2018 Canada Trade Finance Workshop
January 25 – 26, 2018
BMO Bank of Montreal
100 King Street West
Toronto, Canada

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Shahed Aziz, CDCS
Senior Manager, Risk Management

Mr. Shahed Aziz, earned a Masters from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with major in Management. He is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) and CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) certified. Currently working at Scotiabank at Trade Finance Risk Control department as a Senior Manager. Mr. Aziz joined Scotiabank, Trade Service Unit at Toronto in 2001. Prior to then, he worked for Scotiabank, Dhaka, Societe Generale, Banque Indosuez and National Bank of Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has worked for different banks more than 30 years in different fields, especially in trade finance. Mr. Aziz is a member of the FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) a review panel for publishing their text book on International Trade Finance.

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
Senior Counsel

Ms. Lida Bucyk is Senior Counsel at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto. She advises the cash management, corporate banking and trade finance 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.

Mike Cook
Canada GBS Financial Services Sector Leader

Mr. Mike Cook is Vice President and Partner in IBM's Global Business Services where he holds two responsibilities: as the leader of the Financial Services Sector in Canada and as the market leader for IBM’s Structural Cost Transformation offering. His practice as a consultant throughout his career has been advising clients around sustainable transformation of their enterprises through process re-engineering, technology simplification and organizational alignment.

Sophie Dumoulin, CFA
Director, Contract Insurance and Bonding
Working Capital Solutions
Export Development Canada

Ms. Sophie Dumoulin joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2001. In her current role as Head of Contract Insurance and Bonding, Sophie oversees a team of underwriters and managers responsible for providing guarantees to Financial Institutions for Canadian exporters of all sizes, for the issuance of standby instruments. The program, with a total exposure of over CAD 8 billion, also covers guarantees for foreign exchange and commodity hedging as well as surety instruments. Prior to this role, Sophie spent years in the credit insurance product group, assuming various positions in leadership and underwriting for a multitude of sectors.

Stacey A. Facter
Senior Vice President – Trade Products

Ms. Stacey Facter is the Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. She has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in sales, product, secondary market distribution and risk management covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and securities collateral management.

Rui Fernandes
Fernandes Hearn LLP

Mr. Fernandes practices in all aspects of transportation law. He has been included in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide as one of the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He’s on the list in "Best Lawyers in Canada" in the area of maritime law and transportation law. Mr. Fernandes has appeared before the courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the author of numerous articles and seven texts on transportation and insurance law, including the three volume “Transportation Law” published by Aerospark Press

Frank Fortes, LL.M
Bilingual Client Services Manager

Mr. Frank Fortes is a Bilingual Client Services Manager with over 9 years of experience in Trade Finance and International Business Law. He is currently working with CIBC Trade Finance Montreal. Prior to joining CIBC he held several progress positions at HSBC Canada which included working in Global Trade Receivables Finance, Manager of the International Guarantee, Client Implementation and Client Services Units. Before relocating to Canada he worked for 3 years at HSBC France, as Legal Counsel for the Trade Finance Department. He is a graduate of the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas with a Master’s Degree in International Private and Economic Law and is currently pursuing his CITF designation.

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 27 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 is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee.

Rashid Hasan, CDCS
Senior Manager
RBC Investor and Treasury Services

Mr. Rashid Hasan, working as Senior Manager Transaction Risk & Compliance,Trade Ops and IBC with Royal Bank of Canada. Having more than 30 years of banking experience in the area of Trade Finance, Treasury, Audit and Compliance. Worked in Asia, Middle East and North America. Joined RBC in 2003 and responsible to review sanctioned and high risk countries trade transactions and provide guidance to Trade team on complex trade transaction and training on Trade-based money laundering. Rashid is a Certified Documentary Specialist (CDCS ) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist ( CAMS).

Clara Lau
Contract Insurance and Bonding
Working Capital Solutions
Export Development Canada

Ms. Clara Lau joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2008. In her current role as an Underwriter in the Contract Insurance and Bonding Group, she is part of a team that provides guarantees to Financial Institutions to support Canadian exporting companies with standby letters of credit needs. Clara is stationed at EDC’s Toronto Regional Office and has previously worked in various roles within the Crown corporation in Vancouver as well as Mississauga. Prior to EDC, Clara was a Financial Advisor in the personal banking division of TD Canada Trust after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Business Administration.

