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of secure financial messaging services

14 April 2015

08:00 – 09:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 a.m.

Welcome from SWIFT

This session will set the scene for the conference, providing an overview of SWIFT’s activities over the past year, a summary of progress as we enter the final year of the SWIFT2015 planning cycle together with a preview of the thought processes shaping SWIFT’s 2020 strategy.

  • Chris Church, Chief Executive - Americas, SWIFT
  • Lisa Lansdowne-Higgins, Vice President, Payments and Trade & Product Support, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Anne Suprenant, Country Head - Canada, SWIFT

09:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Plenary: Trends in Financial Crimes Compliance

With financial crime regulation showing no signs of abating, regulatory trends will continue to have a major impact on business and operational lines, not just compliance departments. This session will incorporate the latest key trends in Sanctions, data privacy, compliance regulations and how to plan and maneuver through this evolving financial eco-system.

Moderator: Amy Brinkley, Owner and Manager of AWB Consulting, LLC


  • Lisa Lansdowne-Higgins, Vice President, Payments and Trade &   Product Support, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Elizabeth McCaul, Partner-in-Charge, New York Office, Promontory
  • Blanche Petre, General Counsel, SWIFT

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Plenary: Payments - The next frontier

The current environment is putting additional pressure on organizations to increase processing efficiencies, reduce costs, while enhancing products and services all while complying with regulation.  This panel will cover key market trends including real time, drivers for implementing ISO20022 data standardization both domestically and internationally, convergence of payment instruments, data reconciliation and new market entrants. What are the implications for providers and participants? What are the major considerations? What will tomorrow’s market look like?

Moderator: Eileen Dignen, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Strategy, The Clearing House 


  • Janet Estep, President and CEO, NACHA
  • Gerry Gaetz, President & CEO, Canadian Payments Association
  • William Piggot, Vice President, International Money Movement, ADP

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Work Sessions I

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. 

Trivia game: The roaring twenties

Join us for an interactive and informative, trivia style game that will cover a myriad of topics and provide networking opportunities.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Plenary: Combating the Financing of Terrorism:  Strategies for Success

Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) has been a financial industry requirement for years.  While the major focus has been on AML and Sanctions, the industry is also asking how have the financial methods of terrorists changed,  and what do we need to do to monitor them?  Learn how to follow the money as the terrorists adopt techniques very different from money launderers.  Dennis Lormel directed the FBI’s comprehensive terrorist financing initiative after 9/11.  Be it, Al Qaida, ISIL, Boko Haram or home-grown organizations…what is it we need to do?    This session will be an eye opener to all.


  • David Lefferts, Managing Director, Head of Initiatives - Americas, SWIFT 
  • Dennis Lormel, President, DML Associates, LLC and Former  Head of the FBI Anti-Terrorist program

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Work Sessions II

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Plenary: Diversity leadership in a world of globalization

Globalization is radically changing the customer landscape and competitive workforce for the best talent.  Consumer segmentation and expectations are quickly changing and companies need to adapt quickly with a diverse culture and DNA.  James Sun was the first Asian to become a finalist on Donald Trump's hit reality show "The Apprentice” and then starred in his own international business show called “War on Business” with BBC.  Through his personal journey as a global diversity speaker and thought leader, we will learn how North American companies have a unique advantage in leading with diversity as an offensive weapon instead of a defensive policy.

Keynote Speaker: James Sun, Entrepreneur and Co-founder, Anomo (mobile social network)

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception