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2016 Canadian Fintech Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Canadian FinTech!

The Digital Finance Institute, Canadian FinTech think tank, is proud to present the 2nd Annual FinTech Awards on November 21, 2016 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto to celebrate Canadian innovation and thought leadership in FinTech. The Awards honour and recognize FinTechs, innovators, leaders and professional advisors behind Canada's most successful and up-and-coming FinTech companies and financial institutions. 

8 Award Categories

There are 9 awards in 8 categories designed to celebrate the talent of entrepreneurs, financiers, advisors, startups, thought leaders, banks, law firms, investors and many others who help develop and support companies in the financial technology sector in Canada.

 

 

1. Investor of the year


One of the key elements necessary for a FinTech to succeed is financial support. This Award is presented to the investor (firm or individual) whose financial support created the most innovative technologies and/or developed the FinTech space the most in Canada. This Award is targeted at recognizing the investor who has shown the most initiative in supporting FinTech companies with the capital that they needed to grow their businesses, and shifts the focus on the people working behind the scenes on FinTech financing in an impactful way. The investor will not necessarily have invested the most capital, in dollar terms in the FinTech sector, but that will be a factor.

2. FinTech of the year - Startup & Incumbent


There are 2 Awards in this category. One Award is presented to a newly emerged, fast-growing, up-and-coming FinTech company in Canada that has shown the most entrepreneurial success in the past year in FinTech.

A second Award is presented to an incumbent FinTech company that has been providing products and/or services to enable financial institutions for a longer period of time and is actively engaged in innovation creation with financial service providers.

Success is measured on a number of factors, including innovative technology, solving a technology need, capturing a new sector or market with FinTech, disruption of a service or market segment, application of product or service and traction in, or ability to obtain traction in the international marketplace.

3. Financial institution innovator of the year


This Award is for the Canadian financial institution, bank or credit union or other financial institution that has had a positive impact in FinTech in Canada either by breaking down silos to support innovation internally, by creating innovating and novel FinTech for the financial institution, or by entering into partnerships that support or allow for the development of FinTech at the institutional level. This Award is not designed for financial institutions that deploy FinTech created and branded by other firms but rather is designed to recognize internal innovative initiatives at the institution that engage employees and support innovation designed in Canada by Canadians. It will also take into account a financial institution that has collaborated with the FinTech sector in an impactful way that helped to sustain the development of FinTech in Canada.

4. Professional service firm or professional of the year


This Award is for the professional services firm, company or person (such as a law firm, accounting firm or consultant) that has been the most active and impactful in the FinTech space. This Award ideally is for the professional services firm that has been in the FinTech or startup space for a number of years and is recognized as such by its peers and in the course of its services as a services firm, has been instrumental and impactful in helping to launch or grow FinTech companies either through legal advice, advisory services or services that were engaged for FinTech financings. This Award is designed to recognize those firms that have been involved in the space for some time and have made an impact as a result of longevity in FinTech space for startups. 

5. Governance, thought leader or organization of the year


This Award is for a person, team or organization working in a government organization, government funded organization, a NGO or not for profit that has been the most supportive and created the most awareness for FinTech in Canada. In essence, this Award recognizes anyone or any organization that champions or advances FinTech as a service to Canadians. Support could come in the way of financial support, or the development of technologies or ideas through research or by convening conferences that have had a material impact on Canada by importing internationally leading speakers in FinTech. This Award is targeted at a person or organization that is recognized as a leader in FinTech by their peers in the sector. 


6. Academic institution most supportive of FinTech


This Award is presented to an academic institution, university, or person at an academic institution, that encourages FinTech innovation and development and has been supportive in an inclusive manner of the various players in the FinTech space. The Award is focussed on activities that involve student engagement, courses, ecosystem support, thought leadership or the development of a startup ecosystem for innovation at the university level that could encompass mentoring, training, coaching and other support systems.


7. Accelerator, incubator or entrepreneurial network or firm most supportive of FinTech


This Award is presented to the accelerator, incubator, or entrepreneurial network or company that has demonstrated success in helping FinTech startups to launch their businesses, or develop technology and work with others in the sector to develop innovative products or services that have an impact. This Award is targeted at recognizing the importance of incubators, accelerators,  entrepreneurial networks and similar supportive-type firms in fostering ecosystem support or other forms of support in Canada that advance the state of technology and innovation in Canada, or for all Canadians or that engage with all stakeholders in an inclusive manner across the sector.  It is intended to also capture technology firms as part of the entrepreneurial network or companies that have an active play in FinTech technology development, or supportive FinTech technology, that leads to the advancement of FinTech for Canada which may not necessarily be part of an accelerator or incubator. 

