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BAFT 2019 Trade Finance Workshop Series

Be a part of this popular series of trade finance workshops, offered in four cities in North America. These workshops offer a chance to go deeper into letters of credit, compliance, artificial intelligence, and more! Each are smaller in size, offering attendees a more interactive experience with expert speakers.

All workshops are approved for 12 continuing development units (CDUs) for CDCS recertification.


Toronto, Canada
January 24-25, 2019
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Tampa, Florida
February 14-15, 2019
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New York, New York
June 26-27, 2019
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Los Angeles, California
July 18-19, 2019
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Who Should Attend

Bankers, importers, exporters, brokers, providers/suppliers and others involved in trade operations and LC document preparations who want a deeper dive discussion on trade operations related topics and other current trade industry issues. Those with CDCS certification should attend to receive continuing development units (CPDs) for recertification.

“As a corporate professional with 20 years experience in international trade, it brought a lot of tangible & intangible values. It was one of the most practical collaboration and brainstorming learning experience critical to a sound business decision making. I commend the program committee for choosing the right topics and wonderful speakers that resonate with my experiences. I enjoyed, learned, raised questions and gained network with the attendees and speakers.”

“It was a great learning experience to hear from the great speakers and banking community Beyond the practicality of the workshop lies the opportunity to go much deeper and learn more.”

“It provided a real learning value for managers, and documents checkers as you learn different topics from subject matter expert.”

Registration Rates for 2019 Trade Finance Workshops

Canada, Southeast, and West Coast Workshops

Registration Type *Early Bird Registration Fee Regular Registration Fee
Member $800 $900
Non-Member $1000 $1100
Government $600 $600
Corporate (Freight Forwarder, Treasury) $600 $600

New York, June 26 – 27, 2019

Registration Type Early Bird Registration Fee
(Ends May 24, 2019)
Regular Registration Fee
(after May 24, 2019)
Member $950 $1,050
Non-Member $1,150 $1,250
Government $750 $750
Corporate (Freight Forwarder, Treasury) $750 $750

*Early Bird Dates
Canada Workshop, December 14, 2018
Southeast Workshop, January 11, 2019
West Coast Workshop, TBD

Group Rate Special: BAFT members receive USD$100 discount off each member registration of 5 or more registrations received from the same institution at the same time. Please contact [email protected] to receive your special group rate form. Non-members and Government registrations do not qualify for group rate.

Who Should Attend

Bankers, importers, exporters, brokers, providers/suppliers and others involved in trade operations and LC document preparations who want a deeper dive discussion on trade operations related topics and other current trade industry issues. Those with CDCS certification should attend to receive continuing development units (CPDs) for recertification.

Program

Canada
Southeast
New York
West Coast
Canada

Canada Trade Finance Workshop

Day 1

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Welcome and Introduction

Peter Grills
Managing Director, Global Trade
BMO Capital Markets

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

9:30AM – 10:30AM

SWIFT 2019

Join us for a live stream presentation illustrating the way changes to SWIFT impact how you work work.

Speaker

Robert Marchal
Standard Business/Analyst
SWIFT

10:30AM – 10:45AM

Coffee Break

10:45AM – 12:00PM

Compliance

Everyone’s favorite topic! Provide an update on latest developments and hot topics in Trade Financial Crimes Compliance space. Vessel Tracking / Checking including screening for IMO numbers, Sectoral Sanctions, Strategic Controlled Goods, Price validation on a Risk based or all transaction, PRE vs POST Transaction Monitoring. Come and find out.

Speakers

G. Stephen Alsace
Senior Director, Head of Sanctions and ATF
CIBC

Carl Bastien
Director & Team Leader, Trade Finance Sales
CIBC

Paloma Healey
Director, Global Trade Finances, Global AML/AFT
Scotiabank

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00PM – 2:00PM

ICC Opinion Updates

A review of the most recently finalized ICC Opinions and the discussion at the ICC Banking Commission Meeting. How did the experts come to those decisions?

