March 16, 2017

Prepaid Symposium will host senior-level discussions about the prepaid industry, how it drives Canada's digital economy

TORONTO--The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, will stage 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.

The CPPO Prepaid Symposium will be the premier event for anyone working in the prepaid industry or looking to understand more about the fastest-growing payment tool in North America. The event will immediately precede the Payments Canada Summit at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, Ontario.

The keynote address will be a Q and A session with Eileen Mercier, Payments Canada board chair. Ms. Mercier will answer attendees' questions sent in advance of the show.

Additional symposium topics include:

> Primary research presentation regarding the growth and adoption of prepaid products in Canada
> The future of KYC in our digital and connected world
> The business case for promoting financial health and inclusion
> Lessons from the U.S. prepaid and payments market and implications from the new administration
> The prepaid and payments regulatory landscape

"The CPPO Prepaid Symposium is designed to be a highly-interactive, deep-dive discussion into the big issues facing the prepaid community and the future of digital payments," said David Eason, CPPO co-founder and chairman of the board. "We are hosting senior-level delegates from all areas, including compliance, product development and legal to provide varying perspectives on topics ranging from financial health to artificial intelligence in KYC."

The presenting sponsor of the event is Incomm Canada. Additional sponsors include: American Express, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Mastercard Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright, The Fletcher Group and Peoples Trust. Mastercard Canada is sponsoring a reception immediately following the CPPO Prepaid Symposium.

Speakers represent a host of Canadian and U.S. companies and associations including fintech startups, technology companies, banks, research firms, analysts and think tanks.

Media sponsors for the event include: The Canadian Institute, Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA), Paybefore, Payments Canada, Payments Business and Women in Payments.

The CPPO is a not-for-profit organization and the collective voice of the open-loop prepaid payments industry in Canada. It is the only Association solely focused on this growing industry and is supported by major financial institutions, card networks and other industry players.



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