Gerry Gaetz is President and CEO of Payments Canada. Since joining the organization in 2013, he has been leading the transformation of the organization’s enabling legislation, governance, internal capacity and business.
Prior to Payments Canada, Mr. Gaetz held a number of executive roles at the Bank of Canada, including Chief of Currency, where he was responsible for the launch of Canada’s new polymer banknote series and Chief of Banking Operations, where he led the redevelopment of the core banking system.
Mr. Gaetz is a member of the International Council of Payment Association Chief Executives, is on the advisory boards of two private companies, is a director on the Fortress Paper Board, and is also a former member of the Banknote Ethics Initiative Accreditation Council. He also co-led the core leadership development program at the Gestalt International Study Center in Boston for three years. Mr. Gaetz holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ms. Mercier is a professional director, and was Chair of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board from 2007 to 2014.
Her career encompasses over 40 years of general management experience in the financial services, communications, integrated oil, and paper and forest products sectors. From 1995 to 2003, Ms. Mercier headed her own management consulting firm. Prior to that time, she was Senior Vice-President and CFO of Abitibi-Price Inc.
Ms. Mercier currently serves on the boards of Teekay Shipping Corporation, Intact Financial Corporation, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University Health Network. She holds an MBA from York University, and a Master's degree from the University of Alberta.
In 2010, Ms. Mercier received an honorary LLD from York University and in 2011 was named as one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence. In 2012, she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2013 was awarded an honorary LLD from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
She resides in Toronto, Ontario
Visiting professor in Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Mr. Knight is a visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, and he serves on the board of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services in Toronto.
An economist, banker and policymaker, he served as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank for International Settlements—'the Bank for central banks' in Basel, Switzerland, as Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, and in senior positions at the International Monetary Fund.
A member of the Board of Patrons of the European Association of Banking and Financial History. Mr. Knight also serves as a member of the Markets Monitoring Group of the Institute of International Finance (IIF); a Trustee of the Per Jacobsson Foundation; and as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Risk Management Institute at the National University Singapore.
Mr. Knight earned M.Sc. (Economics) and Ph.D. degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto.
In 2006 he received an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Honourary Senate, Lindau Nobel Prize Winners Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.
He resides in Summit, New Jersey.
With more than 25 years of national banking and financial services experience, Ms. Desrochers brings advanced project management and leadership experience in transformational change, as well as process and product improvement initiatives. She is currently the Senior Vice-President of Commercial and International Solutions for National Bank of Canada, where she has designed and implemented a small business commercial and international banking marketing organization and has also developed strategies and transformational road maps in areas of financing products, deposits, payments and technology.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal, Federation des Chambres de Commerce du Quebec and the Institute Entrepreneuriat HEC-BNC.
Ms. Desrocher received her MBA from HEC Montreal and her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University. She resides in Montreal, Quebec.
Mr. Barnard is an experienced senior executive with a record of building and leading high-performance executive teams and effectively communicating with partners, stakeholders, government and the public. Currently serving on the Governance and Compliance Review Committee of Greystone Capital Markets’ Board of Directors, Mr. Barnard has served on a number of different, high-profile boards in the past, including as Lead Director for the Bank of Canada, Board Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada, and many others.
At present, Mr. Barnard is the President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. He previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina and as Associate to Vice-Principals at Queen’s University. He is also currently on the Order of Canada Advisory Council, the Order of Manitoba Advisory Council and the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure (Honorary co-Chair).
Mr. Barnard holds a PhD, MSc and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Independent Innovation Specialist, Educator and Director
Ms. Gibson is an independent innovation specialist, educator and director. She has taught innovation in MBA programs at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Queens School of Business, and is a sought-after board member with deep experience at the forefront of communications, software, and the application of these technologies.
Two of Ms. Gibson's key strengths are grasping strategic business imperatives and leading high-performance software teams to develop smart technical solutions. As CEO of Bell Globemedia Interactive, Canada's largest Internet media company during the Internet boom, she was responsible for their enviable portfolio of web assets that included GlobeInvestor, Workopolis, Globeandmail.com, GlobeFund, Sympatico, TSN.ca, Discovery.ca, CTV.ca.
Ms. Gibson has served on boards in various capacities including ING Direct Bank of Canada, Computershare, and Cogeco, as well as on many advisory boards such as BCE Capital, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Queen's University's MBA Advisory Council.
She holds a M.Sc. Mathematics from Carleton University and an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Gibson has been recognized as a Women of Influence, and has received the New Media Pioneer Award, and the CWC Trailblazer of the Year award. She is a co-author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled Mapping Your Innovation Strategy.
She resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Principal, BEworks Inc./Kakayshun Corp.
Mr. Steiner is currently Principal of BEworks Inc./Kakayshun Corp., a consulting practice that specializes in aiding effective financial decision-making, and financial / media infrastructure design.
Previously he served as chairman and CEO of Perimeter Financial Corp., a private equity fund he co-founded that developed securities exchanges, portfolio and risk management technology and investment management oversight services.
He was the founder of VERSUS Technologies Inc., a financial technology firm that offered the E*TRADE online investment service in Canada, that was eventually acquired by Scotiabank. Prior to that, he served in various senior executive positions including Vice-President & Director, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
He received an MBA from the IMD Lausanne Switzerland, a Diplome, Admin. Indust., (MS Industrial Systems) from the Université de Genève Suisse and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
He has previously served as a Member of the Chairman's Advisory Board at the Ontario Securities Commission, the Technical Advisory Board at Thomson Reuters, the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and has chaired both the Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Park Church and the CONTACT Photography Festival from 2006-10.
