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News Bites
Amaya appoints Brian Kyle as CFO
May 16
, 2017
NetCents creates UK subsidiary
May 11
, 2017
First Global adds global foreign exchange partnership, appoints IR firm
May 8, 2017
IOU partners with EVO to cross-promote funding and credit card processing
May 3, 2017
First Global subsidiary one of India's fastest growing companies
May 3, 2017
Currency Exchange International appoints new CFO
April 24, 2017
Posera launches integrated POS solution for world-class hotels
April 20, 2017
Peoples Trust, Koho launch Smart Spending Account
April 19, 2017
TD MySpend app approaches one million users
April 19, 2017
Flexiti Financial appoints marketing, retail experts to advisory board
April 18, 2017
Scotiabank points to progress on CSR strategy
April 10, 2017
Software showcases client’s brands by integrating services into one mobile experience
April 8, 2017
Cayan partners with Deluxe
April 7, 2017
Checkfront, Expedia team up to streamline booking process
April 4, 2017
New restaurants added to Lightspeed's independent businesses roster
April 4, 2017
Scotiabank, Cardtronics renew 7-Eleven Canada ABM agreement
March 23, 2017
Millennials get financial products, credit cards in one place: survey
March 23, 2017
Symposium will host senior-level discussions on prepaid industry
March 16, 2017
D+H launches cloud-based small business lending technology in U.S.
March 15, 2017
Mobio announces management change
January 31, 2017
First-ever Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit to be held in New York City February 8
January 18, 2017
Scotiabank's president and CEO to speak at RBC Capital Markets Canadian Bank CEO Conference
January 5, 2017
NetCents exceeds projected monthly processing
December 7, 2016
2nd annual Canadian FinTech Awards Dinner sells out
November 8, 2016
D+H to present on real-time payments at Sibos 2016
September 28, 2016
Tempo Money Transfer enters Canadian market
September 23, 2016
Aspire Financial Technologies forms four data partnerships for gateway platform
September 7, 2016
Co-branded credit cards take top billing in 2016 MoneySense annual rankings
August 25, 2016
Manulife to drive efficiencies in investment research in unstructured financial data
August 25, 2016
Nordstrom expands rewards program, adds 1.7 million new members
August 16, 2016
President's Choice Financial offers digital payment via Apple Pay
August 11, 2016
Videotron offers customers new mobile payment option
July 18, 2016
Creditron wins new payments contract
June 29, 2016
Mia Huntington to head Elavon’s Canadian organization
June 13, 2016
Where Pass London creates first 3-in-1 Visa debit card combining travel, attractions, spending money
June 13, 2016
Posera completes sale of Zomaron
May 2, 2016
Rack up the rewards: Canadians are loyal to loyalty rewards programs
April 28, 2016

TIO Networks closes acquisition of Softgate Systems
April 25, 2016

Peoples Trust expands Canadian prepaid issuing services to SVM
April 19, 2016
ACT Canada releases 2016 Cardware conference agenda
April 6, 2016
RDM releases new cheque scanning unit
March 21, 2016

Ackroo to raise $2 million to finance growth, tech
March 17, 2016

Connect First Credit Union AGM is setting for contactless payments with Everlink Debitwear
March 17, 2016
Vexilor POS integrates with Xero to bring actionable insights to small businesses
March 15, 2016
AribaPay coming to Canada
March 14, 2016
Helcim brings POS innovation to developers with hybrid EMV terminal
March 14, 2016
Lightspeed eCom now available in North America
March 9, 2016
Online shopping: luxury brands at a fraction of the cost on
March 9, 2016

Ascentium Capital launches merchant finance division
March 9, 2016

Canada Revenue Agency accepting Visa Debit for payments made online
March 7, 2016
Sappi North America reveals new paper gift cards
February 24, 2016
Hitting the gym just got easier: American Express Canada works out new partnership with GoodLife Fitness
February 22, 2016
Fujitsu launches new secure 2 in 1 device for ID
February 9, 2016
The Cass-patented BYOD payment solution expands globally
February 9, 2016
Saxo Payments set to launch industry white paper at Money2020 Europe
February 8, 2016

Sun City Group goes live on VersaPay's accounts receivable automation platform
February 2, 2016

Mogo announces management promotions in credit and operations
February 1, 2016

MBNA, CUETS Financial credit cards to join UGO Wallet
February 1, 2016

BillPro adds global payment products for merchants
January 27, 2016

Past News

 Industry Events

News In Depth

BMO, DMZ partner to find country's top FinTech startups

May 26, 2017 -- BMO Financial Group and the DMZ at Ryerson University announced today that they would be extending their partnership with the launch of the DMZ-BMO Fintech Accelerator program, benefitting Canada's top financial technology startups.

Jaxx announces massive expansion, partnering, integration with top blockchain projects to make digital currencies more accessible

May 25, 2017 -- Decentral today announced that its flagship product, Jaxx, a user-controlled, multi-asset, multi-platform digital currency wallet and exchange, has secured over 70 new partners and integrations on the way to bolster its mission to become the ultimate command centre for all things blockchain. Just as the browser unleashed the power of the Internet, Jaxx will be the tool that brings digital currencies and digital assets to the masses, the company boasts.

Payment Source enables 'in-person' tax payments in Canada

May 25, 2017 -- Payment Source, a leader in the Canadian payments industry, announced today a new payment option for Canadian taxpayers. Taxpayers can now visit any post office, anywhere in the country, to pay their taxes using Payment Source's proprietary Loadhub service.

