GRI Summit 2023 – Speakers

Sonia Baxendale
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sonia Baxendale

President and CEO, Global Risk Institute

Sonia Baxendale is a highly respected executive who has more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the financial services industry. Ms. Baxendale serves on the Board of Directors for a number of Canadian and international corporate and not-for-profit organizations. As the President and CEO of GRI, Ms. Baxendale leads the premier risk management organization for the financial services industry globally.

In this role, Ms. Baxendale brings together leaders from industry, academia and government to focus on emerging risk management issues. The global pandemic has brought to the forefront a confluence of domestic and global concerns – geopolitical tensions, climate change, systemic racism, social and economic disparities. Under Ms. Baxendale’s leadership, GRI has stepped up to develop strategic research and education. She has brought together experts from across the country and the globe to focus on long-term, sustainable solutions for Canada’s economic recovery.

In addition to her role with GRI, Ms. Baxendale is a Director on the Board of Laurentian Bank, Foresters Financial, RSA Group PLC, and The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited. She is Chair of the Board of SickKids Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children.

Prior to joining GRI, Ms. Baxendale was President of CIBC Retail Markets where she led Retail and Wealth Management businesses. Ms. Baxendale played a key role in developing strategy and direction for CIBC and held various leadership roles including Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC Wealth Management, Executive Vice-President, Asset Management, Card Products and Collections, and Executive Vice-President of Global Private Banking and Investment Management Services. Prior to CIBC, Ms. Baxendale held various positions with American Express Canada and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Ms. Baxendale is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she was named University of Toronto, Victoria College Alumni of Distinction in 2017. She was named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” for three years in a row and then joined the ranks of the Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2000, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

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Mark Hughes

Chair, Global Risk Institute

Mark Hughes is the chair of the Global Risk Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG as well as the chair of the Risk Committee. Previously, he was the Group Chief Risk Officer of Royal Bank of Canada and retired in 2018 after 37 years with RBC.

He serves on the boards of a number of industry associations and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Hughes is also a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Co associated with the risk practice and he is a frequent lecturer at Universities of Leeds and Manchester in England.

Vanda Vicars, Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Secretary at Global Risk Institute

Vanda Vicars

COO, Global Risk Institute

Vanda Vicars is Chief Operating Officer at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services since 2019 where she leads strategy development and execution for member services, events and education, marketing, communications, and corporate services.

A respected C-Suite executive with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector, Ms. Vicars has held senior roles at leading organizations including CEO, Canada Infrastructure Services, Capgemini; President Capgemini Canada; Senior Vice President of ICT Solutions, Bell Canada; and IBM where she held various mandates in the Global Services organization leading operational teams servicing Canada’s largest institutions in the areas of Technical Support and IT and Network Outsourcing.

Ms. Vicars oversees the cyber risk file at GRI working with researchers and delivering Board level education on the topic of cyber security oversight. Over the course of her career, she has led teams delivering project and cyber services to the financial sector and various government entities.

Ms. Vicars is currently on the Quantum-Safe Canada Governing Board and is the Corporate Secretary for the Global Risk Institute. She has served as a corporate director on the boards of Bell Capital Markets Solutions, Createch, and Capgemini Canada.

An advocate for women in the ICT sector, Ms. Vicars has served as an executive coach, mentor, and public speaker on the topic. She was instrumental in launching networking and development programs for women at Bell Canada and IBM. She also served on the board of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) for 9 years.

Ms. Vicars holds a BBA, Management Science from Bishop’s University. In 2009, she participated in the Fellows program of the International Women’s Foundation (IWF) at Harvard’s Business School (US) and the Changes in Global Leadership Program at Cambridge’s Judge Business School (UK). She completed the Director’s Education Program at University of Toronto (2018) and holds the ICD.D designation.

Keynote: A New Era of Risk

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Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Senior Faculty Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-winning filmmaker, too, having received an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His 2018 book, The Square and the Tower, was a New York Times bestseller and was also adapted for television by PBS as Niall Ferguson’s Networld. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York-based advisory firm, a co-founder of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company, and a trustee of the New York Historical Society, the London-based Centre for Policy Studies, and the newly founded University of Austin. His latest book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, was published last year by Penguin and was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize.

