Conference Co-Chairs

Craigg Ballance
Partner, E-Finity Group Inc.

Craigg Ballance has managed or led advanced technology-enabled initiatives for more than 25 years and has been involved with many innovative projects during his career. In his more than 20 years at a major Canadian financial institution, Ballance was responsible for leading in the development of the shared ATM networks of PLUS and INTERAC, the creation of a B2B Electronic Commerce program and the development of a wide variety of innovative financial products.

He was the founding chair of the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) Cross Border Payments Council and sat on the Banker’s EDI Council of the same organization. He also founded and chaired the Canadian INTER*EDI project that eventually developed a new business payment stream in the Canadian Payments Association environment.

Over the past decade, Craigg has developed, grown and sold a market research and education firm, co-authored three books and developed a thriving advisory business — helping organizations leverage new technologies and business practices for competitive advantage. He has spoken extensively around the world, including such places as Chile, Dubai, South Africa, Ireland, the United States and Mexico on the subject of business and technology integration practices. Ballance has also been active in a variety of educational developments, culminating in the creation of a series of IT executive leadership programs. As industry advisor/Program Director of the IT Executive Leadership Programs at Ryerson University, Royal Roads University and the University of Calgary, his recent focus has been on the development of greater understanding between business and technology leadership — linking expertise and experience to achieve positive outcomes.


Robert Boopsingh
General Manager, InfoLink Services Limited (ISL)

Robert Boopsingh is responsible for the development and execution of ISL’s strategic vision for the development of the local banking infrastructure. ISL is best known at this time for its LINX Network, which facilitates ABM-sharing and debit at the point-of-sale for the customers of its member banks.

Boopsingh has worked with ISL’s member banks to develop standards and metrics for performance management across the LINX Network. Today, the LINX Network enjoys the highest availability and response time of any debit network in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Boopsingh is also the General Manager of TransUnion’s operations in T&T. TransUnion offers the first fully automated, full-file automated consumer credit reporting agency in the country. Boopsingh chaired the steering committee charged with responsibility for bringing TransUnion “online.” TransUnion International has partnered with InfoLink Services Limited to bring this exciting new venture to the market.

Boopsingh is also functioning as the General Manager for Trinidad & Tobago Interbank Payments System Limited (TTIPS). InfoLink Services Limited facilitated the creation of TTIPS, which is now owned by the members of the Bankers Association of T&T and the Central Bank of T&T. TTIPS will facilitate end-to-end electronic payments, thus creating the backbone for e-commerce in T&T.

Boopsingh has written feature articles for the magazine of the Caribbean Association of Indigenous Bankers and was the session leader for the panel discussion on “Challenges Facing Caribbean Business in the Provision of Goods and Services to the Global Market” at the BizTech Conference held in Trinidad in October 2002. Boopsingh delivered the keynote address at the opening of the PeopleSoft Regional User Group Meeting 2003. Boopsingh has also addressed the Bankers Associations of St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Jamaica on topics such as debit card switching and consumer credit reporting.

Boopsingh is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he majored in computer science. After leaving the UWI, he spent six years with McEnearney Business Machines in a variety or roles within the information technology department. At Scotiabank, Boopsingh was introduced to payments through his innovative work on the U.S. Embassy VISA Fee collection system, the NLCB’s Lotto remittance system and the bank’s own compliance program for the introduction of LINX debit at the point-of-sale.



Helen Llanos
Assistant General Manager, InfoLink Services Limited (ISL)

Helen Llanos joined ISL as the Manager, Switching Services in 2002. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2004 and has direct responsibility for the management and maintenance of the existing services of InfoLink Services Limited. They are the LINX debit switch network, the Automated Clearing House and the POSH Payments Gateway. She is also responsible for the execution of ISL’s strategic vision for the development of the local banking industry. ISL is best known at this time for its LINX Network, which facilitates ABM-sharing and debit at the point-of-sale for the customers of its member banks.