Cayan partners with hospitality POS pioneer Squirrel Systems

May 25, 2017 -- Cayan, a payment technology company, today announced a new strategic partnership with Squirrel Systems, a leading POS provider for the hospitality industry. Squirrel customers can now leverage Cayan's Genius payment platform to securely -- and quickly -- process all payment types including EMV®/chip cards, traditional magstripe credit and debit cards, gift and loyalty cards, as well as mobile payments like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.

Collabria partners with Millennium1 Solutions to move call centre to Canada

May 25, 2017 -- Collabria has partnered with Millennium1 Solutions in Toronto to move Collabria's call centre operations from the US into Canada. M1S will handle all cardholder calls relating to Collabria credit cards from its Canadian facilities. Collabria will transition to M1S effective September 5, 2017.

Vision Travel, CSI globalVCard partner to solve pain points in travel procurement with virtual card payment system

May 24, 2017 -- Vision Travel and CSI globalVCard announce the integration of Concur Compleat to their single-use virtual card payments partnership.

Canadian companies lag in cybersecurity investments

May 23, 2017 -- Although recognizing an expected increase in the number of attempted data breaches in the next year, just over a third of Canadian executives believe their organizations' cybersecurity will improve over the next 12 months, according to a new survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO.

NetCents launches e-commerce plugin for WooCommerce

May 23, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has released an e-ommerce plugin for WooCommerce. Netcents' revolutionary plugin allows e-commerce sites built with the WordPress platform to accept fiat currencies, credit cards, and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Diebold Nixdorf, Kony partner to accelerate mobile transformation in financial services and retail

May 22, 2017 -- Diebold Nixdorf today announced a strategic partnership with Kony, Inc. to offer white label mobile application solutions for financial institutions and retailers. The next generation mobile application suite—DN Mobile—will enable a unified and highly personalized experience by leveraging cross-platform data and integrating multiple channels to drive connected commerce.

Posera partners with Ingenico Group for the integration of its SecureTablePay pay-at-the-table solution

May 19, 2017 -- Posera Ltd. announced its partnership with Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, for the launch of Posera's SecureTablePay Pay-at-the-Table solution in the U.S. market.

Deloitte launches enhanced digital banking offering

May 18, 2017 -- Deloitte today announced the launch of its enhanced Digital Bank offering to further accelerate a bank's digital transformation. Based on the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform and utilizing the Salesforce Financial Services Cloud, Digital Bank helps banks create exceptional experiences by providing tailored banking capabilities with accelerated implementation and realization of value.

Posera announces partnership with Vantiv, certification and launch of SecureTablePay in the U.S. market

May 18, 2017 -- Posera Ltd., a leading provider of software solutions for the hospitality industry, announced today the completion of certification with Vantiv, the largest payment processor in the U.S., for Posera's pay-at-the-table (PATT) solution, SecureTablePay.

Spending topped $20T on AMEX, Diners Club/Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay, Visa cards worldwide in 2016: Nilson Global Cards Report

May 17, 2017 -- Global card purchase volume for goods and services, which excludes cash advances on credit cards and cash withdrawals on debit cards, grew by 5.8 per cent to $20.606 trillion in 2016, according to The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication. UnionPay debit cards were the most popular payment product based on purchase volume, followed by Visa credit cards, Visa debit cards, UnionPay credit cards, Mastercard credit cards, Mastercard debit cards, American Express cards, JCB cards, and Diners Club/Discover cards.

U.S. merchants paid $88.39B in card fees in 2016: Nilson Merchant Fees Report

May 17, 2017 -- Credit, debit, and prepaid general purpose and private label cards issued in the United States generated $5.936 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2016. Processing fees, which include interchange, paid by U.S. merchants to handle all card payments, were $88.39 billion, according to The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication.

Mastercard is becoming the ticket to ride in more than 80 global cities

May 16, 2017 -- As residents and visitors of the world’s major cities look for the best way to get around, Mastercard is making commuting easier, faster and more consistent. In over 80 cities around the globe, Mastercard and its partners are enabling users to pay for their train or bus simply by tapping their card or swiping their phone.

Conformance Technologies receives ETA’s PayPal Tech Innovation Award

May 16, 2017 -- Conformance Technologies today announced its InConRadar offering has received the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) PayPal Tech Innovation Award for best risk solution. Award judging and ceremonies took place last week during TRANSACT 17 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Strengthening FinTech ecosystem key to maintaining Canada's global position: TFSA report

May 16, 2017 -- Strengthening the FinTech ecosystem in the Toronto region must be an imperative for the country's financial services sector and governments in order to maintain and grow the region's international market position, according to a new report from the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), researched and written by Accenture and McMillan LLP.

Nordstrom expands loyalty program in Canada with launch of Nordstrom Rewards Visa through MBNA

May 15, 2017 -- Nordstrom, Inc. has announced it is expanding its loyalty program in Canada, providing customers with a new opportunity to earn points for their purchases and access to exclusive perks. Beginning today, Canadian customers can apply for the Nordstrom Rewards Visa credit card and earn points on their purchases wherever they shop. The Nordstrom Rewards Visa will be offered through MBNA, a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank and the leading provider of co-branded and affinity credit card programs in Canada.

KPMG acquires Matchi, global FinTech innovation and matchmaking platform

May 11, 2017 -- KPMG International has announced the acquisition of Matchi, a leading global fintech innovation and matchmaking platform that connects financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, with leading-edge financial services technology solutions and companies worldwide.

