About OSC Launchpad
Our team engages with fintechs, provides them with guidance and flexibility in navigating the requirements and works to keep securities regulation in step with digital innovation. We also work to ensure that investor protections are addressed in a way that makes sense for this evolving landscape.
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Meet the Team
OSC LaunchPad is a small, dedicated team that works with experts in other branches to modernize regulation in support of fintech innovation.
Pat Chaukos, Deputy Director
Pat is committed to aligning regulation with innovation and modernizing our regulatory framework for novel fintech businesses. She has worked with several digital ventures to help them meet their regulatory requirements, including online trading platforms, lending platforms, crowdfunding portals and businesses utilizing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.
Amy Tsai, Senior Regulatory Adviser
Amy joined the OSC in 2012 and has witnessed first-hand how fintech has disrupted traditional ways of applying securities regulation. Amy has worked with several innovative business models, including Ontario’s first registered online lending platform, initial token offering and private cryptocurrency investment fund.
Asad Akhtar, Legal Counsel
Asad initially joined the OSC in 2015 as a member of the Derivatives branch and has also been a member of the Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch. During his time at the Commission, Asad has been involved with policy and research initiatives relating to distributed ledger technologies in the capital markets. Asad has prior experiences with cryptocurrencies, information technology, telecommunication and supply chain management.
Amanda Barone, Fintech Coordinator
Amanda joined the OSC in 2017 as a member of the core team for OSC LaunchPad. As a certified internal systems auditor, Amanda has a great deal of experience related to compliance and regulatory coordination. As Fintech Coordinator, Amanda assists the OSC LaunchPad team with managing Requests for Support, responding to inquiries from fintech businesses and organizing meetings and public engagements.
Jakob Pizzera, Senior Business Adviser
Drawing upon his business experience working in capital markets, management consulting and tech startups, Jakob is focused on helping fintech companies navigate the Canadian regulatory landscape. Jakob aims to assist companies seeking to operate in Canadian financial markets, as well as works to keep securities regulation in step with digital innovation.
FINTECH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
This group of experts advises OSC staff on developments in the fintech space as well as the unique challenges faced by fintech businesses in the securities industry.
Members (February 2018 - February 2019)
|Pat Chaukos (Chair)||Ontario Securities Commission|
|Alan Lysne||Ryerson Futures Inc.|
|Asif Qayyum||PwC Canada|
|Barrie Laver||Royal Bank of Canada|
|Carol Derk||Borden Ladner Gervais LLP|
|Christine Day||Questrade Financial Group|
|Christian Lassonde||Impression Ventures|
|Dan Rosen||d1g1t Inc. University of Toronto|
|George Bordianu||Paradiso Ventures|
|Gillian Stacey||Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP|
|Hitesh Rathod||NexusCrowd Inc.|
|John Lee||TMX Group|
|Paritosh Gambhir||KPMG LLP|
|Raymond Luk||Hockeystick Co.|
|Roy Kao||MaRS Discovery District|
|Silvio Stroescu||BMO InvestorLine|
|Stephanie Choo||Portag3 Ventures|
Amanda Barone, Fintech Coordinator
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