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Future of Digital Advice Conference - SOLD OUT

Sep 14, 2018

Toronto Region Board of Trade - 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5X 1C1

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Are you ready to help define the future of financial advice? Popularized by the term “robo-advice,” the application of digital technology to financial advice is poised to disrupt the profession and, by extension, clients, advisors, dealers, intermediaries, product providers and regulators. The very mention of robo-advisors seems to strike fear in the heart of the financial services industry yet our research suggests that the future of financial advice is a human advisor complemented by digital collaboration.


During this conference, sponsored and organized by the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, industry leaders and experts will discuss the myths and realities of digital advice – including their visions for the future. The conference will include a sneak peek at some of the applications leading the way in Canada. In keeping with the phrase “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”, we will be looking for a strong audience participation. Be a part of inventing the future for financial advice in Canada.

Download the recent white paper entitled Financial Advice in Canada: A Way Forward (by Chuck Grace, Amelia Young, and Andrew Sarta with Romina Maurino).


Time Function Speaker
8:30-9am Registration and Breakfast  
9:00am Opening Remarks Chuck Grace, Ivey Business School
9:10am Research Update Chuck Grace, Ivey Business School
10:00am Industry Panel

Amelia Young (chair), Bank of Montreal 
Randy Cass, Nest Wealth
Brenda Rideout, Tangerine
Peter Misek, BDC IT Venture Fund

10:45am Break  
11:00am Spotlight Three Lefts
11:20am Tech Panel Robert Smuk (chair),
Lina Ismail, Thinki3
Pamela Hilborn, Scotiabank
Lori Weir, Four Eyes Financial
12:15pm Lunch  
1:00pm Spotlight Aligned Capital Partners
1:20pm Open Banking Steven Boms, FDATA of North America
2:00pm Spotlight Mylo
2:20pm Break  
2:40pm Compliance Panel Sandra Kegie (chair), Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers
Chris Jepson, OSC
Julie Mansi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Andrew Manning, Invesco
3:30pm Spotlight Fidelity
3:50pm Audience Q&A  
4:15pm Closing Remarks Chuck Grace, Ivey Business School

Speaker Biographies:

Phil Barrar


Phil Barrar

Founder & CEO

Phil Barrar is the Founder & CEO of Mylo, a mobile personal finance platform that helps Canadians achieve their financial goals. In the past two years, he not only raised $3.75M but acquired an asset management firm with $100M in AUM - all before launching a product. He has been invited to give live interviews on BNN and CBC as well as speak to existing incumbents to help them understand the future of finance. With Mylo and its cutting-edge AI, Phil is fundamentally changing the way that banks and financial institutions will acquire customers in the future.

Steven Boms

Steven Boms

Executive Director
Financial Data and Technology Association of North America

Steven Boms is the Executive Director of the Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America and a Director of FDATA Global. Steve has spent his career focused on complex financial services public policy issues. He worked in the United States Congress on the committee with jurisdiction over banking issues and has led advocacy efforts and public policy teams globally for equity options exchanges, large U.S.-based financial institutions, and leading fintech firms.

As the leader of FDATA North America, Steve is an open banking evangelist who frequently works with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and consumer representatives to ensure that innovation in financial services can thrive safely and securely for the benefit of consumers and small businesses in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

 Randy Cass

Randy Cass

CEO, Founder, Portfolio Manager
Nest Wealth

Randy brings over 15 years experience in the financial services industry to Nest Wealth.

Prior to founding Nest Wealth, Randy managed quantitative portfolios at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and institutional assets at Orchard Asset Management. Randy’s previous company, First Coverage, won multiple awards as a top start-up including a financial services Morningstar award for best use of Technology in Canada before it was ultimately sold in 2011. Randy hosted Market Sense on BNN between 2012 and 2014.

Randy is committed to providing Canadians with a personalized and professional wealth management solution that lets them keep more of their money.