Bambora lands in North America, aims to be the most customer-centric payments company in the world

May 11, 2017 -- Beanstream, a provider of multi-channel payment solutions, today completes its evolution into Bambora. The Sweden-based global payments company, Bambora, offers flexible and secure payment services to businesses of all sizes. Bambora acquired Beanstream in 2015 and will now operate as the North American hub to serve customers in the region. Since the acquisition, there has been a 41 per cent growth in the number of staff, but Beanstream maintains Bambora’s start-up culture as it evolves from a traditional Canadian FinTech company to a global-minded business.

Northern Credit Union wins CCUA Innovation Award

May 10, 2017 -- Northern Credit Union (Northern) took home the Canadian Credit Union Association’s (CCUA) prestigious Innovation Award for its online small business account opening software and unique Small Business Rocks program. The software, which comes courtesy of ASAPP Online Solutions (ASAPP), Northern’s FinTech partner, allows members to acquire Northern business products, including the Small Business Rocks Line of Credit from their office, handheld device or virtually anywhere. The Small Business Rocks program, meanwhile, celebrated Northern Ontario small businesses with three live networking events featuring live music, food, drink and business savvy presenters and was the launching platform for the ASAPP-engineered online account and loan origination software.

66% of Canadians are ready to drop cheques, 50% wouldn't miss cash

May 9, 2017 -- Dropping the $1,000 note and penny from our currency pales in comparison to the paperless, digital payment revolution that is underway. According to the Payments Pulse survey conducted by Payments Canada and Leger Marketing, the country seems willing to change with a majority ready to drop cheques altogether and half willing to do the same with cash.

EyeVerify survey reveals high consumer trust in biometrics for mobile banking and payments

May 5, 2017 -- EyeVerify Inc. today released The Retail Banking Biometrics Confidence Report to give financial institutions valuable insight into consumer preferences and behavior regarding various biometrics offerings.

ASAPP online account origination system integrates with Fiserv

May 4, 2017 -- ASAPP Online Solutions, the provider of Canada’s most complete personal and small business online account origination technology, has signed an agreement with Fiserv to interface ASAPP’s account origination technology with the DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv. ASAPP will leverage the open architecture of DNA APIs to create a responsive account origination experience that fully integrates with DNA, the leading core banking platform for Canadian credit unions.

Interac teams up with three Canadian startups to bring innovative money transfer experiences to market

May 3, 2017 -- Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation are gearing up to work with three Canadian startups to help them enable easier and faster payment experiences for their customers. The startups—OpenSports, Dibbzz and Navi—were selected following a Collision Day challenge at Communitech last week in which they made pitches for integrating with the new Interac e-Transfer 3rd party API (application programming interface) to streamline requesting and receiving money.

CPPO Prepaid Symposium announces final agenda and speakers

May 1, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, today announced the final speakers for the inaugural CPPO Prepaid Symposium on May 23, 2017 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Prepaid cards are a vital component of Canada's digital economy, with $3.1 billion dollars loaded onto American Express, Mastercard and Visa prepaid cards in 2015.

ATMIA releases Access to Cash study

May 1, 2017 -- ATMIA today published a new study on the role cash plays in financial inclusion. Entitled, “Access to Cash: the First Step toward Financial Inclusion” the study presents an international picture of the importance of cash and ATMs in reaching 2 billion financially excluded persons who have no bank account, including case studies in Kenya, the UK, Brazil and the Philippines.

BMO launches new suite of commercial Mastercard offerings

April 27, 2017 -- BMO Financial Group today announced the launch of a new suite of Commercial Mastercard products that offer a range of reward benefits, including CashBack. These integrated card products combine convenience, flexibility and functionality into a comprehensive payment solution.

Global FinTech market sees quiet first quarter of 2017 as M&A slows, VC funding holds steady: KPMG report

April 27, 2017 -- Global fintech investment got off to a soft start in Q1'17, with the total invested globally at US$3.2 billion, down from US$4.15 billion in Q4'16 according to the Q1'17 edition of The Pulse of Fintech, KPMG International's quarterly report on FinTech investment. Fintech M&A dropped in Q1'17, with US$920 million in deal volume—down from US$1.8 billion in the previous quarter, and less than half of the US$4 billion in funding in Q1'16. Venture capital funding to FinTechs held relatively steady at US$2.3 billion in Q1'17—a solid result although well below peak highs.

Mastercard unveils next generation biometric card

April 26, 2017 -- Mastercard has unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely verify the cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases.

TNS Smart Network Inc. launches Interac FLASH payment solution for Canadian vending pperators

April 25, 2017 -- TNS Smart Network Inc. has announced a new comprehensive vending payment solution for the Canadian vending, kiosk and unattended markets. The new solution integrates Crane Payment Innovation’s (CPI) MEI Cashflow EasiChoice card reader and Apriva’s newly certified payment gateway interface for Interac Flash to TNS Smart Network Inc. This new solution set provides one easy-to-use, seamless payment acceptance platform for Canadian operators to enable an enhanced customer experience with increased convenience and security.

Winning Brands, Securter partner to reduce credit card fraud

April 24, 2017 -- Winning Brands Corporation and Securter, Inc. have entered into an Exploratory Discussion Agreement ("EDA") regarding the launch of Securter's new patent-pending technology to reduce credit card fraud—a major and growing problem in digital commerce. The agreement arises from Winning Brands' Innovators Community initiative, through which innovators can partner with Winning Brands for mutual advantage.

NetCents & MasterCard to allow direct purchase of BTC

April 24, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. has announced that it has expanded its global services by bolstering its processing capabilities with MasterCard for the direct purchase of BTC.

Dovetail and IBM announce strategic partnership

April 21, 2017 -- Dovetail today announced a global strategic partnership with IBM to offer Dovetail payment solutions in combination with IBM's Watson Financial Services products.