Llanos works with ISL’s Member banks to develop standards and metrics for performance management across the LINX Network. Today, the LINX Network enjoys the highest availability and response time of any debit network in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Llanos has a background in marketing and advertising having worked with Mc Cann Erickson and Lonsdale Saatchi and Saatchi locally, she then became involved with the Gillette Group where she was immersed in communication technology for over six years. Her portfolio within the Gillette Group includes experience in the cable and Internet service industries as well as the computer retail arm of the Group.

Llanos is a Director of Gordon Grant and Company Limited and is involved with Families in Action.

Special Guest Speakers


Ian Collier
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Ian D. Collier was elected to the position of President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce on April 23, 2007, having served as the Senior Vice President since April 2006 and a Director of the Chamber since 2004. He is also the Chairman of Collier Morrison Belgrave Limited, a renowned advertising and communications firm with clients and projects throughout the region.

Prior to this he spent 12 years as the Managing Director of Collier Advertising & Production Services Limited, with offices in Denver, Colorado, and Orlando, Florida, in the United States.

Collier is a graduate of Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario, and holds an honours degree in commerce. He has a distinguished career in service, having served as President of the Advertising Agencies Association of Trinidad & Tobago for four consecutive years from 2000 to 2004 and President of the Rotary Club of Port of Spain in 2001 and 2002.

Currently, Collier is a Director of Servol and the Film Company of Trinidad and Tobago and involved in many community-based programs.


Senator The Honourable Conrad Enill
Minister in the Ministry of Finance (Expenditure), Trinidad and Tobago

Senator The Honourable Conrad Enill is the holder of a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Brunel University and Henley Management College of the United Kingdom, England. His thesis was written on the subject “Re-engineering Strategies for Organizations as they seek to cope with Globalization.”

In addition to his master’s degree, he has undergone extensive training in finance, management, human resources, sales and marketing, strategic and operational planning. He has also attended high-level training programs, which included Effective Public Awareness and Communication to promote Economic Reforms, Improving the Public Expenditure Cycle from budget preparation to monitoring and evaluation and Application of Best Practices in Debt Management.

In December 2001, he was appointed a Senator in the Upper House of the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament and as a Minister in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In this position, the Prime Minister has assigned him the responsibility for 14 divisions that make up the Finance Ministries’ core functions, including the Board of Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise, Budgets, Debt Management and Macro-Economic Policy Management.

Senator Enill is a member of a number of Cabinet appointed sub-committees, including the Public Sector Negotiating Committee, of which he is Chairman, as well as the Standing Committee on Energy Matters, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the selection of persons for appointment to Government Boards and the Standing Committee on Business Development.

Senator Enill brings to his position 26 years in business at all levels in organizations and has practical hands-on experience in delivering results. His professional experience consists of operating as a Chief Executive Officer in a Sales and Marketing Organization, as Divisional General Manager of the Consulting Division and Management Consultant in a large Information Technology consulting Organization, as Chief Executive Officer of a Financial Institution with agencies in 10 Caribbean territories in the Financial Services Co-operative Insurance Sector and as a Senior Executive Manager with responsibilities for Finance in a large conglomerate.

He has served on a number of local and international task forces as well as lectured at several international fora. He also represented the Caribbean on a World Body task force that looked at the issue of Safety and Soundness of Financial Co-operative Institutions. The Honourable Senator has lectured and conducted seminars regionally on “Modernizing Organizations and Strategies for Change.”

Senator Enill is a Governor at both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and also serves as Governor of the International Finance Corporation, the International Development Association and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and a past Chairman of the Group of 24 Countries representing the developing countries of the IMF/World Bank.

Minister Enill is married with one son.


Conference Speakers


Angela Bardowell
Senior Vice President, Operational Risk Consulting, SOFTPRO North America
(Los Angeles)

Angela Bardowell is the Senior Vice President of Operational Risk Consulting for SOFTPRO. SOFTPRO is a software company selling solutions for Check Fraud, Identity Theft, Authentication, Biometrics and Document Storage. Before joining SOFTPRO, Ms. Bardowell worked for Bank of America for 32 years. She worked in various Operational and Administrative areas culminating in 10 year period in Liability Risk Management. She attended Loyola Marymount University, is a graduate of the University of Virginia Retail Bank Management program, an associate of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is six sigma Black Belt certified.



