Walid Hejazi is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, and Academic Director, at the Rotman School of Management. He has researched, advised, and testified extensively on global competitiveness, and is currently working on a series of studies which shed light on the competitiveness and productivity of Canadian firms. He teaches Macro and Global Economics in Rotman’s MBA and EMBA programs and has also delivered lectures in over 30 countries. Walid has also developed and teaches a successful MBA course in Islamic Finance, the first such course in Canada. He is extensively involved in enhancing the prevalence of Islamic Finance in Canada http://www.tfsa.ca/storage/reports/Canada_Islamic_Finance_2016.pdf. He is currently writing a book on Islamic project finance and has several ongoing research projects in the area.
Andrew became Payments Canada’s Executive Director of Modernization in March 2020 and is currently responsible for leading the modernization of Canada’s core clearing and settlement payments infrastructure.
As a member of the Accenture team, Andrew has been a valuable contributor to our Modernization program since early 2017, working with our member financial institutions and other stakeholders in Canada to gain their support for modernizing payments. Prior, Andrew consulted extensively in the financial services industry with Accenture in Ireland, in addition to leading the consulting firm’s open banking activities globally and shaping Accenture’s response to the Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2) in Europe.
As BankservAfrica’s Chief Payments and Innovation Officer, Jan sets our business strategy, leads new business development and strategic partnerships, and oversees payments modernisation in South Africa. Jan has extensive transformational leadership experience from previous roles in Europe and North America. Before joining BankservAfrica, he designed and led the modernisation of core clearing and settlement payment infrastructure in Canada, including implementation of ISO 20022. His passion for financial inclusion and how technology can make our world a better place, drives him to work with international organizations and governments, assisting them with setting and executing modernisation strategies and promoting cashless economies. Jan has led experiments with distributed ledger technology and crypto-currencies and maintains strong ties with the fintech community.
John Oesch is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and Academic Director, Morning & Evening MBA Program at Rotman, teaching in the MBA, EMBA, OMNIUM, and Rotman Commerce programs. His teaching interests are in the areas of decision making, negotiation and change leadership. He has research interests in the areas of decision making, managerial negotiations and organizational justice. His publication record includes the Journal of Business Venturing, Social Justice Research, Games and Economic Behavior, and Organization Science.
With nearly 30 years in payments and digital banking, Mike helps develop payment strategies for FIs, networks and processors across North America. In addition to work for Payments Canada, Northcard’s assignments have included: leading a mobile payments initiative and several strategy engagements for Canada’s largest credit unions; engagements for Visa USA on consumer credit products and chip roll-out; and developing new product initiatives for Rogers, Moneris and others.
Prior to Northcard, Mike led Visa Canada’s product team through the IPO period, directing the launch of new products including Chip & PIN, Visa PayWave, Visa Debit, the prepaid category and Digital Wallet trials. Mike had earlier senior management roles with Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Bankers Association. Mike grew up in Halifax and Montreal and now lives in Toronto. He is married, has two boys and spends a lot of time in hockey rinks.
Andreas Park is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto in the Department of Management at University of Toronto at Mississauga, with a cross appointment to the Finance area at Rotman. He has been a University of Toronto faculty member since 2003. His research covers empirical topics, such as the market impact of maker-taker pricing, dark orders, and high frequency trading, and theoretical topics, such as herd behavior in financial markets and the impact of trading mechanisms. His work has been published at, e.g., Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has received and has been an affiliate on a number of research grants, including from the ESRC, SSHRC and the GRI. Andreas has served as Co-Director of the Master of Financial Economics program at University of Toronto, and he teaches courses on Market Microstructure, Trading, Investments, Asset Pricing, and Corporate Finance. His current research focuses mostly on impact of high frequency trading and recent market structure chances in Canadian markets. Andreas is currently a member of the Ontario Security Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee.
David runs a global research and advisory practice centered on helping financial institutions, vendors and corporations understand the intersection of trade services, trade credit, payments and the financial supply chain. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in the scintillating world of B2B payments, working capital, foreign exchange and commercial card programs and covers the space as part of his partnership with Spend Matters.
His formal education includes an Information Systems and Economics degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MBA from Purdue, and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.