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Canada Trade Finance Workshop
  • G. Stephen Alsace
  • Senior Director, Head of Sanctions and ATF
  • CIBC
  • Mr. Stephen Alsace is Senior Director, Head of Sanctions and ATF at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, and is responsible for global sanctions compliance for all the CIBC group of companies. He articled and began practicing with Borden Ladner Gervais in 1997, then moved to the CIBC Legal Department from 2001-2013, where his responsibilities included AML and sanctions. In 2013, he was appointed to his current role in the CIBC AML Group. He has delivered presentations and papers on a number of different topics for the Canadian Bar Association, Federated Press and Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He has helped to organize an ad hoc committee on sanctions under the auspices of the Canadian Banker’s Association.

  • Carl Bastien
  • Director and Team Lead, Global Trade and Banking
  • CIBC
  • Mr. Carl Bastien, Director and Team Lead, Global Trade and Banking, leads a team and is responsible for trade finance sales activities across Canada. He has been working in the trade finance field for nearly 20 years in Montreal first with various international institutions with CIBC since 2012.

  • Vincent Barboza
  • Head, Trade Finance and Cash Services
  • RBC
  • Mr. Vincent Barboza is the Head of Trade Finance and Cash Services for client coverage for Banks, Brokers and Exchanges at RBC. In this role, Mr. Barboza leads BB&E strategic approach to Trade Finance products for global banks. He has over 25 years of experience with RBC’s Corporate and commercial clients and has led product and sales roles in Canada at RBC. His team provided business clients with tailored solutions in Treasury Management, International Trade Finance and Foreign Exchange. He was past chair of the ICC Canada chapter through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is also the country editor for Canada of TSU a Trade Finance Magazine.

  • Lina Beltrocco, CDCS
  • Group Manager, Global Trade Services
  • TD Securities
  • Ms. Lina Beltrocco is Group Manager, Global Trade Finance Operations for The Toronto-Dominion Bank, TD Securities. She is responsible to provide guidance on complex trade transactions and oversee exception protocols are in place to ensure that the bank is not exposed to unauthorized risks while delivering trade finance services globally, including compliance with AML regulations and International Chamber of Commerce rules and practices. Ms. Beltrocco has over 25 years' experience in Global Trade Finance Operations at TD Securities. During her career with the Bank, she has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of TD’s trade finance business. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist.

  • Lida Bucyk
  • Senior Counsel
  • CIBC
  • Ms. Lida Bucyk is Senior Counsel at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto. She advises the corporate banking, trade finance, correspondent banking, global banks and cash management businesses within CIBC’s Capital Markets group. Prior to joining CIBC in 2012, she spent ten years in private practice at two prominent law firms in Toronto, most recently at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a transactional lawyer in corporate lending.

  • Stacey A. Facter
  • SVP, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter, has spent the last four years as Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. She has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in sales, product, secondary market distribution and risk management covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and securities collateral management.

  • Normand Girard, CDCS
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in Canada and the United States with process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 27 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT National Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Jerry Glock, CDCS
  • Vice President and Trade Advisor
  • Citi
  • Mr. Jerry Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

  • Sunil Gupta
  • Director & Global Trade Product Head, Treasury and Payment Solutions
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Sunil Gupta has over 20 years of banking experience spanning various areas of Trade Finance & Financial Institutions. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Gupta spent 15 years at a major Canadian Bank and 2 years overseas with a leading Indian bank. In his current role, Mr. Gupta has global responsibility for leading the development and management of a profitable trade & supply chain finance product/service suite that meets client needs and enhances relationships.

  • Paloma Healey
  • Director, Global Trade Finances, Global AML/AFT
  • Scotiabank
  • Ms. Paloma Healey is a Director with Global Banking and Markets, Anti Money Laundering Risk at Scotiabank. She has over 25 years’ experience in international finance, including compliance, international marketing and trade finance. Ms. Healey has been involved with both Canadian and foreign private and public institutions. Her public sector experience includes working with the Trade Commissioners’ Service in Caracas, Venezuela and Export Development Canada in Ottawa. For over eight years Ms. Healey was the Chief Representative and Vice President for Grupo Financiero Serfin in Canada, running the Canadian operation and promoting the NAFTA agreement to increase trade between Canada and Mexico.

  • Rory Kaplan
  • Director, Offering Manager, Trade and Supply Chain
  • CGI
  • Mr. Rory Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in trade and supply chain finance as both a banker and technology solution provider, covering operations, product management, and sales. As Offering Manager for CGI’s Trade and Supply Chain Solutions, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for emerging technology strategy and solutions, marketing, media engagement, partner development, and training. In his role, Mr. Kaplan also engages closely with clients to facilitate collaborative strategic forums, working groups, and product enhancements. As a manager within CGI, Mr. Kaplan has been a critical contributor in the exploration of Intelligent Process Automation and Blockchain solutions, working to integrate these with the Trade360 global platform.

