BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
                          JANUARY 9-12, 2020


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Innovation is the lifeblood of the economy and the main objective of leading Universities. Startups, companies born out of an idea, toil, creative financing and sweat, are increasingly dominant players in the financial sector. This year’s MMF Symposium will address advances in financial innovation paying special attention to the startups that are shaping our immediate future.

Luis Seco, Director, MMF


Jessica Clark Barrow

Executive VP, Investor Relations
Waratah Capital Advisors

Jessica joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. Jessica is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and leads the Investor Relations team.

She has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and alternative investment strategies, having worked on institutional trading desks at CIBC World Markets, and BMO Nesbitt Burns, as well as her own consulting firm, First Element Capital. Jessica holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, has completed the Richard Ivey School of Business Investor Relations program, and is registered as a Dealing Representative.

Jessica also sits on the Ontario Emerging Managers Board, is the former Toronto Chair of 100 Women in Finance, and was Co-Chair of the first-ever True Patriot Love Women’s Expedition to Baffin Island.
Bonnie-Lyn de Bartok

Founder and CEO
The S Factor Co.

Bonnie-Lyn is the Founder and CEO of The S Factor Co., a MacCormick Inc. company. She brings over two decades of Social Impact, International Business, Finance and Technology background to the leadership of MacCormick Inc. and The S Factor Co.

Bonnie Lyn has won several entrepreneurial and technology awards, led the creation of both firms, expanding globally and has worked across 57 countries, and has led the creation of several proprietary products including the MSPI™ and the S Factor™ Solutions.

Her company has developed and is bringing to market, a proprietary algorithm and index that measures corporate social impact against, international standards, public sentiment and financial performance. She is a widely acknowledged expert and much sought after speaker on social impact and risk issues.

A graduate from Saint Mary’s University, in International Development Studies (Development Economics) and International Politics, Marketing, Finance and Micro-computer Technology.
Marcos López de Prado

Founder and CIO
True Positive Technologies

Prof. Marcos López de Prado is the CIO of True Positive Technologies (TPT), and Professor of Practice at Cornell University’s School of Engineering. He has over 20 years of experience developing investment strategies with the help of machine learning algorithms and supercomputers. He launched TPT after he sold some of his patents to AQR Capital Management, where he was a principal and AQR’s first head of machine learning. Marcos also founded and led Guggenheim Partners’ Quantitative Investment Strategies business, where he managed up to $13 billion in assets, and delivered an audited risk-adjusted return (information ratio) of 2.3.

Concurrently with the management of investments, between 2011 and 2018 Marcos was a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science). He has published dozens of scientific articles on machine learning and supercomputing in the leading academic journals, is a founding co-editor of The Journal of Financial Data Science, and SSRN ranks him as the most-read author in economics. Among several monographs, Marcos is the author of several graduate textbooks on Machine Learning. 

Sohail Farooq

BankingBook Analytics

Sohail Farooq is CEO at BBA – BankingBook Analytics and is responsible for the definition and execution of the company strategy.

Sohail is passionate about helping small to mid-sized financial institutions close the technology gap that separates them from market leaders. Sohail and his team specialize in developing cost effective solutions for capital management and profit optimization. Prior to founding BBA, Sohail led and managed Toronto-based Nexx Consultants - a specialist risk and capital management advisory firm. Before Nexx, Sohail worked as Principal with Oliver Wyman.

Sohail holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and a M.B.A. in Finance from Dalhousie University.

David Gong

BankingBook Analytics

David is Chief Operating Officer of BBA – BankingBook Analytics. He serves as Engagement Leader for the firm. Prior to joining BankingBook Analytics, David assisted clients by leading engagements in order to solve their financial services risk, regulatory and technology needs, both in the capacity of an independent consultancy, as well as being a part of a large consulting firm. David started off his career in 2004 in New York, at several large financial institutions before pivoting to roles at Financial Technology and Consulting firms. David is a graduate of the Master of Mathematical Finance program at the University of Toronto (’10).

Don Mumma

Managing Director, Risk Management

Don Mumma oversees the risk management practice at AxiomSL. Prior to AxiomSL, Don spent 20 years as a financial services executive, market participant and risk management specialist with JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Toronto-Dominion Bank, where he spearheaded its entry in the U.S. market. Don holds a B.Sc. in finance from Miami University and an M.B.A. in finance from Ohio State University. He is an active member of several professional organizations including GARP, PRMIA and IAFE. 

Rahul Raina

Senior Data Scientist
Microsoft Canada

Rahul Raina is a Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft Canada specializing in AI / Computer Vision and Blockchain for Power & Utilities, Retail and Financial Services verticals. Previously, Rahul has implemented AI, Blockchain, Big Data & Analytics technology solutions for firms such as Bank of America, Bell Canada, Deloitte and EY. Rahul holds MSc and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto, respectively. He also holds MBA from York University. 

Mario Schlener

Partner, Lead Financial Services Risk Management (FSRM) Practice Canada and Global AI Validation Lead
Ernst & Young LLP

Mario is the Canadian leader of EY’s Financial Services Risk Management Practice and Co-leads the Global AI Validation Team. He is leading several EY asset developments using ML/AI applications and solutions for risk management (i.e. credit-, market- ccr- liquidity risk models), AML/Fraud/Cyber (i.e. TM models, CRR models, Sanctions, fraud, cyber/resiliency models) and Compliance (i.e. trade surveillance models.)

He brings over 22 years of experience in risk and capital markets modelling and quantitative risk management (i.e. 10 years at Erste Group in the Fixed Income Product Structuring and Corporate Finance departments in Vienna and New York and 10 years in Advisory as Partner for Deloitte in Germany/Austria and Navigant Capital Markets Advisors in London). During 2009-2013 he was leading several large litigation cases (i.e. Lehman OTC close outs, Structured Credit close outs). Mario focuses primarily on the development and validation of risk and pricing models (incl. deep learning) for market, credit, liquidity, counterparty credit, operational risk and for the FinCrime space. Additionally Mario has a key role in developing ongoing thought leadership thinking approaches especially for the risk domain.

Naeem Siddiqi

Senior Advisor, Risk and Quantitative Solutions
SAS Institute Inc.

Naeem Siddiqi is the author of Credit Risk Scorecards (Wiley & Sons, 2005), and Intelligent Credit Scoring (Wiley & Sons, 2017), and has advised and trained bankers in over 20 countries on the art and science of credit scoring. Naeem has worked in retail credit risk management since 1992, both as a consultant and as a risk manager at financial institutions.

At SAS, Naeem played a key role in the development of products relating to credit scoring. He is currently responsible for advising customers on issues pertaining to credit scoring and decisioning, risk strategy, model governance, AI/ML in credit risk as well as modernizing analytics infrastructures. He continues to meet and advise C-level bankers in between 40-50 top lending institutions worldwide annually.

Naeem has an Honours Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London, and an MBA from York University in Toronto.
William Smalley

President and CEO
Route Five International Inc.

William Smalley is an international facilitator, consultant and keynote speaker with a passion for helping individuals and organizations see conflict as an opportunity. A top-rated seminar leader with the Canadian Professional Sales Association and the Management Performance Centre of Toronto, and he is also a guest lecturer in Executive Programs at the Rotman School of Management. He teaches negotiation skills at the University of Toronto and has been featured on Financial Post Media, CBC News, and Marketplace as a negotiation consultant. He is the author of “Intelligent Selling” a next generation sales program based on collaboration that teaches sales professionals to think like leaders.

He has worked with a diverse group of clients from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations including RBC Financial Group, Reebok CCM, Symantec, AMJ Campbell Van lines, the Canadian Olympic Association, the Canadian Football League, and Air Canada. His international experience includes business development work in the Middle East and Singapore. He holds an Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and a Certified Sales Professional Rating (CSP) (with Distinction) from the Canadian Professional Sales Association.
Lois Tullo

EIR, Global Risk Institute

Lois is the Canadian expert in the research and management of Nonfinancial risk including Cyber Quantification, AI/ML, Quantum. She is co-author of “Distribution Analysis for Information: A Cyber Quantification Framework”, “Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning:The CRO’s Agenda”, “Climate Change Tops Risk Correlation Ranking”, “Back to the Future: 2007 to 2030”, “The Global Risks and Trends Framework”, and “Risk Management – Canadian Best Practices, How did they get there?”. She is CFRO/CCO at Novera Capital Inc. Novera Capital is a Virtual Currency capital firm focusing in the area of providing liquidity to the market through synthetic derivatives. She also an advisor for JVerify a KYC/AML blockchain developer using AI/ML to verify identities in the AML space. Lois has been teaching risk management at the Schulich School of Business for the past 23 years. Schulich has awarded her the John Peace Prize for outstanding contribution to teaching.

Ms. Tullo was previously CRO & CCO at Smart Contracts Capital Inc. and BlockMine Development Inc. SSC/BMD developed a blockchain platform to issue Regulated Security Tokens (STO’s). She was CFO at CIBC Finance Inc, responsible for Finance, Treasury, HR and interim risk management. She was Director of HR, Finance and Business Process Redesign at Unitel Communications; a management consultant at Nolan, Norton Canada/KPMG where she consulted on the link between business strategy and information technology architecture. Ms. Tullo worked in Ethiopia with Food for the Hungry, a relief and development organization. At TCPL, she provided systems design and data analysis.

Ms. Tullo is a CPA,C.A. and she articled with Clarkson Gordon Toronto (E&Y) and PWC in Calgary, she has an EMBA from The Ivy School of Business, a B.Comm from the University of Saskatchewan, and holds her C.C.O and ICD.D designations. Ms. Tullo is currently the Chair of Urban Promise, Jlt & Associates, VC of The Richview Residence Foundation, and a former BOD for Jameson Bank, The Boulevard Club, and the Girl Guides of Canada.
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