Craig Alexander is the first Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the private sector as a senior executive and leading economist in applied economics, forecasting and public policy. He has previously held positions as Chief Economist at TD Bank Financial Group and Vice President Economic Analysis at C.D. Howe Institute. Most recently, Craig served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada, producing macroeconomic forecasts for the Canadian national economy as well as provinces, territories, cities and industries. Craig is a passionate public speaker on economic and public policy issues. Craig holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.
François Audet is a Senior Director and co-head of the Credit & Private Investment Risk group at PSP Investments. Since joining PSP Investments in July 2010, François has been involved in the implementation of a comprehensive risk assessment framework for private market investments. By performing fundamental credit analysis and assigning risk ratings and internal covenants to each investment, François and his team have been assessing throughout the years the risk profile of Real Estate, Private Equity, Natural Resources and hedge fund investments as well as the risk profile of each asset class. His team also assesses counterparty risk associated to various financial institutions.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, François held various positions at CDPQ as well as GE Capital.
François is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Carl is Head of Data Science at KPMG’s Data & Analytics Center of Excellence, the Lighthouse in Toronto. Carl Barrelet gives his clients the most important tool for success: insights. With a PhD from
Harvard University and years of experience at investment firms and research in pure science and applied data analytics, Carl has employed analytics to create new opportunities and manager risk for
clients. Carl’s current and past clients include commodity trading house, energy and financial service companies. He focuses on Machine Learning (ML), Advanced Analytics (AA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He is passionate about Risk and Risk Management.
Professional and Industry Experience
Carl has employed analytics to drive business decisions in commodity and financial services companies.
Carl has developed Data & Analytics solutions such as clustering, time series analysis, social media sentiment analysis, recommender systems, quantitative finance, revenue forecasting and predictive
• Developed a framework and a roadmap to empower internal audit at a major North American bank on how to audit intelligent automation including artificial intelligence.
• Validated complex financial models at a large investment bank regulated by the Federal Reserve in order to comply with Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) and Recovery and Resolution Plan (RRP).
• Invented and implemented a novel algorithm for one of North America’s largest trading platform that
provides insights into the hidden trading patterns based on the proprietary exchange trading log.
Carl is proficient in a number of analytics skills and platform: R, Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C, SQL,
Weka, Tableau, AWS, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Keras.
KPMG 2017 Encore Award
KPMG 2018 Spotlight Award
J.F. Bureau has more than 25 years of experience in the North American and European financial markets. As PSP Investments’ Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, J.F. Bureau is responsible for creating an integrated approach to managing a full spectrum of risks and supporting enterprise-wide activities by establishing effective risk management practices and processes.
Since joining PSP Investments in March 2010, he has built an effective risk structure that includes a total fund perspective in a changing risk landscape.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, J.F. held executive finance positions at a number of companies, notably as Vice President, Credit - Specialized Products at National Bank of Canada, Vice President, Corporate Projects – M&A at Groupe Vidéotron ltée, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DiagnoCure.
J.F. has a Master’s degree in Finance from Université Laval and is a CFA charter holder. He is also Chair, Standards of Practice Council, of the CFA Institute.
Jérôme Caron is a Principal Customer Advisor at SAS Institute. He specializes in using advanced analytics in creative ways to solve complex problems with credit risk. Working for a company ranked as a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant (for Data Science and Machine Learning platforms) provides Jérôme a front-line perspective of the rapidly evolving world of analytics, including how modern machine learning algorithms and AI are being used to make better models, and hence better decisions. Prior to working at SAS, Jérôme was the Senior Director of credit risk modeling for a major Canadian financial institution leading a team of over 20 data scientists responsible for the risk quantifications of a $200 Bn. credit portfolio. Earning a Master of Economics, a MBA, and the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation, Jérôme exemplifies his belief that lifelong learning is crucial in this fast-paced world of technological prowess. He enjoys sharing new ideas and techniques in analytics, especially those pertaining to credit risk, with his network and frequently presents at business events and conferences.
Laurent Charlin is an assistant professor of artificial intelligence at HEC Montréal (since 2016), a member of Mila--Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute. He holds a Canada CIFAR AI Chair and degrees from the universities of Waterloo and Toronto. He also held postdoctoral positions at Princeton, Columbia, and McGill universities. He develops machine learning models, including deep learning models, to analyze large collections of data and to help in decision-making. His main contributions are in the field of recommender systems. The Toronto paper matching system (TPMS), a system to recommend and match papers to reviewers that he co-developed, was adopted by dozens of major conferences over the last ten years.