Mariano Browne
Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Butterfield, Barbados

Mariano Browne has been involved in finance and banking for the last 25 years. Prior to his current appointment, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Commercial Bank, Barbados for 11 years. He is also a former President of the Barbados Bankers Association and a past President of the Barbados Institute of Banking and Finance.

Browne has published and presented several papers on banking and finance, including a presentation on “Managing Banking Crisis” to the Plenary Session of XV World Congress of Accounts held in Paris in October 1997. Certainly, Browne qualifies in this area since he has been involved not only in the planning and start-up of new financial institutions but has also been involved in several turnaround situations in the finance industry.

Browne is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, where he read for a degree in economics. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) and holds an MBA in Finance from Manchester Business School.



Duncan C. Card
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto)

Duncan Card, co-leader of the firm’s information technology practice group, is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading information technology, outsourcing and e-commerce lawyers. He is included in Woodward/White’s 2006 inaugural edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. In 2006, Card was included in the prestigious ranking of LEXPERT Magazine’s and American Lawyer Media’s ranking of the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada for both the IT/Computer and Technology categories for the ninth year. Card has been ranked in LEXPERT’s directory as one of only three lawyers in the highest ranking category of “Most Frequently Recommended” IT and computer lawyers in Canada; he has been cited as one of the world’s leading technology lawyers (both the information technology and the media categories) in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (U.K. publication); cited as one of the top Internet lawyers in the world in the independent International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers (U.K. publication); and included in the 2005 Guide to the World’s Leading Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, in both the IT and telecommunications sections (published by Legal Media Group, UK).

Duncan has provided internationally recognized leadership in many leading technology industry associations. He was also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the Institute of Directors (UK), and has served as a director of several multinational corporations, including Warner Communications companies in Canada, GlobeNet Communications, Monroe Systems For Business Limited, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Ontario) and FinancialCAD Corporation. He is currently a director of Hitachi Data Systems Inc. and Capital G Corporation, one of Bermuda's most prestigious banking and financial services enterprises (where Duncan chairs the Compensation Committee, 2003-2006).

Card is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to technology law and transactions, and has taught law courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and in the Graduate Law Program at York University in Toronto. Card is a frequent national seminar leader for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, and he has published or presented more than 200 papers and articles concerning technology transactions and e-business. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book Information Technology Transactions: Business, Management & Legal Strategies, Carswell (2002).

Card obtained a BA from Queen’s University (Gold Medalist), a law degree from Queen’s University and the London School of Economics and Political Studies (U.K.) and a graduate law degree, LL.M. (international trade law) from the University of Toronto. He also has a certificate (International Law Program) from the Academy of International Law at The Hague, as well as an Arbitration Certificate from the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario. Duncan was called to both the Ontario Bar and to the Bermuda Bar in 1984.



Sharon Christopher
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, First Citizens Bank

Sharon L Christopher, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Group Corporate Secretary of the First Citizens Group of Companies, is an Attorney-at-Law, who has significant experience in the financial services sector, having served at executive management level in that sector since 1989, after leaving the Deposit Insurance Corporation, where her last position held was that of General Manager (Ag.).
She has held directorships on boards in the public and private sector over the years and has been a Member of numerous committees established to deal with matters of national development.
Ms Christopher has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and seminars dealing with issues such as corporate governance, the regulatory environment, fraud, anti-money laundering and women in leadership.
She is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). She also holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, from which she graduated as the most outstanding student.



David Dulal-Whiteway,
President, Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT)

David Dulal-Whiteway assumed the position of Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited in May 2005 and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last nine years. He is Chairman of Republic Finance and Merchant Bank Limited, Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Cayman) Limited, Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited and the Foundation for the Enhancement & Enrichment of Life (FEEL). He is also a Director on the Boards of Directors of a number of Republic Bank’s subsidiaries such as Barbados National Bank Inc. and Republic Bank (DR) S.A. (Dominican Republic).Dulal-Whiteway holds a bachelor of science degree in management studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI), a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA).



