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September-October 2012

Datacard CardWizard instant issuance software optimized for government EBT programs

October 29, 2012 -- Datacard Group, provider of secure ID and card personalization solutions, has optimized its Datacard CardWizard instant issuance software for Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) programs in Canada, allowing government benefits departments to instantly issue reloadable open-loop prepaid cards.

Square makes move into Canada

October 26, 2012 -- Square , the brainchild of Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, is now available in Canada. Founded in 2009, the solution enables merchants of any size to accept credit cards.

EnStream LP to enable secure mobile

October 23, 2012 -- EnStream LP, a joint venture of Bell, Rogers and TELUS, has announced major steps towards distribution and management of secure mobile credentials, including an operating agreement with Research in Motion (RIM) and the formation of a new Mobile Advisory Council.

MTS to make mobile commerce a reality for Manitobans

October 22, 2012 -- MTS, a full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba, has signed an initial agreement with EnStream LP to bring secure mobile payment technology to Manitoba in 2013.

Conexus selects Everlink as debit card issuing partner

October 19, 2012 -- Everlink Payment Services Inc., a provider of integrated payment solutions and services for credit unions, banks and ISOs in Canada, has announced that Conexus Credit Union has signed a substantial contract to utilize Everlink’s Central Card Issuance (CCI) solution for their debit card issuing needs.

Paymobile acquires EnStream's Zoompass

October 18, 2012 -- EnStream, the mobile-commerce joint venture created by Bell, Rogers and TELUS, has announced that its Zoompass mobile wallet solution has been acquired by Paymobile Inc., a financial services technology company providing program management services for a wide range of open loop prepaid and virtual card programs.

Moneris, Semafone form compliance partnership

October 17, 2012 -- Moneris Solutions, a Canadian credit and debit card processor, has announced a new partnership with Semafone Limited, a U.K.-based company that provides contact centre payment security software solutions. Together the organizations will deliver Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance solutions for the contact centre environment.

Financial institutions collaborate with industry stakeholders to assure consistent treatment of wire payments

October 10, 2012 -- Following collaboration with business and corporate stakeholders, Canada’s financial institutions, led by the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) and the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), have endorsed a best practice for the treatment of wire payments for their customers.

Rogers Communications selects Gemalto to secure mobile NFC payment solutions

October 9, 2012 -- Rogers Communications and Gemalto announced today that mobile payment solutions currently in pilot testing and coming to market this year on Rogers NFC-enabled devices will be secured by digital security technology from Gemalto.

Optimal launches NETBANX Checkout

October 4, 2012 -- Optimal Payments, a global online payment provider, has introduced NETBANX Checkout, an all-inclusive online payments solution for e-commerce businesses seeking to create new revenue opportunities by growing their international sales in new markets.

TIO Networks surpasses $100 million in mobile bill pay transactions

October 3, 2012 -- TIO Networks Corp., a cloud-based bill payment processor serving telecom, wireless, cable and utility bill issuers in North America, has announced it has processed more than $100 million in mobile bill payments since launching the payment platform last year.

G&D adds Visa mobile approval to its worldwide TSM services

October 1, 2012 -- Visa has approved the TSM (Trusted Service Manager) centres operated by Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in Munich and Toronto for commercial NFC applications.

SafetyPay to offer e-commerce payment solution through Interac network

September 28, 2012 -- SafetyPay, an online international e-commerce payment solution, in conjunction with the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank and Scotiabank, has announced it will offer its secure online payment service via the Interac network.

Royal Canadian Mint announces winners in the MintChip Developer Challenge

September 24, 2012 -- The Royal Canadian Mint, the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins, has announced the winners in the MintChip™ Developer Challenge. More than $50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to the winners later in the fall.

Toronto sees a modest increase in spending of 0.31 per cent as a result of TIFF

September 24, 2012 -- While Toronto was abuzz in film festival fever, its merchants benefitted from a humble increase in spending in September, as a result of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

CFIB welcomes mobile payment amendment to Credit/Debit Card Code of Conduct

September 18, 2012 -- The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released a statement welcoming the announcement from the federal government that it will expand the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry to deal with the growing use of mobile payments (i.e. using smartphones and other devices to pay for purchases).

