Greater Toronto Chapter


Upcoming Canada Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter’s mission is to be the premier Compliance Professional organization in Canada that provides a forum to exchange information and ideas related to the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and to be an organization that provides educational resources and opportunities to compliance professionals.

1000 Miles for a great cause.

Upcoming Canada Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Present and Future of Public/Private Partnerships

Over that past few years, there has been increasing focus on public and private sector partnerships (PPPs) when tackling financial crime. In Canada, there has been much success through various projects and initiatives, such as Project Protect and Project Guardian. While the benefits of such partnerships are evident, there are challenges in both public and private sector partnerships. Since the Federal budget was released in 2019, there have been many initiatives to modernize Canada’s AML/ATF framework and strengthen data resources, financial intelligence and information sharing to identify and meet evolving threats. One key initiative has been the creation of the Anti-Money Laundering Action, Coordination and Enforcement (ACE) Team within Public Safety Canada. Carrie Hagerman from ACE will provide background on the ACE Team and their function as it improves the future of PPPs. Lepa Jankovic from the RCMP will provide insights into some of the current challenges law enforcement face with public-private partnerships and how the use of synthetic identity can be used to assist in investigations.

Virtual Event (registrants will receive a link to attend prior to the virtual event).
**Please note that CAMS credit for this virtual event is available to members of the Chapter only.***
Registration is open to Chapter Members Only at this time.

ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter Event

Seasons Greetings! ACAMS Toronto Chapter invites you to celebrate the holiday season with food and drinks!

Admission includes appetizers, soft drinks and 2 drink tickets.
*Proceeds will support the Canadian Center to End Human Trafficking.

ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter Event

This event is for Chapter Members Only

Session #1 – Presentation: Financial Crime Analysis

Session #2 – Panel (Topic): Money laundering in the GTA Real Estate market

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  • David Stewart, BA, FCMA (U.K.), GCMA, CFE, CFI
    Partner | Deloitte Forensic | Financial Crime Analytics

    David Stewart is a leader in Deloitte’s Forensics practice, based in Toronto. He has over 23 years experience conducting forensic investigations, leveraging forensic and analytic technologies to unlock the value of data. He advises executive and management teams in conducting proactive risk, regulatory and financial crime vulnerability assessments, in addition to leading investigations in response to allegations of fraud, improper conduct. David’s career has spanned across multiple industry sectors, most recently focusing on Cannabis working with regulators, financial services clients and licensed cannabis producers.

    He has led numerous complex and large scale investigations and has been qualified as expert witness in several financial crime matters.

    David is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Certified Forensic Investigator, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

  • Adrian Cheek
    Manager | Deloitte Risk Advisory

    Adrian Cheek is a dedicated and experienced manager in cybersecurity and risk mitigation working with law enforcement and private sector clients in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice.

    Referred to as a subject matter expert (SME) by the UK Government on DNS investigation with the ability to communicate information to both a technical and non-technical audience. Proven expertise in brand protection, project management and transaction laundering investigation and mitigation.

    An engaging public speaker and lecturer, engagements have included keynotes at the Beijing IP SuperConnector 2016 on ‘Gathering Useable Intelligence from the Internet’ and the Merchant Acquirers’ Committee expert panel discussing ‘Future Risks’.

  • Karim Rajwani
    SVP, Chief Operating Officer | Scotiabank

    Karim Rajwani is currently the SVP, Chief Operating Officer at Scotiabank, leading the bank’s remediation activities with respect to transaction monitoring, screening, investigations and intelligence activities. Karim has global responsibility for FIUs and oversight over operations and is responsible for the Enterprise Project Management Office and the AML Solution Delivery Team.

    Karim was previously the AML Advisor at various technology firms and prior to that was the Global Head of Financial Crime investigations and Intelligence, the Global Head of Financial Crime Technology Strategy, and the UK Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Deutsche Bank.

    Karim was also the Chief Anti-Money Laundering for the RBC Financial Group (RBC), where he oversaw the design, implementation and the day to day management of the Anti Money Laundering, Sanctions, Anti Bribery and Corruption and High Risk Client Management) Programs for more than 15 years. In addition, he was responsible for the AML Compliance teams globally.

    Karim has more than 37 years of risk management, compliance and financial accounting experience. Mr. Rajwani was also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security for the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada between 2009 and 2012, the Co-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti Money Specialists (ACAMS) and is a member of the Advisory Board of ACAMS.

    In addition to his risk management experience, Karim is a Chartered Accountant both in Canada as well as the UK and has worked for various Financial Institutions, Chartered Accounting and Management Consulting firms. In these roles, he has overseen the implementation of a number of enterprise-wide risk management and compliance initiatives .

  • Christine Ring, CAMS
    Partner | Deloitte Financial Crime/Financial Advisory

    Christine Ring is part of the Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions practice for Deloitte Canada and brings over 20 years of regulatory experience, including vast experience in Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance.

    Prior to joining Deloitte, Christine was the Managing Director of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institution’s (OSFI) Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Division. Her team was responsible for assessing the anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist risk management functions of federally regulated financial institutions.

    Christine worked closely with the Department of Finance, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, law enforcement and other key domestic and international agencies on matters relating to money laundering, terrorist financing and sanctions. Christine was a member of the Canadian delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and played a strong role in the 2016 FATF mutual evaluation of Canada.

  • Peter German, QC
    Peter German, QC, is President of the International Center for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of British Columbia. A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, he holds graduate degrees in law and political science, including a doctorate in law from the University of London. He is the author of Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering, published by Thomson Reuters.

    Dr. German previously served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retiring as Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada, and as Regional Deputy Commissioner Pacific for Correctional Service Canada. Within the RCMP, he was responsible for the creation of various integrated teams. He was also the lead investigator on high- profile corruption files, including the Airbus investigation, and was team commander for the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian diplomats held by Al-Qaeda in North Africa.

    His awards include Queen’s Counsel, Officer of the Order of Merit of Police, and Gold Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. In September 2017, he was appointed by the Attorney General of British Columbia to be the independent reviewer of allegations of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, resulting in 48 recommendations, all of which were accepted by government. In September 2018, he was appointed to conduct a similar review involving real estate, luxury autos and horseracing.

  • Peter Dent, CPA•IFA (CA), CIA, CPA•CFF (US), CFE, ICD.D
    Partner | Deloitte Forensic

    Peter Dent is a Partner in the Deloitte Forensic practice. Peter has over 23 years of experience working with clients conducting internal investigations and providing advice around anti-fraud and anti-corruption compliance frameworks, to enhance accountability, transparency and governance. Peter’s specialties include working with international organizations in post disaster and post-crisis environments, having worked in over 35 countries. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter was the Team Leader of the Forensic Services Unit within the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC leading international fraud and corruption procurement investigations into World Bank financed projects.

    Peter has experience working with the United Nations (UNDP and UNPS) evaluating and strengthening the accountability and transparency of their procurement processes. In the case of UNDP, Peter was specifically tasked with advising and assisting UNDP leadership in the wake of the Tsunami of December 26, 2004. In the case of UNPS Peter was responsible for the evaluation of their procurement processes in the wake of the Oil For Food investigation.

    Currently Peter is the past-Chair of Transparency International – Canada. In addition, Peter is a faculty member of the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where he lectures on a Director’s responsibility with respect to governance and oversight regarding internal investigations and financial crime prevention.
    Early in his Deloitte career, Mr. Dent was on retainer to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commercial Crime Unit for 3 years. Mr. Dent provided advice on the conduct of financial analysis related to a wide spectrum of white-collar crime investigations. Peter was also a Police Constable with the York Regional Police Service in Ontario, prior to joining Deloitte.

ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter Lunch and Learn Event

With PCMLTFA changes looming over the Compliance industry, don’t you wish you knew more about how those changes could affect your department, organization and how your role may be modified? Join us in listening to Jacqueline Shinfield discuss how these changes are to impactful to the industry. 

In addition, FINTRAC has recently issued draft guidance on Revised ID Methods, which could not have come at a better time! Following the first guest speaker, we will have a panel discussion led by Stuart Davis to discuss digital identification methods. Panelists include: Gene DiMira, Director Compliance at Manulife Financial and Shashank Saurabh, Director Digital Payments & Identity (Scotiabank). 


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm​ | Lunch
   1:00 pm – 1:10 pm ​| Introduction and Opening Remarks
   1:10 pm – 2:10 pm ​| Guest Speaker: Jacqueline D. Shinfield
   2:10 pm – 2:30 pm ​| Q&A Session
   2:30 pm – 2:45 pm ​| Break
   2:45 pm – 3:45 pm ​| Panel Discussion
   3:45 pm – 4:15 pm ​| Q&A Session
   4:15 pm – 4:30 pm | ​Closing Remarks

**Please note there will be access to a bag and coat check that will be accessible.

Convergence of Financial Crime Compliance – Panel Discussion and Networking

Top leaders from the industry & law enforcement will engage in a strategic conversation to discuss the convergence of each of the pillars of financial crime (Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Sanctions, and Fraud). Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from the experts themselves!

