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Tuesday, May 11
 

10:00am EDT

DAY 1 VIP Masterclasses: The Rise of Decentralized finance and It's Barriers to Adoption
About this VIP DeFi Masterclass:
The Rise of Decentralized Finance and it's Barriers to Adoption In this VIP class we explore the tremendous benefits of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) - and what are the current barriers we must overcome to see larger mainstream adoption. Further in the class we will discuss possible solutions to these barriers and open up the class for Q&A and discussion.

This session is open to VIP pass holders

Speakers
avatar for Cong Ly

Cong Ly

Co-Founder and CTO, DeFi Ventures
Mr. Ly is an experienced technology leader with extensive working knowledge in fintech, blockchain, and distributed computing development. Cong has held management positions at Hootsuite responsible for the volume business and strategic integration. He was the Director of Technology... Read More →
avatar for Ben Samaroo

Ben Samaroo

Co-Founder and CEO, DeFi Ventures
Ben is co-founder and CEO of DeFi Ventures, and has executive and advisory experience in private and public companies in fintech, blockchain and digital assets. He serves as an advisor to the British Columbia Securities Commission on the Fintech Advisory Forum and to FINTRAC on virtual... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

11:00am EDT

DAY 1 VIP Fireside: The Future of Web 3.0 - Decentralized, Open Source and Peer to Peer Technologies
For VIP ticket holders


Speakers
avatar for Amy Peck

Amy Peck

Founder & CEO, EndeavorVR
Amy Peck is the Founder & CEO of EndeavorVR, a leading global VR strategy & consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of VR and exponential technologies. She works with Fortune 500 companies and tech startups on VR strategy... Read More →
avatar for Aidan Hyman

Aidan Hyman

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ChainSafe Systems
Co-Founder & CEO of ChainSafe Systems, a blockchain R&D firm building the infrastructure for web3. Some of our products include Lodestar, TypeScript tooling for the ETH 2 ecosystem. Gossamer, a Go implementation of the Polkadot Host. Forest, a Rust Filecoin Node implementation. ChainBridge... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

11:30am EDT

DAY 1 VIP Masterclass: Protocols and Design Considerations
For VIP ticket holders


Speakers
avatar for Toufi Saliba

Toufi Saliba

Chair IEEE International Protocols for AI Security, CEO TODA.Network
Author TODA/IP internet protocol.CEO Toda.NetworkGlobal Chair IEEE AI Standards. Served as Chair ACM PB CC, ACM 100,000 members #1 in computer science globally.IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.Loves... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 1: ASK AN EXPERT: Fintech Investor Luge Capital
Laviva is an Investment Associate at Luge Capital where she sources for new fintech investment opportunities, conducts due diligence, helps execute deals, supports portfolio companies and helps develop the firm’s investment theses. Previously, she was an analyst at Ferst Capital Partners (FCP), a fintech focused investment firm and startup foundry. At FCP, she helped build fintech portfolio companies and supported their operations and fundraising activities and assessed new investment opportunities. Laviva is also involved with various organizations as an advisor including Founder Institute, Front Row Ventures, Holt Accelerator, InsurTechNY and InsurTech North. She was selected to be on the 2017 Global Women in FinTech Powerlist and on Canada’s 2019 Top 50 Women in Fintech by Digital Finance Institute.

Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Laviva moved to Canada to complete her BCom degree with double majors in Economics and Finance from McGill University. She completed CFA Level 1.

Speakers
avatar for Laviva Mazhar

Laviva Mazhar

Investment Associate, Luge Capital
Laviva is an Investment Associate at Luge Capital where she sources for new fintech investment opportunities, conducts due diligence, helps execute deals, supports portfolio companies and helps develop the firm’s investment theses. Previously, she was an analyst at Ferst Capital... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 1: ASK AN EXPERT: Investor Real Ventures
Hamzah is a Partner at Real Ventures based in the Toronto office. Having lived and worked in both developed and emerging markets over the last 20 years, he has accumulated a diverse background and a wealth of experience in technology development and startup investing. He started his career developing the early versions of multi-processor technology at Qualcomm in the US, and later moved into the startup world by co-founding a venture builder that invested in and helped scale online classifieds and marketplace businesses in the Middle East.

Speakers
avatar for Hamzah Nassif

Hamzah Nassif

Partner, Real Ventures
Hamzah is a Partner at Real Ventures based in the Toronto office. Having lived and worked in both developed and emerging markets over the last 20 years, he has accumulated a diverse background and a wealth of experience in technology development and startup investing. He started his... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 1: ASK AN EXPERT: Networking with the BCSC
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Mak

Elliot Mak

Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Services, Corporate Finance Division, BC Securities Commission
Elliott Mak works as a Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Services within Corporate Finance Division at the BCSC. Elliott focuses on capital raising including crowdfunding, and a broad spectrum of fintech and regtech matters through his work with the BCSC Financial Innovation and Technology... Read More →
avatar for Rina Jaswal

Rina Jaswal

Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Services , Capital Markets Division, British Columbia Securities Commission
Rina Jaswal works as a Senior Legal Counsel for Legal Services within Capital Markets Division at the BCSC. Her focus is on securities regulatory requirements including guidance for crypto-asset trading platforms including compliance with regulatory requirements.
avatar for Isaac Filaté

Isaac Filaté

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Services, Capital Markets Regulation Division, British Columbia Securities Commission
Isaac Filate is senior legal counsel in the Capital Markets Regulation Division of the BC Securities Commission. Isaac’s focus is on registrant regulation and fintech.


Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 1: Icebreaker Networking
Join us on Day 1 of the 7th Fintech & Financing conference! The daily theme is 'Breaking Barriers and Digital Innovation' today.

Check-into the FFCON21 Hopin event platform early and update your attendee profile.

Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.
You may start the conversation with these 3 ice breakers:
    • Fun fact about yourself
    • What you are hoping to get from attending FFCON21
    • Today’s theme: Breaking Barriers and Innovation


Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:45pm EDT

DAY 1: Official FFCON21 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy

Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy

Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board of Ontario, Government of Ontario
Minister’s BioPeter Bethlenfalvy is President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation. He was elected as MPP for Pickering—Uxbridge in 2018.Minister Bethlenfalvy is responsible for ensuring Ontario’s long-term... Read More →
avatar for Craig Asano

Craig Asano

Founder and CEO, NCFA
Craig Asano is the Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada), the leading industry organization actively engaged with both social and investment fintech blockchain, AI, crowdfinance, crypto, and alternative finance stakeholders across... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds

President & CEO, Toronto Finance International
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of the Toronto Finance International (TFI), a public-private partnership whose mission is to promote and develop Toronto’s financial services sector, and to establish its prominence as a leading global financial centre.Jennifer’s 20-year... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 12:45pm - 1:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:00pm EDT

DAY 1 - KEYNOTE: Why Crypto-finance Needs Decentralized AGI
Speakers
avatar for Ben Goertzel

Ben Goertzel

CEO, SingularityNET
My main focus these days is the SingularityNET project (http://singularitynet.io), which brings AI and blockchain together to create a decentralized open market for AIs. It's a medium for the creation and emergence of AGI, a way to roll out superior AI-as-a-service to every vertical... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:20pm EDT

DAY 1 - KEYNOTE: SophiaDAO
Speakers
avatar for David Hanson Ph.D.

David Hanson Ph.D.

Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer, Hanson Robotics
David Hanson develops robots that are widely regarded as the world’s most human-like in appearance, in a lifelong quest to create true living, caring machines. To accomplish these goals, Hanson integrates figurative arts with cognitive science and robotics engineering, inventions... Read More →
avatar for Sophia

Sophia

Humanoid Robot, Hanson Robotics
Hanson Robotics’ most advanced human-like robot, Sophia, personifies our dreams for the future of AI. As a unique combination of science, engineering, and artistry, Sophia is simultaneously a human-crafted science fiction character depicting the future of AI and robotics, and a... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 1:20pm - 1:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 1: TEDx: Data Rights: How Decentralized Technologies Are Shaping our Future
Speakers
avatar for Brittany Kaiser

Brittany Kaiser

Independent Chairperson of the Board, Gryphon Digital Mining
Brittany Kaiser, Independent Chairperson of the Board, Gryphon Digital MiningGlobally renowned blockchain technology and digital assets expert, having co-authored 20 laws in the US to promote and protect blockchain entrepreneurshipMember of the Congressional Standing Committee on... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 1: Panel: Mainstream Adoption of Digital Currencies and Investing in Alternative Assets (ie. Metaverse)
Speakers
avatar for Eric Richmond

Eric Richmond

Chief Operating Officer & VP, Legal, Coinsquare
Eric Richmond is the Chief Operating Officer and VP of Legal at Coinsquare, a leading Canadian digital asset trading platform. He has in-depth knowledge of the principles, applications and current developments relating to blockchain technologies, and the regulators’ approaches to... Read More →
avatar for Alice Davidson

Alice Davidson

VP & General Counsel, MOGO
Alice Davidson is the Vice-President and General Counsel at Mogo – a digital payments and financial technology company empowering its more than one million members with simple digital solutions to help them get in control of their financial health. Prior to her role at Mogo, she... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang

Founding Partner, Outpost Capital
I invest in XR and Immersive Tech, Blockchain, new frontier technology(Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Drones/Robotics, Lightfield), Gaming/Esports, new Media&Entertainment and fashion tech companies. For more info about my investments, visit: https://www.outpostvc.com/I... Read More →
avatar for Jason Butcher

Jason Butcher

CEO, CoinPayments
Jason is an entrepreneur with nearly 3 decades of experience building global businesses across diverse industries and ever-changing financial markets.His daily role involves being an active player in a number of global Fintech, payment processing, crowdfunding and blockchain technology... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:00pm EDT

DAY 1: TEDx: The First Federally Chartered Digital Asset Bank
Speakers
avatar for Georgia Quinn

Georgia Quinn

General Counsel, Anchorage Digital
Georgia Quinn is the general counsel of Anchorage, the premier digital asset custodian and financial services platform for institutions. Prior to that she was the general counsel of CoinList, a cryptocurrency exchange and platform that provides services to top token developers including... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 1: Panel: Composable Banking in the Cloud
Learn about the value of composable banking - the assembly and combination of packaged business capabilities. Explore how deployment of a composable banking solution in a managed services cloud can accelerate speed to value, improve customer experience, and generate efficiencies for banks, credit unions, fintechs, and other financial players.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Goodman

Chris Goodman

Credit Union Digital Transformation-Platform Advisor and Champion, CuDigital.ca Advisory Services
Chris Goodman has worked in the financial services sector for twenty four years. Most recently as CIO of G&F Financial Group in Vancouver, BC, and currently as a Digital Platform Strategist/Advisor under the umbrella of Kyndryl/IBM, focussed on the platformization of finance, changing customer and m... Read More →
avatar for Rojin Nair

Rojin Nair

Head of Product Innovation, Everlink
Rojin is a technology executive with 30 years of experience. Currently, he is the Head of Product Innovation at a large Canadian Payments firm and also a strategic advisor and incubator to Canadian and international start-ups. As a resident expert, he is helping start-up accelerator... Read More →
avatar for Viral Khandwala

Viral Khandwala

Senior Vice President & Engineering Head, Intellect Design
Heads engineering for the cloud native Intellect Digital Lending product platform. Also plays the role of evangelist for cloud native adoption in the consumer banking unit of Intellect.Expertise in software product vision, design and development. Passionate in driving cross-functional... Read More →
avatar for Brian Guillemin, MBA

Brian Guillemin, MBA

Chief Digital Officer, Concentra Bank
Brian began his career 40 years ago as an Engineering Assistant with SaskTel, a telecommunications company in Saskatchewan, Canada. The unique opportunity to work with some of the first North American fibre installations and expand his technical skills across numerous communication... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 3: Fintech trends and opportunities for growth in Asia's most dynamic market
The Fintech movement in Hong Kong is propelling ever forward and now even faster. Buoyed by one of the largest financial markets in the world, Hong Kong is an international Fintech hub characterised by a diverse, resilient, and dynamic landscape, Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kong Fintech sector bucked the global trend as companies continued to grow, raise capital and hire more talent. Join Christopher and InvestHK to learn more about fundraising opportunities and new trends for Canadian Fintechs looking to enter Asia. For those familiar with the Asian fintech market, InvestHK will have some new updates in this upcoming seminar about initiatives to spur even faster market growth.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Chen

Christopher Chen

Head of Invest Hong Kong (Canada), Invest Hong Kong
Christopher Chen is the head of the InvestHK presence for Canada, responsible for driving foreign direct investment from Canadian companies, organisations, and educational institutions to Hong Kong and Asia Pacific. Prior to InvestHK, he was a senior fintech professional, leading... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 1: Speed Networking: Digital Assets/Crypto | Blockchain | Raising Capital/Investing | Innovation
Make sure your camera and microphone are on and select a topic to be matched with a delegate for a 3 minute video chat.

You’ll have just three minutes to talk before we connect you to a new attendee. Make them count!
No skipping, no bailing. And if you have a good chat with someone, make sure to follow up with them later.

Topical Networking
  • Digital Assets / Crypto
  • Blockchain
  • Raising Capital / Investing
  • Innovation


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:40pm EDT

DAY 3: TEDx: Cryptocurrency – Stories & Lessons from the Front Lines of Compliance: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Speakers
avatar for Charlene Cieslik, CAMS

Charlene Cieslik, CAMS

Chief Compliance Officer, Localcoin
Charlene has recently taken the position of Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of Localcoin, a Toronto-based BitATM company whose mission is to provide a simple buying & selling experience of digital currency for customers in North America. She continues to advise on compliance, risk... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:40pm - 2:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 1: Panel: The Rise of Retail Investors, Stakeholder Capitalism and IPO Innovations
Speakers
avatar for Joris Delanoue

Joris Delanoue

COO and Co-Founder, Fairmint
Joris started his career at IBM Global Business Services before joining Neo-Soft in 2006. As a partner he scaled this startup to 500 people. Discovering AWS in 2008, he founded Nexteem, one of Europe’s first cloud computing companies, serving top banks, gaming and e-commerce ventures... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Thoen

Taylor Thoen

CEO – Founder, Executive Producer, BTV Business Television
Taylor Thoen CEO – Founder, Executive Producer BTV Business TelevisionTaylor is the founder and creator of the longest running investment TV show in Canada, BTV – Business Television and the largest library of issuer videos, CEO Clips. Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards... Read More →
avatar for Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FrontFundr
Peter-Paul has over 15 years’ experience in finance, investment management and businessconsultancy. After a successful career in international banking, he immigrated to Canada in 2010and chose the entrepreneurial path in finance and investing. He embarked on a mission to createthe... Read More →
avatar for Kendrick Nguyen

