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Michelle Beyo, Advisor, Payments and Financial Inclusivity

TORONTO, JUL 28, 2020 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator, has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas of payments and financial inclusivity.

Michelle Beyo is Founder & CEO of Finavator INC, Money2020 RiseUp Alumni, WomeninPayments Global Console & Award Committee Member, FinTech Advisor, CPPO Member, Amazon Prime Docu-Series Associate Producer and Participate on season two of The Social Movement.

Michelle started Finavator as she is passionate about payments & financial inclusion. Her background in Telecoms, E-commerce, Prepaid and Loyalty programs nurtures her passion for the world of tech. She has 20 years of extensive industry experience driving innovation across the retail and payments industry. Her most recent roles were as Chief Client Officer for a Blockchain startup focused on consent-based data sharing, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at InComm, and Director of Loyalty Solutions for Aeroplan Division at International Marketing Company.

Her company, Finavator (www.finavator.com), helps Enterprise and Fintech companies present their customers with innovative payment and digital services. Finavator's team has experience and expertise in Payments, Open Banking, Prepaid Solutions, ISO 20022, Challenger Banks, , Affiliate Marketing, Micro Loans, E-Commerce, Rewards and Loyalty Solutions.

"I am excited to be joining the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association as an advisor at this critical time in the fintech industry. We all need to work together to push for Open Banking as it can help drive innovation and competition which will enable consumers to have more affordable services as the pandemic continues to cause uncertainty. Much of my work with clients is around how they can better serve their customers and I am thrilled to be an advisor to the NCFA as they play a key role in advancing the Canadian Fintech Ecosystem.”  -- Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO, Finavator

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle join the Association who is perfectly aligned with many of NCFA’s values from financial inclusivity to collaboration and partnerships.  Michelle is a real activator and we welcome her positive energy and look forward to her contributions as a Finavator!” – Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

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About National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a non-profit financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners, and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada.

For more information, please visit:  www.ncfacanada.org

About Finavator

Finavator is an award-winning Payments & Fintech consultancy in Toronto focused on offering digital innovation solutions. Finavator helps Enterprise and Fintech companies present their customers with innovative payment and digital services which place the consumer first. Our team has expertise in Payments, Open Banking, Prepaid Solutions, ISO 20022, Challenger Banks, E-Commerce, Affiliate Marketing, Micro Loans, Rewards and Loyalty.

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Bid – Ask: Seedrs Secondary Market Now Allows Variable Pricing for Listed Securities

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Crowdfund Insider | | Jul 27, 2020

SeedrsSeedrs raising capital - Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group has long been an innovator in the secondary market for crowdfunded securities. Today, the leading UK based crowdfunding platform is announcing variable pricing for its secondary market.

Launched in 2017, Seedrs Secondary Market has continued to iterate and add new features and functionality. Of course, the biggest challenge is liquidity but that is something that should resolve itself over time as the platform grows and external issuers utilize the marketplace.

According to a recent blog post, Seedrs July market volume saw levels return to their “pre-Revolut levels of trading.” Seedrs states that during the July opening, 907 share lots were sold worth £229,000. There were 456 buyers and 423 sellers trading in securities issued by 162 businesses at an average value per business of £1.4k. Seedrs reports that each seller made an average profit of £202.

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Variable pricing should make it easier for buyers and sellers to make a market by matching supply with demand more effectively.

In an email, Seedrs founder and Chairman Jeff Lynn said variable pricing represents an “important milestone in our work to be a full-scale marketplace for private investments.”

“The change will work as follows. Previously, as a prospective seller, you have only been able to list shares on the Seedrs Secondary Market at the set price we determine under our Valuation Policy (which is usually the company’s latest valuation). Buyers in turn have only been able to buy the shares at that price. Starting now, however, we will allow sellers to list their shares at a premium or discount price – up to 30% above or below the marked share price – if they so choose. Buyers will see each share lot and the price at which it is listed, and they can make their investment decision accordingly.”

The change is effective as of today and will be available during the August market day.

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Is Open Finance worth getting excited about, or is it just spin?

