June 16, 2016

Blockchain, FinTech, the future of finance on agenda as payments conference kicks off in Calgary

CALGARY--The newly reformulated Payments Canada welcomed representatives from across the payments industry to Calgary where more than 500 delegates will explore issues that influence the future of payments policy and technology.

The 2016 edition of Payments Canada’s annual conference, Payments Panorama, is focused on innovation and evolution. Fitting, given the payments ecosystem is yet another industry experiencing momentous change due to new technologies and a shifting market mindset. Payments Panorama 2016 is a unique venue for payments industry players, from FinTechs to Financial Institutions, to meet, inform and even collaborate.

Highlights from today include:

> Canada’s first FinTech Cup where five Canadian FinTech startups – ChangeJar, NIMJA, ZayZoon, The Social Wallet and Katipult – are competing for a $25,000 prize purse (winner to be announced this evening)

> A special announcement by Maher Arar, founder and CEO of CauseSquare

> Rapid fire keynote addresses on FinTech and FOMO by Daniel Eberhard of Koho, FinTech and the Future of Payments by Jack Forestell of Visa and The Great FinTech/ Banking Debate with Darrell MacMullin, CEO of Goldmoney

> A keynote session on Working with Financial Technology Disruptors with Andrew Moor, president of Equitable Bank ; Dave Mowat, CEO of ATB Financial and Doug Steiner, CEO of Evree Corp. moderated by Amanda Lang

> A demonstration of the cryptocurrency MontChip by nanoPay

> The launch of Payments Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Payments Association)

The momentum will continue over the next two days with events such as a keyeynote address by Maher Arar, a special announcement from Christian Ali, Chief Marketing Officer of Canadian FinTech firm, Dream Payments, a keynote address from Elle Kim of Samsung Pay on The Hockey stick or How to Unlock the Potential of Mobile Payments in Canada, and other presentations from top payments experts, banks and FinTechs from Canada and around the world.



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