Our Advisory Board brings together prominent female trailblazers in the Canadian payments and fintech industry. This talented group of women provides guidance and input to the Women in Payments Canada Symposium program and ensures the experience includes best-in-class keynote speakers, panelists and break-out session leaders.
Carmen Cutajar is a Client Partner in the IBM Payments Center, IBM Consulting. She has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry in both complex program management and technical specialist capacities. Carmen has led some of IBM Canada’s largest application development, maintenance and complex system integration programs across Banking, Insurance, Public Sector and Travel and Transportation.
Senior Director, Payments and FX, P&CB
Sarit is a Senior Director of Digital Payments and FX at RBC. Her work focuses on advancing RBC’s market position of several key digital retail payment solutions through leading innovation, client engagement, risk management and strong partnerships. With over 12 years of experience in financial services and consulting, Sarit has diverse experiences in Canada and internationally in areas of strategy development, product management, divestitures, corporate governance, analytics and corporate communications.
Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures
Debbie brings 35 years of experience to Interac as their Chief Innovation and New Ventures Officer. Her firsthand experience as an entrepreneur and with such innovations as mobile commerce, digital ID and cryptocurrency solutions make her one of the country’s most seasoned authorities on the digital economy.
Her many accomplishments include being named one of The 25 Most Influential Women in Payments and FemTech Leader of the Year.
President, - Chase Merchant Services Canada
JP Morgan & Chase Co
Over her tenure with Chase, Marilu has built strong relationships with key strategic partners and developing client value.
Vice-President, Retail Day to Day Banking and Payments
Sarah is Vice-President, Business Payment Products responsible for Scotiabank’s Global Payment and Commercial Card portfolios. She joined Scotiabank in 1998 as part of the Bank’s Trainee Program and has held progressively senior roles focused on customer process design, change management and digital banking.
As a passionate advocate for the customer, Sarah and her team are focused on simplifying processes to increase operational efficiencies and value for our clients.
VP, Enterprise Payments Strategy
Christine is VP Payments at TD, leading Enterprise Payments Strategy with a focus on accelerated digital/technology advances and increasing customer expectations. She co-creates line of business strategies, roadmaps payments platform investments, governs enterprise payments oversight and leads industry collaboration as Chair of Payments Canada's Member Advisory Committee. Career highlights include managing a national sales team in auto lending, managing multiple P&Ls, running large programs and navigating complex negotiations.
EVP, Digital and Associations
Mia is EVP, Digital and Associations at Elavon. With more than 20 years of financial services experience and a background in technology solutions, she has a reputation for driving results and successfully executing strategy. She leads a high-performance team charged with propelling the vision and implementation of Elavon’s digital strategy.
Mia is passionate about client success, and the role that integrated partners play in the payments ecosystem.
Managing Director & Head of Corporate Global Transaction Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Canada
Maureen manages the Large Corporate Global Transaction Services (GTS) sales team in Canada and has overarching responsibility for driving the enterprise strategy for the GTS organization in Canada. With more than 20 years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Maureen has held a variety of senior positions with global transaction services in multiple regions, including Asia, EMEA, Latin America and Canada.
SVP Product Sales, Treasury & Trade Solutions
Kellie is the Senior Vice President, Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi Canada and is responsible for enabling best in class cash management solutions for businesses. Kellie has more than 20 years experience in payments and cash management at domestic and international banks, in financial technology and Payments Canada helping to shape the modernization
Vice President Card Product Development and Benefits Strategy
VP & Head, North American Treasury & Payment Solutions Product
BMO Financial Group
With over 10 years in end-to-end payment experience at BMO, Megan is Head, North American Treasury & Payment Solutions Integration and currently responsible for the development of new Payment products for the commercial marketplace in North America, Trade Finance products for the global marketplace, and US Commercial Deposit and Liquidity solutions.
She proudly serves as an Executive Sponsor of 'BMO Without Barriers,' BMO's commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.
Vice President of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions
Aviva has 20 years of experience in the payments and financial services industries. Currently, Aviva is the Vice President of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada.
She oversees the commercialization and scale of Mastercard assets to support the needs of Canadians and Canadian businesses while they transition to digital payments. She is also responsible for the product strategy associated with Mastercard’s Cybersecurity suite of products.
Head of Payment Experts, Americas, UK and Ireland, Go To Market
Natalie O’Donnell is Head of Payment Experts for Americas, UK and Ireland in Business Development at Swift. Her team of payment experts execute the Swift Strategy through data driven prioritization, standardized programs, and global expertise. She is responsible for the Go To Market functions in her region such as supporting regional business product programmes including gpi, ISO20022, transaction management, SWIFT GO and Instant payments. Natalie is on the committee for Women in Payments.
Vice President and General Manager of Merchant Services
A skilled executive with a passion for partnerships and collaboration, Kerri-Ann Santaguida is the VP and GM of Merchant Services at American Express Canada.
Kerri-Ann sits on the Canadian Executive Team and is responsible for growing coverage and market share through acquisition channels and existing merchant partnerships. A passionate supporter of small businesses, she led the 2020 Shop Small campaign, and is a powerful advocate for women in the workplace.
Director of Merchant Strategy and Platform Go To Market
Worldpay from FIS
In her role, Alex is responsible for setting growth strategy for Worldpay for Platforms, which empowers software companies that serve SMBs by seamlessly embedding payments and finance features into their platform. She is also responsible for setting commercial strategy with card network scheme partners. Alex has a breadth of experience across financial services including payments, wealth management, banking, and securitization. She is most passionate about setting growth strategy, enabling organization-wide transformations, and enhancing customer experience.