  • Kim R. Manchester
  • Managing Director
  • ManchesterCF Consulting Co. Ltd.
  • Mr. Kim Manchester brings his extensive background in international banking to the global financial services industry. While based in both Hong Kong and Singapore, Mr. Manchester held senior regional and global positions in corporate banking, institutional banking and capital markets for one of the world’s largest emerging markets financial institutions. Mr. Manchester returned to Canada in 2003 and founded ManchesterCF. Based in Toronto, the practice provides financial crime risk management training programs and advisory services to financial institutions and public-sector agencies. The most successful training programs from ManchesterCF include the Financial Crime Training series for international banking and the FINTEL series for financial intelligence units.
  • Robert Marchal
  • Standards Business Specialist
  • SWIFT
  • Mr. Robert Marchal is the Facilitator of the Trade Finance Maintenance Working Group, and he is responsible for the evolution of the SWIFT MT messages category 4 (Collections) and 7 (Documentary L/Cs, guarantees and standby L/Cs). Mr. Marchal is also the Facilitator of the Trade Finance MT 798 Working Group, where he is responsible for bank to corporate communication. He is a member of the Legal and Digitization groups in the BPO Project’s International Chamber of Commerce, the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP), the ISO 20022 Trade SEG (Standards Evaluation Group), and the ISO 20022 Payments SEG.

  • Rita Ricci, CDCS
  • Executive Global Trade Advisor
  • BNP Paribas
  • Ms. Rita Ricci is the Executive Global Trade Advisor of BNP Paribas, Trade Filière Competence Centre with 35 years of experience in trade finance operations. She joined BNP Paribas in 2003. Prior to then she worked for CIBC, Montreal with responsibilities for operational delivery of trade products, acting also as Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She was Chairman of BAFT’s LC Committee and the Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee, and remains active on several BAFT committees. She was a member of the CDCS Item Writing Committee. Ms. Ricci is the current Chairman of ICC Canada National Committee, and is on several ICC Task Forces, Work Groups and Rules Drafting teams.

  • Rajan Sharma
  • Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Sharma has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delhi, India. He has over 28 years of extensive operational, risk management, and compliance experience relating to trade finance in Asia, Middle East, and North America.

  • Marilyn D. Williams
  • Senior Manager, Trade Finance Operations
  • CIBC
  • Ms. Marilyn Williams is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduates Studies in Instructional Administration. She has over 25 years of experience with Trade Finance Operations in a number of leadership roles. Over her tenure with the organization she has worked as a Business Consultant where she was accountable for business controls, procedures, and other compliance activities. She has also supported Operational Risk Management for Business Banking. With her passion coupled with her dedication for Trade, she was most recently the Senior Manager responsible for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Trade Finance Operations and is currently working on Special Projects supporting Trade Finance.

    Southeast Trade Finance Workshop
  • Stacey A. Facter
  • SVP, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter, has spent the last four years as Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. She has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in sales, product, secondary market distribution and risk management covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and securities collateral management.

  • Normand Girard, CDCS
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in Canada and the United States with process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 27 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT National Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Cathleen Ryan
  • Assistant Director of Enforcement
  • Office of Antiboycott Compliance
  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Assistant Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

  • Lelia Savory, CDCS
  • Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, Int’l Dept.
  • First Tennessee Bank National Association
  • Ms. Lelia Savory is Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager for the International Department at First Tennessee Bank. She has performed various roles in trade services over the past 22 years and is now responsible for the team that processes trade finance and foreign exchange related transactions. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and the incoming Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

    New York Trade Finance Workshop
  • Stacey A. Facter
  • SVP, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter, has spent the last four years as Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. She has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in sales, product, secondary market distribution and risk management covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and securities collateral management.

  • Rita Ricci, CDCS
  • Global Head, Trade Expertise Desk
  • BNP Paribas
  • Ms. Rita Ricci is the Global Head of the Trade Expertise Desk of BNP Paribas with over 30 years of experience in trade finance operations. Previously with CIBC in Montreal, responsible for operational delivery of trade products, acting as a Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She is Chairman of BAFT’s National LC Committee and BAFT’s National Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee. She is also a Member of the ICC Banking Commission & Belgium National Committee.

  • Cathleen Ryan
  • Assistant Director of Enforcement
  • Office of Antiboycott Compliance
  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Assistant Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

  • Kristine Siebel
  • Chair, North American Standby Letter of Credit/Guarantee Committee
  • Société Générale
  • Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Société Générale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

    West Coast Workshop
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