8. Global impact in FinTech

This Award is designed to recognize a non-Canadian or a Canadian, who has made an impact in FinTech internationally. In order to be eligible, the nominee must have worked in the FinTech space for at least three years with an international impact and have independent recognition of his or her work. This Award is not designed for a person who promotes FinTech internationally but rather is designed to recognize a person who has made an impact in the space by virtue of their thought leadership, or work that involves more than Canada and who is considered to be a game-changer by experts in FinTech.

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Judges

2016 Awards chair & organizing committee

Christine Duhaime, Executive Director & Founder, Digital Finance Institute, Partner, Duhaime Law.

Christine Duhaime, Executive Director & Founder, Digital Finance Institute, Partner, Duhaime Law.

Sue Britton, 2016 Awards Chair, Advisor Digital Finance Institute, CEO & Founder, FinTech Growth Syndicate.

Sue Britton, 2016 Awards Chair, Advisor Digital Finance Institute, CEO & Founder, FinTech Growth Syndicate.

Gayemarie Brown, CEO & Founder, Wintam Place Consulting Group

Gayemarie Brown, CEO & Founder, Wintam Place Consulting Group

Azim Lila, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Business Development PC Financial.

Azim Lila, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Business Development
PC Financial.

Elizabeth Walford, Walford Partners Inc.

Elizabeth Walford, Walford Partners Inc.

Simon Chan, Assistant VP, Strategic Initiatives Retail Markets, Manulife.

Simon Chan,
Assistant VP, Strategic Initiatives Retail Markets, Manulife.

 

Master of ceremonies

Philippe Garneau, President, Executive Creative Director. GWP Brand Engineering

Philippe Garneau, President, Executive Creative Director.
GWP Brand Engineering

Philippe and his team are experts at engineering authentic brand stories and communications that inspire and motivate employees, attract and retain customers, get results in the marketplace (B2B & Consumer) and grow value. 
And some times these brands win awards too. Which is what this award show is all about.
Philippe co-engineered the first ING DIRECT on the planet and creative directed the brand for over 13 years in Canada and in the U.S. He positioned, named and launched Intact Insurance. GWP Brand Engineering, the firm he co-founded in 1997 works with Borrowell.com, FundServ and Horizn. In 2016 GWP assisted FundThrough and D+H in clarifying their respective brand positionings.  
If you believe tomorrow will be better than today because you know a smarter way for people to manage their money, protect it, save it, share it, grow it, use it for good or to buy vintage Pez dispensers, then you should be thinking about entering the 2016 Canadian FinTech awards. 
Because the world needs to know about your idea.
 

Expert Advisory Panel

Janet Ecker, President & CEO, TFSA.

Janet Ecker, President & CEO,
TFSA.

Janice Diner, Founding Partner & CEO, Horizn.

Janice Diner, Founding Partner & CEO, Horizn.

Ross Laver, SVP, Business Council of Canada.

Ross Laver, SVP, Business Council of Canada.

Ula Ubani, Chief Ethics Officer, BMO Financial Group.

Ula Ubani, Chief Ethics Officer,
BMO Financial Group.

Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures.

Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures.

Colin Lindsell-Ocio, Founder & Consultant, OCIO Ltd.

Colin Lindsell-Ocio, Founder & Consultant, OCIO Ltd.

Peter Misek, Partner, BDC IT Venture Fund.

Peter Misek, Partner, BDC IT Venture Fund.

Mike Woollatt, CEO, Canadian Venture Capital Association.

Mike Woollatt, CEO, Canadian Venture Capital Association.

Judges panel

Geoffrey Cher, Partner, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

Geoffrey Cher, Partner, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

Jacob Jegher, SVP, Banking & Head of Strategy, Javelin.

Jacob Jegher, SVP, Banking & Head of Strategy, Javelin.

Carrie Russell, Independent Consultant & Advisor.

Carrie Russell, Independent Consultant & Advisor.

Cynthia Stark, VP Global Digital Strategy, Sun Life Financial.

Cynthia Stark, VP Global Digital Strategy, Sun Life Financial.

Alex Norman, Managing Director, TechToronto.

