How can we leverage design thinking to help scale businesses?
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding FinTech and the financial services industry right now. But there are also plenty of Canadian companies making waves in this space–including those who are focusing on specific markets and demographics in order to change how consumers think about managing their money.
The key, of course, is design thinking, which enables them to push boundaries and expand their scope beyond just the 49th parallel. Although those who are successful are able to integrate global trends into a local context. In this DesignMeets, we’ll hear from representatives of innovative FinTech companies who are reimagining the future and shaking things up in the financial services industry.
Let’s discuss at #DesignMeets
- Each speaker will have about 5 minutes to present ideas using just 5 images.
- A Q&A panel period will follow the talks.
- Then stay on to mix & mingle over snacks and refreshments.
Join DesignMeets… to hear from industry professionals and design thinkers pushing the boundaries of customer experience and service design in the Financial Service industry.
Director of Design at Wealthsimple
Tom Creighton is the Director of Design at Wealthsimple, Canada’s largest online investment platform. His focus is on creating consistent, thoughtful experiences to make investing accessible to everyone. Prior to joining Wealthsimple, Tom worked with some other well-known Canadian startups, launched new initiatives for some of Canada’s largest brands, and ran his own creative studio.
Director of the FinTech cluster, MaRS Discovery District
Dinaro Ly is Director of the FinTech cluster at MaRS. Dinaro brings a comprehensive background in digital payments, marketing and business development to MaRS. He is passionate about technology and the value it serves in our entrepreneurial community—connecting consumers and businesses to best-in-class innovations and platforms within Canada’s FinTech ecosystem.
Dinaro joined MaRS from MasterCard Canada, where as director of business development and partnerships in digital payments, he helped drive the company’s acceptance strategy and established strategic partnerships with large-scale ecom retailers and service providers, including Blizzard Entertainment, Demac Media, Lowe’s and Lenovo. Prior to MasterCard, Dinaro led the business development efforts for RedFlagDeals.com, and digital marketing for Dell Canada.
Head of Product at Nest Wealth
Craig builds integrated products that allow Canadians to have a clear, easy, transparent way to plan their financial futures. He holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and B. Eng. Sc. from the University of Western Ontario. Craig started his career at Microsoft, and has spent 15 years in product-focused roles in Europe and North America, including Head of Product at Zattoo, the largest online live TV provider in Europe.
Head of Product, Overbond
Han has over 8 years of fixed income and fintech experience from CIBC World Markets, TD Securities, BMO Capital Markets, Barclays Capital and Plooto, in Toronto, New York and London. Han specialized in corporate bond origination leading $30+ billion in deals for over 40 multi-national corporations. Select bond transactions include TELUS, Bell Canada, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Hydro One, Nova Scotia Power, Toronto Hydro, Loblaw and Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
Han holds Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an Honours B.B.A from Wilfrid Laurier University, CFA charter, FRM certification and a 3rd degree Taekwondo black belt.
Co-Founder & CEO of FundThrough
Steven Uster is the Co-Founder & CEO of FundThrough, an invoice funding service that helps business owners eliminate “the wait” associated with payment terms by giving them the power and flexibility to get their invoices paid when they want, with one click, and in as little as 24 hours.
Launched in 2014 FundThrough has quickly become one of Canada’s leading fintech start-ups, funding millions of dollars in invoices every month.
Prior to FundThrough, Steven was an investment banker in New York at UBS and Centerview Partners. Steven has an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from McGill University, where he was a Loran Scholar.
CEO and Co-Founder of Lendified
Troy Wright is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lendified, Canada’s premier online lender and financial services company. Troy is a globally recognized leader and trusted ‘go-to’ industry expert with a proven track record of over 30 years in the financial services industry. During his career, he has met with thousands of companies across Canada and has developed a very clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by business owners in this country. In his current role as CEO of Lendified, he oversees the vision, strategic direction, risk management and leadership of the company.
Prior to Lendified, Troy was the President and CEO of the Scotiabank Group Mexico, the largest subsidiary of Scotiabank outside of Canada, a full service bank with 2.4 million customers, US $23 billion in assets, 900 branches and 15,000 employees. Previous to this, Troy was Executive Vice President, Canadian Retail Branches and Channels at Scotiabank, having, among other skills, extensive experience in risk management, overseeing all retail and commercial risk management processes, compliance and regulatory risks.
Troy has lived and worked domestically and in several international locations and is multi-lingual. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program; Western University with a BA; and, the Harvard Business School YPO Presidents` Program.