Adapting in Uncertain Times: CRO Insights on Managing Risks


Piyush Agrawal

CRO, BMO Financial Group

Piyush Agrawal was appointed Chief Risk Officer of BMO Financial Group, effective November 1, 2022. He was brought on as Deputy Chief Risk Officer and has served as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee since July 2022. Piyush came to BMO from Citigroup where he was Chief Risk Officer for Citibank, N.A., and the Global Head of Climate Risk. In this role, Piyush also oversaw all Country & Public Sector Risk, and Equity & Pension Risk.

In his two decades with Citigroup, Piyush served in several senior leader roles worldwide, including as Head of Strategy, Country Risk Officer for India, and as Chief Operating Officer of Citibank, N.A.

Prior to serving as COO of Citibank, N.A., Piyush was based in Hong Kong as the Chief Risk Officer for Asia-Pacific, where he was responsible for managing the Firm’s risks across all lines of business. He also served on the Boards of Citi Korea and Citi China.

Piyush holds an MBA from Wake Forest University, and a Chartered Accountant qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also a gold medalist from Osmania University – Nizam College, where he received his Bachelor’s in Commerce. Piyush is a member of the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Business and is an active volunteer in his community.

Anton Avril

Antoine Avril

EVP and CRO, Desjardins Group

Antoine Avril serves as Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer for Desjardins Group. He was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Management Committee in March 2023. As the Chief Risk Officer for the Group, Mr. Avril is responsible for group-wide integrated risk management, including strategic, operational and financial risks (credit, market, insurance).

Antoine Avril joined Desjardins in 2010 and held leadership positions in both the business lines and risk management.  Notably, he was Head of Loan Structuring and Syndications, Co-Head of Corporate Banking, Head of National Accounts and Real Estate Financing, and Chief Credit Officer.Prior to joining Desjardins, Antoine worked in Canada and Europe in a variety of capital markets and risk management roles within the banking industry.Antoine holds a M.Sc. in Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MSG in Finance from Université Paris IX Dauphine. 

Deb Barnes


Deb was appointed as OMERS Chief Risk Officer in June 2023, after joining the firm in 2020 as the Managing Director, Capital Markets Risk.

Prior to OMERS, Deb spent 15 years at QIC, an Australian-headquartered asset management firm that specializes in Fixed Income, Infrastructure, Private Equity and Real Estate. Deb began her career in Risk in 2016 after 10 years in QIC’s Global Fixed Income team. From 2011 to 2015 Deb led QIC’s Global Trading function from London which executed trades across fixed income, currency, equity and commodity markets.

Deb graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Information Technology. Over the last 8 years, Deb’s commitment to learning has led to Executive Education studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School (HBS) in the areas of leadership and advanced risk management. Since 2018, Deb has returned to HBS annually to present to their Executive Education cohort on the application of learnings from the Risk Management for Corporate Leaders program.\

In 2019 Deb was appointed to the University of Queensland’s Advisory Board for the UQ School of Economics and the Advisory Board for Trust, Ethics and Governance

Safeguarding the Integrity and Security of the Financial System

Peter Routledge, Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Peter Routledge

Superintendent, OSFI

Peter Routledge was appointed Superintendent of Financial Institutions in June 2021, for a seven-year term.

He previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) beginning in November 2018. While at CDIC, Mr. Routledge led a successful transformation of CDIC’s culture, strategy, and technology vision. Mr. Routledge has extensive experience in Canada’s financial sector. Prior to joining CDIC, he was a Senior Advisor at the Department of Finance where he provided advice on a range of policy issues including financial stability, housing finance, and competition in Canadian financial services.

Mr. Routledge has held a variety of leadership roles in the financial services industry, both in Canada and abroad. He served as managing director of research at National Bank Financial, where he led a team responsible for producing equity, fixed income, and derivatives research on Canadian financial institutions. Prior to that, Mr. Routledge led the Canadian Financial Institutions Group at Moody’s Canada, with responsibilities for covering issuers in the banking, life insurance, personal and commercial insurance and reinsurance industries in Canada and the United States.

Mr. Routledge holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Simon Fraser University.

Breakout Session 1 - "Sleepwalking" Towards a Global Polycrisis?

William White

Former Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

William was the chairman of the Economic and Development Review Committee at the OECD in Paris until April 2018. He began his professional career at the Bank of England, and subsequently he spent 22 years with the Bank of Canada (BoC). He was appointed Adviser to the Governor in 1984 and Deputy Governor of the BoC in 1988. 