Canadian spending up 3.46 per cent in the first quarter of 2017

April 20, 2017 -- Spending in Canada grew by 3.46 per cent in the first quarter of 2017 on a year-over-year basis, according to the MonerisMetrics Quarterly Report released by Moneris Solutions Corporation. While overall spending is up, the quarter's results continue a trend of gradually slowing growth, suggesting that 2017 may be a year of moderate spending when compared to 2015 and 2016.

Masterpass-enabled bots provide secure checkout experience on Facebook Messenger

April 19, 2017 -- Today at the Facebook Developer Conference, Mastercard announced Masterpass-enabled bots to drive more seamless shopping on Facebook Messenger with FreshDirect, Subway and The Cheesecake Factory.

Social network payments reach nearly US$3 trillion in China: UN report

April 19, 2017 -- A new UN study reveals that Alipay and WeChat Pay enabled US$2.9 trillion in Chinese digital payments in 2016, representing a 20-fold increase in the past four years. The data shows that digital payments, using existing platforms and networks, provide access to a wider range of digital financial services, expanding financial inclusion and economic opportunity throughout China and neighboring countries.

Credit card payment tested onboard Laval buses, a first in Canada

April 19, 2017 -- The Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Desjardins Group has announced the implementation of a new pilot project to accept credit card payments by Visa or MasterCard onboard Laval buses. These two leading Quebec companies have joined forces to bring this innovative project to life as of Friday, April 21 on six of the STL's bus routes: 20, 39, 48, 60, 63 and 73. The STL is the first public transit company in Canada to test onboard fare payment by credit card (single fares).

Vantiv partners with Womply to deliver Big Data insights to merchants

April 18, 2017 -- Vantiv, Inc., a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced today that it has partnered with Womply, a merchant-focused technology company, to offer Vantiv BizShield and Insights to small and medium-sized businesses. The products will allow merchants to manage, protect and simplify their businesses with real-time data, advanced analytics, online reputation management and proactive threat management.

Mastercard gains regulatory approval, will acquire VocaLink

April 12, 2017 – A recent decision by the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority clears the way for the completion of the MasterCard’s planned acquisition of VocaLink Holdings Limited. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks.

Interac e-Transfer volumes reached record levels in 2016

April 11, 2017 -- Canadian consumers and businesses are using the Interac e-Transfer service at record levels with more than 158 million transfers made over the platform in 2016. This volume is up almost 50 per cent from the previous year's 105 million transfers, according to data released today by Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation (Interac). The total value of Interac e-Transfer transactions also reached a new high, with more than $63 billion transferred in 2016, representing an average transaction of $408.

Glance Pay makes a move on growing $215-billion food delivery market

April 7, 2017 -- Glance Technologies is leveraging its technology, consumer base, and restaurant relationships to move into the online food delivery market by partnering with Daily Delivery for delivery logistics. Online food delivery is a rapidly growing market within the restaurant industry. Currently disrupting traditional forms of delivery due to the rise of popular mobile ordering, the US food delivery market alone accounted for over $210 billion of restaurant revenue in the last year, of which $11 billion was exclusively through online ordering. This combined with the Canadian online food delivery market estimated at $7 billion dollar (CAD), provides Glance with the potential to establish new verticals of revenue and increase customer retention with a singular payment platform.

Canadian steel construction industry calls on Ottawa for prompt payment legislation

April 6, 2017 -- A national delegation of members and associates from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), the voice of the Canadian steel construction sector, met with parliamentarians from all political parties during CISC's "Steel Construction Day on the Hill" in Ottawa on April 4, to urge for immediate adoption of prompt payment legislation to address the severe problems impacting the construction trades and the entire construction supply chain.

April 6, 2017 -- TMX Group has a new Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) prototype as part of its strategy to maximize efficiencies and solve day-to-day client challenges across its various business areas. The company developed the electronic shareholder voting system prototype based on DLT, more commonly known as blockchain technology, in collaboration with Accenture, a leading global professional services company.

Deluxe completes acquisition of RDM Corporation

April 4, 2017 -- Deluxe Corporation completed its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding common shares of RDM for $131 million (CDN) in cash. RDM Corporation is a provider of remote deposit capture (RDC) software, hardware and digital imaging solutions for financial institutions and corporate clients. Founded in 1987 in Waterloo, Ontario, RDM was publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and conducts business primarily in the United States. RDM customers include four of the top 10 banks in the US market and 31 percent of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies.

CIBC introduces in-app voice commands to simplify mobile navigation

April 3, 2017 -- CIBC announced the availability of in-app voice commands that allow clients to access a variety of banking tasks and explore products or services with a simple voice prompt. The feature joins CIBC's recently introduced Digital Cart, a mobile service where users can open a new deposit account, apply for overdraft protection, and secure a credit card all in one digital experience within CIBC's mobile app — a first to Canadian banking.

Air Miles adds to its fraud management policies to boost security

April 3, 2017 -- The Air Miles Reward Program announced that in-store Air Miles Cash redemptions will resume on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:00 a.m. EST. Collector Account security is a top priority for Air Miles, which is why the company is also announcing a series of additional fraud management policies that will help to enhance account security for all collectors.

Nearly half of Canadian small businesses are using old technology to process sales

March 30, 2017 -- Canadian small businesses are adopting modern, tablet-based point-of-sale (POS) solutions in surprisingly low numbers, according to research commissioned by Moneris Solutions Corporation. Research revealed that less than one per cent of small businesses are using an advanced, tablet-based POS solution to process sales, while 42 per cent are sticking to the basics of a standard cash register. In retail environments where smart phones, mobility and self-serve technologies are shaping the customer experience, the cash register, with its limited functionality, will struggle to maintain its usefulness over time.

D+H provides cloud-based instant payments test environment for European banks

March 27, 2017 -- DH Corporation today announced that it is offering a cloud-based instant payments testing environment for the European market. The testing environment will provide simulated connectivity to EBA CLEARING's pan-European instant payment infrastructure solution, which is aimed at supporting European payment service providers in fully complying with the European Payments Council's SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) Scheme. This environment will enable banks adhering to the SCT Inst Scheme to utilize D+H's web and mobile instant payments initiation channels and payment hub solution to experiment with and test instant payments quickly, easily and with low risk.

Canadian brokerage offers first-ever online buying option for condos

March 27, 2017 -- Canadian brokerage and real estate marketplace, Casalova, has teamed up with Dream Maker Developments to be the first in Canada to offer a digital purchase option for pre-construction condos. Unit sales for the pre-built development open online April 3, 2017.


Budget commentary from Marc-Andre Pigeon, AVP, Government Relations, Canadian Credit Union Association

March 23, 2017--The 2017 federal budget is perhaps most remarkable for what it does not say. For example, the budget does not advance any proposals in relation to postal banking, an idea floated early in the Liberal government mandate and which CCUA put considerable effort into challenging. Similarly, as discussed below, the budget does not propose any major new changes to tax policy despite considerable speculation to that effect in the lead up to the budget.

First fuel payment app to include loyalty program for added customer rewards at Esso-branded sites across Canada

March 23, 2017--Esso has rolled out Speedpass+, a new app which lets customers pay for fuel from their smartphones from Imperial Oil, the first major fuels retailer in Canada to offer a mobile payment option at the pump that combines customer convenience and loyalty rewards.

Accenture to support industry-wide modernization, Payments Canada decides

March 21, 2017--Payments Canada has selected global consulting firm Accenture to help it lead Modernization, the multi-year initiative to transform the systems and rules essential to Canada's payments ecosystem. Due to the scope of the program and the number of participants involved, Payments Canada sought to team with a company that could provide in-depth payments expertise, along with change-management and program-management services to help manage the initiative.

IBM and SecureKey Technologies to deliver blockchain-based digital identity network for consumers

March 20, 2017 -- IBM InterConnect: IBM and SecureKey Technologies today announced they are working together to enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network based on IBM Blockchain. The network will be designed to make it easier for consumers to verify they are who they say they are, in a privacy-enhanced, security-rich and efficient way. When launched later this year, consumers can use the network to instantly verify their identity for services such as new bank accounts, driver's licenses or utilities.

India's largest mobile payments company starts services in Canada

March 17, 2017 -- Paytm, India's largest mobile payments and commerce company, has launched bill payments service for Canadians. This move marks the entry of the first Indian consumer service startup in the Canadian market. Paytm Founder & CEO, Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Toronto Mayor John Tory made the announcement at Paytm headquarters in Noida, India.

Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization announces first annual CPPO Prepaid Symposium

March 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, announced today it will host the inaugural CPPO Prepaid Symposium on May 23, 2017. Prepaid cards are a vital component of Canada's digital economy with $3.1 billion dollars loaded onto American Express, Mastercard and Visa prepaid cards in 2015.

LocoMobi announces rollout of ParkingPaid and RideRefund apps

March 15, 2017 -- LocoMobi, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of ParkingPaid and RideRefund mobile apps that connect customers "ready to buy" with local merchants.

VersaPay ARC achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

March 14, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of VersaPay ARCTM with Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2. Enterprise clients can make their customers happy and enable faster payments by deploying VersaPay ARC to automate their invoice to cash process.

41 million merchants worldwide accept UnionPay

March 14, 2017 -- New data shows that more than 41 million merchants and over two million ATMs across 160 countries and regions accept UnionPay cards. Over 10 million online merchants based outside mainland China support UnionPay Online Payment.

Connect&GO, Mobeewave offer first-ever all-in-one cashless solution

March 14, 2017 -- Montreal tech companies Connect&GO and Mobeewave made a big announcement at South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual arts and interactive media conference conglomerate held in Austin, Texas. Enabled by the innovative payment solutions of Global Payments Inc., a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, the companies are going to revolutionize the way people accept cashless payments at events.

Suzan Denoncourt of Ingenico recognized among the most influential women in payments

March 13, 2017 -- Ingenico Group today announced that Suzan Denoncourt, managing director of Canada, has been named to PaymentSource’s list of the Most Influential Women in Payments in 2017. The prestigious annual list honors the top 25 women who are driving significant change in payments and contributing to the advancement of women across the industry.

Cambridge Global Payments recognized as one of Canada's best managed companies

March 9, 2017 -- For the second year in a row, Cambridge Global Payments is recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2017. The 2017 Best Managed program honours the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Canadian banks building strength in 2017 through innovation, modernization, reinvention: PwC report

March 9, 2017 -- According to Canadian Banks 2017: #Bankovation… Innovation. Modernization. ReInvention report released today, innovation is a top priority for banks who are addressing two key pain points in Canadian banking: customer friction and back-office efficiency. Despite underlying economic challenges, Canada's Big Six banks achieved solid revenues and posted strong returns. Consolidated revenues were CA$133.6 billion in FY16, up 8.6 per cent from CA$123.1 billion in FY15. In the first quarter of 2017, banks continued to show strong results.

Dream Payments closes $10 million Series A round to expand payments cloud in the U.S.