Always actively involved in building thriving organizations and unleashing potential, Ron has implemented mentoring programs in the financial services sector (CFA Montréal, PRMIA Montréal, CFA Québec and CAASA) to propel leaders of tomorrow. With more than 25 years’ experience in business development and marketing, investment management, and partnership development, his professional experience has included roles as Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager at Presima Inc., Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at Natixis Capital Partners and Vice President, Business Development and Client Servicing at Triasima Portfolio Management. Ron is a graduate of Concordia University (MBA) and of Carleton University (BA, Economics). He is a Certfied Gallup StrengthsFinder coach and as well he has obtained Erickson Professional Coach Certificate. Coach and Mentor, he also puts his talents to work to develop the soccer community of his region. He is the co-author of a recent article on Reflective Mentoring (in French only): https://ordrecrha.org/ressources/developpement-competences-releve/2019/04/mentorat-reflexif-base-forces .
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Sophie Cousineau is vice-president, ESG and Emerging risks. In this role, she oversees a team that analyzes ESG risks in private equity, infrastructure, fixed income, and public equity transactions. Previously, from 2014 to 2017, she worked as chief of staff to CDPQ’s president and CEO, Michael Sabia. Prior to joining la Caisse, Ms. Cousineau worked as a journalist for over 20 years. From 2012 to 2014, she was The Globe and Mail’s chief Québec correspondent and a Report on Business columnist. She was La Presse’s business columnist for 11 years. She was also regularly invited as a business and political commentator in French and English electronic media. Ms. Cousineau earned an executive MBA from Oxford University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University.
Craig Davis is a Partner in the Canadian Financial Risk Management (FRM) practice, where he co-ordinates and/or leads engagements in this field. In addition Craig is also the lead for our Risk and Regtech offering and is the global owner for our Risk as a Service solution, through which he participates in global competency teams.
Prior to joining Canada Craig led the FRM practice in Singapore and had a leadership role across Asia Pacific. Before then, he was the Capital Markets leader for KPMG in Australia.
Craig joined KPMG from APRA where he was a member of the balance sheet and market risk oversight team responsible for the review of trading and balance sheet management at a range of financial institutions. Whilst at APRA Craig led and participated in prudential reviews of supervised institutions covering their balance sheet management and traded market risk capabilities. As an outcome of these reviews he provided recommendations to ensure risk control frameworks meet prudential requirements and achieve better practice. Craig also assisted in the development of policy and prudential standards for regulation and quantification of capital adequacy requirements
Craig’s market experience was within the risk management , operations and the sales/trading functions of major institutions in both Australia and London. In addition to providing oversight to the trading activities he was involved in developing and assessing risk management frameworks and the implementation of market/credit risk models. Craig has had experience in leading risk management projects covering the above-mentioned areas to meet regulatory and internal deliverables.
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Renaud de Jaham is Vice President and Treasurer at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). After joining PSP Investments in 2005, Renaud was instrumental in creating and developing the Treasury department. He currently leads the team and
oversee its activities.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, Renaud held analyst and trading positions within the Treasury and credit risk departments at Hydro-Quebec, as well as at Hydro Quebec’s pension fund.
Renaud holds a Master’s in Finance from HEC Montréal.
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Benoit Desgroseillers acts as Senior Director at Finance Montréal. Among other things, he is responsible for all aspects of talent development and human resources issues for the entire Quebec financial services industry. Former Executive director at UQAM’s business school, he holds an EMBA, he’s a member of the CHRP order, he’s also a certified professional coach and a mentor. He is a privileged witness of HR trends in the labor market.
Bonnie Frank serves as Vice President, Enterprise Risk and Crisis Management, leading a team of diverse risk professionals. She is responsible for ensuring a robust enterprise risk framework that includes non-investment and operational risk management, crisis management, employee safety and travel security, and the Corporate Global Insurance Program. Graduating from McGill university and then with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Université de Montréal, Bonnie began her career at Aon Risk Solutions, eventually serving as an Assistant Vice President. She then went on to work in Strategy Planning and Risk Management at the Business Development Bank of Canada before joining PSP Investments. Outside of PSP, Bonnie champions a comprehensive risk management approach. She sits on the Board of Trustees and is the chair of the Risk & Safety Committee of a private independent school in Montreal and is a client advisory Board member for International SOS. She is a member of various risk associations and was named as a Leading Risk Manager by Insurance Business Canada.
