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.

Snow-washing: The role of Canadian companies and trusts in money laundering

Adam Ross will present the findings of a recently published research paper on the problem of opaque ownership of Canadian companies and trusts. Making use of Canadian case studies and original research, he will demonstrate how a lack of transparency has left us vulnerable to exploitation by money launderers and other criminals. The presentation will also include a detailed look at money laundering in the context of the Vancouver property market and the prevalence of opaque ownership structures in luxury real estate.


Adam Ross – Managing Director, White Label Insights

Adam Ross is a corporate investigator and the managing director of White Label Insights, an investigations and due diligence consultancy. He is also a working group member with Transparency International Canada (TI Canada) and the author of their recent report on beneficial ownership transparency. A full bio is available here.

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


Lang Evans, Manager Special Investigations Unit, BC Securities Commission

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


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

Hayley Howe

Hayley Howe

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.


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.


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.


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 President of IPSA International, Mr. Marsh brings 35 years of investigative experience to 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.


Ryan Pedwell

Ryan Pedwell
HSBC Bank Canada

Ryan Pedwell is a Manager, in the Vancouver based FCC Operations team within HSBC Canada, where his primary focus is on the governance and oversight of the compliance operations teams both in Canada and overseas in our Global Service Centre & Third Party Vendor sites.

Ryan has over 10 years of management expertise in the financial services industry within both local (Canadian) and global financial institutions. Prior to joining HSBC Ryan was a manager & Compliance Education lead for BMO Canada.


Sharon Dsauza

Sharon Dsouza
HSBC Bank Canada
Co-Programming Director

Sharon Dsouza is the Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance Operations at HSBC Bank Canada. The role managing a 300+ team in Canada, India and the Philippines includes interactions designed to assess the effectiveness of internal controls, policies and procedures as they relate to on-going compliance with applicable AML and Sanctions obligations.

Sharon has 29 years of cross functional banking experience in the financial services industry, having worked with HSBC in North America, Asia and the Middle East. She has demonstrable record of success in driving complex global organization transformation and performance optimization programs. She has exceptional interpersonal skills, a passionate belief in leading a meritocracy based organization and minimizing subjectivity. Her depth of experience lies in Risk and Global operations.

HSBC has taken a strong approach to revamping its AML program and she is actively involved in driving the change to have a best-in-class AML proposition in a world of increasing regulatory pressure. Sharon is ACAMS certified.


Tyrell Wheeler
Co-Programming Director
HSBC Bank Canada


Barbara Foertsch

Barbara Foertsch
Co-Director Communications
Agility Forex Ltd

Barbara Foertsch is the CAMLO of Agility Forex Ltd., a Vancouver based FinTech company offering 24 hour online foreign currency exchange services. Barbara is ACAMS certified and oversees all aspects of Agility Forex’s AML program.

Barbara has extensive international experience in the financial services industry, the media industry and academic teaching. She has lived and worked in Germany, Romania, Spain, Poland, France and Canada and speaks eight languages.


Cheryl Alexander
Co-Communications Director
Credential Financial Inc.

Cheryl Alexander, CAMS, is the Regulatory Affairs Officer at Credential Financial Inc., a national wealth management firm providing MFDA and IIROC dealer services, online brokerage, and insurance solutions to over 200 organizations. In this role, Cheryl acts as one of the primary contacts for Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing compliance, developing and updating policies and procedures, risk assessments and training programs. Cheryl also assists with other regulatory and legal matters, and has been a certified Paralegal in the legal/regulatory industry for over 15 years. She also acts as one of the firm’s privacy officers.