Canada’s First FinTech & Banking Innovation Conference by Digital Finance Institute Taking Shape in Vancouver Featuring Key Innovators, Thought Leaders and Startups

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Canada to host 1st Conference on FinTech and Banking Innovation on June 3 in Vancouver and to release 1st Global White Paper on PowerWomen in FinTech.

Christine Duhaime

The Digital Finance Institute’s initiative to lead financial innovation, FinTech and financial inclusion comes together today with the announcement of “Digital Finance 2015” - Canada’s 1st Conference on FinTech and Bank Innovation, on June 3 in Vancouver.

Digital Finance 2015 will cover a wide range of topics, from the future of money, new financial models, bank innovation, Blockchain technology and Bitcoin, anti-money laundering issues, financial inclusion and payment solutions for disaster relief. It targets venture capital firms, banks, innovation labs, entrepreneurs, financial technology companies, AML compliance teams, digital currency companies, startups, payment processors and government regulators.

“By launching Canada’s 1st FinTech Conference, our aim is to be the catalyst for venture capital and other key investments and partnerships to move the industry forward in Canada and foster growth of FinTech and innovation in emerging and disruptive payments,” says Christine Duhaime, the Executive Director and Founder of the Digital Finance Institute.

In addition, Digital Finance 2015 will release a “White Paper on PowerWomen in FinTech”, the world’s first study highlighting powerful and impactful women in emerging technologies for financial services from around the world, a collaborative project from Innotribe, Carlisle & Gallagher and the Digital Finance Institute.

“The White Paper on PowerWomen in FinTech is the culmination of months of research and an important milestone in the industry globally. We wanted to honor many of the incredible and impactful women in FinTech by releasing the White Paper at Digital Finance 2015,” says Ms. Duhaime.

For more information on Digital Finance 2015, please visit

The two keynote speakers at Digital Finance 2015 are:

Peter Vander Auwera, Co-Founder of Innotribe, SWIFT’s innovation initiative, who will present on “Innovation in banking: from tactics to strategy.” Peter is one of the top-25 Most Influential Voices in Banking and a thought leader in FinTech innovation.

Sam Maule, Emerging Payments Expert with Carlisle & Gallagher, and Chief Inspirational Officer with the Digital Finance Institute, who will present on “FinTech’s Disruptive Force in Banking.” Sam is consistently voted one of the “top innovation influencers” along with Richard Branson & Bill Gates. His views on innovation in financial services are highly sought-after.

About Digital Finance Institute: Launched in 2014, the Digital Finance Institute is Canada’s first institute devoted to FinTech, financial innovation and financial inclusion. For more information, visit or follow us at @dfinstitute.

About Innotribe. Launched in 2009, SWIFT Innotribe is about innovation and connecting people, networks and ideas. We bring together global innovators and investors, strategists, and influential decision-makers from leading financial institutions across the globe, providing them early insights into innovations that could disrupt current business models and create opportunities for new ones. Through the Startup Challenge competition, we bridge the gap between the startup ecosystem and the financial service community. For more information, visit or follow us @innotribe.

About SWIFT. SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,800 banking organizations, securities institutions and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardized financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest. For more information, visit or follow us @swiftcommunity.

For more information, please contact:
Christine Duhaime
(604) 601-2046

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