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 June 2018)

  • Felipe Buckup, Western Union Canada
  • David Chance, Fiserv
  • Celine Chartier, Receiver General for Canada PSPC
  • Laurence Cooke, nanoPay Corporation
  • Brenda Gibson, Wawanesa Insurance
  • Jean Hope, Ministry of Finance, Province of British Columbia
  • Michel Lechasseur, Hydro Quebec
  • Katja Lehr, PayPal Canada
  • Karl Littler, Retail Council of Canada
  • John McKenzie, Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. 
  • Iain McLean, Mastercard Canada
  • Don Mercer, Consumers Council of Canada
  • Brent Mizzen, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
  • Monique Moreau, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Bill Piggot, ADP Canada 
  • Mario Pizzalongo, CAE
  • Alexandre Plourde, Option Consommateurs
  • Lisa Shields, FI.SPAN Services Inc.
  • Ramesh Siromani, Payments Canada Board of Directors 
  • Vacant, Sage
  • Hugues Vaillancourt, Finance Canada