The financial world is accelerating. Some would say too fast for our own good, while others, believe it’s not moving fast enough. What tech will be the most transformative? What tech will be the first to disrupt? There will be opposing views across the board; Baby boomers vs millennials; convenience vs privacy; traditional structures vs future technologies; political borders vs global connectivity. The challenges are real and the opportunities endless.

This no-bulls#!t fintech industry collision brings respected and outspoken individuals from finance, tech and the customers they serve along with forward-thinking visionaries from the worlds of AI, data science, and business. You will leave knowing that those who don’t have the structures to adapt will become irrelevant.

There will be winners and losers. This can’t wait.

About the host:

Steve Patterson is best known as host of the hit show The Debaters on CBC Radio One. Patterson has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous national television specials in the past decade including four Just For Laughs galas. His performance in 2010 earned him a Gemini nomination and caused host Steve Martin afterwards to exclaim “If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.” Following that performance, Patterson was name Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Comedy awards and was nominated at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards as Host on HGTV’s I Wrecked My House.

Steve’s nationally toured and award nominated theatre show entitled This is Not Debatable is on itunes and his The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send is available in bookstores nationwide. Patterson’s latest project adds budding producer to his list of accomplishments with his show The Smartass-ociates, making smart people funnier and funny people smarter, now streaming on Visit for more details or follow Steve on twitter @patterballs.

Featured speakers:

Rizwan Khalfan, Executive Vice President & Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD Bank Group

Rizwan’s mandate includes partnering with business units across the organization to strategically invest in transformational digital capabilities, overseeing the evolution of the payments ecosystem, and collaborating with innovators, fintechs and startups.

Zahra Ebrahim, Senior Manager at Deloitte and the co-leader of Doblin’s Canadian practice

Her experience helping large organizations innovate has led her to obsess over process and experience design, and how organizations embody the creative behaviour they seek to infuse into the things they put out to the marketplace. She believes adaptive mindset is the key element to creating institutional innovation that lasts. She founded and led archiTEXT, one of the first design-based innovation studios in Canada—focused exclusively on innovation that drives greater social change.

Geoff King – National Director Industry Digitization, Financial Services Cisco Canada

Geoff draws on a broad base of international business transformation leadership experience that includes Mergers and Acquisitions, Human Capital strategy, and Technology-enabled Innovation in large private and private-public sector organizations in Canada, the US, and emerging markets.  Over his career, he has led these high stakes portfolios in Oil & Gas, Information Technology Services, Business Strategy Consulting, Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors.

Janet H. Kennedy, President, Microsoft Canada

Janet joined Microsoft in 2002 with a concentration on helping shape the organization’s Industry approach, specializing in Retail & Hospitality. She spent time in the West and Central regions of the US as the Vice President for Enterprise Customers. During her tenure, the business was able to grow more than $1 billion to over $3 billion and has been instrumental in leading the transformation to the cloud with some of the largest and earliest customers on Office 365.

Alan Wunsche, CEO and Founder, TokenFunder

Alan is CEO and Founder of (a Blockchain startup), and Chair and Founder of Blockchain Canada, a federal not-for-profit that focuses on education, community-building and government awareness of blockchain technologies.  Alan is a finance technologist passionate about the disruptive impact of blockchain on wealth distribution. He brings hands-on technology experience as a finance and risk transformation executive at a global bank (Scotiabank), management consulting (Deloitte, PwC), and startups.    

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PARKING: Paid Parking is available at the following locations: Green P Parking – 110 Queen St. W, Nathan Phillips Square Green P Parking – 33 Queen St. E Impark Parking – 333 Bay St.

Date: Wednesday, May 24th
Time: 5:30 pm-7 pm
Location: Arcadian Lofts, Toronto
Cost: Free!

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