Stakeholder Advisory Council

The Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC) was established in 1996, and was formalized in the Canadian Payments Act in 2001. The SAC provides advice to our Board of Directors on payment, clearing, and settlement matters, and contributes input on proposed initiatives, including by-laws, policy statements, and rules that affect third parties. It also identifies issues that might concern payment system users and service providers, and suggests how they could be addressed.

The SAC meets at least three times a year. In addition, SAC representatives have the opportunity to serve on other Payments Canada committees.


The SAC has a maximum of 20 members representing the views of our broad stakeholder base, including consumers, businesses, retailers, and governments, as well as related service providers.

Eligibility requirements for membership and the yearly nominations process are set out in our General By-law and Administration By-law respectively.

Members (as of October 2019)

  • ADP Canada, Bill Piggot
  • Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd., John McKenzie
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Vacant
  • Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, Brent Mizzen
  • Consumers Council of Canada, Don Mercer
  • Finance Canada, Julie Trépanier
  • FinTech Growth Syndicate, Sue Britton
  • Fiserv, David Chance
  • Google Payments, Erika Peterson
  • Hydro Quebec, Michel Lechasseur
  • Intact Financial Corporation, Ilinca Vetra
  • Ministry of Finance, Province of British Columbia, Jean Hope
  • Option Consommateurs, Alexandre Plourde
  • Paybright, Wayne Pommen
  • Payments Canada Board of Directors, Ramesh Siromani
  • PayPal Canada, Katja Lehr
  • Receiver General for Canada PSPC, Celine Chartier
  • Symcor, Donna Kinoshita
  • Transferwise, Andrew Boyajian
  • Western Union Canada, Felipe Buckup