Mr. White joined the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in 1994, becoming Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department (MED) in 1995. At the BIS, he oversaw the preparation of its prestigious Annual Report. Bill had overall responsibility for MED’s research and data collection, and the organization of meetings of central bankers at the BIS and elsewhere. He was also a member of the BIS Executive Committee.

William is a former member of the Issing Committee, advising the German chancellor on G-20 issues. He has in recent years published many articles on topics related to monetary and financial stability. In 2016, William was awarded the “Adam Smith Prize”, the highest award of the National Association of Business Economists (US).

Breakout Session 2 - Navigating Geopolitical Risk and China Challenges

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

Board member at the China Strategic Risks Institute, a global think tank, and a former senior official at Department of Finance

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is a Board Member of the China Strategic Risks Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Canada-China Forum, and a member of the Canada Committee of Human Rights Watch. She is a member of the Canada-U.S. Commission on China, as well as a Policy Advisor to the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project. She previously served a Distinguished Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, a Senior Fellow with the China Institute at the University of Alberta, a Board Member of the Canadian International Council, and Vice Chair of the Board of the neutrino observatory SNOLab. Her research includes China’s human rights violations, technologies used in surveillance, and national security risks of academic collaborations with China, as well as China’s innovation system and challenges that western technology firms have had working in China

Margaret worked in the Canadian public service for 37 years in science and technology policy, programs and funding, and served at the Assistant Deputy Minister level at Department of Finance, Natural Resources Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.  She has held management positions at Industry Canada, the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on S&T, the Ministry of State for Science and Technology, and the Privy Council Office.  For the last seven years of her government career, Margaret was a member of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology.   Margaret holds an MA in International Relations focused on China, and an Honours BA in Political Economy.

Breakout Session 3 - Delivering on the Climate Agenda

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Kathryn Bakos

Director, Climate Finance and Science, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

As Director of Climate Finance and Science at the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Kathryn’s work is advancing the business case for climate adaptation and is driving novel insights at the intersection of climate change and finance. Highlights of her work include pioneering research to quantify the impact of flooding on Canada’s residential real estate sector and mortgage markets, and developing an innovative framework to mitigate risk and embed climate preparedness into decision-making for institutional investors. Kathryn’s work has had national and international influence, informing all levels of government, regulators, investors, and homeowners on how to adapt more effectively to a changing climate. Kathryn holds an Honours B.Sc in Biological Science, University of Toronto, specializing in Environmental Science and is a candidate for the Master of Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. In her previous role, Kathryn initiated and developed a framework for integrating Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors into investment portfolios. Kathryn speaks frequently to professional audiences, and she is a guest lecturer to graduate students at various universities. Kathryn is a member of the Canadian General Standards Board, ISO Technical Committee on Biodiversity, Ontario Biodiversity Council, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.

Keith Robertson

VP, Environmental and Social Risk, RBC

Keith Robertson is the Vice President of Environmental & Social (E&S) Risk and leads a team responsible for the measurement of financed emissions and establishing emissions reduction targets, building and implementing emissions reporting tools and processes, conducting environmental transaction reviews, and integrating E&S risk into risk frameworks and policies, among others.

Keith was previously Vice-President, Enterprise Risk, after spending several years in GRM Wholesale Credit Risk and Wealth Management.  Prior to RBC, Keith gained extensive work experience in the investment management and audit industries.

Keith has an Honours in Accounting from Rhodes University and holds Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.

Alyson Slater

Managing Director, Sustainable Investment, Manulife and Member, CSSB

Alyson leads sustainable investment and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) activities in Canadian public markets at Manulife Investment Management, which serves institutional, retail and retirement clients across global markets. She supports ESG integration across asset classes, investment stewardship activities with issuers, new ESG product development, and engages with clients and key stakeholders in Canada and beyond. Alyson brings over 20 years of experience to her role, with expertise in climate risk, sustainable finance, ESG data, inclusive finance, and a wide range of other sustainability issues gained through her work as a senior executive at leading consultancies and international organizations in Europe and Asia. Alyson has specialist knowledge in sustainability reporting and disclosure through her decade as an executive at the Global Reporting Initiative, an international sustainability standard-setting body. She is currently a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, the Canadian government’s Sustainable Development Advisory Body, and the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board.