Dr. Gobind Ganga
Deputy Governor, Bank of Guyana

Dr. Gobind Ganga completed his BA degree in economics and administrative studies at the University of Winnipeg and his MA and PhD degrees in economics at the University of Manitoba during the 1980s. He was a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at his alma mater. In 1992, he returned to the Caribbean and took up an appointment as lecturer in economics at the University of West Indies, Mona Campus, in Jamaica. He was also an adjunct professor at the Consortium Graduate School at Mona, Jamaica. In 1993, Dr. Ganga returned to Guyana and assumed the position of senior researcher/senior lecturer at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus.
In 1995, Dr. Ganga was appointed Director of the Research Department at the Bank of Guyana. He held that position until November 2003, when was appointed Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., representing 10 Caribbean territories along with Canada and Ireland.
In June 2005, Dr. Ganga was appointed Deputy Governor at the Bank of Guyana. However, he was only able to take up his appointment after completing his term at the World Bank. Dr. Ganga comes to the position with a wealth of central banking experience.
During Dr. Ganga’s illustrious career, he has served on many boards, committees, commissions and tribunals. At the World Bank, he served on the Committee on Governance and Administrative Matters as well as the on the Sub-Committee on Development Effectiveness.


Peter Goldfinch
General Manager, South East Asia, GFG Group Ltd. ( Singapore)

Peter Goldfinch is responsible for establishing an office and market presence for GFG Group in Southeast Asia, based in Singapore. He brings a considerable international reputation to this role, built on over 23 years in the information technology industry, most of which has been involved with consulting and systems development for banking and finance customers in 25 countries. He has particular expertise and experience in payment systems, including mobile payment systems. His career highlights include pioneering work on the first ATM and EFTPOS networks. In the mid 1990s, he played a key role in the introduction of credit and debit cards into the Russian market, working with GFG Group's customer SBRF.



Reynaldo Geerman
Manager Operations, Department Centrale Bank van Aruba

Reynaldo Geerman has 30 years of banking experience with the last 25 years working with the Centrale Bank van Aruba. Presently, Geerman is Manager of the Operations and is responsible for controlling the bank’s budget and for managing the bank’s foreign exchange reserves. Additionally, he is advisor to the Tax Department in Aruba to help them realize an electronic tax collection and tax payment system. In 1995, Geerman was appointed chairman of the project group to implement an electronic clearing system for Aruba, which was successfully achieved in January 1997. Under his guidance, the system has grown and is recognized as an important advancement for the island nation. In 2006, Geerman was appointed to lead a similar project to implement an image/Check21 clearing solution for Aruba. This project is ongoing and by July 1, 2007, all cheque clearing in Aruba will be paperless.



Oliver Jordan
President, Barbados Bankers Association

Oliver Jordan was recently elected President of The Barbados Bankers Association and is the Managing Director for FirstCaribbean International Bank in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He is also a member of the Bank’s Executive Management Committee, Country Head for Barbados and Chairman of the Barbados Country Management Committee.

Jordan was born in Barbados and attended Harrison College, graduating as a Barbados Scholar. He later graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of commerce degree and the Schulich School of Business at York University with an MBA in Banking & Financial Services. He is also qualified in Canada as chartered accountant and a certified fraud examiner.

Prior to returning home in 1998, Jordan gained significant financial services experience in Canada and the Cayman Islands, having been responsible for the management and restructuring of a number of insolvent banking institutions in both countries. After returning home, he served initially as Vice President of Finance & Corporate Affairs for the Barbados Tourism Authority and subsequently as its President and CEO until August 2004 when he joined FirstCaribbean.

Jordan has served as a Director of a number of private sector and statutory corporations in Barbados and is also a past president of Rotary West.


Randall O. Kahn
Former Senior Vice President, Corporate Electronic Products, First Interstate Bank

Randy Kahn has been a leader in the electronic payments field for more than 25 years. He led the development and installation of two of the largest cash management systems (Bank of America and First Interstate Bank) in the United States. As Senior Vice President for Corporate Electronic Products at First Interstate Bank, he took a minor function and built it into a national leader and one of the bank’s most profitable business lines. Later, as President, he built First Data Direct Banking into a leading provider of online financial services. He has been a pioneer of ACH, EDI, debit and Internet banking in the United States. His work as a Senior Consultant has taken him from Wells Fargo to a major Caribbean bank. Kahn has spoken at more than 150 conferences in the United States and internationally on the business applications of technology in financial services.