ACAMS in the 6ix Networking Event

Free for Greater Toronto ACAMS Chapter Members.

Space is limited.

ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter – Calling all Mentees

We are very pleased to be hosting our first ever Speed Networking Event!

The purpose of this event is to bring together young professionals in our industry to learn from top leaders of the industry and enhance opportunities for professional development.

We are in need of mentees to sign up for this wonderful event. By being a mentee, you will be able to meet top leaders in the industry who will share their experiences, tips or guidance. If you are interested, please use the attached link to register for your ticket. Please note that space is limited so please be sure to register early. When the tickets are sold out, you will be added to a waitlist for the second event.

AML Emerging Risk and Technology

ACAMS Greater Toronto Chapter Lunch and Learn: Legalized Cannabis and AML

An Overview of the Government of Canada’s Approach to Legalize, Regulate and Restrict Access to Cannabis

Weeding Through the Challenges of Banking the Marijuana Industry

Organ Trafficking: A MultiLevel Equation of Exploitation

ACAMS in “The 6”

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The Opioid Crisis and Money Laundering




Jump Into 2017 With the Next ACAMS Toronto Learning Event!!!

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ACAMS Toronto Chapter Networking Event

Human Trafficking / Sexual Slavery

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ACAMS Toronto Chapter Lunch & Learn:
Managing the Money Laundering Risk of Offshore Money Flows to Canada 

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Terrorist Financing Concerns & Risks in Ontario For the Financial Services Sector

ACAMS Toronto Chapter Lunch & Learn: Money Laundering Case Overview by Detective Constable Dwayne King Toronto Police Services

Begin 2015 with an ACAMS Toronto Networking Event!

Investigation Workshop
Open Source Intelligence Training® (OSINT): How to use Open Source Information as Intelligence

Toronto & GTA Executive Networking Event

Lunch & Learn Event, sponsored by the ACAMS Toronto & GTA Chapter:
Money Laundering and the Canadian Real Estate Sector

Advanced Financial Crime Investigative Techniques
Topic: Advanced Financial Crime Investigative Techniques

Lunch & Learn Event: AML Model Validation

Compliance Testing – Understanding the Role of AML Compliance and the Business for a comprehensive and effective AML Testing Program

FINTRAC Presentaion

ACAMS Canada Chapter Executive’s Networking Event

AML/ATF in Canada: Impact and Assessment of Changes to Canada’s Regulatory Environment to Date

ACAMS Canada Presents: The First 2013 Lunch & Learn

Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis, CAMS

Stuart Davis currently serves as the Enterprise Chief AML Officer for the Bank of Montreal Financial Group and is based in Toronto, Canada. He has over 25 years banking and regulatory experience including serving for five years as the Enterprise BSA and Sanctions Officer for USAA in San Antonio, Texas. Previously he led the Global AML Programs and Product Support for the Payment Services segment of First Data Corporation, which included Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and the AML/OFAC compliance program across Capital One’s North American portfolio of consumer and commercial products and services. Stuart began his career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Stuart also has been an industry speaker on various AML topics including risk management and integrating technology and fraud programs. Stuart has an honors degree in Economics from the University of Georgia.

John Shoemaker

John Shoemaker
Great-West Life, Canada Life and London Life

John Shoemaker currently serves as the Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer for the Great-West Life Assurance group of companies (Great-West Life, Canada Life and London Life).  Until February of 2017, John held the rank of Superintendent in the RCMP’s federal policing program as the officer-in-charge of “O” Division’s (Ontario) Greater Toronto Area Financial Crime where he  provided oversight and leadership of enforcement teams focused on organized large scale money laundering, proceeds of crime, fraud, counterfeit currency and corruption investigations.

Over the course of his 25 year career in the RCMP, John conducted or led a broad range of investigations working with other law enforcement agencies, regulators, other government agencies and private institutions on financial crime and criminal intelligence matters of national and international significance.

John holds an MBA, is an accountant and is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Fraud Examiner. 

Lydia Sas

Lydia Sas
HiFX Canada

Lydia Sas serves as the Head of Compliance, North America, for HiFX Canada Inc., a Euronet Worldwide Company (NASDAQ: EEFT), one of the largest money transfer businesses globally. HiFX is a money services business that provides services in the US, Canada, Australasia and Europe. Lydia is responsible for HiFX’s Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Anti-Fraud Programs for North America. Lydia has worked in the anti-money laundering compliance field for 14 years, previously as Senior Manager, AML/CTF Compliance, and Senior Compliance Officer, for Cambridge Global Payments. Lydia has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2005.