Speakers

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

2:00PM – 3:15PM

Standby & Commercial LC Single Issue Questions

This popular session will test your knowledge of current issues in the industry. Do UCP 600, ISP 98 or UCC Art 5, support your own conclusions?

Speakers

Rajan Sharma
Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
Scotiabank

Lina Beltrocco, CDCS
Group Manager, Global Trade Finance
TD Securities

3:15PM – 3:30PM

Coffee Break

3:30PM – 4:15PM

Using Artificial Intelligence in Trade Operations

How will current technology impact the future of the trade industry?

Speakers

Sunil Gupta
Director and Global Trade Product Head, Treasury and Payment Solutions
BMO Financial Group

Rory Kaplan
Director, Offering Manager, Trade and Supply Chain
CGI

4:15PM – 4:55PM

Collections Manual

This session will review the newly updated BAFT Collections Manual, and how the document can assist you. Join a lively discussion on collections.

Speaker

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

4:55PM - 5:00PM

Day One Wrap-Up

5:30PM-7:00PM

Gathering - Duke of Westminster

Come relax with us and enjoy a drink after a full day of programming. Please note that attendees are responsible for their own charges.

Day 2

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Welcome

Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products
BNP Paribas

9:15AM – 10:00AM

Compliance Case Studies

A session facilitated using real life cases to understand key typologies, tools & techniques to identify them and an interactive discussion with peers / participants on how best to tackle them.

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Auto Extension Challenges – What Should You Do?

A discussion of the pitfalls of Automatic Extension Clauses and what steps your institution should take to ensure that you are following the industry’s best practices. As well as an update on the Automatic Extension White Paper

Speaker

Vincent Barboza
Head, Trade Finance and Cash Services
Royal Bank of Canada

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Coffee Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM

Ask the Expert

This is your chance to ask those puzzling questions. This panel will help you with their insights into your situation, and may give you new ideas to try.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Jerry Glock, CDCS
Vice President and Trade Advisor
Citi

Rajan Sharma
Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
Scotiabank

12:15PM – 1:15PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15PM – 2:30PM

Mock Court

Enjoy this interactive forum where the facilitators and participants arbitrate topical issues in a court room setting. Year after year, this continues to be our most highly ranked session.

Judge

Lida Bucyk
Senior Counsel
CIBC

Parties

Lina Beltrocco, CDCS
Group Manager, Global Trade Finance
TD Securities

Rajan Sharma
Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
Scotiabank

Marilyn D. Williams
Senior Manager
CIBC

2:30PM – 3:15PM

Fraud TBML

Let’s talk Trade Based Money Laudering.

Kim Manchester
Managing Director
ManchesterCF

3:15PM – 3:30PM

Coffee Break

3:15PM – 4:00PM

EUCP

Update on ICC EUCP Digitization Workstream

4:00PM

Workshop Wrap-Up

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Southeast

Southeast Trade Finance Workshop

Day 1

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

8:50AM – 9:00AM

Welcome and Introduction

9:00AM – 9:30AM

BAFT at 100 Years

Has BAFT been a part or your career for a long time or are you just discovering this community? Have you been well mentored in your career, and/or are you mentoring others? Join this conversation on how BAFT brings the membership community together with forums, committees and working groups. With the aim of not only working through industry issues, but also to create and foster a community. Get more involved and encourage others you know to get more involved.

Speaker

Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT

9:30AM – 10:30AM

SWIFT 2019

10:30AM – 10:45AM

Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Compliance

Everyone’s favorite topic! Provide an update on latest developments and hot topics in Trade Financial Crimes Compliance space. Vessel Tracking / Checking including screening for IMO numbers, Sectoral Sanctions, Strategic Controlled Goods, Price validation on a Risk based or all transaction, PRE vs POST Transaction Monitoring. Come and find out.

Vanessa Derenoncourt
US Department of Treasury
Washington DC

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Standby & Commercial LC Single Issue Questions

Join us for this ever popular session. Test your knowledge of current issues / questions in the industry. Do UCP 600, ISP 98 or UCC Art 5, support your own conclusions?