Dr. Peter G. W. Keen
Founder, Keen Innovations

Dr. Peter Keen is a professor, advisor to senior management in business and government organizations, author, executive educator and public speaker. In just the past three years, he has worked in Mexico, Slovenia, Canada, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Poland, the United States, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, and Chile.

Keen was named one of the top 100 business “gurus” in the world — thought leaders with impact — in a 2003 survey. This ranking is based on objective measures of citations of his work in the scholarly literature (influence as a thought leader), Google search engine “hits” on his name (public impact and interest) and media references on Lexis/Nexus (newsworthiness). He is regularly ranked in the top 10 consultants in the world in the IT field, but the business guru rating indicates the extent to which his work is more general than just IT.

Keen is first of all a thinker, teacher and advisor in the area of business innovation, with IT as an increasingly core enabler, but only that. His strengths in IT add to his other strengths in organizational dynamics (especially competing via business processes), international business, innovation and corporate finance. His view on business is that it rests on a fusion of people, process, technology and economics; the organizations that are able to move from compartmentalization of knowledge and practice to this fusion create the management difference in exploiting IT.

He regards himself as a “voyager” between many worlds, a translator and an integrator. He is a European who lives in the United States, holds a senior professorship position in Europe and works around the world bringing insights and experiences from and to each of the regions and nations in which he works. In 2005, he will be working closely with companies and universities in Mexico, Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. He is a consultant with a distinguished academic track record. He is a prolific writer who works in organizations. He is actively involved in both the public and private sectors. He is a businessperson who is also a noted academic.

Keen is a professor at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, where he was the first holder of the Cor Wit Distinguished Professorship Chair. He has held full-time faculty positions at Harvard, MIT and Stanford University, with visiting professorships at Wharton, Duke, the University of Stockholm, Fordham, Oxford University and the London Business School.

Keen was the co-founder of a number of leading conferences and journals in the information systems field and is a member of the Advisory and Editorial Boards for many international journals. He is also the author of more than 20 books that focus on four main themes:

1. A top management business perspective on IT as a business and organizational resource.
2. Business process excellence as a source of sustainable competitive advantage.
3. Decision Support for boardroom level decisions that matter.
4. Making e-business pay off.

His most recent books are From .Com to .Profit, The Freedom Economy, The eProcess Edgeand Trust By Design: Building e-Commerce Relationships. He has contributed chapters to a number of books in the past two years. Among his best-known and most influential other books are The Process Edge, Shaping the Future, Competing in Time and Decision Support Systems: An Organizational Perspective.

CIO Magazine identified his Every Manager’s Guide to Information Technology as one of the 10 most influential books on IT of the 1990s. Most of his books have been published in many foreign language editions, including Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, German and Portugese.

Other recent titles include Rehearsing the Future: Building Decision Agility, The Coordination Edge: Escaping the Commodity Trap and Mobile Knowledge, all co-authored with long-term colleagues.


Catherine Kumar
Chief Executive Officer, RBTT Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited

Catherine Kumar was appointed to the position of Inspector of Banks effective September 1, 2003 at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. Her designation was changed to the Inspector of Financial Institutions on May 25, 2004 when the role of the Central Bank was expanded to include the supervision of insurance companies, insurance intermediaries and registered pension plans.

Kumar served two terms from 2000 to 2003 as the first female President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago. Thereafter, she was the immediate past president, a post she resigned from when she was appointed to the position of the Inspector of Banks. Within the past 12 years, she has served the country in other capacities, namely as a Board member of the state owned-companies Petrotrin, Trintoc and WASA.