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Caroline Grandoit holds a dual role working on Multi-Asset Class Solutions (MACS) and Liability Driven Investment (LDI). She is responsible for creating, implementing and monitoring risk targeted and immunized liability driven portfolios as well as structured multi-asset mandates. Furthermore, she is in charge of the research and development supporting Fiera’s Multi-asset class solutions and proprietary risk factor-based asset allocation model.
Mrs. Grandoit joined the firm in 2017. Her career in the financial industry spans over 12 years working both in the United States and Canada, helping institutional clients in her actuarial, financial strategy and portfolio management roles. She specializes in asset-liability modeling, portfolio projections and customized strategic asset allocation optimization.
Mrs. Grandoit is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal where she studied Actuarial Mathematics and Finance. She is also a CFA charterholder (CFA), a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA).
Mohamed Hanini - Founder, CEO & Chief Scientist at Koios Intelligence Inc.
Expert in mathematics and operational research, Mohamed has spent more than 12 years in research and development on statistical learning and quantitative finance. It was by making effective links between his various fields of interest and research that he had the idea of creating Koios and helping the financial industry. His areas of expertise include insurance, quantitative finance, statistical learning, stochastic simulation, and accelerated computing. He has also taught for seven years at the Université de Montréal several courses in actuarial science, statistics and quantitative finance, including life insurance, property and casualty insurance, statistics, financial derivatives and risk management.
Marianne Harper Gow is a Director in Baillie Gifford’s Governance and Sustainability team, having joined the firm in 2004. Her role involves engaging with institutional investors, regulators and industry bodies across the globe. She focuses on a wide variety of topics from governance and stewardship matters, to societal and environmental opportunities and their link to long-term sustainable corporate growth.
Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Marianne worked offshore carrying out environmental and geological survey work. She graduated BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen in 1996 and MBA from the University of Edinburgh in 2002.
Darryl is the Head of North America Risk Consulting at SAS’ Risk Research & Quantitative Solutions group where he is responsible for the development and execution of risk management technology strategy for the US and Canada, spanning clients in banking and insurance. In this capacity he leads a team of experts with deep technical & domain expertise in Risk Management, quantitative modelling and data & analytics
Darryl has 20 years’ experience in banking and risk management including CRO at several small banks.
Kabil is a Manager in the Transversal Risk team at PSP Investments. In his role, Kabil helps PSP to integrate the public and private investments together to assess risk at the total portfolio level. Kabil joined PSP Investments in 2014 and occupied different roles within the risk management department.
Before joining PSP, Kabil worked as an analyst in Integrated Risk Management at Laurentian Bank.
Also, since 2011, Kabil has been volunteering at PRMIA Montreal, a chapter he is currently leading. 2019CRF will be Kabil’s fifth National Forum he organizes.
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Mr. Kumar is a managing director and Head of Client Advisory, US at Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2015. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the client-advisory efforts in the US. Mr. Kumar is also a member of the US Executive Committee and the US Product Committee. He has 16 years of investment industry experience. Before joining the firm, Mr. Kumar was a partner at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, advising large institutional investors on all aspects of their investment programs. He also served on the leadership group of Aon Hewitt’s global asset engine, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the firm’s research agenda.
Mr. Kumar has a bachelor’s degree in commerce, with an emphasis in accounting and economics, from the University of Madras, India, and an M.S. in finance from Illinois Institute of Technology—Stuart School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Eric is the leader of the Wealth Management and Life Insurance Risk Division at Desjardins Group. In that role, he supports the Risk Officer of Desjardins Financial Security, Desjardins Trust, and Desjardins Pension Plans.
Eric graduated in 1990 with a bachelor in actuarial science at Laval University and is Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Before joining Desjardins, Eric worked in retirement consulting firms and in the corporate actuarial department of a life insurance company.
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Romana Mizdrak is a Managing Director of Model Risk Division at the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions. With over 15 years in the financial services sector in Toronto, Romana has worked in various technical roles related to model risk management including quantitative analysis, risk monitoring, and model validation. Romana holds a M.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from York University of Toronto, and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering, also from York University.
