Peter Hancock

Peter Hancock is a Senior Advisor at Sagard Holdings.

Mr. Hancock is the Former President and CEO of AIG. Prior to leading AIG, Mr. Hancock spent 20 years at J.P. Morgan where he founded the global derivatives business, restructured and ran the fixed income and credit businesses and served as group CFO and Chief Risk Officer. After joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Hancock co-founded Integrated Finance Limited, where he served as President for seven years.

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Kris Hansen

Kris Hansen has over 20 years of experience in providing technology solutions for the financial services industry. Throughout his career, he has led teams in architecture design, executed successful core banking transformation projects, and designed and developed commercial software. Recognized as a visionary in the industry, Kris has helped organizations develop innovative solutions that tackle today’s issues while strengthening them for the challenges ahead.

Kris Hansen describes himself as “a recovering banking chief architect” and has been advising banks and financial services startups on topics related to financial services transformation and innovation. He began his career as a system administrator and software developer, started one of the first internet provider companies in Canada and built a successful software services company in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the former chief architect at ATB Financial and former head of solution architect at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Kris was the managing director and CEO for Axxiome North America, a Swiss-headquartered global financial software, advisory and integration company and the CEO of Digital Payment Partners LLC, a US-based financial services technology innovation company. As a senior principal, financial services at global enterprise software company SAP he connected fintech innovation to banks using an enterprise cloud platform.

Kris has received a Master of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in applied studies from Athabasca University.

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Imran Gulamhuseinwala

Imran is the Implementation Trustee for Open Banking Ltd. He was appointed by the Competition and Markets Authority in April 2017. As Implementation Trustee he is responsible for leading the Open Banking Implementation Entity and ensuring the UK’s 9 largest banks implement a standard Open Banking API to meet their obligations under PSD2 and the CMA’s retail banking Order.

Imran was formerly the Global Head of FinTech at EY for five years where he served FinTechs, corporate clients and private equity investors on a wide range of strategic, operational, capital raising and deal-related issues.

Prior to joining EY in 2014 Imran spent 16 years focussed on the financial services sector. He brings a unique perspective on the sector having worked as advisor, investor and entrepreneur in the FinTech space.

Imran spent 8 years providing strategic advice with Oliver Wyman and a further 8 years investing in the financial services sector with Bridgepoint Capital and latterly with Resolution where he led the M&A team. Imran also founded FinTech 50 startup, CommuterClub. Imran holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a CFA charter holder.

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Sharon MacLeod

Sharon MacLeod is a Senior Advisor at Sagard and a Board Director of IGM Financial Inc.

Sharon is a marketing leader with over 20 years of experience growing brands and businesses within Unilever. Her most recent positions were Global Brand Vice President and North American Personal Care Vice President. She has been recognized as a leading marketer by her peers and led award-winning marketing campaigns across digital, social, PR, content and traditional communications. Having held Global, US and Canadian roles, Sharon has expertise leading and executing consumer driven strategy, segmentation, brand portfolio management and delivering revenue, share and profit growth.

Sharon has been a Diversity and Inclusion leader for the past decade, designing and spearheading Villa Leadership for Women, Unilever and the World Food Program’s designated program for Women’s Leadership. She is a Catalyst Canada Business Honouree and one of WXN’s Most Powerful Women.

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Ron Hirson

“Ron Hirson is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with two decades of business and product management experience. He currently serves as DocuSign’s Chief Product Officer leading the Product and Customer Experience teams. He joined DocuSign in 2013 and has more than 20 years of product management experience in large and entrepreneurial ventures.

Prior to DocuSign, he was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Khosla Ventures and Mayfield Fund after serving as Co-Founder and President at Boku (LON:BOKU). Before Boku, Ron was Vice President of Product Management at AT&T Interactive where he was responsible for the company’s new and existing advertising products. Prior to the acquisition of Ingenio by AT&T, Ron served as Vice President of Product Management where he led the product management team for Ingenio. Ron began his career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse where he focused on ERP software design and implementation. Ron is an inventor with 70+ issued patents and over one hundred filings.

He has been interviewed/quoted or a guest on Bloomberg, Forbes, Fox News, NYT, TechCrunch, Reuters, WSJ, etc.

