AFP Vancouver is excited to kick off the New Year with our first event, taking a deeper dive into Blockchain. Brent Morgan, CFA and Vikas Singla from Deloitte LLP will be joining us to deliver an educational session on the topic.
AFP Vancouver will be holding the event at a new space, located at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm followed by the Presentation at 12:40pm.
Blockchain has seen 2,500-plus patent filings and over US$1.4 billion in investments in just three years. At least 24 countries are investing in it, and more than 50 corporations have joined consortia around it. But Blockchain is also one of the most misunderstood technologies. The regulatory environment around it is uncertain. Standards are only just starting to be developed. Formal legal frameworks don’t exist. All of these stand in the way of large-scale implementation.
Then there are the usual challenges of transformation. Updating financial infrastructure through Blockchain will require significant time and investment.
So what is what is Blockchain that it could make all this pain worthwhile? This session will aim to answer that question, introduce the concepts of Blockchain, its challenge to many of the assumptions underlying today’s business models, and the opportunity to shape the future. Additionally, we’ll explore specific impacts to Treasury and some of the corresponding use cases.
Brent is a Partner in the Canadian Risk Advisory practice with focus on Treasury Advisory. With over 18 years of industry and consulting experience, Mr. Morgan brings a broad range of insights across Treasury Risk Management and Governance, Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM), Risk and Credit business processes, controls and solutions, having worked with global corporate, commodity and financial services clients. He has led teams specializing in treasury diagnostic and transformation reviews, commodity strategy development, principal risk management assessments, energy and treasury trade floor transformations, treasury and commodity transacting and hedging strategies, corporate risk management policy and procedure development, business continuity planning and treasury and trading risk management systems. Skilled in integrating risks across an organization, Brent has worked closely with executive management to define a corporate strategy and approach to Risk Appetite. Brent has also been involved in Merger & Acquisition projects in the area of due diligence and leading company integration specifically in the area of trading and marketing.
Brent is an accomplished speaker having presented at many industry and internal conferences on the topic of corporate risk management. Brent has enhanced his verbal and written communication skills during his career in which he has presented to executive management, Audit Committees and Corporate Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Deloitte Brent was a Director and led the KPMG’s Financial Risk Management practice working both in Canada and the US. Brent was responsible for developing the business stream across Canada and worked closely with the US practice. Brent also spent a number of years in industry leading treasury and risk management organizations.
Vikas is a Manager in the Canadian Consulting practice and leads the FSI Blockchain team, a group of individuals dedicated to assisting clients understand and apply Blockchain (or, broadly distributed ledger technology) concepts to their business models, technology infrastructure and operating processes. He has over 9 years experience and has led multiple Blockchain-based experimentation projects.
Most recently, Vikas was the co-author of World Economic Forum report on Blockchain (“Future of Financial Services Infrastructure: An ambitious look at how Blockchain can reshape financial services”). Additionally, one of his key projects has included a Blockchain research initiative with Bank of Canada, Payments Canada and TMX called “Project Jasper”. Being a leader in product innovation, Vikas actively works with Deloitte’s Blockchain labs in New York, Hong Kong and Dublin to assist clients realize the potential of Blockchain technology.
Vikas has a Bachelor of Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Early Bird RSVP by noon: Wednesday January 31, 2018
RSVP by noon: Thursday February 8, 2018
Registration for this event is now closed.