The Vancouver Chapter’s purpose is to provide West Coast AML & ATF professionals with a resource of support, guidance, training, and peer interaction. The Vancouver Chapter will actively support the goals of ACAMS international. The Chapter will fulfill its mission through meetings, workshops, and networking events where members and non-members of ACAMS can build knowledge, enhance skills and share experiences.

Upcoming Vancouver Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

ACAMS Vancouver Chapter Holiday Mixer

The holidays are approaching and it’s an opportunity for your ACAMS Vancouver Chapter Board to say thank you for a great year and spend time with friends and colleagues to celebrate the season, mingle and relax!

Please join us for refreshments and cheer, door prizes and fun!


Gambling In BC – A BCLC Presentation


Anti-Money Laundering and Securities Dealers – Compliance and Enforcement


Case Study: The link between a banking scandal in China and money laundering in BC real estate


Summer Networking Event!


Disrupting Suspicious Trading from Off-shore Secrecy Jurisdictions

Pump and dump market manipulations on the junior equity markets defraud the investing public of hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Financial institutions and professionals located in many jurisdictions play a prominent role in facilitating these schemes.

  • Explain the mechanics of these schemes
  • Show how the offshore players enable the manipulations
  • Describe the BCSC efforts to combat this misconduct
  • Suggest how Canadian financial institutions can protect their clients and themselves from the related risks

Speaker

Lang Evans, Manager Special Investigations Unit, BC Securities Commission


In the Flood Path: Money Laundering in B.C. Real Estate

Speaker:

Sam Cooper

Sam Cooper is an investigative journalist who has worked for The Province in Vancouver since 2009. A University of Toronto H.B.A. and Langara College Journalism School graduate, he has worked for a number of B.C. papers since graduation in 2005. In his current role at the Province, he reports on Vancouver civic politics and government, development, real estate, financial, and economic issues. The growing flow and influence of offshore money in Vancouver is a special area of interest, including reports on money laundering investigations and cases.

Awards include, Canadian Hillman Prize Honorable Mention, 2014; Webster Award Winner, 2012, 2011; Webster Journalism School Award, 2005; National Newspaper Award Winner, 2011; National Newspaper Award Nominee, 2011, 2013.


Vancouver ACAMS Chapter Holiday Networking Event


Lunch and Learn: Human Trafficking and other Counter Exploitation Investigations


Un-Real Estate: A media perspective on money laundering in BC


Gaddafi’s Libya: “Inside the covert operation to recover $240 million of stolen cash”


AML Monetary Penalty Appeals: “But When I Told you I Was Wrong, I Made A Mistake” and Other Unsuccessful Appeal Strategies & I Filed My STR So I’m Done Right? Things Good Organizations Should Do When They Find Out They are Dealing with Bad People


FINTRAC Presentation – Compliance expectations for new regulations


Bitcoin: What It Really Is and Whether It’s Risky


Financial Cyber Crime: Current Trends and Methods and the Abuse of our Financial Systems


Organized Crime in the Vancouver Region


ACAMS Vancouver Chapter Launch Event Invitation Thursday

Chris Galloway

Chris Galloway
Co-Treasurer
Central 1 Credit Union

Chris Galloway is Anti-Money Laundering Risk Management Officer at Central 1 Credit Union, the central financial facility and trade association for the British Columbia and Ontario credit union systems in Canada. In this role, Chris acts as the primary contact for approximately 200 credit unions in relation to Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (‘AML/ATF’) compliance, advising on suspicious activity pertaining to money laundering, policies and procedures, risk assessments and training programs amongst other AML/ATF matters.

Chris began his career within the financial services sector in 1998 in London, UK and since then he has worked for a number of large multinational banking corporations such as the Royal bank of Canada and ABN AMRO Bank NV in various different consultancy roles. These roles have allowed him to work across the globe in places such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the USA prior to settling in Canada.

Chris is happy to have worked in the credit union system since 2007 having previously held the role of Anti-Money Laundering Officer for Credential Financial Inc before moving over to Central 1 Credit Union.

Email: cgalloway@central1.com


Hayley Howe

Hayley Howe
Co-Chair
MNP LLP

Hayley Howe is a Senior Manager, in the Vancouver based Investigative and Forensic Services group of MNP LLP, focusing on AML/ATF Advisory Services. Hayley is ACAMS certified and a founding Board member of the ACAMS Vancouver Chapter. Hayley is also a member of the Department of Finance’s Public/Private Sector Advisory Committee on AML/ATF.