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It's been a slow journey to get UK customers meaningful control of their bank data. Is the next phase of "open finance" the answer?

It’s a noble task to want to help users control, access and utilise their financial data better. The problem is, users aren’t convinced they want a third-party poking their nose into their data, or if it’s really of much use to them.

Here are their top four top takeaways about what it will take for open banking to take off, and why open finance is an important next step.

1) Success relies on building awareness

The panellists agreed that one key obstacle to open banking so far has been a trust-gap; fuelled by poor communication around user-benefits.

See:  3 examples of what open finance can do right now

Roisin Levine referenced research that still shows “very, very low percentages” of people say they’re willing to share their data in exchange for “more personalised services.” She said these vague concepts are unhelpful and apps need to “explain this stuff…don’t use these big, high-level generic terms.”

She recommended products leveraging open banking get more specific about the benefits to boost awareness.

“[We should ask]; do you want to ensure that the cash you have is in a high-interest account? Do you want to compare pricing on your insurance or… purchasing your energy? Then all of this stuff seems really common sense, and suddenly that applies to everyone.”

She added that trust in open banking is slowly “moving forward” and that seeing a value exchange is key in this respect.

“It’s kind of early days, but they will begin to get more and more used to it as time goes on.”

Another goal is to make open banking services so helpful that users don’t just want to use it; they want to pay for them. In particular, that might come from analytics tools currently being developed to give users intelligent insights into their future cash flow, for instance.

“Now I can see all [my accounts], but then you can show me what my actual cash flow is looking like in the next six months. What kind of decisions then can that drive?” Levine said.

2) The data is yours — but expect leaks

Another dilemma around open banking is uncertainty about what fintechs do with the data shared with them; again feeding into the trust question.

On the bright side, there are protections in place and limitations; overseen by the regulator. Users completely own their data and can revoke the access they give to third-parties at any time.

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There are also restrictions on companies’ ability to sell the data directly to third-parties.

Instead, companies holding the data can monetise it by recommending new pension providers and taking a commission fee, for instance, or charging consumers for the service (like Monzo has done).

“What’s going to make or break the success longer term is ‘do you feel confident that you know where this data is going?'” Grose noted, highlighting the need to educate users on their data rights and companies’ use of their data.

Nonetheless, Levine warned that some companies might be tempted to charge a so-called ‘privacy premium’, whereby consumers get a worse deal or product based on their financial data.

“It only takes one kind of major loss of trust or issue that we find ourselves in a place where actually the whole industry is hurt, and we may be going backwards,” Levine said.

Meanwhile, Vans-Colina added there’s a big risk that open banking and finance data will get hacked and leaked.

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“I think that’s probably inevitable,” he warned. “But the regulatory framework in place is strong. And it means that only regulated companies are able to process and hold the data. And I think it’s a trade-off as a society we have to decide. Do we want to take this step?”

He also emphasised that open banking had big security perks overall, explaining that the amount of fraud and cybercrime will “go down massively because of open banking.”

3) A cross-generational project

Apps like Moneyhub — which aggregate users’ various bank accounts — have proven most popular with the over 55s.

Yet Grose is confident that open banking rules are already benefiting the younger audience too.

“I recently saw someone did a survey, and a lot of Gen Z would actually use a bank account inside of TikTok,” he said. “You’re going to see a lot of companies start to access and provide financial services using this type of [banking] data and they can meet different generations and different groups where they are already. I think that’s going to be incredibly valuable for people.”

Incidentally, Vans-Colina’s new startup, Fronted, will also use open banking tools to help young renters get cheaper deposit loans, by accessing their bank data and assessing their affordability.

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However, the inter-generational benefits may be less applicable to open finance. The fundamental benefit that open finance adds is being able to aggregate a wide array of different accounts and assets, which arguably millennials — the main audience of fintech apps — have less use for, given they generally have a smaller financial portfolio.

Still, Levine argues that pensions are important regardless of age, as well as is having a grasp on your investments and savings.

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Hey bank, get onto my cloud!

