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#RegTechOpen4Business: RegTech Global Perspectives - Canada, US and Australia

  • 12 Aug 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Microsoft Teams - Link will be provided


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Local event time:

  • North America East Coast: Tue, 11 Aug: 18:00 to 19:00 EDT 
  • Sydney: Wed, 12 Aug from 8:00 to 9:00 AEST 



Agenda - please note the times below are AEST 


Acknowledgement of Country and introduction
Deborah Young, CEO, The RegTech Association


Introductory remarks
Steve Rank, Trade and Investment Commissioner, New York


Panel session moderated by Brian Clark

  • RegTech POV from Australia, Canada and USA 
  • COVID-19 impact on the RegTech landscape
  • Where the opportunities are right now
  • Emerging themes




Event concludes


Brian Clark, Co-Founder and CEO, Ascent 

Brian has a wide breadth of regulatory compliance experience including derivatives exchanges, market investigations, clearinghouse compliance, and registered brokerage businesses. He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a former Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is an Eagle Scout. In 2015 he co-founded Ascent. Ascent’s uses artificial intelligence to help customers digitalize and automate their regulatory risk and compliance programs.

Steve Rank, Trade and Investment Commissioner, New York, Austrade

Steve Rank is currently Austrade’s Trade and Investment Commissioner based in New York in the United States of America.

Since joining Austrade in 2009, Steve has held a number of roles as a Trade and Investment Commissioner in Germany, Russia and Central Europe and as Trade Commissioner and Consul General in Istanbul, Turkey. Additionally, in Australia he has been Austrade’s State Director for Western Australia and managed trade advisory teams. Prior to joining Austrade, Steve held senior management roles in the economic development agencies for the New South Wales and Tasmanian state governments and has extensive experience in the corporate and commercial banking sector.

He has post graduate qualifications from the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, and is a graduate of the University of Sydney.

Deborah Young, CEO, The RegTech Association

Deborah Young is the founding CEO of The RegTech Association. Deborah has more than 20 years experience in financial services advocacy and engagement across technology, venture capital, private equity, financial markets, insurance and superannuation. She is passionate about building a community that accelerates deployment of technology that drives productivity and superior consumer outcomes. Deborah is a member of the Federal Government’s FinTech Advisory Committee and in 2019 was awarded an AFR 100 Women of Influence Award for Innovation.

Donna Bales, Co-founder and Member of the Board, The Canadian RegTech Association

Donna is a highly-experienced product development and business professional with a proven track record of managing complex capital market industry initiatives often with multiple stakeholders, regulatory challenges and time to market constraints.

Donna has been at the forefront of market structure change and innovation in financial services and has led transformation initiatives in electronic trading, market data and regulatory reporting while at TD Securities and IHS Markit.

Since returning to Canada, Donna has worked with both regulated and unregulated entities on a variety of strategic, regulatory. business impact and transformation initiatives. She has acted as an advisor to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Securities Transition Office and has worked with tier one financial institutions to strengthen strategy and manage technology change.

Donna has an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and has an Executive Certificate in Directorship from Singapore Management University.

Jo Ann Barefoot, Co-founder and CEO, Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO & Founder of AIR - the Alliance for Innovative Regulation and host of the global podcast show Barefoot Innovation. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government.

She has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She’s an angel investor, serves on the board of Oportun, serves on the fintech advisory committee for FINRA, is a member of the Milken Institute U.S. FinTech Advisory Committee, and is a member of the California Blockchain Working Group Advisory Board.

Jo Ann chairs the board of directors of FinRegLab, previously chaired the board of the Financial Health Network, and previously served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board. She was a Cofounder of Hummingbird Regtech.