Hayley has over 20 years of management expertise in the financial services industry with both money service business and banking experience at large global organizations. Prior to joining MNP LLP Hayley was the Director of Compliance for Canada and the Caribbean for Western Union and has also served in various head office functions with the financial services sector including Acting Head of AML Compliance for Canada for a large Schedule II Bank.

Email: hayley.howe@mnp.ca


Ross Alderson

Ross Alderson, CAMS
Membership Co-Director
British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)

Ross has been with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation since Nov 2008 and has worked within the areas of compliance and investigations for both land based and internet gaming.

Ross is currently the BCLC Director for Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Investigations.

Ross oversees and directs all BCLC’s investigative and Intelligence Units, which includes the compliance regime for AML related threats to BCLC, and its service partners, and helps to ensure compliance with appropriate legislation including the Criminal Code, Gaming Control Act and Anti-Money Laundering legislation.

Ross is a “Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist” (CAMS) and holds a number of qualifications and recognitions in the fields of business, investigations, money laundering, risk management and law enforcement in both Canada and Australia.

Ross has spoken at a number of Canadian Conferences on Gaming related matters and is a current member of the Gaming Security Professionals of Canada (GSPC), International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), The Society For The Policing Of Cyberspace (POLCYB), the Vancouver Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Private Investigators Association of BC (PIABC)

Prior to joining BCLC, Ross had a career in Policing, primarily in Melbourne, Australia, obtaining the rank of Detective Senior Constable. Ross is also a licensed British Columbia Private Investigator.

Email: ralderson@bclc.com


Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly
Co-Membership Director
IPSA International

Karen Kelly, CAMS, is Senior Project Coordinator at IPSA International (IPSA), an investigative consulting firm, in the Vancouver, British Columbia office. In this position, she assists on special projects, particularly in the area of Investigative Due Diligence.

IPSA provides comprehensive and discreet investigative due diligence to assist companies in evaluating commercial opportunities and mitigating risks including reputational damage, financial losses and unforeseen legal liabilities. Karen has significant experience managing and reporting the results of international enhanced due diligence engagements. She also participated in a Citizenship by Investment program review focusing on operational policies and procedures, workflow analysis, operational support, and system recommendations.

Karen received her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation in 2011, and serves on the board of the Vancouver Chapter of ACAMS. She obtained a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is also a former reserve officer of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Email: kkelly@ipsaintl.com


Kenneth Kim Marsh

Kenneth (Kim) Marsh
Programming (Advisory)
IPSA International, Inc.

Kenneth (Kim) Marsh has a distinguished record of achievement in the areas of international financial crime and anti-money laundering. As Executive Vice-President, International Operations, Mr. Marsh brings 35 years of investigative experience to IPSA International’s corporate, legal, financial, and government clients throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia.

Based in IPSA’s Vancouver office, Mr. Marsh specializes in multi-jurisdictional corruption, bribery and due diligence investigations, as well as anti-money laundering assignments targeting offshore and onshore tax havens including the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Switzerland, Ireland, Bermuda, Bahamas and Belize. Prior to joining IPSA, Mr. Marsh completed 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as Commander of the International Organized Crime Investigation Unit, where he was responsible for large-scale, covert operations in Europe, Asia and North America. While with the RCMP, Kim was posted to the Canadian High Commission, London, UK between 1992-97, which had geographical coverage including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Nordic countries and the Former Soviet Union.

Kim has lectured internationally to public and private entities on covert investigative practices and global due diligence. He is a certified member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and was formerly on the Board of Directors of the UK and Vancouver Chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He is also a member of the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a former Pacific Region Chapter representative for the association.

Email: kmarsh@ipsaintl.com


Ryan Pedwell
Co-Treasurer
HSBC Bank Canada

Email: Ryan.x.pedwell@hsbc.ca


Tyrell Wheeler
Co-Programming Director
HSBC Bank Canada

Email: Tyrell_Wheeler@hsbc.ca


Barbara Foertsch
Co-Secretary & Communications
Agility Forex Ltd

Email: bfoertsch@agilityforex.com


Cheryl Alexander
Communications
Credential Financial Inc.

Email: cheryl.alexander23@gmail.com