 Chris Enright

Chris Enright

President and Managing Director
Aligned Capital Partners Inc.

Mr. Enright is currently the President and Managing Director of Aligned Capital Partners Inc., (ACPI) a securities dealer founded in 1999. He has been an active member within the securities industry in various capacities since 1994.

Mr. Enright was appointed Senior Vice-President, Wealth Management Distribution at Industrial Alliance Insurance & Financial Services Inc. from 2010 to 2012, where he was responsible for overseeing one of the largest distribution networks in Canada (>$25 Billion in AUA). This network included Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. (a nationally registered securities dealer and IIROC Member) and Industrial Alliance’s Mutual Fund Broker/Dealer network consisting of three subsidiaries: FundEX Investments Inc., Investia Financial Services Inc., and National Financial Insurance Agency (a national managing general insurance agent).

Prior to Mr. Enright’s integral role at Industrial Alliance, he was the Executive Vice-President of FundEx from 2006 to 2009, and Managing Director & Co-Founder of FundTrade Financial Corp. from 1999 to 2006; at which time the company was acquired by Industrial Alliance.

Preceding his executive tenure, Mr. Enright’s career highlights include the President of Inter-Equity Asset Management from 1997 to 1999, and Financial Advisor at Investors Group Financial Services Inc. from 1994 to 1997.

Chuck Grace


Chuck Grace

Associate Director
Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, Ivey Business School at Western University

Chuck is a 35-year veteran of the Canadian financial services industry. As a member of the finance faculty at Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business, he teaches courses on both institutional and personal investing. He also serves as an Associate Director with The Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School, as a Faculty Director for the Ivey Field Project and chaired Ivey's advisory council for Household Finance research.

When not teaching, Chuck stays grounded in the realities of Canada’s wealth management industry as Managing Partner and President, Bigger Picture Solutions Inc. where he provides strategic consulting to firms attempting to thrive in this highly competitive arena.

Pamela Hillborn 

Pamela Hillborn

Vice President Design

Pamela is currently Vice President Design, responsible for building and enabling the Global Design Community of Practice at Scotiabank. She is charged with implementing proven practices in design strategy, user experience design, visual design and usability to create transformative digital financial experiences for Scotiabank customers. With over 17 years of experience in the design of consumer software and hardware products, Pamela has been an anthropologist, writer, creative director and product designer. She is also a practiced software startup veteran scaling the design and experience at Kobo Inc. as it grew from a small pilot program into a global, market-leading digital reading company. Prior to joining Scotiabank, she spent two years helping to build LEAGUE, a digital platform disrupting the health insurance industry in Canada and the United States.

Lina Ismail 

Lina Ismail

Managing Partner

Lina has spent her career working with fintech companies in Canada and Europe defining the vision and strategic direction through product innovation, marketing and cultural transformation.  Lina has propelled the growth of the business and enabled the development of solutions that have transcended the status quo. She believes that by challenging boundaries and broadening perspectives, you are able to harness the full potential and talents of people, which in turn will help achieve the best possible solutions.

Innovation is about taking risks; putting your ideas out there, and testing potential successes and failures. To be truly innovative, it’s about going beyond, and leveraging what others don't yet see, or understand.

Lina recently launched a consulting and advisory service company called Thinki3 and is working with technology companies from early stage growth to corporate enterprises.

Chris Jepson 

Chris Jepson

Senior Legal Counsel,
Ontario Securities Commission,
Compliance and Registrant Regulation

Chris Jepson is a Senior Legal Counsel in the OSC’s Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch. He is chair of the Canadian Securities Administrator’s online advice working group. Projects he has led include the Client Relationship Model, Phase 2 (“CRM2”) and Registration Reform, which developed National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations. Before joining the OSC, Chris was a senior counsel in-house at a large financial services group.

