Virtual Event Accelerating Digital Transformation while Balancing Risks and Rewards

November 24, 2020 8:30am-1pm (EST)

In many ways the events of the last six months have hastened the trend towards digital innovation. Yet, the acceleration has exposed some vulnerabilities that need to be addressed in order to unlock true business value and bring benefits to all Canadians. In this half-day event, we have brought in senior leaders to weigh in on how they are adjusting as they accelerate their digitization.  Specifically, we will:

  • Get a “view from the top” from a panel of Chief Data Officers on how their data transformation journey has evolved since the early mandates for the Office of the CDO.
  • Discuss how to better utilize and share data between Financial Institutions and Fintech/RegTech firms to drive innovation in Canada while effectively balancing the risks and rewards.
  • Have an in-depth look at techniques and approaches to monitor, control and govern technology risks.

Speakers confirmed from: Canada Life, CIO Strategy Council, Concentra Bank, EDM Council, EY, Interac, Manulife, OSFI, Scotiabank, Thinkdata Works

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Opening Remarks and Keynote: John Bottega, EDM Council President


The Evolution of Data Management & Analytics – Chief Data Officer’s (CDO) Perspectives

8:45am-9:45am Virtual Session with Q&A

The role of the Chief Data Officer is one that emerged in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 global credit crisis. The Basel Committee of Banking Supervisors (BCBS) ‘Principles for Effective Risk Data Aggregation & Risk Reporting’ (RDARR) which applied to Global Systemically Important Banks “G-SIBs” from January 1st 2016 (& Canadian Domestically Systemically Important Bank’s “D-SIB’s” from January 1st 2017) is considered by many as the ‘blueprint’ that defined the early mandates for the Office of the CDO. From what was initially a defensive position, the role of a CDO is evolving rapidly into a complex, multi-faceted one that will often encompass responsibilities for designing and implementing a responsible analytics program.

The EDM Council’s 2020 Global Benchmark Survey found that 52% of CDOs include “Analytics” as part of their role and 42% are responsible for “Data Ethics” – neither of these functional responsibilities appeared in previous surveys (2017 or 2015).

The CRTA has assembled a stellar panel of highly accomplished CDO’s who will share highlights and ‘lessons learned’ from their own transformational journey’s. Topics for discussion include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of additional Standards for Regulatory Data Management?
  • How to introduce an Ethical approach to your Data Management program?
  • What are the emerging Data Risks that keep you awake at night?
  • What criteria can be used to determine Data Risks Materiality?

How Should Canada Safely Move its Innovation Agenda Forward?

10am -10:45am Virtual Session with Q&A

While Canadian consumers are looking for more control of their personal data and better access to products and services, Canada’s largest banks have been the trusted custodian of customer data and are somewhat uncomfortable with removing the barriers to innovation. A more open banking framework also alters how personal information is managed and protected and poses regulatory oversight challenges to effectively balance the risks and rewards.

Greater accessibility to data provides opportunities for Fintech and Regtech firms and for innovation more broadly but how should Canada safely move its innovation agenda forward?

This session will discuss:

  • some of the emergent risks that are at the forefront for financial institutions when assessing the innovative offerings from Fintech companies
  • The use of standards and best practices (security and privacy by design principals) to control access to third-party technology providers.
  • How the relationship between Financial Institutions and Fintech/Regtech firms may change and how to safely monitor and oversee risks?
  • What is at stake if we do not move the needle forward and the practical next steps?

Keeping Technology Governance in Pace with Change

11am-12noon – Virtual session with Q&A

Due to the pace technical advancement and digitization, global regulators are placing greater emphasis on technology risks.  While most institutions have a well-developed operational risk management (ORM) framework, the oversight of technology risk varies between institutions. The increased dependency on technology and the potential for financial loss has led some global regulators to question whether more comprehensive information and communications technology (ICT) or technology risk guidance is needed to withstand, recover and maintain continuity to strengthen resiliency to technology and related risks.

This session will discuss:

  • The effectiveness of current practices and frameworks used to manage technology risks.
  • What new capabilities and approaches are being used for the governance of technology risk; what talent and tools are needed for an effective 3 lines of defense?
  • Can technology risks be managed holistically when risk types are so diverse? Is it possible to use common principals and tools and the same governance oversight structure for the management of all technology risks?
  • How should technology risks be integrated into the broader ERM framework?
  • What types of quantitative and qualitative measures are senior management and the Board looking for? And to what extent are they being used?


12:05pm-12:35pm Breakout rooms


The Canadian Regulatory Technology Association/Association canadienne de la technologie réglementaire

The Canadian Regulatory Technology Association is a not-for-profit organization focused on solving regulatory challenges through collaborative efforts between key RegTech stakeholders: regulated entities, technology vendors, regulatory bodies, government and professional service providers. The goal is to facilitate dialogue, raise standards, and promote growth and innovation within the Canadian RegTech eco-system. The organization will endeavour to solve regulatory challenges through collaborative discussion and engagement in proof-of-concept initiatives.

For more information and for details on our membership please see the CRTA website:

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