2:00PM – 2:45PM

Antiboycott

This session will exam antiboycott language and what to do when you have a problem. Don’t miss this presentation by a dynamic speaker.

Speaker

Cathleen Ryan
Director Office of Anti-boycott Compliance
Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Coffee Break

3:00PM – 4:00PM

FinTech Solutions: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

The panel will examine current technologies and their potential benefits for the future of the global trade finance business and your bank. It will also address current case studies and “do’s and don’ts” from experts on such topics as BSA/AML, cybersecurity and credit risk. We will also focus on current regulatory efforts related to innovation and best practices in risk management, including vendor risk.

4:00PM – 4:45PM

ICC Opinion Updates

A review of recent finalized ICC Opinions in Tbilisi and the discussion at the ICC Banking Commission Meeting. Who are the experts and how do they reach those decisions?

Speakers

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

4:45PM - 5:00PM

Day One Wrap-Up

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President and Trade Advisor
Citi

Day 2

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

8:50AM – 9:00AM

Welcome

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President and Trade Advisor
Citi

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Compliance Case Studies

A session facilitated using real life cases to understand key typologies, tools & techniques to identify them and an interactive discussion with peers / participants on how best to tackle them.

Fabrizio Juez, CDCS
Vice President Trade Advisor / Compliance
Citi

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Auto Extensions – Everyday Issues

A discussion of the pitfalls of Automatic Extension Clauses and what steps your institution should take to ensure that you are following the industry’s best practices. As well as an update on the Automatic Extension White Paper

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Coffee Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM

Ask the Expert

This is your chance to ask those puzzling questions. This panel will help you with their insights into your situation, and may give you new ideas to try.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President and Trade Advisor
Citi

Nellie Smith
Senior Vice President – International Operations Manager
Hancock Whitney Bank

Charnell Williams, CDCS
Director, Global TTS & Product Management
Citi

12:15PM – 1:00PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00PM – 2:15PM

Mock Court

Continually rated the most popular session: hear actually court cases argued in front of a ‘mock’ judge. How would you rule the case? What did the actual judge decide?

2:15PM – 3:00PM

Homeland Security

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Collection Manual

The BAFT working group has recently updated the collections manual. A review of this valuable resource.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

3:30PM

Workshop Wrap-Up

Lelia Savory, CDCS
Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, Int’l Dept
First Tennessee Bank National Association

New York

New York Trade Finance Workshop

Day 1

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

8:50AM – 9:00AM

Welcome and Introduction

9:00AM – 9:45AM

BAFT and the industry after 98 years

Has BAFT been a part or your career for a long time or are you just discovering this community? The community of bankers that makes up BAFT have been joining for the past 98 years. You make up that community. This is a discussion of what being a banker in 20 years may look like and how BAFT member are working together to get there.

Speaker

Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Product
BAFT

9:45AM – 10:45AM

Compliance

Everyone’s favorite topic! Provide an update on latest developments and hot topics in Trade Financial Crimes Compliance space. Vessel Tracking / Checking including screening for IMO numbers, Sectoral Sanctions, Strategic Controlled Goods, Price validation on a Risk based or all transaction, PRE vs POST Transaction Monitoring. Come and find out.

10:45AM – 11:00AM

Coffee Break

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Standby & Commercial Single Issue Questions

Join us for this ever popular session. Test your knowledge on current questions regarding industry issues. What does UCP 600 or ISP98 say?

Speakers

Kristine Siebel
Chair, Standby Letter of Creidt/Guarantee Committee
Vice President, Trade Commodity Finance Operations
Société Générale

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Networking Luncheon

1:00PM – 2:00PM

ICC Opinion Updates

A review of the most recently finalized ICC Opinions and the discussion at the ICC Banking Commission Meeting. How did the experts come to those decisions?

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Antiboycott

Speaker

Cathleen Ryan
Director Office of Anti-boycott Compliance
Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce

3:00PM – 3:15PM

Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Artificial Intelligence

Have we had enough change yet (DL, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime)? Is AI making your job easier, harder or not yet having any affect? Hear the panels perspective on AI and its impact on banking.