Sandra Kegie

Sandra Kegie

Executive Director
Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers

Sandra Kegie has been the Executive Director of the Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers since 2005, and is the founder and Past Chair of the Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals, leading that organization for fifteen years, stepping down as Executive Director in August of 2014.

She is also President of Kegie Consulting Corp. which, since 2005, focuses on helping mutual fund dealers, registered representatives and other stakeholders understand and comply with the requirements of regulation; works with senior management on relationship management, strategy and policy and risk management issues as well as mediation, dispute resolution and expert witness projects.

She actively participates in the policy consultation process and is often a speaker at industry conferences.  She brings with her many years’ experience in government and financial services, sales, marketing and communications.

Andrew Manning

Andrew Manning

Head of Wealth Management Intermediaries Marketing, Americas

Andrew Manning is Head of Wealth Management Intermediaries Marketing for Invesco. In this
role, he oversees North American retail marketing, which includes client journey management,
wealth management platform and firm-specific marketing, and digital advice platform
marketing, all in support of the firm’s wide-ranging products and services. Mr. Manning is also a
member of the Invesco Canada Executive Committee.

Mr. Manning joined Invesco in 2000 and was previously Head of Marketing, Canada; Vice
President of Retail Strategy and Planning; and Head of National Accounts. His experience in the
financial services industry includes a number of progressively senior roles at Invesco, both in
Toronto and Western Canada, along with employment at a major Canadian bank and a leading
discount brokerage firm.

Mr. Manning earned a BA (Hons.) from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Richard
Ivey School of Business at Western University. He also holds the Fellow of the
Canadian Securities Institute designation.

Julie Mansi

Julie Mansi

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Julie Mansi is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. A corporate lawyer in the Securities and Capital Markets Group, she has a dual practice which focuses on both investment management, registrant regulation and compliance matters and has a corporate commercial practice where she specializes in mergers and acquisitions for securities registrants and other regulated entities. Julie is also a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions,  Investment Management, Derivatives and Cryptocurrency and Blockchain groups.

Julie has considerable experience in advising derivatives and securities market participants on Canadian registration requirements and compliance and risk management matters. She has assisted dealers, futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisers, foreign exchange dealers, commodity producers, physical metal brokers, domestic and foreign asset managers in navigating the Canadian registration and compliance regime. Recently she has worked on the launch of digital platforms including crowdfunding portals and online advisers and investment offerings employing artificial intelligence, social trading networks, high frequency trading and cryptocurrency and other digital assets. 

Peter Misek 

Peter Misek

BDC IT Venture Fund

Peter Misek is a Co-Founder and Partner of Framework Venture Partners. Based in Toronto, he comes with over 15 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in multiple unicorns. At Framework, Peter’s investments include GoViral Inc., TouchBistro, Wattpad and Wave Financial.

Prior to Framework, Peter was a Partner at BDC IT Venture Fund. With an entrepreneurial background, Peter is a Chairman and Founder of SoundPays Inc. and an original programmer of the technology. Peter has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and Co‑Head of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.

Peter holds a CA, CPA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.


Mark McGillivray

Vice President, Digital Advice Solutions
Fidelity Institutional


Matthew Rappard 

Matthew Rappard

Three Lefts

Matthew is the chief technology officer of Three Lefts. A graduate of Ryerson University, he started his career in media production while working at major networks including CBC and Corus but always felt the pull into interactive development. He pivoted into the development and production of interactive content for YTV, W Network, CBC Television, and BlackBerry through Loopmedia. He used these skills in this emerging field as a Special Effects Director and to lead the Interactive Development department at Loopmedia. He then co-founded Three Lefts, where he is the lead developer and technical strategist of Three Lefts solutions.


Brenda Rideout

Brenda Rideout

President & CEO

Brenda Rideout is the president and CEO of Tangerine and is responsible for the strategic and day to day operations of the Bank.
Brenda joined Tangerine (formerly ING DIRECT Canada) in 1999 as Director of Software Development and has held progressively senior positions in Information Technology, Marketing, Operations, Client Experience, Sales, and Corporate Strategy.