Ron is a board member of UCSF Ophthalmology Department’s fundraising arm, That Man May See, and founded Alcatraz Swim for Sight with his wife raising almost $1 Million dollars for vision research. He is also an advisor to startups including SigFig, FundBox, Sonder and PasswordBox (acquired by Intel).”

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Ron Close

Ron Close is a Leadership & Strategy Coach at Sagard. Concurrently he is also a director or trustee of Maple Leaf Food Inc., Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company and MaRS Discovery District. He has previously served as CEO of Pelmorex Media Inc. (The Weather Network) and as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Ivey School of Business.Ron’s other previous executive positions span from start-ups (CEO/co-founder of NetCom Canada, Inc.) to large corporations (President of BCE’s Bell New Ventures unit). His previous directorships include Pelmorex, The Globe and Mail, Canada Media Fund, CTVglobemedia and MaRS Innovation.Ron’s non-profit activities include past chairmanship of the Toronto chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and current membership in the World Presidents Organization (WPO).

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Hugues Le Bret

Hugues Le Bret is a Senior Advisor at Portag3 Ventures and Founder & Chairman of Nickel, a fintech created in 2012 and sold to BNP Paribas in July 2017. Hugues was previously Chairman and CEO of Boursorama, a French online bank owned by Societe Generale Group. Hugues has been Head of Communications of Société Générale Group and a member of the Company’s Executive Committee for ten years (1999-2009). He was previously CEO of an Havas subsidiary (1996-1999) to whom he sold ABW, the investors relation company he founded in 1994. From 1991 to 1993, Hugues Le Bret was Head of Development at Média-Finance (Publicis Group). He started as a financial journalist in 1987. He carried out his national civil service at the French Embassy in Lima, Peru in 1988-89. He is a graduate of the ISG business school. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian. Hugues is a board member of Nickel, SJB (Bollinger), Xilam Animation, Algoterapeutix, Paylead and Firm Funding. He is a member of Wu, a charitable organisation helping former prisoners find work). Hugues Le Bret is the author of L’Espoir Économique (1998) The Week When Kerviel Nearly Broke The Global Financing System (2010) and NoBank (2013).

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Gregory Fleming

Gregory J. Fleming is the Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller Capital Management, a role he has held since the firm, formerly known as Rockefeller & Co., launched in March 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to leading Rockefeller Capital Management, Greg was the President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch, from 2007 to 2009, and previously ran Merrill Lynch’s Global Investment Banking business. Greg joined Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in 1992. He had also been a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Greg is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

He is a director of Colgate University, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and a trustee at Deerfield Academy. Greg is a director on the boards of the Turn2 Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. He serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Law and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School.

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Dr. Richard Reiner

Richard is a serial entrepreneur and company builder, active as an executive, investor, mentor, and Board member with many high-growth companies at the intersection of cybersecurity, AI, and blockchain, a space in which he’s built and successfully exited several companies, and in which he holds numerous patents.

He is Executive Chair of dfuse, the leading platform for developers building the decentralized Web 3.0, as well as Chair of Cybeats Technologies, a venture-funded IoT security company building a full-lifecycle immune system for IoT devices. He is also the Founding Partner at CC Stratus Capital, an innovative investment firm that helps early-stage technology companies succeed in fast-growing markets, with a strategic focus on cybersecurity, blockchain, identity, and IoT (Internet of Things). He was formerly Chief Technology Officer – Safe Identity in Intel’s Security Group. He was President of PasswordBox, the leading digital identity company, leading up to the acquisition of PasswordBox by Intel. Previously Richard was Chairman and CEO of Enomaly, a pioneer and leader in the cloud computing and cloud security space, culminating in the acquisition of Enomaly by Virtustream in 2011. Virtustream was in turn acquired by EMC, and then Dell. Before that he was the founder and CEO/CTO of Assurent Secure Technologies, a cybersecurity SaaS company that was acquired in 2006. Subsequent to the acquisition of Assurent, he served as Chief Security & Technology Officer at TELUS. He’s often quoted by the press, and has appeared on the cover of CIO Magazine, as well as frequent appearances in media such as the New York Times, CBS, NBC, USA Today, etc. and hundreds of technology publications. Richard holds a Ph.D. and numerous patents in the fields of cloud and software security. He also climbs the occasional mountain.

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