Marlene Puffer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CN Investment Division. Dr. Puffer is accountable for all aspects of the investment management and organizational oversight of the CN Pension Trust Funds, one of the largest corporate pension funds in Canada. She is former vice-chair of the Board of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and past president of Women in Capital Markets.
Marlene has more than 25 years’ experience in investments, pensions and capital markets at world-class financial institutions and in academia. Her previous experience includes roles as Chief Strategist at BCA Research, a global leader in independent macro investment strategy, Chief Investment Officer at NAV CANADA Pension Plan, in business development and fixed income portfolio management at PIMCO Canada and Legg Mason Canada, and in debt capital markets at BMO Capital Markets and as head of fixed income analytics at RBC Capital Markets. She began her career as Assistant Professor of finance at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Marlene holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Applied Statistics and a M.Sc. in Business Administration from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto. She holds a CFA charter and the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors.
An organizational development expert, an experienced, bilingual facilitator and a public speaker with a passion for creating innovative connections and projects, Nathalie Sabourin offers customized solutions to develop talent, stimulate engagement and streamline collective decision-making.
With her practical experience, management studies (M.Sc., HRM, HEC; Executive Marketing Program, Queen’s University) and work experience in the United States, Japan and Great Britain, Nathalie quickly pinpoints needs and rallies her clients around relevant and inspiring solutions, based on collaborative approaches (World Café, Open Space, Professional Co-Development Action Learning, Peer Coaching).
As a Strengthsfinder, MBTI and Coaching Ourselves certified coach, she trains and supports professional co-development facilitators and forms action learning groups, which become lasting change drivers within organizations.
In addition to coaching, Nathalie is often invited to teach at HEC-Montréal, ESG-UQAM and Université de Sherbrooke. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association québécoise du codéveloppement professionnel (AQCP) from 2012 to 2015.
In 2017, Ms. Sabourin co-published a book entitled Collaborer et agir | Mieux et autrement : guide pratique pour implanter des groupes de codéveloppement (A practical guide to establishing professional co-development action learning groups).
André St-Pierre was appointed Vice-President, Major Accounts at Investissement Québec in 2017. He is responsible for all strategies and activities related to financing and investing in large corporations.
Mr. St-Pierre is an experienced, results-oriented executive. Between 2008 and 2017, he was Senior Vice President, Credit and Investment Risk Management at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where he oversaw risk management operations throughout the organization. In addition, he was accountable for teams dedicated to
restructuring and liquidation of problem accounts. Mr. St-Pierre previously held a variety of management positions, including Vice President, Corporate Financing, Vice President, Portfolio Risk Management and Director, Capital Markets.
In 2014, Mr. St-Pierre was seconded for one year to Bpifrance, BDC’s counterpart in Paris, France. He defined and implemented consolidated risk management policies and practices, following the merger of several state-owned corporations under Bpifrance, in
light of the application of new European regulations. Mr. St-Pierre worked as an external auditor at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton prior to joining BDC, accumulating over 25 years of experience in the financial and accounting sectors, with a focus on banking and risk management.
Mr. St-Pierre was formerly a director and president of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Montréal chapter. He has been a mentor for the Finance section of the Continuing Education Program of the Québec division of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has been invited to discuss topics related to banking and risk management as a visiting instructor and guest speaker.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from McGill University, has a CPA, CA designation and has completed the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Advanced Risk Management Program.
Philippe is a risk-management professional with more than three decades of experience in financial services. As CRO, Philippe oversees overall strategies for Concentra, ensuring sound governance and effective controls for enterprise risk management, compliance, corporate policy, credit adjudication and regulatory framework to meet the strategic and business objectives and enhance shareholder value. Philippe provides strategic leadership in the creation of Concentra's mission and vision that supports a prudent risk culture focused on growth, innovation and market relevance.
In his previous consulting role at Promontory, Philippe advised clients on a wide range of integrated risk management and regulatory compliance issues, including assessments of the effectiveness and efficiency of their risk management programs and internal control frameworks.
Prior to rejoining Promontory, Philippe was senior director and head of the Supervision Support Group at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). At OSFI, he ran the risk-specialist group, a division that assesses credit, market, and operational risks for the supervisory and regulation sectors. His responsibilities included risk-model validation, compliance management, corporate governance, and AML/ATF compliance.
