Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton shone at the 2019 FinTech Forum.
The President and CEO of our firm, Emilio B. Imbriglio, delivered a welcome statement on October 21, 2019 as part of the election party, with Matthieu Cardinal, Vice-President, FinTech Development and Corporate Affairs at Finance Montréal and Co-chair of the 2019 Canada FinTech Forum organizing committee.
On October 22nd and 23rd, at the kiosk presented by the firm and its subsidiaries, several experts held mini-conferences about issues pertaining to cloud computing and blockchain, to name a few.
The firm’s President and CEO had the privilege of leading a panel on diversity and inclusion in fintech. The panel included Jennifer McDonald, President and CEO, Mylo; Tanya Andreasyan, MD and Managing Editor, FinTech Futures; Daisy Dedeian, Director, CH&CO; Melissa Pauléat, Vice-President Marketing, Mobeewave; and Valérie Castaigne, Vice-President, Analytical Services, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. This very inspiring conference focused on the place of women and minorities in fintech as well as the challenges specific to certain regions of the world.
Panelists stressed the importance of giving diversity a greater place. They believe companies must integrate an inclusive culture into their business strategy. To do this, the decision must come from the top, otherwise diversity and inclusion will not materialize and will only remain a check mark on a to-do list. There was general agreement that diversity and inclusion should be treated as operational and not as human resources issues.
The panelists called on leaders to encourage women to dare to take their place, to progress and break down the glass ceilings. Women and other minorities must finally conquer their impostor syndrome and take their rightful place. Fintech, by definition, is disruptive. The same must be true for inclusion and diversity, which should be implemented at all corporate levels.
During the forum held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, several of the firm’s experts were present at this most important fintech gathering in the country, including the team specializing in financial transformation (FPM 360), part of our firm’s Management Consulting Department.
Lastly, Kevin Pleiter, Managing Partner, Advisory Services at Grant Thornton LLP in the United States, also acted as a panel moderator on cybersecurity and quantum computing in fintech services.
The firm and the Grant Thornton global organization had a strong presence at this international forum, which brought together some 3,000 participants in the Quebec metropolis!