She was instrumental in growing the Bank’s Canadian business and helped launch several direct banks internationally for ING Group. Following the acquisition by Scotiabank, Brenda led the Bank’s brand transition to Tangerine. In 2007, she was awarded the Most Innovative CIO award from Bank Systems and Technology magazine and in 2008, she was the recipient of the CIO of the Year award from the Canadian Alliance Technology Association.

Brenda completed a Computer Sciences program with honours as well as an Executive Management Program at Queens University, and holds a Masters Certificate in Innovation from the Schulich School of Business. She is the co-chair of the Women in Leadership Council at Tangerine and has been a member of a number of Advisory Councils including Oracle, HP, Dell, and the Association of Innovation Professionals. Brenda currently sits on the board for Tangerine Mutual Funds.

Zac Skeith 

Zac Skeith

Three Lefts

Zac is the bridge between the technical team and industry leaders where he leads the governance, policy and global growth of our technologies. He brings a diverse background to complement the technical team at Three Lefts through his experience in the intelligence community, financial compliance, sustainability, and global economic development while growing up across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He holds degrees from the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and Dalhousie University.

 Robert Smuk

Robert Smuk

Robert spent over 25 years in financial services with the last 16 years as President and CEO leading Unisen, Citigroup Fund Services Canada and Fundserv. He has always been passionate about the role of technology in redefining the way business is done and has always supported the emergence of new companies and growth in the technology space. He is an advisor and investor with a number of technology companies at various stages of growth, working with them on the direction and strategy for the business.

Robert has always led through a simple philosophy that can be explained in three words - passion, drive and caring. One must find a purpose that you care about, understand what success looks like, be driven to see it through with the passion to bring people together every step of the way.

Lori Weir

Lori Weir
Four Eyes Financial 

Lori Weir, CEO and Cofounder of Four Eyes Financial is on a mission to help investors, advisors, firms and regulators, truly understand one another.  The Four Eyes platform enables that mission, by turning data into meaningful insights for each of the four perspectives.

Prior to Four Eyes Financial, Lori spent 20 years as a revenue generation and process improvement consultant to some of Canada’s most profitable companies, including JD Irving and Scotia Wealth.  With an extensive background facilitating strategic alignment, and embedding initiative management tools to drive value and take out waste; Lori and her expert team are well positioned to support independent dealer/brokers develop and realize their digital roadmaps.

Four Eyes Financial has one enterprise client trialing its automated discovery and annual review platform fueled by aggregation, deep analytics and goals based financial planning.  And one national dealer/broker firm in the later stages of connecting this flagship product into their existing tech stack.  “We are excited about the early adoption and validation of what we’ve built to help investors, advisors, and firms collaborate. We exist to enable the best financial advisors to thrive through innovation.” Says Weir.


Amelia Young

Amelia Young

BMO Partners
Bank of Montreal

Amelia Young founded Upside Consulting Group Inc. in 2006 to help wealth management firms, and the vendors that serve them, benefit from the transformation of the industry. Clients like BMO, CIBC and D+H have engaged Amy to design new products, transform distribution models and improve customer experience. She brings a diverse toolkit of strategic planning, facilitation and project management skills to ensure plans are set up for success. 

Amy spent the first decade of her career on Bay Street working as an equity analyst and trader. She made the move into industry in 2001 to lead investor relations at a major Canadian software company and later held senior roles in the corporate strategy team at a global energy services firm. Amy holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, a BA in English from U of T and has been a CFA Charterholder since 1996. 

In addition to her consulting activities, Amy has taught business communications at the Master’s level at the Rotman School of Management and Smith School of Business (Queen’s). She gives back through extensive volunteer efforts in various industry associations and by offering pro bono facilitation services to charities related to financial empowerment. She is currently an Executive in Residence with the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey.