in a digital world

Consumer expectations for speed and convenience in digital banking are ever increasing. How do you satisfy these demands when fraud and cybercrime are at an all-time high and trust is at a record low?

In this age of connected customers, how do you address the triple challenge of delivering captivating digital experiences, complying with increasing stringent regulations and staying ahead of the organized fraudsters? Fraudsters don’t operate in silos, why should you?

Gain new perspectives on these essential questions at the 2018 COR.SPARK Innovation Summit.

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Join financial industry professionals and global thought leaders as they share key insights and updates on the fight against fraud.  

The 3rd annual COR.SPARK Innovation Summit is an exclusive, invite-only event to procure insights from thought leaders and collaborate with their peers in the financial services industry. You’ve told us you want to know more about fraud prevention and detection, real-time payments, digital identity, and cybercrime – this summit delivers that content and more.  

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Topics that matter to you:

1. Get a futurist view of banking from Brett King, past advisor to the Obama administration on FinTech Policy and Banking. Learn how technology is disrupting business, changing customer behavior and influencing everyday transactions from the international bestselling author and world’s #1 financial services influencer voted by the Financial Brand.  

2. Gain expertise from a “Masterclass on spotting lies, getting to the truth, inside threats and the new face of trust” speaker Pamela Meyer, a certified fraud examiner, TED Talk speaker, and bestselling author.

3. Gather lessons learned from the migration to real-time payments in the UK from Neira Jones, Partner for the International Global Cyber Alliance and Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association, and a consistent influencer in Finance, and Information Security.

4. Discover the most effective data sharing practices to combat the global rampant of fraud & cyber breaches from Adam Kardash, Head of Privacy & Data Management Practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

5. Explore the possibilities of quantum computing in fighting fraud with Dr. Krister Shalm, Experimental Quantum Physicist and Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies.

6. Go beyond the rhetoric of Artificial Intelligence as we break down its application combined with accurate Machine Learning models to detect anomalies across transactions in a never seen before walkthrough of COR.IQ – The Platform.  

The COR.SPARK Innovation Summit will address the most significant threats and challenges facing the financial industry today and tomorrow, by demonstrating the technologies, strategies, and knowledge that you undeniably require to overcome them.

Entry is exclusive and complimentary for you, including a convenient Toronto venue with breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and networking.

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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Registration & Breakfast
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM Event Kick-Off: Saba Shariff, Head of New Product Development and Innovation at Symcor and Cameron Field, Manager of Special Initiatives and Training for the Enterprise AML Office at BMO Financial Group.
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote: Brett King, Futurist and International Bestselling Author, Past Advisor to President Obama.
Topic: Reinventing Banking, Technology as a Disruptor.
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Spotlight: Neira Jones, Author, InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame alumni, Thomson Reuters UK Top 30 Social Influencers in Risk.
Topic: Real-Time Payments – Lessons from Across the Pond.
11:15 AM - 11:25 AM Coffee and Smoothie Break
11:25 AM - 12:00 AM COR.IQ Showcase: Max Nokhrin, Product Leader & Nick Buwalda, Data Science Lead.
Topic: Art of the Possible with COR.IQ.
12:00 PM - 12:35 PM Spotlight: Adam Kardash, Head of Privacy & Data Management Practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
Topic: Data Sharing Arrangements to Combat Fraud and Respond to Cyber Breaches.
12:35 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch
01:30 PM - 02:05 PM Spotlight: Dr. Krister Shalm, Experimental Quantum Physicist and Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies.
Topic: What is quantum, and should you care?
02:05 PM - 03:05 PM Spotlight: Pamela Meyer, Certified Fraud Examiner, Bestselling Author, and TED Talk speaker.
Topic: A Masterclass on Spotting Lies, Getting to the Truth, Inside Threats and the new face of Trust.
03:05 PM - 03:15 PM Coffee Break
03:15 PM - 03:50 PM Limelight: Clayton John Knight, Partner in Financial Advisory at Deloitte.
Topic: Symcor & Deloitte joint Canadian Fraud Study.
03:50 PM - 04:00 PM Closing Remarks
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM Cocktail & Networking Hour
  • Keynote