Breakout Session 4 - Managing People Risk in the Post-COVID Environment

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Nancy Gour

Head of People and Culture, CDIC

Nancy Gour has been the Head of People & Culture at the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) since 2019. During this time, she has created spaces and opportunities for dialogue, inclusion and belonging, internal cohesion, and an equitable work culture that led to CDIC’s certification as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada in November 2022. Prior to CDIC, Ms. Gour led cultural change in various industries, including healthcare, and publishing and consumer goods packaging. With over 20 years of experience in human resources, she is passionate about building strong leaders, teams, and organizations that can achieve extraordinary results together. Ms. Gour has a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University.


Rodney Hill

Global Head of Technology, Data and Security, OMERS

As Global Head of Technology, Data and Security, Rodney has overall accountability for technology strategy, architecture, data, advanced analytics, security and operations.

Rodney previously served as Chief Risk Officer, leading the Risk Management, Compliance and Ethics functions, and working closely with Internal Audit. Under his leadership, these functions interacted with business units across OMERS, and provided monitoring and reporting to senior management, the OMERS Board of Directors and its various committees. Prior to joining OMERS in 2011, Rodney worked as a Partner at PwC, where he specialized in auditing complex public and private companies. During this time, he also held several leadership roles with the firm.

A graduate from the University of Kent at Canterbury, with an Honours Degree in Accounting with Computing. Rodney is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA-UK). He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA) in Canada and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. 


Originally from Ireland, Rodney is passionate about giving back through involvement with community and serves on a number of public and private boards. He is a dedicated advocate of developing the leadership skills of those around him and he frequently serves as a formal and informal mentor. He lives in Toronto with his family.



Carol Ann Northcott

CRO, Central 1 Credit Union

Carol Ann Northcott is the Chief Risk Officer at Central 1, a leading financial services partner to Canada’s credit unions, financial institutions and fintechs. Over two decades, Carol Ann has developed her expertise in financial stability, payments and banking regulations. As the Chief Risk Officer for Payments Canada, Bank of Canada, and now Central 1, Carol Ann is passionate about enabling a risk practice that inspires the conversations necessary for truly risk-informed decision-making.

Dr. Talia Varley

Physician Lead for Advisory Services, Cleveland Clinic Canada

Dr. Varley is a clinician leader and executive advisor at the intersection of business and healthcare, with responsibility for the strategic and day-to-day success of major corporate engagements

Board-certified Primary Care physician with subspecialty work in Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain. Community-based clinician practicing across urban inner-city and rural settings at the front lines of the opioid crisis. Clinical interest areas include women’s health, healthcare systems and management, women & leadership development.

Physician Lead of Advisory Services at Cleveland Clinic Canada, holding P&L responsibility. Member of Senior Leadership Team which includes developing annual strategic and financial planning, setting of corporate policy, talent management, risk management as well as monitoring of corporate performance against business plans and KPIs. Women’s Professional Staff Association Executive Board member.

Physician Lead of Advisory Services at Cleveland Clinic Canada, holding P&L responsibility. Member of Senior Leadership Team which includes developing annual strategic and financial planning, setting of corporate policy, talent management, risk management as well as monitoring of corporate performance against business plans and KPIs. Women’s Professional Staff Association Executive Board member.

Master in Public Health from Harvard University, MD & CCFP from McMaster University and BSc from Western University. Work experience at Harvard Business School, University of Toronto and SickKids Hospital, and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME).


Decision-Making in the Face of Uncertainty

Samantha Hill

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, CPP Investments

Samantha Hill is a senior member of CPP Investments’ Sustainable Investing team, where she oversees global activities to consider material sustainability-related matters in engagements with public and private companies and leads the team’s activities alongside investment colleagues to integrate sustainability-related matters across investment lifecycles. Samantha is also one of several individuals leading CPP Investments’ efforts to enhance climate change-related considerations in investment and asset management activities across the Fund.

Prior to joining CPPIB in 2007, Samantha worked in multiple roles within CIBC’s Commercial Banking division related to senior debt financing for national accounts and real estate. 

Samantha holds an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she completed a double major in Finance and Environmental Management.


Juliette Kayyem

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, author

In academia, private sector, government and media, Professor Juliette Kayyem is an international leader in crisis management and homeland security. Professor Kayyem serves as the faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and as MA Governor Deval Patrick’s Homeland Security Advisor.