Canadian government announces code of conduct expansion to mobile payments

September 18, 2012 -- The Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), today announced that the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada will be expanded to include mobile payments, and released a proposed Addendum to the Code for public consultation.

Canadian economy reaps benefits of electronic payments

September 14, 2012 -- MasterCard Canada has released economic insights from the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report, indicating online spending grew more than 37% in August when compared to e-commerce sales in August 2011.

Interac Flash on the menu at Pizza Nova

September 13, 2012 -- Pizza Nova Take Out Ltd. will soon accept Interac Flash at all of its locations across Southern Ontario. Interac Flash, which is an enhancement of Interac Debit, is Canada's first contactless debit technology.

Optimal Payments to provide Verifi’s Cardholder Dispute Resolution Network services to its NETBANX merchants

September 12, 2012 -- Optimal Payments, an online payments provider, has announced it will be integrating into Verifi’s patented Cardholder Dispute Resolution Network (CDRN) platform, allowing merchants using Optimal’s NETBANX online payment gateway to effectively manage credit card disputes.

RBC and Shoppers Drug Mart extend alliance with new Shoppers Optimum MasterCard

September 10, 2012 -- Royal Bank of Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation have introduced the new co-branded RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard.

Electronic payments drive nearly one quarter of Canadian GDP growth over the past 25 years

September 10, 2012 -- Electronic payments have driven almost one quarter - or $196 billion - of total Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the past 25 years, according to a new study commissioned by Visa Canada from IHS, a global source of information and analytics.

Pivotal Payments and Frank & Oak sign e-commerce payment processing agreement

September 10, 2012 -- Pivotal Payments, a Canadian independent merchant services provider, has partnered with Montreal-based online menswear retailer Frank & Oak.

Aimia acquires Excellence in Motivation

September 10, 2012 -- Aimia, a loyalty management company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has entered into an agreement to purchase Excellence In Motivation Inc. (EIM), a privately-owned U.S.-based full-service performance improvement and business loyalty solutions provider, for approximately US $28 million.





Payza engages TRUSTe for online privacy solution Oct 31, 2012

Aimia and Grupo Aeromexico announce agreement in principle Oct 29, 2012

TD Bank Group to acquire Target's U.S. credit card portfolio Oct 26, 2012

Canadian consumer spending realizes steady growth in Q3 Oct 26, 2012

PACE Credit Union chooses Everlink to process its day-to-day financial transactions Oct 24, 2012

LightSpeed and Braintree announce partnership agreement Oct 23, 2012

Interac Flash now available at Tim Hortons Oct 23, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient opens new Personalization Bureau in Quebec Oct 16, 2012

hyperWALLET and Valitor to cooperate in prepaid card issuance across Europe Oct 15, 2012

First group of mobile users to begin using ING DIRECT's Remote Cheque Deposit feature Oct 11, 2012

Futura signs co-marketing and services integration agreement with BNA Smart Payment Systems Oct 11, 2012

GuestLogix announces POSie Award recipients Oct 5, 2012

VersaPay and Chase Paymentech renew partnership Oct 2, 2012

Scotiabank American Express travel rewards cards land in Canada Sept 24, 2012

Omniterm implements Out-of-Scope integrated payments Sept 21, 2012

Bank of China ( Canada) selects MasterCard to expand personal banking and card services Sept 20, 2012

Interac Flash newest hit at HMV Canada Sept 19, 2012

Coast Capital Savings introduces new phone app Sept 12, 2012

P$ Mobile Service logs over 100,000 transactions Sept 11, 2012

Optimal Payments integrates its NETBANX Payment gateway to RONA's new e-commerce website Sept 10, 2012

AwesTRUCK first food truck event in Canada to accept credit cards Sept 7, 2012



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