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The Finanser | Chris Skinner | July 21, 2020

fintechs banks and cloud - Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory GroupI’ve seen a few big deals signed this month to get banks onto the cloud, such as National Australia Bank (NAB) switching to Microsoft’s Azure, and Deutsche Bank moving to the Google Cloud.

McKinsey expect that cloud usage will rise from less than a quarter of banks business being cloud-based to anything between 40 and 90 per cent of banks’ workloads globally moving to the cloud over the next decade. Bankers believe coronavirus will accelerate that shift dramatically which is why companies like IBM made a big announcement of renewed Cloud for Financial Services offer yesterday.

This is a development building on when Bank of America and IBM announced their collaborative efforts in creating the first public cloud specifically designed to address the requirements of financial services institutions late last year.

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Bank of America’s Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Bank of America described the new partnership with IBM as “one of the most important collaborations in the financial services industry cloud space. This industry-first platform will allow Bank of America to use the public cloud, putting data security, resiliency, privacy and customer information safety needs at the forefront of decision making.”

Interesting.

There’s a number of interesting points here.

First and foremost is why didn’t they do this before? They didn’t do this before because it was too risky. They worried about security and how data in the cloud would be protected.

Second, why are they doing it now? Because of COVID19. Plain and simple, banks are being forced into the cloud because their staff are all stuck at home. Tough.

Third, why Google and Microsoft? Because everyone else is really busy. I spoke the other day to a leading cloud services provider, and they said: every bank is knocking on our door to move to our platform now, but we are too busy and told them to join the back of the queue? Cool.Doing Digital cover 152x225 PRESS 1 - Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

However, in the press releases, the picture is different.

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“For more than 150 years, Deutsche Bank has been an industry pioneer, with a strong record of innovation in the financial services sector,“ said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “We’re excited about our strategic partnership and the opportunity for Google Cloud to be helpful to Deutsche Bank and its clients as they grow their business and shape the future of the financial services industry.”

This is the bank that’s worth less than half a Stripe, has completely lost its way, has taken serious body blows in the last decade and has a questionable future.

Nevertheless, the new Deutsche Bank leadership team is at least committed to technology and may see a way out. It announced a strategy in 2019 with a key line I use in all my presentations today:

At its heart, our technology strategy empowers our businesses to control “what” is produced, while technology has control of the “how”.

In other words, banking is what we do but technology is how we do it.

This is a critical statement and it encourages me that the new Deutsche Bank leadership team has finally got it.

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Banks in US Can Now Offer Crypto Custody Services, Regulator Says

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bank vault - Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory GroupIn a letter dated July 22, Senior Deputy Comptroller and Senior Counsel Jonathan Gould wrote that any national bank can hold onto the unique cryptographic keys for a cryptocurrency, clearing the way for national banks to custody digital assets for their clients. At present, only specific crypto custodians, such as Coinbase, can do so, usually with a trust charter issued by a state financial regulator.

The letter, which appears to be addressed to an unidentified bank or similar entity, notes that banks “may offer more secure storage services compared to existing options,” and that both consumers and investment advisors may wish to use regulated custodians to ensure they don’t lose their private keys, and therefore, access to their funds.

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“Providing custody for cryptocurrencies would differ in several respects from other custody activities,” the letter said.

It pointed to the need for digital wallets, adding that because they exist on a blockchain, there is no physical possession for cryptos.

“The OCC recognizes that, as the financial markets become increasingly technological, there will likely be increasing need for banks and other service providers to leverage new technology and innovative ways to provide traditional services on behalf of customers,” the letter said.

Banks can provide both fiduciary and non-fiduciary custodian services, the letter said.

It also specified that banks entering the space “should develop and implement those activities consistent with sound risk management practices and align them with the bank’s overall business plans and strategies.”

The OCC is currently headed up by Brian Brooks, a former Coinbase exec who joined the regulator earlier this year. He’s filled in as Acting Comptroller since the beginning of the summer, and has already proposed a number of reforms that would benefit crypto companies, including a national payments charter which would let crypto startups bypass the state-by-state approach in terms of acquiring money transmission licenses if they provide payment services.