An on-air CNN Senior National Security Analyst, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and contributing writer for The Atlantic and Boston’s local NPR station, GBH, Kayyem also consults for governors, mayors, public and private institutions on crisis management. She is a Senior Advisor to Teneo, the global consulting firm, and founded her own consulting firm to support the preparedness needs of companies, from Fortune 500 to startups. She was named Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Female Founders in 2019 and received the Lifetime Achievement Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce in 2023.

Juliette is the author or editor of six books, including her most recent “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters” which was described in a New Yorker profile of her as an “engagingly urgent blueprint for rethinking our approach to disaster preparedness and response.”  Juliette lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Judge David Barron, and has three children.


Dr. Robert Lempert

RAND Pardee Center for Longer Range Future

Robert Lempert is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on climate risk management and decision-making under conditions of deep uncertainty. 

Dr. Lempert is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a coordinating lead author for Working Group II of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, a chapter lead for the Fourth US National Climate Assessment, chair of the peer review panel for California’s Fourth Climate Assessment, a member of California’s Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group,  and has been a member of numerous study panels for the U.S. National Academies, including America’s Climate Choices and Informing Decisions in a Changing Climate. Dr. Lempert was the Inaugural EADS Distinguished Visitor in Energy and Environment at the American Academy in Berlin and the inaugural president of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty ( A Professor of Policy Analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Dr. Lempert is an author of the book Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Longer-Term Policy Analysis.

Artificial Intelligence and Human Judgment

Dr. James Marrone

Economist, RAND Corporation

Jim Marrone is an economist at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the economics of national security, including the game theory of information operations, the risks of technology platforms, and terrorist/extremist financing. His writing and interviews on these topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, and the Freakonomics podcast, among other outlets. Recent or ongoing work includes a risk assessment of central bank digital currencies; investigations of emerging threats to financial stability; analyses of US-China economic competition; studies of online domestic extremist financing strategies; and experimental evaluations of counter-propaganda interventions. Through his research he has supported numerous US Federal agencies and military services, and his work has been cited in Congressional testimony, Federal rulemakings, and in outlets such as the Atlantic, New York Times, Politico, NPR, and CBS Moneywatch.

Previously, Dr. Marrone spent time at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau studying military financial readiness, and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors studying systemic risk in the financial sector. He teaches in the International Relations graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, and has also taught economics at the University of Chicago and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He earned his PhD in economics and bachelors degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Chicago.


Bojan Pavlovic

CIOO, North American Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group

Bojan Pavlovic is the Chief Information and Operations Officer (CIOO) for North American Personal and Business Banking (NA P&BB) and Wealth Management. He is accountable to create and sustain a transformative and consistent digital experience for the benefit of our business partners and customers. In his role, Bojan ensures the strong alignment of the Technology and Operations strategy with NA P&BB and Wealth’s management strategy, focusing on a Business-to-Customer digital first delivery model. Furthermore, he focuses on alignment of capabilities and resources across both the NA P&BB and Wealth businesses to accelerate our speed to market, resulting in a consistent, high standard of technology stability and resilience to ensure we deliver strongly on our customers’ expectations of us.

Bojan joined BMO in August 2020 from Korn Ferry where he was a Senior Client Partner leading the Canadian Financial Services Transformation Practice, as well as the Canadian Technology and Professional Services Practice. His work centered on helping organizations, including BMO, to transform their product, operations and technology platforms to keep pace with digital innovation affecting their business models. Previously Bojan was with the CGI Group as Senior Vice President of Transformation Services where he was responsible for the Financial Services and Telecom sectors, working on complex digitization and transformation initiatives. In a previous role, Bojan served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Infrastructure at Aimia. He started his career at Ernst and Young.

Bojan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is a Certified Management Consultant with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Bojan also served on the Board of Directors for the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and on the MBA Board for the Ted Rogers Management School of Business.


Andres Rojas

Director Applied AI Projects, Vector Institute

Andres joined the Vector Institute in 2019, where he has led the design and delivery of applied AI projects with over 100 industry partners, aiming to accelerate the adoption of AI in the Canadian economy. Prior to joining Vector, Andres worked in the financial industry for 15 years, focusing on process automation, controls, compliance and operational risk across 30 countries. Andres is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad de Chile and an MBA from the University of Manchester.