Kendrick Nguyen

Co-founder and CEO, Republic
Kendrick is CEO and co-founder of Republic, a leading investment platform that gives people power to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to startups, real estate, crypto, and video game investments. Focused on creating a diverse, sustainable, connected world... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 1: Fireside Chat: VCAD, The World's first Bank-Issued, Deposit-Based Digital Currency
VersaBank and Stablecorp announced their strategic partnership in February 2021 to commercially launch VCAD, the first in the world digital currency issued by and representing deposits with an investment rated North American Bank. VCAD will be issued using Versabank subsidiary, DRT Cyber Inc's VersaVault technology and represents a deposit held in VersaBank, making it unique in terms of auditability and transparency in the global stablecoin space. Join David Taylor, President of both VersaBank and DRT Cyber, Gurpreet Sahota, Chief Architect, VersaVault, DRT Cyber, and Jean Desgagne, CEO Stablecorp as they discuss North America's first bank-issued stablecoin, VCAD, which leverages the benefits of digital currency and blockchain-based assets without the volatility of traditional digital currencies, alongside the security of a value-backed asset that the cryptocurrency world has long demanded.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Murray

Catherine Murray

Founder, Catherine Murray Media & Markets
Catherine Murray is best known as a senior anchor and host of BNN Bloomberg’s The Close, Market Call Tonight, Business Day PM, and BNN Advisor. Prior to TV, she was a Wall Street professional working at Goldman Sachs, William Blair, and Deutsche Bank. She now to leverages her business... Read More →
avatar for Gurpreet Sahota

Gurpreet Sahota

Chief Architect, Cyber Security, Versabank
A global technology leader with strong management, technology, program management, and communication skills. Significant experience in implementation of secure global complex programs, service delivery, and translating business strategy & goals into tactical and achievable roadmaps... Read More →
avatar for David Taylor

David Taylor

President and CEO, VersaBank
David Taylor’s BiographyDavid Taylor is President & C.E.O. of VersaBank (TSX:VB), VB was granted its charter on August 1, 2002, making it the first independent Canadian bank to be granted a Schedule I bank license since 1984.Taylor’s banking career began in the mid-70s when he... Read More →
avatar for Jean Desgagne

Jean Desgagne

CEO, Stablecorp Inc.
Jean Desgagne is CEO of Canada Stablecorp, working to scale the first CAD-based stable coin. He is also a Corporate Director, Advisor, and Leader. He brings to his role deep C-suite and Board experience within large multinational financial institutions, exchanges & market infrastructures... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:25pm EDT

DAY 1: Panel - AI and the Future of Innovation in Financial Services
Speakers
avatar for Grace Shen

Grace Shen

Managing Director, Head of Application Architecture, BMO Financial Group
Grace is an award-winning technologist with a proven history of successfully leading, implementing and rolling out cutting-edge technologies and driving innovation in large corporations. She is specialized in enterprise architecture and governance, engineering team build and management... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gamboa

Shaun Gamboa

Director of Machine Learning and Co-Lead of the Machine Learning & Data Practice, CGI
Shaun Gamboa is a Director of Machine Learning and Co-Lead of the Machine Learning & Data Practice at CGI. In his free time he struggles to learn physics and Quantum Machine Learning.
avatar for Jennifer Reynolds

Jennifer Reynolds

President & CEO, Toronto Finance International
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of the Toronto Finance International (TFI), a public-private partnership whose mission is to promote and develop Toronto’s financial services sector, and to establish its prominence as a leading global financial centre.Jennifer’s 20-year... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 3:25pm - 3:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:25pm EDT

DAY 1: Fireside Chat: Building blocks of a security program for companies with applications in the Cloud
According to *Verizon, web applications were involved in 43% of breaches in 2020. **IBM also reported that 52% of breaches were caused by malicious attacks against applications last year.

These highlight the importance for modern technology companies building web and mobile cloud-hosted apps to have a comprehensive information security program that covers application and cloud security as well as corporate governance and risk management.

Join Farshad Abasi (CSO, Forward Security), Michael Castro (Founder RiskAware), Kris Read (Co-founder/CTO, Neo Financial) for an interactive fireside chat where they share their experience building and supporting security programs that help organizations gain client trust, protect reputation, and increase market share by standing out from the crowd in today’s competitive marketplace that is increasingly under cyberattacks.

*Source: Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2020
**Source: IBM Security Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020

Speakers
avatar for Daina Proctor

Daina Proctor

Security Threat Management, Associate Partner, IBM
Daina Proctor, recently named as one of Canada’s TOP 20 Women in CyberSecurity, is the Canadian national lead for IBM’s Security Intelligence and Threat Management practice.  In her role she leverages her seasoned delivery experience to enable and evolve businesses with cohesive... Read More →
avatar for Farshad Abasi

Farshad Abasi

Chief Security Officer, Forward Security Inc.
Farshad Abasi is an innovative technologist with over twenty four years of experience in software design and development, network and system architecture, cybersecurity, management, and technical instruction. With a keen interest in security from the start, he has become an expert... Read More →
avatar for Michael Castro

Michael Castro

Founder and Risk Executive Advisor, RiskAware Group
As an IT leader with over two decades of experience building and leading information security, cyber risk and compliance programs at the enterprise level, Michael is a veteran vanguard for protecting sensitivedata. Michael’s multi-faceted portfolio includes a rich mosaic of work... Read More →
avatar for Kris Read

Kris Read

Co-founder and CTO, Neo Financial
Kris Read is co-founder at Neo Financial - a technology company building a better financial experience for all Canadians. Since its inception in 2019 Neo has raised a $50M Series-A round and partnered with iconic brands like Hudson's Bay; their credit card delivers instant cash rewards... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 3:25pm - 4:10pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:55pm EDT

DAY 1: KEYNOTE Interview with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce
Speakers
avatar for Alixe Cormick

Alixe Cormick

President, Venture Law Corporation
Securities Lawyer and Advisor, Founder of Venture Law Corporation who works with privately-held and public companies, mergers and acquisitions, private placement investments, financial transactions, reverse mergers, initial public offerings and licensing matters, as well as general... Read More →
avatar for Hester M. Peirce

Hester M. Peirce

Commissioner, Securitites Exchange Commission
BIOGRAPHY:  Commissioner Hester M. PeirceHester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the U.S. Securities andExchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.Prior to joining the SEC, Commissioner Peirce conducted research on the regulation of financialmarkets... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 3:55pm - 4:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:25pm EDT

DAY 1: Closing Keynote: The Future of NFTs: How Augmented Reality will Enhance Our Lives
Speakers
avatar for Hrish Lotlikar

Hrish Lotlikar

Co-Founder and CEO, SuperWorld
My career has spanned experience on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and Hollywood with many years spent living and working internationally.As Co-Founder & CEO of SuperWorld, I would like to connect with our user community, brands and influencers that would like to create, discover... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 4:25pm - 4:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:55pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

DAY 1: Happy Hour Roundtables: Share Your Favourite Pandemic Shows
Grab your favourite cocktail and join in this unstructured, organic and facilitated session hosted by Anh Dao, Co-Founder of HealthTek.  Be sure to turn on your camera to share your thoughts on the topic.

Speakers
avatar for Anh Dao

Anh Dao

Co-Founder, HealthTek
Entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. Working with companies in manufacturing sector, healthcare technologies, sustainability and circular economy


Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:00pm EDT

DAY 1: Happy Hour General Networking
Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.

Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:00pm EDT

DAY 1: Happy Hour Roundtables: Join us for a Game of Fishbowl Trivia in Gather-Town
Grab your favorite cocktail and Join us for a Fun Game of Fishbowl Trivia in Gather-Town - Host is Farshad Abasi, Chief Security Officer, Forward Security (Host will set up a game on this cool platform. Link will be on agenda)

Speakers
avatar for Farshad Abasi

Farshad Abasi

Chief Security Officer, Forward Security Inc.
Farshad Abasi is an innovative technologist with over twenty four years of experience in software design and development, network and system architecture, cybersecurity, management, and technical instruction. With a keen interest in security from the start, he has become an expert... Read More →


Tuesday May 11, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD
 
Wednesday, May 12
 

10:00am EDT

DAY 2 VIP Masterclasses: Top DeFi Use Cases and State of DApps
Speakers
avatar for Fauve Altman

Fauve Altman

Community Director at State of DApps, Global Community Lead, mStable


Wednesday May 12, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

10:15am EDT

DAY 2 VIP Masterclasses: Anatomy of a DeFi App: Tips and Tools
Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Damsker

Alexandra Damsker

Counsel and Advisor, Independent
Alexandra Damsker is a corporate and securities attorney, formerly with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and a major international firm. She is a 2x founder (one exit), and has been involved in blockchain since 2016. A major publisher has asked her to publish a book regarding... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

11:00am EDT

DAY 2 VIP Masterclasses: Regulation of Digital Asset Transactions (ie security tokens) and Marketplaces
Speakers
avatar for Emma Channing

Emma Channing

Founder, Satis Group
I am the founder of the Satis Group, a blockchain advisory firm with expertise in security tokens. I have led the digital asset industry, for the last four years, as a subject matter expert on broad use cases for blockchain technology including, security token offerings, blockchain-for-capital-markets... Read More →
avatar for Lee A. Schneider

Lee A. Schneider

General Counsel, Block.One
Lee A. Schneider is a financial services and technology lawyer with extensive experience in blockchain. Lee co-hosts the Appetite for Disruption podcast with Troy Paredes and is the contributing editor for the Chambers and Partners Fintech Practice Guide. He co-founded Global Blo... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 2: ASK AN EXPERT: Building your IP Strategy with Durand Lawyers
Speakers
avatar for David Durand

David Durand

Founder and Managing Partner, Durand Lawyers
David Durand, LL.L., B.Sc. chem., – Founder and Managing Partner of Durand Lawyers – Lawyer (Québec) and Trademark Agent – Lecturer at the University of Ottawa (IP)David’s background in law and science has transformed Durand Lawyers into a leading boutique law firm with a focus on intellectual property, technology law and data privacy in the fast evolving fint... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 2: ASK AN EXPERT: Crypto regulation and raising capital hosted by the ASC
Speakers
avatar for Denise Weeres

Denise Weeres

Director, New Economy, Alberta Securites Commission
The New Economy division works closely with staff from across the ASC coordinating efforts to energize Alberta’s capital markets, enhancing public and private capital raising alternatives, including for those focused on the innovation economy. The division also leads the ASC’s... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 2: ASK AN EXPERT: Fintech Investor with Information Venture Partners
Speakers
avatar for David Unsworth

David Unsworth

Co-Founder and General Partner, Information Venture Partners
Dave Unsworth co-founded Information Venture Partners in 2014. Dave has led investments in Sensibill, eSentire (exited, 2017), Verafin, LendingFront, Knowtions Research, Igloo Software (exited, 2017), Viigo (acquired by BlackBerry) and works closely with portfolio companies like... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 2: ASK AN EXPERT: Venture Debt with Silicon Valley Bank
Speakers
avatar for Daryl Johnston

Daryl Johnston

Managing Director, Technology Banking, Canada, Silicon Valley Bank
Daryl Johnston is a managing director of Technology Banking with Silicon Valley Bank. Based in Toronto, Daryl and his team deliver the bank’s core loan products as well as insights, connections and solutions that help Canada’s innovation-sector companies to scale. With more than... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 2: Icebreaker Networking
Join us on Day 2 of the 7th Fintech & Financing conference!  The daily theme is 'Curation and Growth'

Check-into the FFCON21 Hopin event platform early and update your attendee profile.

Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.
You may start the conversation with these 3 ice breakers:
  • Fun fact about your business
  • What help are you looking for?
  • Today’s theme: ‘Curation & Growth’



Wednesday May 12, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:00pm EDT

DAY 2: KEYNOTE: Fintech Innovation in the era of COVID
We'll explore how startups and large corporations have responded to the pandemic and the fintech innovation that has been inspired by the world's transition to remote work, digital events, and the end of travel. Whether it's e-commerce, digital payments, digital health/vaccine passports, or NFTs, we'll examine how entrepreneurs around the world are innovating around our new pandemic lifestyle.

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Pierse

Ethan Pierse

Founding Partner / Director, Borderless Ventures / CryptoAssets Institute
Director at The CryptoAssets Institute, evangelizing the blockchain economy across Europe and Southeast Asia. Director, Quantum Economics Financial Advisory. Founder of Borderless Ventures focused on FrenchTech, CEE, and ASEAN startups. Former Managing Partner, Nest Venture Capital.Serial... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:30pm EDT

DAY 2: TEDx: Next Gen Consumerization: How Millennials and Gen Z are Changing the Financial Landscape
Speakers
avatar for Rich Longo

Rich Longo

General Manager and Head Strategic Initiatives, North America, Mambu
Rich Longo is the General Manager for North America and leads Strategic Initiatives at Mambu, a Global FinTech Platform. Prior to joining Mambu, he has lead and advised for high growth companies like NXTsoft and Robinhood. Rich has also had significant success in transforming and... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 1:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:30pm EDT

DAY 2: TEDx: The New Normal: Making Sense of the Huge Shift in Priorities (every fintech needs to know)
Speakers
avatar for Jan Arp

Jan Arp

Managing Partner, Holt Accelerator
Jan is a fintech evangelist, passionate about improving society through finance and technology. He founded FormFintech that supports or has formed over 100 fintech startups. Prior to this, he worked as Head of Finance at District 3, helping 20 early stage teams raise more than $15... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 1:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 2: TEDx - How Fintechs are Solving Canada’s Financial Health Challenge
Canadians are struggling financially. Over half of Canadians spend more than or equal to their income each month. 65% say money worries cause them emotional stress. Over the past year COVID has highlighted the inequality in our society with the most vulnerable - women, low-income, temporary and part-time workers, and recent immigrants bearing the brunt of job and income losses. Technology plays a critical role in helping Canadians face their day-to-day financial health challenges and in building financial security and resilience. Hear about some of the challenges being faced by Canadians, the solutions that Canadian fintechs are working on, and what's next for Canada's financial health ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Elvis Wong

Elvis Wong

Director of Financial Health, Fintech Cadence
Elvis is the Director of Financial Health at Fintech Cadence and founder of IFH Lab (previously Innovate Financial Health). IFH Lab is a program focused on supporting startups that are improving the financial lives of Canadians, particularly those more financially vulnerable. IFH Lab's first cohort of four startups in 2020 has since raised an additional $6.8 mn a... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 2: Redefining the Indigenous Experience through Innovation and Tradition
Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Lewis

Lawrence Lewis

Founder, OneFeather
A member of the We Wai Kai Nation from central Vancouver Island, Lawrence has dedicated his career to working with First Nation peoples as an educator, political activist, policy writer, and environmentalist.Lawrence founded OneFeather in 2014 to give First Nations a much-needed communications... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:00pm EDT

DAY 2: TEDx: Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond Disclosures
Speakers
avatar for Lise Estelle Brault

Lise Estelle Brault

Senior Director Data, Fintech and Innovation / Chair, Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec) / CSA Regulatory Sandbox Committee
Lise Estelle Brault is Senior Director Fintech, Innovation and Derivatives at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). She oversees the AMF’s fintech and innovation initiatives, aiming at developing the internal expertise with regards to emerging technologies and business models... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:00pm EDT

DAY 2: How Fintech is Eating Real Estate
Speakers
avatar for Daniel Dubois

Daniel Dubois

Co-founder and President, Key
Daniel is the co-founder of Key which allows someone to own a home with only $15k while maintaining the freedoms of renting. Daniel sold his last two venture-backed companies and joined Airbnb full-time where he managed growth in their top tier markets. Daniel has been named Top 30... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 2: Mindfulness for Business Leaders
Speakers
avatar for Juan Alvarez