March 8, 2017 -- Dream Payments has announced the closing of a $10 million Series A financing round. The round was led by FairVentures Inc, the innovation investing arm of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Connecticut Innovations (CI), Real Ventures and a prominent group of angel investors were also key participants in the financing. The capital infusion will fund the expansion of Dream's payments cloud into the U.S., the acceleration of Dream's third-party app ecosystem and the company's continued growth in Canada.

Telepin acquired by Volaris Group

March 8, 2017 -- Telepin Software, a global leader in digital financial services platforms, has been acquired by Volaris Group. The company continues to be led by Vincent Kadar, Telepin's CEO, with oversight from Volaris.

Settlement times hampering cross-border transactions for nearly half of payments businesses: Saxo whitepaper

March 6, 2017 -- Saxo Payments has today published a new white paper – Missing the Opportunity – which examines the challenges facing FX and payments businesses when it comes to adding value to their client proposition. Whilst cost comes top of the list of concerns for half of payments-related businesses when it comes to cross border transfers, the speed of setting up a currency account, FX and payment facilities is the greater risk when it comes to servicing clients.

LendingArch introduces real-time POS financing to disrupt the $32 billion out-of-pocket medical expenses for Canadians

March 6, 2017 -- LendingArch has announced the official launch of their new, real-time point of sale loan service for Canadian medical clinics and their patients.This loan product is designed to offer consumers an alternative to using credit cards to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. LendingArch has over 1100 customer clinics who are on a waiting list to offer this type of flexible financing to their patients after it goes live on April 1st, 2017.

Central 1, Fiserv make it easy for credit unions running DNA to launch Open Anywhere

March 3, 2017 -- Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) and Fiserv, Inc. have signed an agreement that makes it easy for credit unions running the DNA account processing platform from Fiserv to launch new online banking products.

Systems migration enables firms to modernize CRM safely, without disruption, NexJ claims

March 1, 2017 --A provider of enterprise customer management solutions to the financial services and insurance industries, says they are successfully enabling firms to modernize their legacy Siebel CRM systems. NexJ's Siebel Replacement Program provides its customers with an alternative to traditional "Big Bang" or "rip and replace" system upgrades, which many firms hesitate to undertake due to the risk of service disruptions, budget overruns, and lack of user adoption, the firm claims.

Paysafe launches GOLO mobile ordering platform in Montreal

February 28, 2017 -- Paysafe has today launched its GOLO app and web ordering platform, accessed through an instant and convenient consumer app that enables businesses to sell more effectively to their existing and new customers. With more than 100 local businesses already using GOLO, the 'Go Local' ordering app has now formally launched in Montreal ahead of a wider rollout across Canada, the U.S., UK and Europe over the coming months.

Interac Debit card fraud losses at their lowest level ever

February 27, 2017 -- For the seventh year in a row, Interac Debit losses due to skimming have declined, reaching a record low of just $11.4 million. Latest fraud figures released today by Interac Association show that only $1.5 million of that fraud occurred in Canada, thanks in large part to the completion of the transition to chip technology that began in 2008.

D+H signs Denali Federal Credit Union for full suite of solutions: ATM, debit, credit

February 28, 2017 -- DH Corporation has announced that Denali Federal Credit Union (Denali FCU), one of Alaska's largest credit unions with more than $650 million in assets, has selected D+H to provide its signature debit and consumer credit card processing.

Qkr! with Masterpass comes to Canada

February 27, 2017 -- At Mobile World Congress, Mastercard today announced that it will expand Qkr! with Masterpass, a mobile order-ahead and payment platform developed by Mastercard Labs, to six new markets including Canada and add new functionality to eliminate the traditional “open tab” at a bar, club or restaurant. Qkr! with Masterpass enables consumers to seamlessly order and pay for goods and services via their smartphone without having to wait in line or for a restaurant server. The app uses Masterpass, a global digital payment service that speeds up the checkout process without requiring consumers to enter their financial and shipping information at every new merchant site.

Simility achieves PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1 compliance

February 27, 2017 -- Simility has announced it has achieved PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1 Compliance. The company’s versatile platform encompassing human analytics and machine learning helps companies fight abuse and fraud, while fostering trust and safety.

FIME expands cloud-based payment testing portfolio with AMEX qualification

February 27, 2017 -- FIME is pleased to announce that its Global test tool has achieved AMEX Enabled accreditation for cloud-based payment mobile application testing. This news expands FIME’s extensive portfolio of laboratory services and test tools for AMEX issuers and payment solution providers.

ACCEO, BDO IT Solutions offer retailers using LS Retail POS a secure choice for encrypted EMV payment processing

February 22, 2017 -- ACCEO Solutions Inc. and BDO IT Solutions have partnered to offer North American retailers a payment solution fully compatible with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the LS NAV point-of-sale (POS) system.

Mogo Finance Technology enters payments market

February 21, 2017 -- Mogo Finance Technology Inc. today announced the launch of the digital Mogo Spending Account with Platinum Prepaid Visa Card. This is the fourth product in Mogo's innovative line-up of financial solutions designed to help Canadians manage their financial health and represents the next step toward Mogo's vision to build the best digital banking experience in Canada.

Less than 50% of global consumers trust businesses to protect their payments data

February 21, 2017 -- Consumers across the globe are more concerned with protecting their financial and payments information stored on a computer than they are with protecting this data when stored on a mobile wallet, according to new benchmark data, “Global Consumer Survey: Consumer Trust and Security Perceptions,” from ACI Worldwide and Aite Group. The global fraud study of more than 6,000 consumers across 20 countries revealed that only 43 per cent of global consumers trust businesses, including restaurants and merchants, to protect their financial data—while surprisingly, more than 80 per cent (of global consumers) generally believe their mobile wallet data is secure.

