion strategy, and transformational agenda. Throughout his various positions, he successfully led several projects to increase the use of e-channels, analytics and process redesign while working with nationally-recognized partners. David holds board positions at ABA Bank (Cambodia), ATA IT (Thailand), Credigy (USA), and Element AI (Canada).
Faisal Khan is a result-oriented banking and payments consultant who specializes in cross-border money transfer.
Consulting focuses on working with incumbents and new startups in the money transfer / payments industry. He helps companies in partnering up, opening new markets, new channels, expanding their reach into foreign markets and networks, gaining access to banking, providing licenses and regulatory cover, optimizing international ACH payments, advising Fintech startups, individual entrepreneurs, Not-For-Profit entities, etc. He has a deep understanding of the mechanics involved in money transmission, from the old, new and emerging methodologies, including value-transfer using alternative currency methods. Based out of Istanbul, Turkey, Faisal works globally with majority of his clients from North America and EU. He is a frequent speaker and moderator on various international conferences for money, banking and payments.
Faisal is the co-host of Around the Coin, a weekly podcast on Payments & Fintech with over 20,000+ listeners. He is also a talent scout for Series A & B financing for various fintech VCs/funds. He is also a frequent contributor to popular Q&A site Quora where he has been a Top Writer 6 consecutive years.
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
Dilip Soman is a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He serves as the director of the university’s Behavioural Economics in Action research centre [BEAR]. He is a behavioural scientist and does research on behavioural economics and applications to welfare, policy and business. He is the author of over 50 research papers and several books, including the recently published The Last Mile (University of Toronto Press). Dilip also teaches an open online class (MOOC) entitled “Behavioural Economics in Action.”
When not working, he spends time on photography, reading, cricket, and taking weekends seriously.