Alex Norman, Managing Director, TechToronto.

Alexander Peh, Head of Market Development & Mobile, Pay Pal

Alexander Peh, Head of Market Development & Mobile, Pay Pal

Craig Haney, Director Innovation, Communitech.

Craig Haney, Director Innovation, Communitech.

Rob Antoniades, Co-founder, Information Venture Partners.

Rob Antoniades, Co-founder, Information Venture Partners.

Iain Montgomery, Engagement Manager, Market Gravity.

Iain Montgomery, Engagement Manager, Market Gravity.

Dr. Alex LaPlante, Research Manager at Global Risk Institute

Dr. Alex LaPlante, Research Manager at Global Risk Institute

Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point.

Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point.

Darrell MacMullin, CEO, Goldmoney.                

Darrell MacMullin, CEO, Goldmoney.                

Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO. 

Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO. 

Kris Hansen, Senior Principal Financial Services, SAP.

Kris Hansen, Senior Principal Financial Services, SAP.

Marianne Bulger, Director of Community, TechToronto.

Marianne Bulger, Director of Community, TechToronto.

Taylor Russell, Director, Canada, Opportunity Network.  

Taylor Russell, Director, Canada, Opportunity Network.  

Jonathan Rezek, National Innovation Team, IBM.

Jonathan Rezek, National Innovation Team, IBM.

Chami Akmeemana, FinTech Advisor, OSC.                            

Chami Akmeemana, FinTech Advisor, OSC.                            

Xavier Debane, VP Innovation, Manulife.

Xavier Debane, VP Innovation, Manulife.

Vinay Venugopal VP IT Strategy R&D at Tangerine

Vinay Venugopal VP IT Strategy R&D at Tangerine

Sue Hutchison, Group Head, Global Payments, D+H.

Sue Hutchison, Group Head, Global Payments, D+H.

Adam Nanjee, Head of FinTech & Innovation at MaRS.

Adam Nanjee, Head of FinTech & Innovation at MaRS.

Peggy Van de Plassche, VP Innovation, CIBC.              

Peggy Van de Plassche, VP Innovation, CIBC.              

Michael O'Loughlin, Payments Navigator, CGI.

Michael O'Loughlin, Payments Navigator, CGI.

Kevin Clark, President & Co-Founder, Lendified.       

Kevin Clark, President & Co-Founder, Lendified.       

Cathy Logue, Managing Director, Stanton Chase.

Cathy Logue, Managing Director, Stanton Chase.

Matthieu Cardinal, VP, Finance Montréal.

Matthieu Cardinal, VP, Finance Montréal.

Dubie Cunningham, VP Innovation, Scotiabank.

Dubie Cunningham, VP Innovation, Scotiabank.

Dan Latimore, Senior Vice President, Banking at Celent.

Dan Latimore, Senior Vice President, Banking at Celent.

Nav Kaur, Business Development Manager, OCE.

Nav Kaur, Business Development Manager, OCE.

Richard Rémillard, President, Remillard Consulting Group. 

Richard Rémillard, President, Remillard Consulting Group. 

Matthew Hobbs, VP Business Development, TFSA.

Matthew Hobbs, VP Business Development, TFSA.

Tamara Zimmerman, AVP Innovation, BDC.                           

Tamara Zimmerman, AVP Innovation, BDC.                           

John Hillis, Director Marketing,  Zag Bank.

John Hillis, Director Marketing,  Zag Bank.

David Unsworth, Co-founder, Information Venture Partners.

David Unsworth, Co-founder, Information Venture Partners.

Sarah Howe, Director, Innovation, York University.

Sarah Howe, Director, Innovation, York University.

Lina Ismail, Director Business Development, FundSERV.

Lina Ismail, Director Business Development, FundSERV.

Hussam Ayyad, Director of Startup Services, The DMZ.

Hussam AyyadDirector of Startup Services, The DMZ.

The Digital Finance Institute thanks the following organizations for their commitment to supporting and bringing awareness to Canadian innovation in financial services. It is with their support that we are able to deliver this program, and celebrate FinTech accomplishments in Canada.

 

Fintech Partner Sponsors

 

FinTech EcoSystem Supporters

Media Sponsor

 
 

 

Community Supporters


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2016 Award Winners

The winners can be found on the DFI website here

 

For a complete list of all winners, nominees, sponsors, judges and pictures of the awards night, check out the presentation below.