As chief risk officer of Coast Capital Savings (CCS), a Canadian credit union, Philippe developed and implemented the firm's framework for managing integrated risk. He also launched the group risk management function, which oversees all independent oversight and internal control functions. Under his leadership, CCS obtained the highest regulatory rating of any credit union in the province of British Columbia.
Richard Schuster joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1998 as an economist in the Country Assessment Division, specializing in Eastern/Central Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Turkey.
Throughout his career at EDC he has covered Latin America, Africa & Middle East, Japan, China, India and developing Asia, metals, energy, and agri-food markets, as well performing extended research for one
year with EDCʼs Corporate Planning Group. He has recently returned to monitoring Eastern Europe, the CIS and Middle East in the Economic and Political Intelligence Centre.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Schuster worked for more than 10 years in the Economics Division at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto, where his focus was Country Risk for Eastern Europe, Pacific Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Schuster earned his Masterʼs degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo, where he also obtained a joint BA in Economics and Management Studies.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canadaʼs export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDCʼs knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 7,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis and human resource management.
Rob Seidman, CFA is an Offering Manager within the IBM Watson Financial Services and is responsible for innovation and business development for financial risk and investment management products. Prior to joining IBM, Rob has previously worked for a credit risk management startup implementing and supporting synthetic credit trading activities, and in a presales capacity for a large data company selling front-office risk management tools. Rob holds bachelor degrees from Cornell University in Mathematics and Economics, and a Masters in Quantitative Finance from the Frank G. Zarb school of business.
Edmond Tasellari CFA, FRM, CMA is a Financial Markets and Risk Management specialist with extensive experience in Financial Crime, Regulatory Compliance, Financial Modelling, Pricing/ Trading and Asset Management. He is currently a Risk Specialist at Refinitv, a financial data information provider. He was previously a Senior Supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada (2013- 2018). Edmond was part of a team of supervisors that oversaw one of Canada's largest banks, with assets over C$700 billion, including its international operations.
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Dominique Vézina has been an act in the world of finance for more than twenty years. She starts her career as an actuarial analyst 1995. Within the insurance company,Industrial in Alliance. Quickly she moved into a position related to the negotiation and at the portfolio management in this same institution. In 2008, she was promoted to Director, General Funds Portfolio Management.
In 2011, she joined the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as Vice President, Risk Management, Fixed Income and Active Overlay Strategies. Its various functions include portfolio monitoring and construction, transactional analysis and investment committees. She makes sure on a daily basis to change the risk culture within portfolio and risk management teams.In November 2016,she agrees to take up a new challenge. Also in the risk management, as Vice President-Advisor, Risk Management, Stock Markets.In June 2018 additional responsibilities are added: the management of the Transactional Analysis team.
Dominique has a degree in actuarial sciences from Laval University in Quebec City. She obtained her CFA designation in 2000. It own salsoone MBA executive international financial services, insurance and investment from universities Vlerick in Belgium, St-Gale in Switzerland and the HEC University of Montreal.In 2010,she has completed the credentials of competent communicator and competent manager of Toastmaster.
She has served on various boards of directors during her career, including those of CFA Quebec for six years. She holds the position of Vice-President at the Quebec MBA Association.In addition, since 2014 Dominica acts as a mentor to the Ace Mentoring Program society of women in finance. She sees the program as a model for both mentors and mentees to share their experiences in a framework that allows them to develop their full potential.
Finally, she is also a representative of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on the Advancement Council of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Laval University.
Eve is passionate about making change work.
For more than 25 years as an organization development consultant with international firms, and as a
Senior HR Manager in the financial sector, she has focused her practice on managing the « human
or emotional » landscape. Today, her consulting work is inspired by positive pyschology and
collaborative approaches such as World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Forum Technology that
foster co-creation and high engagement and accelerate change adoption in complex transformation
She is a recognized, bilingual facilitator of small or large group working sessions and team
Eve is regularly invited to act as a conference speaker, a thought leader, and an accredited trainer on change leadership. She
has published articles for Quebec’s HR professionals (CRHA) and Quebec Order of Psychologists. She also assumes
teaching engagements for ESG-UQÀM and University of Sherbrooke, and has certifications in Prosci®’s Change management
methodology, Gallup Strengthsfinders® Coach, and as a CoachingOurselves partner for Henry Mintzberg’s peer group