4:00pm – 5:00pm

SWIFT 2019

5:00PM

Day One Wrap-Up

Day 2

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Registration

8:50AM – 9:00AM

Welcome

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Case Study

ICC opinion and it’s influence on banking internal policies vs Law.

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Auto Extensions – Everyday Issues

A discussion of the pitfalls of Automatic Extension Clauses and what steps your institution should take to ensure that you are following the industry’s best practices.

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Coffee Break

11:15AM – 12:15PM

Ask the Expert

This is your chance to ask those puzzling questions. This panel will help you with their insights into your situation, and may give you new ideas to try.

12:15PM – 1:15PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15PM – 2:30PM

Mock Court

Continually rated the most popular session: hear actually court cases argued in front of a ‘mock’ judge. How would you rule the case? What did the actual judge decide?

2:30PM – 3:15PM

Homeland Security

What are the bad guys up to? Hear directly from Homeland Security on the situations that exist today.

3:15PM – 3:30PM

Coffee Break

3:30PM – 4:15PM

Collection Manual

BAFT Committee has been working to update this document. How can it help you and why is it a valuable tool? Learn more.

4:15PM

Workshop Wrap-Up
West Coast

Program Coming Soon

Speakers

Canada
Southeast
New York
Canada
G. Stephen Alsace
Senior Director, Head of Sanctions and ATF
CIBC

Mr. Stephen Alsace is Senior Director, Head of Sanctions and ATF at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, and is responsible for global sanctions compliance for all the CIBC group of companies. He articled and began practicing with Borden Ladner Gervais in 1997, then moved to the CIBC Legal Department from 2001-2013, where his responsibilities included AML and sanctions. In 2013, he was appointed to his current role in the CIBC AML Group. He has delivered presentations and papers on a number of different topics for the Canadian Bar Association, Federated Press and Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He has helped to organize an ad hoc committee on sanctions under the auspices of the Canadian Banker’s Association.

Carl Bastien
Carl Bastien
Director and Team Lead, Global Trade and Banking
CIBC

Mr. Carl Bastien, Director and Team Lead, Global Trade and Banking, leads a team and is responsible for trade finance sales activities across Canada. He has been working in the trade finance field for nearly 20 years in Montreal first with various international institutions with CIBC since 2012.

Vincent Barboza
Vincent Barboza
Head, Trade Finance and Cash Services
RBC

Mr. Vincent Barboza is the Head of Trade Finance and Cash Services for client coverage for Banks, Brokers and Exchanges at RBC. In this role, Mr. Barboza leads BB&E strategic approach to Trade Finance products for global banks. He has over 25 years of experience with RBC’s Corporate and commercial clients and has led product and sales roles in Canada at RBC. His team provided business clients with tailored solutions in Treasury Management, International Trade Finance and Foreign Exchange. He was past chair of the ICC Canada chapter through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is also the country editor for Canada of TSU a Trade Finance Magazine.

Lina Beltrocco, CDCS
Group Manager, Global Trade Services
TD Securities

Ms. Lina Beltrocco is Group Manager, Global Trade Finance Operations for The Toronto-Dominion Bank, TD Securities. She is responsible to provide guidance on complex trade transactions and oversee exception protocols are in place to ensure that the bank is not exposed to unauthorized risks while delivering trade finance services globally, including compliance with AML regulations and International Chamber of Commerce rules and practices. Ms. Beltrocco has over 25 years' experience in Global Trade Finance Operations at TD Securities. During her career with the Bank, she has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of TD’s trade finance business. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist.

Lida Bucyk
Lida Bucyk
Senior Counsel
CIBC

Ms. Lida Bucyk is Senior Counsel at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto. She advises the corporate banking, trade finance, correspondent banking, global banks and cash management businesses within CIBC’s Capital Markets group. Prior to joining CIBC in 2012, she spent ten years in private practice at two prominent law firms in Toronto, most recently at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a transactional lawyer in corporate lending.