Alexander R. Malaket
President, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Deputy Head of the Executive Committee
ICC Banking Commission

Mr. Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, is the President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., in Canada, and Founder and Managing Director of Trade Finance Associates Pte in Singapore. Mr. Malaket is recognized internationally as a specialist and senior consultant in international trade and trade finance, having advised top-tier financial services, corporate, government and international institution clients across the globe, and having developed and delivered a variety of training seminars on an international basis. Mr. Malaket serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Technical Advisor to the ICC Banking Commission in Paris, as Secretary/Treasurer of the World Trade Centre in Winnipeg and is a long-time member of the Toronto Regional Board of Trade/World Trade Centre, as well as a member of the SWIFT/ICC Industry Education Group on the Bank Payment Obligation. Alexander is a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum for International Trade Training, Ottawa, Canada.

Keith McCormick
Director, Sanctions Compliance
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Keith McCormick is the Director, Sanctions Compliance at BMO Financial Group. He joined BMO in 1995 and has held several progressive positions within the bank before joining BMO’s Enterprise AML Office in 2009. Mr. McCormick assumed accountability for governance and oversight of BMO’s sanctions compliance program in 2010 and has spoken at a number of industry forums on sanctions compliance. In his tenure, he has strengthened the compliance program through developing, enhancing, and supporting the enterprise framework to identify, assess, and mitigate sanctions risk. Mr. McCormick holds a B.A. from Brock University, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Tracy McLean
Executive Vice President
McLean Hallmark

Mr. Tracy McLean is Executive Vice President, leading the Marine and Surety team at McLean Hallmark Insurance Group Ltd. one of Canada’s leading Insurance specialists with an experienced team concentrating primarily in this unique area of insurance, surety and risk management. Over the years, she has actively participated as a trusted partner with trade associations and their members. These relationships have allowed her to advocate, educate, support and develop ‘trade partnerships’ to provide resources, services and technology to drive revenue and manage risk. Her reputation for solutions, combined with a strong service commitment, demonstrates her philosophy to be a customer-oriented advisor, attracting clients who possess the same entrepreneurial attributes.

John-Paul McNally
Senior Manager, Sanctions Compliance and Watchlist Management
BMO Financial Group

Mr. John-Paul McNally is the Senior Manager, Sanctions Compliance and Watchlist Management for BMO Financial Group. He joined the bank of Montreal in 2008 as a member of International Payment Operations and assisted in the development of several real-time sanctions screening operations and processes. In 2012 he moved to the Enterprise Anti-Money Laundering office and has since assisted in strengthening the sanctions compliance program through developing and supporting processes to identify, assess, and mitigate sanctions risk. He has been a key contributor in the development, testing and optimization of sanctions screening and watchlist platforms for the BMO Enterprise and is responsible for the operation of some of BMO’s largest centralized screening and sanctions investigation processes. Mr. McNally is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Sridhar Narayanan
Executive Architect – Financial Services Sector

Mr. Sridhar Narayanan is an Executive Architect and global technology leader within IBM Financial Services Global CTO office. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading the architecture, design and delivery of large scale, mission critical enterprise solutions, transformation and systems integration solutions within Banking, Financial Markets and Insurance industries. He combines a deep expertise in technologies and business domains and has a proven track record of advising clients and delivering innovative solutions to their business needs. Mr. Narayanan’s areas of expertise include Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, Distributing Computing, SOA, BPM, and EAI. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Concordia University and Masters Degree in Mathematics from McGill University.

Rita Ricci, CDCS
Global Head - Trade Advisory
BNP Paribas

Ms. Rita Ricci is the Global Head of the Trade Expertise Desk of BNP Paribas with over 30 years of experience in trade finance operations. She joined BNP Paribas in 2003. Prior to then, she worked for CIBC based in Montreal with the responsibility for operational delivery of trade products, acting as a Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She is Chairman of BAFT’s National LC Committee. She was also Chairman of BAFT’s National Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee and the CDCS Item Writing Committee. She is also a Member of the ICC Banking Commission, the ICC Belgium National Committee and the IIBPL Council on International Standby Practices.

Rajan Sharma
Director, Trade Finance Risk Control

Mr. Rajan Sharma has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delhi, India. He has over 30 years of extensive operational, risk management, and compliance experience relating to trade finance in Asia, Middle East, and North America

Marilyn D. Williams
Senior Manager

Ms. Marilyn Williams is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduates Studies in Instructional Administration. She has over 25 years of experience with Trade Finance Operations in a number of leadership roles. Over her tenure with the organization she has worked as a Business Consultant where she was accountable for business controls, procedures, and other compliance activities. She has also supported Operational Risk Management for Business Banking. With her passion coupled with her dedication for Trade, she was most recently the Senior Manager responsible for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Trade Finance Operations and is currently working on Special Projects supporting Trade Finance.