Payments, North and South of the 49th – What’s Next?

Wednesday, May 10
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Islander E

CE: 1 Credit

For a glimpse of life after EMV, we turn to the Great White North. This panel of industry experts will discuss how the future of payments is rolling out in Canada, and how to make new innovations work. What’s the best way to deploy the second phase of the EMV migration? How do we implement faster payments? What key lessons can U.S. acquirers learn from Canadian counterparts? This intimate fireside chat will discuss these questions and many more with key players in the Canadian payments ecosystem.

Catherine Johnston

ACT Canada
Ajax, Ontario

International Smart Card Associations Network

Catherine Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of ACT Canada, the stakeholder association driving payment evolution and digital identity. She has been with the association for 27 years. She is also the Chair of the International Smart Card Associations Network, and founder of the Canadian Women in Payments Networking group.

As the CEO of ACT Canada, she works with issuers, acquirers, processors, merchants, regulators, consumers and other payments stakeholders. Catherine is a founding member and past Vice-Chairman of the Stakeholders Advisory Council of the Canadian Payments Association.

She monitors the market place and industry, consults, teaches and conducts executive briefings. She has become a leading expert in privacy and chip technologies, serving as the association’s Chief Privacy Officer.

Over the past six years, much of her focus has been on EMV, as Canada moved to convert. Now her focus is on EMV across North America, m-commerce and other emerging payment issues and opportunities. She is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and is the driving force behind Cardware, Canada's premiere payments insight conference.

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Jeff Ecker


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Robert Hayhow

VP N.A Business Development
Equinox Payments
Scottsdale, Arizona


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Kevin Lavigne

General Manager /Chief Operating Officer
EVO Payments International Corp-Canada
Montreal, Quebec

Kevin Lavigne is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of EVO Payments International Corp.-Canada. Mr. Lavigne is the driving force behind EVO's expansion into the international marketplace opening and serving as President of the first foreign EVO ISO in 2007. Kevin has gained over 25 years’ experience in the merchant acquiring industry working for many different Banks and ISO's on both sides of the 49th. Under his leadership, EVO Canada has become one of largest privately held, full liability merchant payment companies in Canada .


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Fausto Rossi

Head of Canada, Acceptance
Montreal, Quebec

Fausto Rossi
Head of Acceptance, Canada
Discover Financials Services
Fausto Rossi is Head of Acceptance Canada. Fausto oversees acceptance activities and manages relationships with all Canadian acquiring entities as well as certain major merchants to expand Discover acceptance footprint in Canada.
With over 25 years’ experience in the Canadian banking and cards services industries, Fausto joined Discover in 2011. Prior to joining Discover he held several senior management positions in sales, business development and account management for Citi Cards Canada, First Data, National Bank of Canada and Desjardins, both on the issuing and acquiring side of the card business . He started his career at the Royal Bank of Canada. He holds a Bachelor's degree from John Molson School of Business and currently enrolled at AIB -Australian Institute of Business for his MBA and is expected to complete December 2017.
Fausto was born in Italy and grew up in Montreal, where he currently lives with his wife Christine and two children, Jean-Philippe and Hugo. He enjoys travelling, Bikram Yoga and skiing.


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Jacqueline Shinfield

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Toronto, Ontario


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