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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.

"The OSC is committed to providing a tech- and innovation-friendly environment where we work with entrepreneurs to give them the opportunity to flourish in a regulated industry."
Maureen Jensen
OSC Chair & CEO

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 Chaukos

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.

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Amy Tsai, Senior Regulatory Adviser

Amy Tsai

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.

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Asad Akhtar, Legal Counsel

Asad Akhtar

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.

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Amanda Barone, Fintech Coordinator

Amanda Barone

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.

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Jakob Pizzera, Senior Business Adviser

Jakob Pizzera

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.

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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.
Robert Kirwin VigilantCS
Roy Kao MaRS Discovery District
Silvio Stroescu BMO InvestorLine
Stephanie Choo Portag3 Ventures

OSC contact

Amanda Barone, Fintech Coordinator
Tel: 416-597-7238
E-mail: abarone@osc.gov.on.ca

Contact

In order for us to best address your questions, complete and submit the OSC LaunchPad Request for Support form.

Our team is also available by:

Email - osclaunchpad@osc.gov.on.ca
Phone - (416) 596-4266 (Local) or 1-844-405-1339 (Canada toll-free)

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