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FFCON20 Draft Shortlist ENGAIZ: Building relationships through AI based risk mitigation

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Technology innovation and competition has led to increased dependence on third-party providers for essential services.

The result has been an increase in security risks, data privacy, business resiliency, and reputation. These risks cost organizations millions of dollars every year. And the problem is made worse by trying to manage these risks with disintegrated risk management processes and manual governance.

Founded by Jai Chinnakonda, ENGAIZ is an automated AI-driven platform aimed at tackling these problems.

ENGAIZ’s mission is two-fold. One goal is to help enterprise customers effectively engage and govern third-party vendors. This strengthens relationships, mitigates risks, controls cost, driving performance and innovation.

The second is geared towards helping third-party vendors move from being a mere vendor to a trusted partner. It is a win-win scenario.

ENGAIZ uses machine learning and analytics to provide Integrated Governance and Continuous Risk Monitoring. Their services center on Strategic Vendor Engagement and Strategic Customer Engagement.

Strategic Vendor Engagement provides several benefits to organizations. The platform allows for the ability to schedule, track monthly, quarterly and annual business review meetings with their vendor partners. It also emphasizes a move from a focus on ‘Cost Savings’ to ‘Risk Sharing’ partnerships that fosters a culture of Innovation.

Strategic Customer Engagement provides ample benefits to third party providers. The centralized document repository increases efficiency by allowing the ability to manage and track customer-related documents all in one place. The platform also ensures that providers are compliant with tough regulatory requirements.

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Financial Consumer Agency of Canada launches renewed Consumer Protection Advisory Committee

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FCAC - Michelle Beyo, Founder and CEO of Finavator Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory GroupOTTAWA, ON, July 15, 2020 /CNW/ - The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) protects financial consumers by strengthening the financial literacy of Canadians and ensuring that banks and other federally regulated entities comply with their legislative obligations, codes of conduct and public commitments.

As part of this commitment to protecting financial consumers, FCAC's Commissioner, Judith Robertson, chaired today the first meeting of the renewed Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (CPAC).

CPAC, composed of 15 members appointed by the FCAC Commissioner effective July 1, 2020, represents leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors who have significant experience in consumer protection and financial literacy. First established in 2017, CPAC contributes to FCAC's role as a national leader in financial consumer protection, and provides advice and shares insights on:

  • FCAC's priorities and objectives;
  • emerging trends, issues and research; and
  • other matters relevant to financial consumers.

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Today's CPAC meeting focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and provided an opportunity for its members to contribute their unique perspectives on the implications of the pandemic on the financial well-being of Canadians, the response of governments and financial institutions to the crisis, and the issues and trends effecting various regions and population groups across the country. The outcome of today's meeting will help inform and shape FCAC's response to the pandemic going forward.

"CPAC plays an important role in helping advance the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's mandate and I look forward to working with this accomplished and regionally diverse group of leaders to help support and protect Canadian financial consumers – a responsibility that is even more important during these unprecedented and challenging times. CPAC will help us develop a deeper understanding of the most critical issues and trends shaping the financial sector across Canada and their implications for consumers."

-       FCAC Commissioner Judith Robertson 

Members of FCAC's Consumer Protection Advisory Committee

  • Millie Acuna, SEED Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Lise Estelle Brault, Autorité des marchés financiers (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Martin Coppack, Fair by Design (London, United Kingdom)
  • Christian Corbeil, Option consommateurs (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Robin Erica Ford, Robin Ford Consulting (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Gail E. Henderson, Queen's University Faculty of Law (Kingston, Ontario)
  • George Iny, Automobile Protection Association (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Kelley Keehn, The Prosperity Factor (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Marc Lacoursière, Université Laval, Faculté de droit (Quebec, Quebec)
  • Don Mercer, Consumers Council of Canada (Ladysmith, British Columbia)
  • Elizabeth Mulholland, Prosper Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Glen Padassery, Financial Services Regulatory Authority (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Michelle Pommells, Credit Counselling Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Michael Thom, CFA Societies Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Benjamin R. Wolthers, Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick (Fredericton, New Brunswick)

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