    Keynote Speaker: Brett King

    Brett King, former adviser to U.S President Barack Obama on Financial Technology and the Future of Banking, is a world-renowned futurist and speaker at popular conferences such as TED, and an international bestselling author in Amazon’s Top 10 category. Voted the world's #1 Financial Services Influencer by The Financial Brand, he is also a BBC, CBC, and Bloomberg commentator as well as the host of “Breaking Banks”, the world's first and #1 ranked radio show on FinTech broadcasted in 140 countries with 3.6 million listeners. He is the CEO and Founder of Moven, a successful mobile start-up, which has raised over US$24 million to date, with the world's first mobile, downloadable bank account, available in the United States, Canada, UK, Indonesia, and New Zealand. He is currently working on his new book - Bank 4.0 for a late 2018 release

    Reinventing Banking – BANK 4.0

    Banks have undergone a significant shift. The most efficient credit risk models aren’t owned by banks anymore. The best investment advice is coming from algorithms and robo-advisors that can adapt your portfolio in real-time as markets shift. Assets, identities, and transactions are being transmitted on blockchains, tangles, and hashes that make old payment networks look obsolete and unsafe. Banking has been blown apart. The banking system of tomorrow is being built from first principles today – in the same way Elon Musk built SpaceX and Steve Jobs designed the iPhone. Just ask yourself, if we were building the banking system today from scratch with all the technology and knowledge we have, would you end up with Bank branches that require a signature on a piece of paper before issuing you a passbook or a chequebook? No way. Bank 4.0 is about the banking system that we’re building today for tomorrow.  

  • Showcase


    Showcase: COR.IQ

    Max Nokhrin, Product Leader COR.IQ

    Max cut his teeth in the early days of web development being one of the first members of GeoCities. Over time, he realized that a role solely in a technology field wasn’t as exciting as leveraging technology to solve business problems creatively.

    Before joining Symcor, Max held roles at Crédit Agricole, a major French bank that was quickly growing through foreign acquisitions, consulting in the technology space at PwC, and deep in the telecommunications space at Telna, an innovative mobile communications and infrastructure start-up. Honing his passion for technology, Max leads product strategy within the COR.IQ team at Symcor, looking to reduce the impact experienced from financial fraud and improve customer experience every day for Canadians and people abroad.


    Nick Buwalda, Data Science Lead COR.IQ

    As data science lead at Symcor, Nick is a technology executive with a demonstrated track record of envisioning, building and launching new innovative products. A data-centric thinker who enjoys both using data to make better decisions and creating products that make it easy and intuitive for others to understand their data.

    Nick works with product teams to create and launch new transformative digital products, using the latest in data science, machine learning, and behavioral analysis. Computer vision combined with big data produces products that move beyond the hype to deliver real business value.

    Art of the Possible

    COR.IQ reduces fraud by leveraging networked insights sourced from an alliance of organizations. This networked data ecosystem provides a holistic view of a customer’s financial behavior across organizations and reduces the chances of fraud.

    We’re the neutral 3rd party facilitating a collaboration amongst Canadian financial institutions while ensuring the needs of privacy and security are met. We’re helping banks collaborate with each other, we’re collaborating with them, and we’re helping other fintechs engage with the banks backed by our security and controls. By doing this, we can limit fraudsters’ impact across organizations, effectively creating a Canadian Shield against fraud.

    Max & Nick will walk the audience through a platform beyond the traditional analytics generally limited by narrow data sets. Discover the “Art of the Possible” by using highest quality cross-FI data, powered by accurate AI models & ML application, further amplified by human intelligence that can detect anomalies with remarkable precision.

  • M.C


    M.C & Moderator: Cameron Field

    Field is the Manager of Special Initiatives and Training for the Enterprise AML Office for BMO Financial Group. Prior to this role, he spent over 30 years with the Toronto Police Service working in a variety of roles including managing the Financial Crimes Unit - Corporate Crimes Team. He chairs the Financial Crime Research Working Group of the Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing and is the past Deputy Director. He is a former Vice President of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and sits on various boards and committees.

    Field has published articles on crime centered private - public sector partnerships, illicit organ trafficking, and on fraud prevention in digital spaces. He is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist to both private and public sector audiences in such areas as cyber fraud and security, multi-sector partnerships, consortium data usage and the enhancement of predictive analytics and data.

  • Spotlight


    Speaker: Adam Kardash

    Adam is an acknowledged Canadian legal industry leader in privacy and data management; he leads the firm’s national Privacy and Data Management practice. Adam has been lead counsel on many of the most significant privacy matters in Canada. He advises Fortune 500 clients in their business critical data-protection issues, compliance initiatives and data governance. He regularly represents clients on regulatory investigations and security breaches.