ATMIA's Retail Cash Management study identifies growth prospects

February 21, 2017 -- ATMIA has published a new study on growth prospects in the Retail Cash Management sector of the United States.

IBM, Visa to turn as many as 20B connected devices into potential points of sale with Watson Internet of Things

February 16, 2017 -- IBM and Visa Inc. today announced the industry's first collaboration that brings the point of sale everywhere Visa is accepted, by allowing businesses to quickly introduce secure payment experiences for any device connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

TerraPay, MoneyTrans, Paga partner to ease cross-border remittance between Europe and Nigeria

February 16, 2017 -- TerraPay today announced that it has partnered with MoneyTrans as well as Paga to launch cross-border remittances from Spain to mobile wallets in Nigeria.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business negotiates special payment processing rate for members with MasterCard

February 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Mastercard today announced an agreement that recognizes the contribution and importance of small businesses to the Canadian economy and local communities. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of electronic payments in Canada while helping to reduce the cost of acceptance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are members of the CFIB - Canada's largest organization representing SMEs.

Major global transaction banks are now live with SWIFT gpi

February 16, 2017 -- SWIFT announces today that global transaction banks are actively using SWIFT’s new global payments innovation (gpi) service, which opened for live payments in January 2017. ABN AMRO, Bank of China, BBVA, Citi, Danske Bank, DBS Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ING Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Nordea Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UniCredit are live with SWIFT gpi, exchanging gpi payments across 60 country corridors. Numerous additional banks will follow in the coming months.

U.S. credit card debt reached $1 trillion in 2016

February 16, 2017 -- Credit card receivables, also referred to as outstanding debt, generated by cards issued in the U.S. topped one trillion dollars at year-end 2016 according to The Nilson Report. Those outstandings were tied to Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards as well as to private-label cards issued for use only at select retail, gasoline, medical, airline and car-rental locations.

Intuit goes live on VersaPay ARC, automating invoice to cash process

February 15, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation today announced that Intuit Inc. has implemented VersaPay ARCTM for select small business and accountant customers. The service allows the company's customers that primarily pay Intuit on a net term basis to use a self serve portal and pay online 24/7. This improves Intuit's collection tools and gives them the flexibility to better manage their invoice to cash cycle.

POS terminal market to reach $73.12B by 2020: WiseGuy report

February 14, 2017 -- The Point of Sale terminal market has grown considerably over the past few years because they offer high returns on investments and are much easier to use. The demand for POS terminals especially from small and medium sized businesses has increased since they are more durable than traditional cash registers and help in lowering total cost of ownership. Security issues like data breaching which were supposed to restrain the growth of POS terminals have been settled by PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) and Chip-embedded payment cards.

IT departments find it hard to keep the cloud safe: Intel report

February 14, 2017 -- Intel Security's second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky” outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT of the more than 2,000 IT professionals surveyed.

SecureKey, DIACC awarded grant to create privacy-enhancing cloud ecosystem

February 14, 2017 -- SecureKey Technologies Inc. and the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) have announced their receipt of a new Applied Research Grant to enable the development of a Cloud Identity Ecosystem.

MTS launches MTS Money Wallet in Russia and the CIS

February 13, 2017 -- Mobile TeleSystems PJSC has launched MTS Money Wallet, enabling users easy "one-click" access to MTS's financial services and to be rewarded with bonuses and loyalty points. The new service combines all payments tools on one platform, including electronic wallet, bank cards, and customers' mobile account balances. Not just a payment system, MTS Money Wallet is a hub for all of MTS's financial services.

Diebold Nixdorf, Air Bank launch new contactless ATM solution in Czech Republic

February 13, 2017 -- Air Bank is partnering with Diebold Nixdorf based on the latter's ability to innovate and deliver enhanced consumer experiences with the CS 2020 cash dispenser, software and services. The cash dispensers feature a range of advanced software-enabled digital functions, including the ability to authenticate and transact without the use of a traditional card reader or PIN pad.

Younger consumers using alternative payment tools more, would rather use bank account less: CPPO survey

February 6, 2017 -- A recent study has found that while 99 per cent of Canadians have a bank account there is a growing interest, especially amongst younger Canadians, to adopt alternative payment tools that they view as more convenient. Prepaid cards continue to grow in both usage and popularity. At the same time, 13 per cent of consumers are using bank accounts less.

Scotiabank provides digital banking update

February 2, 2017 -- Scotiabank is providing a Digital Banking update today in Toronto to review the Bank's Digital Transformation and discuss how Digital will help the Bank continue to deliver a superior customer experience and realize benefits from increased efficiency.

Indian government removes all taxes on PoS machines in push toward e-payments

February 1, 2017 -- In a move to push digital payments, the Indian government on Wednesday removed all duties on devices used in the process of cashless transactions like point of sales machines, finger print readers etc.

RBC remains Canada’s most valuable brand

February 1, 2017 -- As a nation, Canada prides itself on stability and predictability, and those traits were reinforced in the latest ranking of the country’s most valuable brands. Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. Canada’s 100 most valuable brands are listed in the Brand Finance Canada 100 league table.

Flexiti Financial secures access to over 1,000 new retail locations

January 31, 2017 -- Flexiti Financial, a leading provider of Point-Of-Sale (POS) financing and payment technology for retailers, today announced that it has secured access to over 1,000 new retail locations through a series of customer and partner wins, including Spence Diamonds, the Canadian Jewellers Association, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Andre's Electronics and Wicker Emporium. Together, these wins demonstrate continued momentum for Flexiti Financial's customer acquisition strategy and adoption of its award-winning POS lending platform by retailers across Canada.

