Canada Fintech Forum 2024

Pushing Boundaries in Fintech Innovation

September 10-11

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth


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The Canada Fintech Forum is a landmark international gathering that aims to showcase emerging global trends in Fintech, new technology solutions for the financial industry and emerging Fintech start-ups. The Fintech Forum also aims to facilitate networking and collaboration between financial institutions, technology providers, start-ups and other key players in the financial services sector, as well as contribute to the visibility of Canada's Fintech talent.

Honorary President



Chairman and CEO



Shelby Austin

Co-Founder and CEO, Arteria AI

Shelby Austin is the founder and CEO of Arteria AI Inc., an award-winning digital documentation software that was incubated and then spun out of the world’s largest consulting firm.  Arteria works with large financial institutions around the world providing infrastructure for them to document and monitor deals with clients.  

Shelby was previously the Managing Partner of Growth & Investments and Omnia AI at Deloitte. Shelby had responsibility for the Canadian firm’s inorganic and accelerated growth investments through acquisitions, ventures, incubation and scale-up and asset development activities and its AI and data footprint. 

Shelby joined Deloitte through its acquisition of her first company, a high-growth startup that also focused on documentation. Previously, Shelby was a Partner at a Canadian “Seven Sister” law firm where her practice focused on complex corporate and commercial litigation matters. 

Shelby was named to the Maclean’s 2024 list of the 100 Most Powerful Canadians, one of 10 in the AI category. In the past, Shelby has received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award given by The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and the Rising Stars award given by Lexpert Magazine to Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. In 2023, Arteria was recognized by CB Insights in its AI 100 rankings and by Gartner as one of three identified “Cool Vendors in Applying Generative AI to Banking” report. 

Dax Dasilva

Founder and CEO, Lightspeed

Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind Lightspeed Commerce. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed is the unified POS and payments platform for ambitious entrepreneurs to accelerate growth, provide the best customer experience and become a go-to destination in their space. It powers the world's best businesses in over 100 countries globally. 


Dasilva was reappointed as CEO on February 15, 2024. Prior to that, he served as Executive Chair of Lightspeed’s board of directors for two years, and previously led the company’s operations as Chief Executive Officer since its founding in 2005. 


Lightspeed employs thousands of staff, and powers hundreds of thousands of customer locations worldwide. During Dasilva’s leadership as CEO, the company went public in March 2019 on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LSPD, becoming one of Canada’s top 10 technology IPOs. In September 2020, the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Lightspeed also undertook 9 acquisitions over the course of a four year period to consolidate the global market and launch two, best-in-class flagship products: Lightspeed Retail and Lightspeed Restaurant. 

Malcolm deMayo

Global Vice President, Financial Services Industry​, NVIDIA

Malcolm deMayo is global vice president at NVIDIA for the financial services industry.  Before joining NVIDIA, he managed strategic financial service industry customers at Oracle. Prior to this he held various leadership roles at Teradata, EMC, Veritas and TCS. DeMayobegan his career at NCR as an applications sales representative. He lives in New Canaan, Conn. 

Harvey Finkelstein

President, Shopify

Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the President of Shopify. He founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa. Harley was one of the “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den and starred on Discovery Channel’s I Quit. He received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and was inducted into the Order of Ottawa. From 2014 to 2017 Harley was on the Board of Directors of the C100, and from 2017 to 2020 he was on to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation, Operation Hope, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Harley recently co-founded Firebelly, a modern high-end tea brand, and created Big Shot, a project and podcast that archives the stories of the greatest Jewish entrepreneurs of the last century. 

Roham Gharegozlou

Co-Founder and CEO, Dapper Labs

Roham Gharegozlou is a seasoned founder and active startup investor with a particular interest in consumer software and social trends. He has co-founded five companies and invested in nearly 100 others over the past 15 years.  


Roham is currently founder and CEO of Dapper Labs, the company that owns and operates social commerce platforms including NBA Top Shot, NFL ALL DAY, and Disney Pinnacle.  Roham was previously founder and CEO of Axiom Zen, an award-winning venture studio. Prior to starting Axiom Zen, Roham served as a Partner at Rising Tide Fund, an early-stage VC based in Silicon Valley.  


Outside of work, Roham is an avid traveler most comfortable on the slopes or out on the water. Roham holds BA, BS, and MS degrees from Stanford University in Economics and Biological Sciences.  

Marc Hollenberg

Chief Operations Officer, Moneris


Jil Macdonald

Chief Operating Officer, Walnut Insurance


Mara Reiff

Chief Customer Officer and Co-CEO, FreshBooks

As Co-CEO (Interim) and Chief Customer Officer, Mara leads FreshBooks with a strategic, customer-centric approach. Formerly an executive in the telecommunications industry, Mara brings a powerful blend of data-driven insight, technical skill, and business operations expertise to FreshBooks. One of IBM’s Global Women Leaders in AI, Mara holds an engineering degree in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering, as well as an MBA. 

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