Stacey Facter
Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products
BAFT

Stacey Facter has been Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT for the last six years. Ms. Facter is responsible for managing all the Association’s activities related to trade products and serves as the primary subject matter expert for trade issues, overseeing and managing BAFT’s trade councils, committees and working groups and helps members develop guidance tools for the trade industry. Ms. Facter serves as a public spokesperson for the organization to stakeholders, regulators and policy makers on industry matters affecting the international trade finance community and is BAFT’s primary technical resource for trade related education and training.Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

Mr. Jeremiah Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

Sunil Gupta
Sunil Gupta
Director, Global Trade Product Head
Bank of Montreal

Mr. Sunil Gupta has over 20 years of banking experience spanning various areas of Trade Finance & Financial Institutions. Prior to joining BMO, he spent 15 years at a major Canadian Bank and 2 years overseas with a leading Indian bank. In his current role, Mr. Gupta has global responsibility for leading the development and management of a profitable trade & supply chain finance product/service suite that meets client needs and enhances relationships.

Paloma Healey
Paloma Healey
Director, Global Trade Finances, Global AML/AFT
Scotiabank

Ms. Paloma Healey is a Director with Global Banking and Markets, Anti Money Laundering Risk at Scotiabank. She has over 25 years’ experience in international finance, including compliance, international marketing and trade finance. Ms. Healey has been involved with both Canadian and foreign private and public institutions. Her public sector experience includes working with the Trade Commissioners’ Service in Caracas, Venezuela and Export Development Canada in Ottawa. For over eight years Ms. Healey was the Chief Representative and Vice President for Grupo Financiero Serfin in Canada, running the Canadian operation and promoting the NAFTA agreement to increase trade between Canada and Mexico.

Rory Kaplan
Rory Kaplan
Director, Senior Offering Manager
CGI Group Inc.

Mr. Rory Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in trade and supply chain finance as both a banker and technology solution provider, covering operations, product management, and sales. As Offering Manager for CGI’s Trade and Supply Chain Solutions, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for emerging technology strategy and solutions, marketing, media engagement, partner development, and training. In his role, Mr. Kaplan also engages closely with clients to facilitate collaborative strategic forums, working groups, and product enhancements. As a manager within CGI, Mr. Kaplan has been a critical contributor in the exploration of Intelligent Process Automation and Blockchain solutions, working to integrate these with the Trade360 global platform.

Kim Manchester
Kim Manchester
Managing Director
ManchesterCF Consulting

Mr. Kim Manchester brings his extensive background in international banking to the global financial services industry. While based in both Hong Kong and Singapore, Mr. Manchester held senior regional and global positions in corporate banking, institutional banking and capital markets for one of the world’s largest emerging markets financial institutions. Mr. Manchester returned to Canada in 2003 and founded ManchesterCF. Based in Toronto, the practice provides financial crime risk management training programs and advisory services to financial institutions and public-sector agencies. The most successful training programs from ManchesterCF include the Financial Crime Training series for international banking and the FINTEL series for financial intelligence units.

Robert Marchal
Robert Marchal
Standards Business Specialist
SWIFT

Mr. Robert Marchal is the Facilitator of the Trade Finance Maintenance Working Group, and he is responsible for the evolution of the SWIFT MT messages category 4 (Collections) and 7 (Documentary L/Cs, guarantees and standby L/Cs). Mr. Marchal is also the Facilitator of the Trade Finance MT 798 Working Group, where he is responsible for bank to corporate communication. He is a member of the Legal and Digitization groups in the BPO Project’s International Chamber of Commerce, the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP), the ISO 20022 Trade SEG (Standards Evaluation Group), and the ISO 20022 Payments SEG.