Juan Alvarez

Conscious Executive Coach, Conscious Executive Coaching
Helping Conscious Leaders Be Present, Peaceful, and Purposeful Through Meditation and Emotional Management Training and Coaching.Over the past ten years, I have trained and guided hundreds of conscious leaders to:✓ Increase focus and productivity.✓ Respond consciously and calmly... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:15pm - 2:35pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 2: How to Attract and Retain Next Gen Talent
Session description:
Are you struggling to find the right talent? Come learn what makes the latest generation of talent tick. As the world’s largest co-op program, we’ve analyzed over 37,000 postings and want to share our tips and insights with you. You’ll walk away knowing more about how to attract top talent and retain them at your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Kim-Newman

Tammy Kim-Newman

Business Developer, University of Waterloo, Co-operative and Experiential Education
Tammy Kim-Newman is a Business Developer with Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo, which operates the world’s largest co-op program. Tammy has 10+ years of experience supporting industry partners with their early talent strategies and specializes... Read More →
avatar for Donna Shin

Donna Shin

Account Manager, University of Waterloo, Co-operative & Experiential Education
Donna Shin works with Co-operative & Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. In the role of Account Manager, Donna manages relationships with financial institutions and public accounting firms in Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, she worked as a human... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 2: Speed Networking: Inclusion/Diversity | Entrepreneurship/Startup | Digital Banking/Payments | Opportunities
Make sure your camera and microphone are on and select a topic to be matched with a delegate for a 3 minute video chat.  

You’ll have just three minutes to talk before we connect you to a new attendee. Make them count!
No skipping, no bailing. And if you have a good chat with someone, make sure to follow up with them later.

Topical Networking
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Entrepreneurship / Startup Culture
  • Digital Banking / Payments
  • Seeking / Offering Opportunities

Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:35pm EDT

DAY 2: TEDx: Vaccinate Your Fintech-supported Business for Strong Compliance
Can we manage risks of regulatory non-compliance by designing mRNA style compliance systems?

What would that mean for compliance system effectiveness?

Join the Chief Compliance Officer from Finhaven Private Markets to consider whether the recent history of vaccine development offers lessons for regulated, fintech-supported businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Jakab

Sandra Jakab

CCO, Finhaven
Senior corporate counsel with significant securities regulation and recent banking compliance experience. Highly-skilled communicator, facilitating productive discourse between financial market participants and regulators. Valued instructor and trainer. Experienced risk manager and... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:35pm - 2:50pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 2: DEMO Whelp - AI-based Customer Support
We help companies communicate with customers more effectively and efficiently.

Whelp is a conversational customer support platform that helps businesses to communicate with customers across any channel. Whelp offers an AI-based chatbot that automates up to 60% of the customer inquiries. In addition to automation, Whelp’s customer management platform offers an intuitive feature-rich interface to unify customer messaging from multiple channels into a single screen.

Whelp offers tools and omnichannel solutions to help businesses streamline conversations through their customers’ preferred channels — like SMS, Voice, WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, Email and Live Chat, and other social messengers. Whelp gives agents a powerful platform to enhance the customer support and end consumers instant, safe and secure access to information they need. It also means they can spend less time on hold, avoid repeating stories to multiple agents, and get more time to do what they love.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Whelp is currently powering the customer support for more than 550 companies across 16 countries. With more than 2,000 agents using our omnichannel platform for conversational customer support, Whelp was founded in 2019 and is proud to be a 500 Startups and Techstars portfolio company.

Website: https://getwhelp.com/

Speakers
avatar for Seymur Rasulov

Seymur Rasulov

CEO, Whelp
I am the CEO and Co-founder at Whelp, an advanced chatbot, and a conversational messaging platform. We replace old-fashioned ticketing solutions built on email legacy with an omnichannel chatbot and conversational support.


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:55pm - 3:05pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 2: Fireside Chat: Using Verifiable Credentials to Power the Future of Digital Identity and Online Data
Speakers
avatar for Heather Dahl

Heather Dahl

Chief Executive Officer, Indicio.tech
A fierce cybersecurity advocate passionate about self-sovereign identity, my interest was sparked almost a decade ago while researching digital privacy, early blockchain and distributed ledger technologies along with threat intelligence cybersecurity solutions.Today, I'm CEO of Indicio.tech... Read More →
avatar for Jay Fischbach

Jay Fischbach

CFO, Vector Heath Laboratories
Jay is the Chief Financial Officer at Vector Health Laboratories. Vector Health is a Technology and Analytics organization focused on keeping businesses, their employees and clients safe and operational through the deployment of their Vector Health Perimeter. Mr. Fischbach has spent... Read More →
avatar for Joni Brennan

Joni Brennan

President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada
Joni Brennan is President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC). Building on 15+ years of experience in Identity Access Management innovation, adoption, and industry standards development, Joni helps the DIACC to fulfill its vision delivering the resources needed... Read More →
avatar for RJ Reiser

RJ Reiser

Chief Business Development Officer, Liquid Avatar
RJ is the Chief Business Development Officer at Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. Liquid Avatar is focused on leveraging Blockchain and Biometrics to protect Digital Identity in support of consumer protection regulations like GDPR, PIPEDA and CCPA. Mr. Reiser’s career has been focused... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:05pm EDT

DAY 2: DEMO CPQi - Gamification and Banking
Speakers
avatar for Terry Boyland

Terry Boyland

CEO, CPQi Group
Terry Boyland, A board level professional and a leading name in the investment banking & technology industries with over twenty five years of senior experience. Terry has lead businesses with a strong sense of integrity and justice. He is committed to driving banking forward and enjoys... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 3:05pm - 3:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:15pm EDT

DAY 2: DEMO MinervaAI - AI Platform for Compliance Programs
Speakers
avatar for Victor Tay

Victor Tay

Co-Founder and COO, MinervaAI
Victor has more than 15 years experience in anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing compliance programs, and brings to the Minvera team extensive experience in automation, data acquisition and data analytics for anti-money laundering operations. Prior to co-founding MinervaAI... Read More →
avatar for Damian Tran

Damian Tran

Co-Founder and CTO, MinervaAI
Damian is an entrepreneur with experience planning, developing, and deploying neural artificial intelligence methods in peer-reviewed research environments. Damian has several years of enterprise software development experience, including project management, backend engines and frontend... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Arnold, PMP

Jennifer Arnold, PMP

Co-Founder and CEO, MinervaAI
MinervaAI is a venture-backed financial crime discovery platform that uses deep learning and automation to radically increase the efficiency, accuracy and efficacy of financial crime investigations. It's complete EDD in under 60 seconds! MinervaAI requires no complex integrations... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 3:15pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:25pm EDT

DAY 2: 2021 Fintech Draft Pitching Finals: ORCHID B, PHAZE, COPIA WEALTH STUDIOS
Speakers
avatar for Kyle Collier

Kyle Collier

Founder and CEO, Phaze
Accelerating the world's transition to digital payments. Join us to help build the next Phaze for money.
avatar for Michael Sikorsky

Michael Sikorsky

CEO, Copia Wealth Studios
Michael Sikorsky (@mjsikorsky) is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Winner, Deloitte Fast 500 Recipient, and serial innovator - he sold his first company to ThoughtWorks at age 28.His current company, Copia Wealth Studios is a FinTech launching in Fall 2021, and he is the Chief Investment... Read More →
avatar for Claudio Romano

Claudio Romano

Founder and CEO, Orchid B
Claudio started his career in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and then moved into management consulting working for firms such as Accenture and Deloitte, in Paris and Zurich. He is specialised in strategy and leading complex technology and M&A transformations. His industry... Read More →
avatar for Praveen K. Varshney, FCPA, FCA

