Vancouver Chapter


Upcoming Vancouver Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

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.

Annual Winter Mixer

You are cordially invited to a holiday networking event hosted by the ACAMS Vancouver Chapter.

Register early – Space is limited to the first 50 registered participants!

If you have any questions about this event; would like to provide suggestions for future sessions; or would like to explore opportunities with the ACAMS Vancouver Chapter Board, please contact the Vancouver Chapter of ACAMS at or

Two steps forward, one step back? Recent developments on beneficial ownership in Canada

The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Cordially invites you to a Lunch and Learn event:
Two steps forward, one step back? Recent developments on beneficial ownership in Canada

Register early – Space is limited to the first 40 registered participants!


  • Adam Ross
    Adam Ross is an independent investigator and advocate for beneficial ownership transparency. He is an active member of Transparency International’s Canadian chapter and sits on its working group for beneficial ownership reform. He is the author of TI Canada’s 2016 report, No Reason to Hide: Unmasking the Anonymous Owners of Canadian Companies and Trusts.

AML Typologies and Risk Mitigation for the Casino Sector

Space is limited to the first 40 registered participants!


  • Daryl Tottenham, BCLC
    Daryl Tottenham has been with BCLC for 7 years and for the last four years has solely focused solely on key areas such as FINTRAC reporting, PCMLTF Regulations, Money-laundering and Terrorist Financing activities, and the development of an exhaustive AML program for BCLC. Daryl also provides training to staff on AML related issues and practices. Before joining BCLC, Daryl had a 28-year career in law enforcement, policing with New Westminster Police and overseeing specialty squads focused on organized crime groups, drug enforcement, undercover projects and surveillance/targeting units. As a police officer, Daryl became recognized by the Courts as a drug expert in marijuana grow-ops, drug trafficking and possession files. This also included numerous property and house seizures for Proceeds of Crime applications and civil forfeiture files. Daryl currently remains on several police bulletin and email notifications which allows him to keep up to date with current trends and activities of criminal gangs and maintain police contacts throughout the lower mainland. Daryl is ACAMS Certified and was awarded the ACAMS AML Professional of the Month award in October 2016.
  • John Karlovcec, BCLC
    John Karlovcec is BCLC’s Director of AML & Investigations. John presently oversees and directs all investigations and predictive analysis across the AML, lottery, Casino and E-gaming channels to ensure integrity in BCLC gaming policies and procedures and identifying real and reputational threats to BCLC. Before joining BCLC, John had a 26-year career as a member of the RCMP in the Lower Mainland. John worked in various policing roles but developed an expertise in drug enforcement. Prior to retiring from the RCMP in 2006, John was part of the Surrey RCMP Drug Section and in charge of the Street Crimes Unit whose mandate was to focus on all aspects of drug enforcement from street to high-level organized drug trafficking groups. He was a trained “cover-man” and was responsible for supervising numerous undercover operations targeting various organized drug trafficking groups. John is a qualified expert at both the Provincial and Supreme courts level and has provided opinion evidence on multiple occasions in relation to drug trafficking and drug production cases. John has been ACAMS Certified since 2014.

Annual Winter Mixer

We work in a rapidly evolving, exciting and at times stressful industry. Please come out and join us for a drink or two at Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar in Gastown. Located at Waterfront Skytrain station this is an excellent occasion to relax and get to know a few of your fellow anti-money laundering professionals ahead of the holiday rush!

Best Practices to Mitigate, Detect and Investigate Third Party Risk

In today’s climate of increased regulatory requirements coupled with stricter enforcement, knowing your clientele is now entrenched as a critical business imperative. To ensure compliance with a host of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Corruption & Anti- Bribery Acts (FCPA, CFPOA, UKBA, CCA, etc.) it’s important to understand the entities (employees, vendors, etc.) with which you do business, so as to maintain an ethical ecosystem.

In this session, we will discuss best practices to manage third party risk, such as:

  • Key reporting requirements for internal stakeholders and regulators
  • Assessing and building sustainable internal controls
  • Effective data management to determine heightened risk individuals and entities
  • Collaborative approaches to enhanced due diligence
  • Training and educating employees and counterparties


  • Andrew Simpson, COO CaseWare Analytics
    Andrew Simpson has close to two decades of experience in the information systems and security business; specifically data analytics, interrogation and forensics. He is a regular contributor to various ACAMS, Western Union, Money Service Businesses (MSBs) and Financial Crimes events. Andrew previously worked with Ernst & Young as an IT Security Specialist and earned an honours degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies, as well as his MBA in Banking and Finance at the University of Wales and Manchester Business School.
  • Jeff Woods, Head of Risk Specialty Sales, Americas, Thomson Reuters
    Jeff Woods has a long career in the risk management space. He has worked with Compliance professionals for years both at Dun and Bradstreet and now with Thomson Reuters. Jeff has helped numerous high profile clients effectively manage the risk in both their client base and supply chain. Jeff specializes in helping clients with complex on-boarding processes risk rank and effectively screen 3rd parties. Jeff currently leads the IntegraScreen Enhanced Due Diligence and the World-Check businesses in the Americas.

Summer Networking Event!

Roundtable Discussion with Adam Ross on the topic of Beneficial Ownership disclosure in Canada

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

Payment Processors: Role in Mass Marketing Mail Fraud

Graham will provide a brief overview of the regulatory and financial market in the UK while providing a background on current ML challenges they face. Following this overview a deep dive will be conducted on three case studies where the financial system was used to facilitate payments for mass marketing mail fraud schemes. Finally, Graham will conclude his review reflecting how these cases have impacted the US and Canada, and ongoing fraud occurring in the market place.

Register early – Space is limited to the first 40 registered participants!


Graham Honey, Security and Investigations Consultant, GJH Risk Consultancy

Graham Honey, now a London-based security and investigations consultant, spent over 30 years in UK Law Enforcement, with HM Customs and Excise (HMCE) / HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). He has had extensive experience working with the public sector for Trading Standards, and will discuss the interaction of UK Law Enforcement with Trading Standards, Suspicious Activity Reports submissions and investigations, and present case studies from banks and MSB’s on the theme of DD and KYC.

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.


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


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.