    Adam is Special Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada and counsel to the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada. He has worked on a wide variety of transactions involving information technology, including technology acquisitions, licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as general corporate commercial issues with respect to carrying on business over the Internet and in the electronic environment.

    A regular speaker on privacy issues, Adam is also a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association privacy section, and for three years taught an MBA course at York University’s Schulich School of Business on legal issues relating to electronic commerce.

    Data Sharing Arrangements to Combat Fraud and Respond to Cyber Breaches.


    Speaker: Dr. Krister Shalm

    Dr. Krister Shalm, Experimental Quantum Physicist and Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies. His research focuses on studying the fundamental properties of light to develop new quantum technologies.

    In 2015, his team was able to show that one of Einstein’s interpretations of quantum mechanics was incorrect. His work has been featured in places such as Discover Magazine, Wired, CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks”, NPR, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, and the BBC. He is a frequently invited to give both academic and popular science talks around the world.

    What is quantum, and should you care?

    Quantum mechanics is the theory that describes how the smallest things in the universe, like atoms, behave. Researchers worldwide are working to harness the power of quantum mechanics, to develop a new breed of technologies that may have a significant impact on our current security infrastructure. In this talk he will give an introduction to quantum mechanics and explain how it pertains to security.


    Speaker: Pamela Meyer

    Pamela Meyer's mission is to help people get to the truth. Extensively trained in the use of visual cues and psychology to detect deception, Meyer teaches audiences how to go from lie-spotting to truth-seeking and then trust-building. Pamela holds an MBA from Harvard, an MA in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate School, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has spent over 20 years in media including having worked as a senior executive at National Geographic, Vestron, and Electronic Arts.

    Recently, Meyer was named to Business Insider's list of "People to Follow on Twitter" which was compiled as a guide for the most influential users on Twitter. She has also been featured in publications such as The Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Forbes. Her riveting TED Talk, How to Spot a Liar, has been viewed over 9 million times and is listed in the 20 most popular talks of all time. She is also the bestselling author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.

    A Masterclass on Spotting Lies, Getting to the Truth, Inside Threats and the new face of trust  

    Pamela will walk the audience through the whole spectrum of deception and how it is expressed in person, e-mail, on the phone, and even through body language.


    Speaker: Neira Jones

    More than 20 years in financial services and technology made Neira believe in change through innovation & partnerships. She is regularly invited to advise organizations of all sizes on payments, fintech, regtech, cybercrime, information security, regulations (e.g. PSD2, GDPR, AML) and digital innovation. She always strives to demystify the hype surrounding current issues and also enjoys her work as an expert witness and trainer on various topics. She likes engaging on social media and regularly addresses global audiences as a keynote speaker or chairperson.

    She is a Non-Executive Director for Nasdaq-listed cybersecurity firm Cognosec and also chairs the Advisory Board for mobile innovator Ensygnia. She is a partner for the international Global Cyber Alliance and Ambassador for the Emerging Payments Association. She appears on the Thomsons Reuters UK’s top 30 social influencers in risk, compliance and regtech #TRRiskUK30 2017, the Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers, the Jax Finance Top 20 Social Influencers in Fintech 2017, the Richtopia Top 100 Blockchain Insiders List and the Innotribe Femtech Leaders List.

    Real-Time Payments - Lessons from across the Pond

    In May 2008, the United Kingdom launched the Faster Payments Service. This revolutionized payments and money transfers for UK banking customers, shortening the timespan from the three day processing period to instant results. Neira will discuss how it works, hiccups experienced along the way, as well as a short tour of real-time payment schemes around the world, and the future of real-time payments in the UK.

  • Limelight


    Limelight: Clayton John Knight

    Clay is a Partner in the Forensic and Financial Crime practice. In his 16 years with Deloitte, he has helped clients leverage their substantial data assets to support key strategic and operational decision making, through the application of data driven tools and techniques.

    Clay’s primary areas of focus is the application of Advanced Analytics to the detection and mitigation of fraud, waste, abuse, and financial crime across industry. He currently co-leads Deloitte Canada’s Financial Crime Analytics practice leveraging best-in-class technologies and methods to support our clients’ key fraud mitigation initiatives. Clay also has executed advanced analytic mandates in support of key business transformation initiatives in the insurance space.

    Symcor & Deloitte joint Canadian Fraud Study

    Synopsis from the Symcor & Deloitte joint Canadian Fraud Study demonstrating key trends, threats, and opportunities.

The Adelaide Hotel/ St. Regis Hotel
The Grand Ballroom
325 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5H 4G3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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