NextAI announces founding partners and initial commitment of $5M+ to build Canada's AI ecosystem

Janaury 25, 2017 -- Today NextAI announced major partnerships with several leading Canadian companies to help fund and support the program and its participants. NextAI is a global innovation program for artificial intelligence-related ventures, and talented teams from around the world are invited to Canada to leverage the nation's leadership in AI and are provided with capital, mentorship, education and networking opportunities. The concept for NextAI was born out of an innovation brainstorming session sponsored by RBC and Magna during the summer of 2016, and joining RBC and Magna as founding corporate partners are BDC Capital and Scotiabank. To date, the funding provided by all corporate partners totals $5.15 million.

First Global and Selectcore form JV to create a full suite FinTech business model

January 25, 2017 -- First Global Data Limited ("First Global" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent ("LOI") to create a Joint Venture ("JV") with Selectcore Limited ("Selectcore" TSX Venture Exchange: SCG).

Americans pay more than half of their bills online

January 24, 2017 -- While the shift to online payments continues to ascend, there are stark generational differences when it comes to paying bills, according to new benchmark data, “How Americans Pay Their Bills,” from ACI Worldwide and Aite Group. U.S. consumers spent a record-setting amount on bill payments in 2016 ($3.9 trillion). They are faced with a wide range of transactions involving myriad methods of payments and channels, leading households to reprioritize how and when they pay their bills.

First Global adds movie cinemas and food courts to mobile wallet

January 24, 2017 -- First Global Data Limited ("First Global" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that more than 400 movie cinemas and food courts across India will be accepting the VPayQwik mobile app as a payment method.

City of Calgary, Alberta launches one stop shop cashiering solution with System Innovators' iNovah Enterprise Revenue Management

January 23, 2017 -- System Innovators (SI), a division of N. Harris Computer Corporation, is pleased to announce that the Corporate Cashiering department at the City of Calgary, Alberta is now live with iNovah Enterprise Revenue Management (ERM), taking 27,500 payments in the first day. The citywide implementation of iNovah consolidates the City's legacy cashiering solutions and provides a state-of-the-art cashiering and enterprise revenue management solution that reduces manual efforts and delivers a consistent experience for staff and citizens.

D+H to support SEPA instant payments in Europe as a frontrunner service provider

January 23, 2017 -- DH Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions to financial institutions globally, today announced that it is part of the frontrunner service providers ready to provide banks that join the EBA CLEARING instant payment service with support services. The "frontrunner service providers" label and public listing have been introduced by EBA CLEARING on its website to help European financial institutions identify service providers that can assist early adopters in particular in connecting to EBA CLEARING's pan-European real-time payment infrastructure.

OBSI launches five-year strategic plan to strengthen services to Canadians

January 20, 2017 -- Canada's Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) has published its strategic plan, which outlines the key strategic directions that the organization will pursue over the next three to five years.

Ceridian announces record year for awards and recognition with over 35 award wins

January 18, 2017-- Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company, announces the results of an outstanding year for awards and recognition. In 2016, Ceridian was recognized 36 times, winning awards for a variety of achievements, including innovation, leadership, culture, and being a top employer.

Basware recognized for best web-based supply chain financing solution by Global Finance

January 18, 2017 -- Basware, the global leader in networked purchase-to-pay (P2P) solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services, today announced that it has been recognized for providing the best web-based supply chain financing solution by Global Finance magazine in its tenth annual ranking of the World’s Best Supply Chain Finance Providers. The company was selected for its working capital services portfolio, which delivers multiple payment and financing options, enabling companies to realize greater financial agility, flexibility and liquidity. Basware’s financial services operate over the Basware Network, the largest open business network in the world, providing easy collaboration between buyers and suppliers of all sizes.

Credit cards continue dominance over debit cards and cash in U.S.

January 18, 2016 -- Credit cards continued to gain share against all other forms of payment in the U.S. in 2015. The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication, measured 11 methods of consumer payments in the U.S.

Smooth Commerce accelerates speed of mobile app registration to enhance m-commerce experience

January 17, 2017 -- Today Smooth Commerce announced the launch of Register with Visa Checkout in the SmoothPay app, showcasing a first-of-its-kind innovation to enhance the mCommerce experience by speeding up the registration process within mobile applications. The collaboration between Smooth Commerce and Visa marks the first integration of Visa's Developer program in Canada.

ACCEO and Mastercard partner to bring digital omni-channel payment solutions to global merchants

January 12, 2017 -- ACCEO Solutions Inc. has announced a new partnership with Mastercard to offer state-of-the-art in-store and e-commerce payment solutions to retailers with a global presence, using Mastercard Payment Gateway Services and ACCEO Tender Retail. A leading payment processing and device management solution, ACCEO Tender Retail is deployed by world‑class retailers throughout North America and is part of the wide range of products and services provided by ACCEO.

ATMIA kicks off 20th anniversary with recognition from Wikipedia

January 10, 2017 -- Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia, has approved an entry for the ATM Industry Association at the beginning of the association’s 20th year.

Ricoh Canada launches e-invoice presentment and payment service

January 3, 2017 -- Ricoh Canada Inc. today announced the release of their e-Invoice Presentment & Payment Service – a powerful new solution designed to help customers rapidly gain new efficiencies through the delivery of digital bills and invoices to their customers and suppliers.

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