Praveen K. Varshney, FCPA, FCA

Director, Varshney Capital Corp.
Praveen has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm since 1991. He's also a Founding Director of Pyfera Growth Capital & a Founding Director of Humanitas Smart Planet Fund, both with a social... Read More →
avatar for Som Seif

Som Seif

CEO, Purpose Financial / Purpose Investments
Som Seif is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Investments Inc., which he formed following the sale of Claymore Investments to BlackRock Inc. in March 2012. Prior to Claymore Investments, Som was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets, where he played a key... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 3:25pm - 4:10pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:10pm EDT

Day 2: KEYNOTE Discussion and Q&A: Open and Inclusive Banking and Affordable Credit
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Graham

Andrew Graham

Co-Founder and CEO, Borrowell
Andrew Graham is co-founder and CEO of Borrowell, one of Canada’s largest financial technology companies, with over 1.5 million users. Borrowell helps consumers find financial stability and make great decisions about their money. It was the first company in Canada to offer credit... Read More →
avatar for Judith Robertson

Judith Robertson

Commissioner, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Judith Robertson was appointed the Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (the agency), effective on August 19, 2019, for a term of 5 years.Ms. Robertson is an experienced leader in financial services, with expertise in technology-enabled businesses, securities markets... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Mulholland

Elizabeth Mulholland

CEO, Prosper Canada
Elizabeth Mulholland is the Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Canada, a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Elizabeth joined Prosper Canada in 2011, after a 25-year policy career in the... Read More →
avatar for The Honourable Colin Deacon

The Honourable Colin Deacon

Independent Senator, Senate of Canada
The Honourable Colin Deacon’s background as an entrepreneur provides a unique perspective in Canada’s Upper Chamber. Prior to joining the Senate, he ran several successful global businesses, the latest of which was Bluelight Analytics, a technology firm providing data tools to... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 4:10pm - 4:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:55pm EDT

DAY 2: KEYNOTE: Financial Services in the Second Era of the Digital Age DON TAPSCOTT
Learn how emerging technologies like blockchain, AI, and the Internet of Things are redefining the financial services, with a look at DeFi, cryptocurrency, and the next era of FinTech.

Speakers
avatar for Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute
Don Tapscott, C.M. B.A., B.Sc, M.Ed, LLD.Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 4:55pm - 5:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:30pm EDT

5:35pm EDT

DAY 2: Happy Hour General Networking
Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.

Wednesday May 12, 2021 5:35pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:35pm EDT

DAY 2: Happy Hour Roundtables
Grab your favorite cocktail and join a roundtable with the topic that interests you. These are unstructured, organic and facilitated. Be sure to turn on your camera to share your thoughts on the topic.

Session Topics
  • Diversity Drives Dollars hosted by Michelle Beyo, CEO and Founder of Finavator
  • Show off your Pet hosted by Michele McDermott-Fox, Founder of The Top Floor PR
If you would like us to add any suggested topics let us know! info@ncfacanada.org

Host per session: TBC

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Beyo

Michelle Beyo

Founder & CEO, Finavator
Michelle Beyo is Founder & CEO of Finavator INC, Money2020 RiseUp Alumni, Women in Payments Global Console & Award Committee Member, FinTech Strategic Advisor, CPPO Member, Open Banking Initiative Canada FinTech Co-Chair and Associate Producer of The Social Movement Amazon Prime Docu-Series. Michelle started Finavator as she is passionate about payments & financial inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Michele McDermott-Fox

Michele McDermott-Fox

Founder, The Top Floor PR
Michele is a strategic PR and communications consultant assisting innovators drive awareness and adoption of their technologies. Michele has experience in consumer technology, retail and institutional FX, FinTech, and Blockchain. She has also had the privilege of working with clients... Read More →


Wednesday May 12, 2021 5:35pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD
 
Thursday, May 13
 

10:00am EDT

DAY 3 VIP Masterclasses: Interactive Best DeFi Use Case Ideation and Presentation Challenge
Speakers
avatar for Hussein Hallak

Hussein Hallak

Partner, Unleashed Ventures
Hussein launched his first tech startup in 2002 (acquired in 2003). His second tech startup was the world’s first and largest marketplace for Middle Eastern Art (acquired in 2007).Recognized as one of 30 Vancouver tech thought leaders and influencers to follow for my participation... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

10:30am EDT

DAY 3 Ask Us Anything: All About the NCFA
Speakers
avatar for Craig Asano

Craig Asano

Founder and CEO, NCFA
Craig Asano is the Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada), the leading industry organization actively engaged with both social and investment fintech blockchain, AI, crowdfinance, crypto, and alternative finance stakeholders across... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Linton

Lauren Linton

Executive Director, Canadian Innovation Exchange
Lauren is the Executive Director of CIX, an annual program and conference which curates and showcases Canada's most promising early and growth-stage startups to North American investors and corporates. In its 14th year, CIX is Canada's only highly curated startup investment confe... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

11:30am EDT

DAY 3 VIP Masterclasses: What will the future look like? + AMA
Speakers
avatar for Alex Batlin

Alex Batlin

Founder and CEO, Trustology
Alex Batlin, Founder & CEO, Trustology is an entrepreneur with extensive banking and blockchain experience. Previously, at BNY Mellon, Alex was Blockchain Lead and founding head of the Emerging Business & Technology team. At UBS, Alex was Founding Head of a blockchain-focused FinTech... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 3: ASK AN EXPERT - With Framework Venture Partners
Speakers
avatar for Amy Dyck

Amy Dyck

Associate, Framework Venture Partners
Amy is the Associate at Framework Venture Partners. Based in Toronto, Amy helps to manage the current portfolio, source new deals, conduct due diligence and report to current and prospective limited partners. Prior to moving to Venture Capital, Amy was an Equity Research Associate... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 3: ASK AN EXPERT- FinTech Growth Hacking with Rich Thinking
Speakers
avatar for Reggie Tan

Reggie Tan

Founder, Rich Thinking
Reggie Tan is a senior growth hacker and marketing strategist, with specialization in fintech, cryptocurrency, and blockchain applications. Over the past 14 years, his consultancy, Rich Thinking, has helped design and launch impactful marketing campaigns for dozens of startups - ranging... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 3: ASK AN EXPERT: All Things Legal with Dentons
Speakers
avatar for Tracy Molino

Tracy Molino

Counsel, Dentons
Tracy Molino is counsel in our Banking and Finance group. Tracy has extensive experience with payments law and technology, bank regulatory and policy matters, and consumer protection issues. She has particular interest in FinTech, PayTech and other innovative technologies including... Read More →
avatar for Mike Hollinger

Mike Hollinger

Partner, Dentons
Mike Hollinger practices securities, corporate and commercial law with a focus on the venture technology sector. Mike leads Dentons’ Toronto venture technology practice and has transactional experience gained from mergers and acquisitions as well as private and public markets financings... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 3: ASK AN EXPERT: WITH The Ontario Securities Commission
Speakers
avatar for Dena Staikos, CPA, CA

Dena Staikos, CPA, CA

Manager, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch (CRR), Ontario Securities Commission
Dena Staikos is a Manager in the Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch (CRR) of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).  The CRR branch is responsible for the initial and ongoing registration and compliance oversight of firms, for the development of policy and the review of... Read More →
avatar for Erin O'Donovan

Erin O'Donovan

Senior Legal Counsel, Corporate Finance Branch, Ontario Securities Commission
Erin O’Donovan is senior legal counsel in the Corporate Finance Branch at the Ontario Securities Commission. The Corporate Finance Branch is responsible for regulating 1,500 non-investment fund reporting issuers and for leading issuer-related supervisory and policy initiatives... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

12:00pm EDT

DAY 3: Icebreaker Networking
Join us on Day 3 of the 7th Fintech & Financing conference!  The daily theme is 'Global Future Forward'.  