Kumar is a career professional with more than 25 years of management experience in the insurance arena. In this regard, she brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, thereby allowing her to make a significant contribution in the integration of insurance and banking supervision in Trinidad and Tobago — a project that is quite challenging. She has broken the perceived “glass ceiling” for women by her professional achievements, while simultaneously managing marriage, motherhood and an active lifestyle. Kumar attributes her success to a mantra of visionary leadership, strong communications skills, integrity, commitment to her goals and a positive attitude in all endeavours.


Daniel W. Latimore
CFA Executive Director, IBM Institute for Business Value (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Daniel Latimore has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a specialization in developing intellectual capital that can be used by a wide array of institutions. As Executive Director of IBM’s Institute for Business Value, he serves as Research Director, leads the Americas practice and oversees its Financial Services practice. Latimore has authored dozens of strategy studies with a focus on developing relevant, actionable recommendations that consider the strengths and limitations of institutions considering how to use technology to improve business value. His expertise in financial analysis and framework development and his broad experience across all lines of financial services have led to ongoing relationships with more than 40 clients.

Latimore came to IBM from Mainspring, a boutique strategy consulting firm, where he led the effort to develop a new way of delivering consulting insights to clients in a speedy, cost-efficient way. eStrategy Direct published more than 50 pieces of work on topics covering the entire financial services landscape.

For an investment bank, Latimore ran the team that developed the framework for the organization to bring disparate Internet initiatives under a single point of control. Working with senior executives, he assessed the interests of the various stakeholders and developed a strategy to rationalize the reporting structure, thereby improving time to market and realizing cost efficiencies through reduced duplication of effort.

Latimore evaluated a proposed investment in an Internet mortgage company for a venture capitalist, analyzing the market and competitors, as well as the target’s business plan and prospects. Highlighting the deficiencies in the operating model, he recommended against investing at the height of the Internet boom in early 2000.

In addition to being a leader of the company’s intellectual capital development, Latimore is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is regularly quoted in the financial press and on television.

Prior to joining Mainspring in 1999, Latimore served as director of mergers and acquisitions at Liberty Mutual Group, a Fortune 150 property and casualty company. He also worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Company, Inc. While at McKinsey, he consulted with Fortune 500 companies on strategic and organizational issues. Latimore began his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, where, during his seven-year tenure, he rose to become Vice President in the International Private Placements Group. For three years, he worked in the London office and also spent two years each in Tokyo and New York.

Latimore holds a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in philosophy and government from Dartmouth College and a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated on business and government and on economics. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.



Tim Lorimer
Vice President, Corporate Finance, International Corporate & Commercial Banking, Scotiabank (Toronto)



Dr. Shelton Nicholls
Deputy Governor, Research and Policy, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Shelton Nicholls is Deputy Governor, Research and Policy, at the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds B Sc and M Sc Degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. He was the recipient of a Commonwealth Academic Scholarship in 1991 to Queen Mary College, University of London, where he obtained his PhD.
Prior to joining the Central Bank, he served as Lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies.
Dr. Nicholls has written widely in regional and international academic and policy journals on trade, economic integration, econometric modeling and financial services. He has also served as a member of the White Paper Committee on Financial Sector Reform in Trinidad and Tobago, the Vision 2020 Sub-Committee on "The Macro-economy and Finance" and is on the Board of Commissioners of the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission.



Rob Palin
Senior Vice President, Switching, Payment Solutions Group, Open Solutions Canada

Rob Palin has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial systems industry in a wide variety of roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Open Solutions Canada (OSC), responsible for Marketing, Sales and Product Direction for all international and Canadian product offerings. Previous to this, Palin was the Head of ATM and POS payment processing for the Canadian operations of OSC. In this capacity, Palin was responsible for the largest independent ATM processing network in Canada and one of the fastest-growing POS networks. He recently presided over the successful rollout of the latest OSC switching software and processing services to a major Canadian bank outsourcing their off-premise ATM network.



Julian E. Rogers
Media Consultant

Julian Rogers is an outstanding media manager, broadcaster, publisher, media consultant, trainer and entrepreneur. The Barbadian-born Rogers has served in several media capacities across the Caribbean over the past 40 years. He has managed Voice of Barbados and CBC Radio in his native Barbados and served as General Manager of Prime Radio 106 in Trinidad and Tobago and Observer Radio in Antigua and Barbuda.