Dwayne King

Dwayne King
TD Bank Financial Group

Dwayne King is a member of Grant Thornton’s Forensics team and is in involved in Anti-Money Laundering, Investigative Research, Investigations and the Litigation practice. Dwayne has also provided support for Grant Thornton’s whistleblower program (CARE).

Prior to joining Grant Thornton Dwayne managed a team of 26 investigators as part of the Global Anti-Money Laundering Department for TD Bank. Dwayne has 26 years of experience in Law Enforcement and 8 years investigating Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime. Dwayne is a court qualified Money Laundering expert. He has received his designation as an Advanced Financial Crimes Investigative Specialist (CAMS – FCI), a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Financial Crimes Specialists (CFCS) , a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).


Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma
Communications Director
KEB Hana Bank Canada

Sandeep Sharma is CAMLO of KEB Hana Bank Canada, a Schedule II retail Bank serving Canadian-Koreans individuals and corporate clients in Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia. In this role, he is responsible for AML Compliance regime, specifically all matters concerning anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (proceeds of crime, sanction programs, KYC, training, etc.), privacy & managing relationship with regulators and various stakeholders.

Sandeep has developed a strong sense of devotion for banking and financial services over the past 14 years. He began his career in the field of Compliance at MFC Global Asset Management and has worked at Royal Bank of Scotland, Sunlife Financial, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp of Canada and Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan.

Sandeep is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), CPA, CGA and ACCA from UK.

Rebecca Ip

Rebecca Ip
Membership Director

Rebecca Ip is a Vice-President of KPMG Forensic Inc. in Toronto and has specialized in Forensic Accounting since 2007. Rebecca has extensive experience in advising clients in the financial industry on AML, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, fraud and litigation related matters in Canada, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. On AML-specific projects, Rebecca assisted clients in compliance regime assessments, gap analysis, remediation projects and pre-and-post-regulatory assistance.  Rebecca’s AML experience also includes non-financial entities such as real estate and dealers in precious metals and stones.

Rebecca is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) and has a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.

Christine Ring

Christine Ring
Co-Membership Director

April Hannan

April Hannan
Programming Director

April Hannan, CAMS is currently the Senior Manager, Enterprise AML Training at the Bank of Nova Scotia. In this role, she is responsible for building the enterprise-wide AML/ATF training framework and program, working with various jurisdictions and business lines to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for training.

April has over 12 years of experience in risk management and AML/ATF. She has worked in various roles within 3 Canadian financial institutions gaining experience in complex investigations, data analysis, design, development and implementation of new processes, procedures and training programs. April has also been an effective leader in managing others in various teams. She has been a member of ACAMS since 2014 and has a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Ryerson University.

Tiffany Tsang

Tiffany Tsang
Co-Programming Director
HSBC Bank Canada

Tiffany studied at the University of Toronto where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Ethics, Society, & Law. Inspired by her father from an early age, Tiffany applied for the RBC Summer Internship Program where she worked as a Client Service Representative and Account Manager throughout her undergraduate degree. In her last year, Tiffany joined RBC’s National Fraud Detection Group where she conducted thorough investigation and analysis of potential fraud on business accounts with a focus in counterfeit cheques. Fluent in both English and Chinese, Tiffany is currently a Manager, External Investigative Reporting as a part of HSBC’s Financial Crime Threat Mitigation function. 

Tiffany is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Bitcoin Professional. She also holds an ICA Certificate in Financial Crime Risk.

Tiffany strongly believes that knowledge is more valuable when shared. She is dedicated to bring together like-minded individuals and strengthen a supportive network of AML professionals.

Stephen Sargeant

Stephen Sargeant
Co-Communications Director

Stephen Brent Sargeant works as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator at cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex.  He is a FINTECH enthusiast that enjoys learning about Bitcoin and the Blockchain. Passionate about helping others, he has written articles and produced podcasts in order to help others in the Financial Crime Compliance field.  He has collaborated with many organizations and individuals promoting goodwill and positive initiatives in the Compliance and FINTECH communities. Armed with a legal background, he has proven to have a flair for networking in person and via social media platforms, which has contributed to his community building in the Compliance industry. Stephen previously worked at HSBC in their Anti-Money Laundering Department and recently has assisted in creating training material on cryptocurrency typologies and suspicious indicators.

Stephen has obtained his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP) and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) designations.