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Black on Bay | CAUFP and WCM

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Webinar, ON

BLACK ON BAY | Presented in partnership with CAUFP & WCM

Racial and social injustice have no place anywhere. However for this vision to become a reality on Bay Street, there is work to be done. WCM and CAUFP are proud to host a conversation featuring four incredible Black leaders who will share their insights on what industry, corporate and individual actions we can all take to make this moment a sustainable one that brings progressive change to the industry. This session will also explore the importance of the launch of the Black North initiative, The Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism, and the Black Opportunity Fund. 


Meryl Afrika

President of CAUFP | Payments Experts, Marketing & Innovation, Peoples Group

Meryl is the current President of CAUFP, a non-profit organization that provides a link between corporations and the Black community, through innovative programing that increases Black talent pipelines, provides educational opportunities, and fosters economic growth. Meryl’s career within Canada’s Financial Services industry started when she emigrated from South Africa and began working at Mogo Finance Technology Inc., an emerging Fintech company located in Western Canada. After 3 years within the start-up space, Meryl embarked on a sales career in Commercial Banking at CIBC where she managed the sales portfolio for Northern Alberta and the North West Territories. Meryl transitioned from Sales to Product Management, where she leveraged her client experience to manage payment and liquidity products for clients within the Small Business, Mid-Market and Large Corporate segments. Additionally, Meryl managed corporate partner relationships with multi-national organizations, such as US Bank and Global Payments while launching CIBC’s first suite of credit cards for Commercial Banking clients. After 3 years within Product Management, Meryl she transitioned back to a sales role at Scotiabank as a Senior Manager, Payments & Cash Management. Meryl currently works as a Payments Expert, Marketing & Innovation at Peoples Group, where she is responsible for representing the organization’s interests in the industry wide Payments Modernization program lead by Payments Canada. Meryl holds a Bachelor of Information Technology with a specialization in Business Systems from Monash University.

Deland Kamanga

Head, Global Markets, BMO Capital Markets | Treasurer, WCM Board of Directors

Deland Kamanga is Head, Global Markets within BMO Capital Markets. In this role, he has responsibility for origination, sales and trading of cash and derivatives products, including securitization, for BMO Capital Markets. The FICC group leverages Mr. Kamanga's extensive experience in cross-asset structured derivatives, risk management and product innovation to deliver optimal solutions and efficiency for clients.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Kamanga was Co-Head, Global Structured Products (GSP), where he had responsibility for providing broad capital structuring solutions tailored to a wide spectrum of retail and institutional investor clients. Mr. Kamanga joined BMO Capital Markets in 2006 from a major Canadian bank.

Mr. Kamanga is a representative in various leadership committees, including the BMO Capital Markets Executive Committee. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and he has been a CFA charter holder since 1995.

Dennis Mitchell

CEO & CIO, Starlight Capital

Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Dennis has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as Senior VicePresident and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer.

Mr. Mitchell received the Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader Award. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2002 and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.

Claudette McGowan

Global Executive Officer, TD

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 18 years of success leading digital transformations, optimizing infrastructure and designing new approaches that improve service experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for several organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital, Bank of Montreal and TD Bank.  Claudette began her career at BMO in 2000 and held multiple senior leadership roles including Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience. In 2020, she joined TD Bank as Global Executive Officer for Cyber Security. In her spare time, Claudette writes books for children, builds robots and is the founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo. Claudette holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University.

She is the recipient of several prestigious awards: In January 2020, she was selected as an honoree at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s 20th International Women’s Day event for her groundbreaking work in STEM. In 2019, Toronto Life recognized her as one of the city's Top 50 Most Influential Torontonians, Women’s Executive Network recognized her as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, AdWeek Magazine heralded Claudette as a Toronto Brand Star, and the Digital Finance Institute honoured her as one of the Top 50 Canadian Women in FinTech. In September 2019, Claudette also had the honour of moderating what is being hailed as ‘the most insightful one-on-one conversation’ with Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000-plus at Elevate, Canada’s largest technology festival.   


Camilla Sutton

President and CEO, WCM

Camilla Sutton is the President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national not-for-profit that works to accelerate diversity across the financial industry and is the largest association of women in finance. 

Camilla's career spans more than two decades in capital markets, most recently as Scotiabank’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange, responsible for the firm’s FX trading desks, electronic trading and distribution, sales teams, and the global strategy. Prior to this role, she was Scotiabank’s Chief FX Strategist, providing global macro commentary and advisory services across the firm’s client base. Earlier in her career, she was part of Portfolio Management at OMERS and Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. 

Camilla holds a BA from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. In addition, she is a CMT and CFA charterholder. She is an active member of the global investment community. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the CFA Society Toronto, a member of the Advisory Committee of the 30% Club Canada, a past member of the CFA Society Toronto’s Board of Directors, a past member of the Bank of Canada’s Foreign Exchange Committee. She is also a member of several committees within the United Way and has been a long-term community volunteer.

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