Check-into the FFCON21 Hopin event platform early and update your attendee profile.

Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.
You may start the conversation with these 3 ice breakers:
  1. Fun fact about yourself
  2. Top global fintech cities and ecosystems
  3. Today’s theme: ‘Global Future Forward’




Thursday May 13, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:00pm EDT

DAY 3: Keynote Interview Author of "The Digital War": China vs USA and What it Means for Tech Innovation and Global Fintech Markets
Speakers
avatar for April Fong

April Fong

Deputy Managing Editor, The Logic
April Fong joined The Logic from BNN Bloomberg, where, as senior digital producer, she oversaw the editorial content of its digital platforms. Prior to that, she worked as a digital producer at the Financial Post, where among other things she helped turn FP Tech Desk into one of the... Read More →
avatar for Winston Ma, CFA & Esq.

Winston Ma, CFA & Esq.

Chairman of Advisory Board, ThreeFold Tech; Author of The Hunt for Unicorns and The Digital War; former Managing Director of CIC
Winston Wenyan Ma, CFA & Esq.Author of The Hunt for Unicorns and The Digital War former Managing Director of CIC Adjunct Professor, NYU School of LawWinston Ma is an investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor in the global digital economy. He is one of a small number of... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:30pm EDT

DAY 3: The Green Blockchain Deal: How Decentralized Technology can be Used Facilitate Grid Balancing for Renewable Energies
Speakers
avatar for Harry Behrens, PhD

Harry Behrens, PhD

Future CTO, Power & Mobility
Harry Behrens, Future CTO of Power & Mobility, founded and headed the Daimler Mobility Blockchain Factory until May 2021. He is a veteran Blockchain evangelist. He has been actively involving himself in Blockchain since 2012. In 2016 he co-founded the DFS Blockchain swarm and initiated... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 1:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:30pm EDT

DAY 3: Sustainable Finance: What Canada can Learn from Impact-driven European Finance
Speakers
avatar for Paul Allard, MBA

Paul Allard, MBA

Co-founder, President & Chief Ecosystem Officer, impak Finance Inc.
Paul is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in management, marketing and funding of innovative companies in growth environments specifically in the technology industry.He is currently co-founder, President and CEO of the “impact fintech” impak Finance Inc., the first independent impact rating agency, in rapid growth in Europe and in the USA. It's mission is to channel capital towards the impact economy. To do so, impak has developed a standardized, transparent and comparable impact scoring, reporting and rating Saas solution that relies on t... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 1:30pm - 1:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 3: Panel: Reimagining Customer Relationships & User Experience: Open Finance
Speakers
avatar for Hamed Arbabi

Hamed Arbabi

CEO and Founder, VoPay
CEO and Founder of VoPay, Hamed Arbabi, is recognized in the fintech industry as an innovative thought leader. A serial entrepreneur, Hamed has successfully built and grown multiple startups and leveraged his knowledge of business expansion to develop them into successful, disruptive... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Li

Timothy Li

CEO at Wikipro Inc, CEO at Alchemy
I love building financial apps. I worked on a few pivotal fintech systems of our days and I have learned a ton. I’m also passionate about education. I’m an entrepreneurship program lecturer at USC and I am deeply involved at my alma mater San Jose State University, the most transformative... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Beyo

Michelle Beyo

Founder & CEO, Finavator
Michelle Beyo is Founder & CEO of Finavator INC, Money2020 RiseUp Alumni, Women in Payments Global Console & Award Committee Member, FinTech Strategic Advisor, CPPO Member, Open Banking Initiative Canada FinTech Co-Chair and Associate Producer of The Social Movement Amazon Prime Docu-Series. Michelle started Finavator as she is passionate about payments & financial inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Betty DeVita

Betty DeVita

CBO, Finconecta
Betty  is  a  global  digital  transformation  executive  with  expertise  in  consumer financial  services/payments. Her  focus  is  on  early-stage  and  emerging companies driving value creation, partnerships and the path to global scaling. She most recently... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

1:45pm EDT

DAY 3: Fireside with European Crowdfunding Leaders: Lessons Learned and Future Outlook from the first $1 Billion Raised
Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Seedrs
Jeff Lynn is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Seedrs, one of the leading European equity crowdfunding platforms. Based in London, Seedrs has funded over 1,300 deals, with over £1 billion invested through its platform, since its launch in 2012; over the last few years it has built... Read More →
avatar for Christin Friedrich

Christin Friedrich

Chair European Crowdfunding Network, CEO Innovestment
Christin Friedrich is CEO and co-founder of Innovestment (innovestment.eu), the alternative financing and investment platform focused on long term sustainable impact finance for SMEs based in Berlin/Germany. Christin is also chairwoman of the non-executive board of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), based in Brussels/Belgium. Together with other... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 3: TEDx: Scaling Real-Time Transactions on Blockchain
Speakers
avatar for Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Director, Board of Directors, TAAL
Richard Baker is a technology entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in corporate enterprise and working with startups in the technology, financial services, digital media, and telecommunications industry sectors. He has a deep passion for transforming innovative technology... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 2:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:15pm EDT

DAY 3: Speed Networking: Going Global | Green Finance | Innovation | Opportunities
Make sure your camera and microphone are on and select a topic to be matched with a delegate for a 3 minute video chat.  

You’ll have just three minutes to talk before we connect you to a new attendee. Make them count!
No skipping, no bailing. And if you have a good chat with someone, make sure to follow up with them later.

Topical Networking
  • Going Global
  • Green Finance
  • Innovation
  • Seeking / Offering Opportunities

Thursday May 13, 2021 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:30pm EDT

DAY 3: TEDx: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs): The Future of Money
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Oriol Caudevilla 柏傲齊  LL.B., MBA, PhD.

Dr. Oriol Caudevilla 柏傲齊 LL.B., MBA, PhD.

Fintech Advisor, Consultant and Researcher, Digital Euro Association
FinTech Advisor, Management & Strategy Consultant and Researcher (Digital Banking and Finance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, Blockchain, Crypto and M&A).Oriol works as a Management Consultant at AirHelp, Advisor for a Hong Kong-based FinTech company, ixFintech, Strategic Advisor... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:30pm EDT

DAY 3: Fireside: The Changing Regulatory Landscape: Fintech Opportunities Taken and Opportunities Missed
Speakers
avatar for Steven Boms

Steven Boms

Executive Director, Financial Data and Technology Association of North America
Steve Boms, Executive Director of the Financial Data and Technology Association of North America, has more than 15 years of experience working inside government, public and private companies, trade organizations, and the technology industry, and assists member companies and clients... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Vronces

Alexander Vronces

Executive Director, PayTechs of Canada
Alex Vronces is the Executive Director of PayTechs of Canada, representing the diverse community of payment technology companies operating in Canada. Using his payments and policy knowledge and network, Alex leads the push for a more competitive and innovative Canadian payments ecosystem.Alex... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 2:30pm - 2:50pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 3: Panel: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday: Fintech’s Opportunity to Breaking Barriers to Net Zero
Speakers
avatar for Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD

Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD

Future Earth, Global Hub Director (Canada), Sustainability in the Digital Age, Executive Director
Decades of experience span academia, science-policy and the non-profit and international development sectors. Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus... Read More →
avatar for Tom Baumann

Tom Baumann

Climate Chain Coalition (CCC), Founder and Co-Chair, ClimateCHECK, CEO and Co-Founder
A unique melange of knowledge and skills: environmental economics, graduate studies in climate change economics; registered professional engineer specializing in environmental engineering, graduate studies specializing in GHG measurement, air pollution and clean technologies; and... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Johannson