In the 1970s, Rogers pioneered regional news-gathering for radio as Head of English Department of Radio Antilles in Montserrat. The station delivered breaking news of the Caribbean for much of the 1970s and 1980s and Rogers headed up that team for nearly 10 years.

His pioneering work in radio branding, programming, production and presentation has established his reputation as one of the finest media practitioners in the region.

His forays into television began in 1969 with his hosting of one of the first game shows in the region. Sponsored by Heinz 57, the show would serve as his launch into the new medium that had only just started in Barbados three years before.

Since then, Rogers has anchored the nightly news on Barbados television as well as Trinidad and Tobago. He produced and presented the most successful morning show in Trinidad and Tobago. Morning Edition remains the standard other television stations have used as their benchmark. Rogers reprised his morning show by launching Wake Up Caribbean on CBC Television.

In recent years, Rogers has concentrated on building radio stations. The latest of these have been WINN FM in St. Kitts and Observer Radio in Antigua, where he served as General Manager for four years before launching Tropical Media Group.

His most recent project has been serving as advisor to the government of Trinidad and Tobago on the establishment of a national television and radio network under the state-owned Caribbean New Media Group Limited.

He continues to consult on media projects across the region and serves as an advisor to the University of the West Indies on media training. Rogers has also served as a consultant and advisor to several regional and international institutions on media development.

In addition, Rogers has served on the Advisory Council to the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and sits on the Regional Advisory Board of the Jamaica-based Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication (CARIMAC).


Michelle Rolingson-Pierre
Chairman, Trinidad & Tobago Interbank Payments System Limited (TTIPS)

Michelle Rolingson-Pierre has held the Chairmanship of the Trinidad and Tobago Automated Clearing House since August 2006 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 2004.

Since 2004, Rolingson-Pierre has held the position of Vice President in charge of Global Transaction Services for the 22 territories, including Barbados, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, The Eastern Caribbean, Guyana, Suriname, Aruba and Curaçao, overseen by Citibank (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd. She has in her portfolio responsibility for Financial Product Analysis and Development, Product Rollout and Implementation, Marketing and Sales of Financial Products. Rolingson-Pierre manages the bank’s Customer Services Unit, ensuring that customer service indicators and standard response times are met and that service reviews are conducted with a view to maintaining customer satisfaction indices.

Rolingson-Pierre has spent 10 years in the banking industry. Previous to this, she spent seven years in the area of management information systems, where she developed her systems analysis and project management skills.

Rolingson-Pierre’s first degree is in electrical and computer engineering. She also possesses a Master of Business Administration degree, with a major in international finance and a minor in international marketing.


Wayne Wray
Vice President, Jamaica Bankers Association

Wayne Wray is the President of First Global Bank Limited, a commercial bank, wholly-owned by GraceKennedy Limited. Prior to assuming the presidency, he was the Managing Director of George & Branday Limited, and the Executive Director of First Global Stockbrokers Limited and Grace, Kennedy Capital Services Limited in Cayman.

He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA in International Business from George Washington University in Washington DC.

Wray, a career investment banker, has held senior management positions in commercial and merchant banks for the past 18 years in marketing, corporate finance, treasury and investments. He served as a Director of Allied Insurance Brokers and Jamaica International Insurance Company Limited and is currently on the board of First Global Leasing Limited, FG Funds Management Limited in Cayman (a mutual fund company, formerly Grace, Kennedy Capital Services Limited) as well as the FG Caribbean Bond Fund and Signia Financial Group Inc., a finance company and merchant bank in Barbados. He served as the Treasurer of the Jamaica Bankers Association from 2001 to 2007 and the Chairman of the Jamaica Institute of Bankers since 2001. He is currently the Vice President of the Jamaica Bankers Association and the Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Indigenous Banks.

A past President of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, Wray is a Paul Harris Fellow and is a past District Chairman of Interact Rotary District 7020. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the United Way of Jamaica. He is active in the St. George's College Old Boys Association, serving as its Vice President.

Wayne Wray is married to Christine and is the father of three sons.




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