He writes for the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine on business related to financial services.
He resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Vice-President, Payment Innovation and Integration, Retail & Business Banking Division, CIBC
Brenda Clark is Vice-President, Payment Innovation and Integration within CIBC's Retail & Business Banking Division where she leads payment innovations/integrated strategy on behalf of retail banking and an employee Innovation program.
She brings over 20 years of experience in payments, which has included the development of industry guidelines and proprietary implementations of Mobile Payment Solutions, industry and bank-wide conversion to EMV and other major business and technology transformations.
In addition to Payments Canada’s board, she also serves on the board of the Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC).
She earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and has completed the Board Governance Education Program of the Canadian Board Diversity Council. In 2013, Ms. Clark was honoured with the Women in Payments Award for Innovation.
She resides in Caledon, ON.
Senior Vice President, Payments, TD Bank
As the senior Vice President of Payments at TD Bank, Chuck Hounsell is leading the development and implementation of payment strategies to build out payment capabilities for the bank's businesses across North America.
Starting at the bank as a loans officer over 30 years ago, Mr. Hounsell has carved out a fascinating career at TD helping to introduce transformative technology ranging from Telephone, PC and Internet banking.
He held the position of Senior Vice President, Real Estate Secured Lending following the credit crisis and shepherded Canada's largest mortgage business (the Mortgage and Home Equity Line of Credit) through a period of increased engagement with oversight agencies, governments, analysts and investors.
He has a long history of giving back as a board member on numerous not-for-profit boards, including United Way of Peel (campaign chair for two years), Community Door, London Health Sciences Foundation, YMCA and the Economic Development Board.
An advocate of continuous learning, Mr. Hounsell is a graduate of University of Toronto's Rotman School of Business Director's Education Program (ICD.D) and the Advanced Management and Leading Organization Change and Renewal programs at the Harvard School of Business.
He resides in Mississauga, Ontario.
With nearly 20 years of experience in financial services including strategy and transformational programs, Mr. Dickinson has a deep understanding of the technology underlying Canada’s existing and emerging banking infrastructure.
Mr. Dickenson is the Vice-President of Digital Banking for Equitable Bank, a Schedule I Canadian bank, and since 2013 has led efforts to design, build and launch Equitable Bank’s digital operation, EQ Bank. There, he created the brand, product strategy and marketing plan for the digital-only arm of the bank as well as purchased and designed the core banking system and top-tier hosting on which the bank is built. Throughout his banking career, Mr. Dickinson has focused on the role of technology and self-service systems for customers.
He holds an MBA and Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Ms. Doniz has served on more than a dozen public corporate, private, and non-profit boards in governance, finance and compensation committees with particular attention to financial, digital, technology, retail and consumer goods. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for BayShore Health, Canada’s largest provider of home and community health services, North America’s largest publically traded operator of retail liquor stores, and Cymax, one of the fastest growing online furniture retailers.
Ms. Doniz previously held the position of Global Product, Digital Strategy and Chief Information Officer at Amima, the world’s largest loyalty and data analytics company as well as Chief Information Officer for Global Beauty and Grooming Business at Procter and Gamble. In 2012, she was named as one of Canada’s most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network.
She received her Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering; Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and completed post-graduate work at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands and Harvard Business School. She resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Managing Director, Stewart MacKinnon Consulting Limited (SMC)
Mr. MacKinnon is currently Managing Director of Stewart MacKinnon Consulting Limited (SMC) where he acts as a strategic advisor to company boards and undertakes assignments in policy and strategy formulation, coaching and business mentoring. He is also a visiting Professor in Accounting and Finance at the University of Strathclyde's Business School.
He has served as Secretary General (CEO) of the European Payments Council (EPC), Director and Chief Executive of IPSO Ltd (the umbrella body for payment services for financial institutions in Ireland), and Head of Planning and Business Performance for BACS Ltd (now called Vocalink Ltd), the UK's Automated Clearing House for low value electronic transactions.
He is a former Chair of Payments Canada’s Governance and Risk Committee, Chair of the Payment Systems International Conference (PSIC) and is a founding member of the International Council of Payment Associations' Chief Executives (Australia, Canada, South Africa, UK, Ireland, USA, Europe).
A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, his academic credentials also include a Master of Business Studies (1st Class Hons) in Strategic Planning from University College Dublin, a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and a Diploma in Advanced Management from the University of Glasgow.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and acts as a senior consultant to that body, a senior tutor at the Chartered Institute of Bankers and is accredited by the British Psychological Society in Psychometric testing and interpretation in senior level recruitment and development.
He resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In his role as Chief Investment Officer for Alberta Central, Sean C. Lesy oversees the company's asset liability management function. As a member of the executive team, he plays a key role in strategic planning; board, member and staff communication; change management; and the cultural transformation of the organization.
He developed Alberta Central's first liquidity stress testing program, along with their first liquidity management plan, which includes system liquidity monitoring, board and management reporting and contingency planning.
At Synergy Credit Union, where he served over ten years as the Executive Manager of Finance, Sean was responsible for developing a rigorous asset/liability management process, introducing a credit quality initiative, leading the implementation of Synergy's first service fee plans, and developing the strategy for the wealth management division restructuring.
A graduate of the Queen's Executive Leadership Program, he has also earned an MBA with distinction from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan.
He is a CFA Charterholder, has earned an Associate Designation from the Credit Union Institute of Canada, and is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.
He resides in Calgary, Alberta.