Lynn Johannson

The Collaboration, Catalyst, E2 Management Corporation, Owner
A radical systems thinker, looking to bring “good trouble” to drive synergy between ecology, productivity, and innovation. A catalyst for the environmental, societal, and economic benefits gained by greening the business of any organization.Leads the initiative “Are You Climate... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

2:55pm EDT

DAY 3: Debate (Red / Green): Strengthening Canada’s innovation capacity and global competitiveness
Speakers
avatar for Mark Mayank

Mark Mayank

Managing Partner, Maverix Private Equity
Mark is a Co-founder and Managing Partner with Maverix Private Equity where he leads the collective team and firm operations. As an active investor, director, advisor and entrepreneur, he has a wealth of experience spanning across multiple industries and geographies.  This includes... Read More →
avatar for Honourable Doug Schweitzer

Honourable Doug Schweitzer

Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta
Minister Schweitzer was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow.A dedicated husband, father of 2 young girls and a long-serving community volunteer, Schweitzer has a strong record of public service, including previously raising... Read More →
avatar for Sandi Gilbert

Sandi Gilbert

Founder, DealPoint, Managing Partner, InterGen
Sandi is involved with several ventures focused on supporting entrepreneurs as they navigate through start-up to scale-up. She is the founder of DealPoint, a fintech solution that digitizes private placements for investment dealers, early-stage companies, angel and venture led financings... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 2:55pm - 3:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

3:25pm EDT

DAY 3: 2021 Fintech Draft Pitching Finals AGRYO, FORWARDAI, NAVA
Speakers
avatar for Aman Thind

Aman Thind

Co-Founder & Head of Sales & Marketing, Nava
Former Vancouver Whitecaps prospect and UBC men’s soccer varsity athlete. Honours graduate from UBC’s Sauder School of Business with a dual specialization in Finance & Real Estate. Aman has a proven track record in sales and relationship management.
avatar for Isaque Eberhardt

Isaque Eberhardt

CEO and Co-Founder, Agryo
CEO and Co-Founder of agryo, a global agricultural risk intelligence provider to serve the 500 million underserved farming families around the globe who rely on agriculture and have no access to any financial services. He is a farmer, an Agronomist Engineer with a Master's Degree... Read More →
avatar for Nick Chandi

Nick Chandi

CEO and Co-Founder, ForwardAI
Nick Chandi is CEO and Co-Founder of ForwardAI, a fintech start-up with inspiring technology to transform small business lending. A repeat entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience with small business financial software, Nick is also a regularly contributing member of the Forbes Tech... Read More →
avatar for David Nault

David Nault

Co-Founder & General Partner, Luge Capital
David has been building early stage technology companies as an investor, founder or senior member of the executive team for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Luge Capital, David was an investor with Inovia Capital, a leading North American venture capital fund. Before becoming a... Read More →
avatar for David Unsworth

David Unsworth

Co-Founder and General Partner, Information Venture Partners
Dave Unsworth co-founded Information Venture Partners in 2014. Dave has led investments in Sensibill, eSentire (exited, 2017), Verafin, LendingFront, Knowtions Research, Igloo Software (exited, 2017), Viigo (acquired by BlackBerry) and works closely with portfolio companies like... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 3:25pm - 4:10pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:10pm EDT

DAY 3: How NFTs are Creating Value in the Strangest Places and Launch of NFT Charity Auction
Speakers
avatar for Jacob O'Connor

Jacob O'Connor

Vice President, Charity Engagement and Growth, CanadaHelps
Jacob is Vice President, Engagement and Growth at CanadaHelps where he leads a team focused on supporting thousands of charities who raise critical funds online for their cause using CanadaHelps. A Ryerson University graduate who studied commerce, finance, and philosophy, Jacob is... Read More →
avatar for Krista Kim

Krista Kim

Global Ambassador of SuperWorld, Digital Artist
Krista Kim is a contemporary artist and founder of the Techism movement since 2014, promoting the confluence of art and technology, and technological innovation as a medium to further the development of digital humanism. She believes that artists must participate at the vanguard of... Read More →
avatar for Craig Asano

Craig Asano

Founder and CEO, NCFA
Craig Asano is the Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada), the leading industry organization actively engaged with both social and investment fintech blockchain, AI, crowdfinance, crypto, and alternative finance stakeholders across... Read More →
avatar for Ruth McCartney

Ruth McCartney

CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Diva, McCartney Multimedia Inc.
Ruth McCartneyFrom the earliest days of learning the value of fans by helping with The Beatles fan club management as her childhood pocket-money job, to today’s Big Data opportunities in e-marketing, to mobile commerce and branding, Ruth covers the spectrum of digital media from... Read More →
avatar for David Lucatch

David Lucatch

Co-Founder, Director and President, Liquid Avatar Technologies
About Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. - www.liquidavatartechnologies.com Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary KABN Systems North America Inc. focuses on the verification, management and monetization of Self Sovereign Identity, empowering users to control and benefit from the use of their online identity.The Liquid Avatar... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 4:10pm - 4:55pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

4:55pm EDT

DAY 3: Breaking Barriers CLOSING KEYNOTE: What Happens When Your Customers are Augmented Humans, Robots, and Virtual Beings?
We've managed to digitize our personalities, our education, our work, and even how we find our soulmates. The current pandemic has thrust us even farther into a new future where our physical and digital lives blend seamlessly together. We are at the cusp of a new reality where who we are as humans will become a central question and the decisions we make today will impact our world for centuries to come.

But what happens when the world becomes a billboard, robots have spatial reasoning and virtual assistants own the relationship with us? How will your job change? Cathy Hackl has been to the far frontiers of tech and will take us on a journey from virtual beings, augmented humans to synthetic humanoid robots (synths), and beyond. When the stakes are so high, what will be the implications for humans in the synthetic decade ahead of us and the coming of the metaverse? What will it mean for the future of finance?

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Hackl

Cathy Hackl

VP at Avatar Dimension, Futurist + Founder at Futures Intelligence Group
Cathy is an Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist turned public relations professional and social media strategist. She teaches Communication for Entrepreneurs and Social Media Management at IE Business, one of Europe’s top-business schools. Hackl has spoken international on behalf... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 4:55pm - 5:25pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:25pm EDT

5:25pm EDT

DAY 3: Happy Hour General Networking
Meet someone new! Join for 1:1 speed networking in 3 minute intervals, on-camera video chats.

Thursday May 13, 2021 5:25pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD

5:30pm EDT

DAY 3: Happy Hour Roundtables
Grab your favorite cocktail and join a roundtable with the topic that interests you. These are unstructured, organic and facilitated. Be sure to turn on your camera to share your thoughts on the topic.

Session Topics
  • The Art of Storytelling hosted by Anna Niemira, Managing Director, BGX Capital
  • Women in Tech hosted by Donna Bales, Founder and Managing Director, Balmoral Advisory
If you would like us to add any suggested topics let us know! info@ncfacanada.org


Speakers
avatar for Donna Bales

Donna Bales

Balmoral Advisory, Founder and Managing Director
Donna is a highly experienced product development and business professional with a proven track record managing complex capital market industry initiatives often with multiple stakeholders, regulatory challenges and time to market constraints. An accomplished and trusted leader, Donna... Read More →
avatar for Anna Niemira

Anna Niemira

Managing Director, BGX Capital
Anna is a FinTech and Digital Transformation expert convinced that innovative technologies represent a movement to a new economy positively influencing and transforming business and finance sectors. Anna has experience in debt and equity capital markets, banking, and listings on European... Read More →


Thursday May 13, 2021 5:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Digital Online Link TBD