Rita Ricci, CDCS
Rita Ricci, CDCS
Executive Global Trade Advisor
BNP Paribas

Ms. Rita Ricci is the Executive Global Trade Advisor of BNP Paribas, Trade Filière Competence Centre with 35 years of experience in trade finance operations. She joined BNP Paribas in 2003. Prior to then she worked for CIBC, Montreal with responsibilities for operational delivery of trade products, acting also as Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She was Chairman of BAFT’s LC Committee and the Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee, and remains active on several BAFT committees. She was a member of the CDCS Item Writing Committee. Ms. Ricci is the current Chairman of ICC Canada National Committee, and is on several ICC Task Forces, Work Groups and Rules Drafting teams.

Rajan Sharma, ACAMS
Rajan Sharma, ACAMS
Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
Scotiabank

Mr. Rajan Sharma has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delhi, India. He has over 28 years of extensive operational, risk management, and compliance experience relating to trade finance in Asia, Middle East, and North America.

Marilyn D. Williams
Marilyn D. Williams
Senior Manager Trade Finance
CIBC

Ms. Marilyn Williams is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, QC. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graduates Studies in Instructional Administration and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. She has over 26 years of experience with Trade Finance Operations in a number of Leadership roles. During her tenure with the organization she has worked as a Business Consultant, accountable for business controls and compliance related activities. She has also supported Operational Risk Management for Business Banking. With her passion coupled with her dedication for Trade, she has held the position of Senior Manager Trade Finance Operations; providing leadership for the Division. She is currently working on Special Projects/training supporting Trade Finance. Marilyn is a member of the BAFT South East/West Workshop Planning Group and BAFT South East Letter of Credit Committee.

Southeast
Stacey Facter
Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products
BAFT

Stacey Facter has been Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT for the last six years. Ms. Facter is responsible for managing all the Association’s activities related to trade products and serves as the primary subject matter expert for trade issues, overseeing and managing BAFT’s trade councils, committees and working groups and helps members develop guidance tools for the trade industry. Ms. Facter serves as a public spokesperson for the organization to stakeholders, regulators and policy makers on industry matters affecting the international trade finance community and is BAFT’s primary technical resource for trade related education and training.Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

Cathleen Ryan
Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance
U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

Lelia Savory, CDCS
Lelia Savory, CDCS
Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, International Department
First Horizon Bank

Ms. Lelia Savory is Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager for the International Department at First Horizon Bank. She has performed various roles in trade services over the past 25 years and is now responsible for the team that processes trade finance and foreign exchange related transactions. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist, co-chair of the BAFT Regional Bank Council, and the outgoing Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

New York
Stacey Facter
Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products
BAFT

Stacey Facter has been Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT for the last six years. Ms. Facter is responsible for managing all the Association’s activities related to trade products and serves as the primary subject matter expert for trade issues, overseeing and managing BAFT’s trade councils, committees and working groups and helps members develop guidance tools for the trade industry. Ms. Facter serves as a public spokesperson for the organization to stakeholders, regulators and policy makers on industry matters affecting the international trade finance community and is BAFT’s primary technical resource for trade related education and training.Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.

Rita Ricci, CDCS
Rita Ricci, CDCS
Executive Global Trade Advisor
BNP Paribas

Ms. Rita Ricci is the Executive Global Trade Advisor of BNP Paribas, Trade Filière Competence Centre with 35 years of experience in trade finance operations. She joined BNP Paribas in 2003. Prior to then she worked for CIBC, Montreal with responsibilities for operational delivery of trade products, acting also as Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She was Chairman of BAFT’s LC Committee and the Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee, and remains active on several BAFT committees. She was a member of the CDCS Item Writing Committee. Ms. Ricci is the current Chairman of ICC Canada National Committee, and is on several ICC Task Forces, Work Groups and Rules Drafting teams.

Cathleen Ryan
Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance
U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

Kristine Siebel
Kristine Siebel
Chair, BAFT North American Standby/Guarantee Committee
VP & SBLC Officer, Trade Commodity Finance Operations, Societe Generale

Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Societe Generale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

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Why Sponsor?

As a BAFT Trade Finance Workshop sponsor, you will stand apart from other organizations, increase your visibility and exposure among transaction bankers, and position yourself as a leader in the field. Discounted sponsorship pricing is available if you sponsor two or more Workshops.