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On June 1 we recognized 14 Canadian leaders as part of Canada’s Top Women in FinTech & Blockchain celebration. 

In addition to videos showcasing the honouree accomplishments, experts offered their views on both how to make fintech more inclusive and the future of blockchain.

“There are many Canadian women making significant contributions to the advancement of these industries. Celebrating their successes may inspire other women to consider careers in FinTech and Blockchain,” says Fawn Annan, President & CMO of ITWC. “Showcasing the achievements of these trailblazers at this event will help connect and empower women in the rapidly growing FinTech/Blockchain sectors.”

Thank you to all those who submitted nominations. We have already started planning for the 2022 edition.


June 1, 2021

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

This inaugural Top Women in FinTech/Blockchain event was 90-minutes in length. It featured short video profiles of the women named to the honour roll, lessons from leaders, and two panel discussions exploring both blockchain and leadership challenges in the sector. Why not check it out on demand?

Opening Remarks
Fawn Annan, CEO, ITWC
Karsten Arend,  President, Just In-Genius Inc.
Koleya Karrington, Event MC, CEO, Absolute Combustion International

Top Women in FinTech & Blockchain Honourees

Leadership Story
Jaime Leverton, CEO, Hut 8 Mining Corp.

Panel Discussion: Overcoming the challenge of being a woman in FinTech
The research is clear.  Women are underrepresented in Fintech, have a tougher time finding leadership roles, and are more likely to leave or to experience job losses at times of crisis – like a pandemic. This panel will discuss how to create a culture where the next generation of women can thrive more easily.

Emma Todd, CEO MMH Blockchain Group

Jax Painter, Sr. Marketing Manager, Okta
Lucia Milica, CISO, Proofpoint
Karen Budahazy, Board Chair, Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization

Ariane Arend, Director, Retail Sales, Cardtronics

Open Banking Leadership
Katie Gibson, VP with the CIO Strategy Council

Panel Discussion: Blockchain: What are the possibilities?
As blockchain becomes mainstream, business leaders and social advocates are looking to the distributed ledger to deliver on promises ranging from counterfeit prevention to climate change. In this panel, experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges that will accompany widespread blockchain adoption.

Karsten Arend, President, Just In-Genius Inc.

Alexis Pappas,
CEO, ID Network
Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director, Innovation and Blockchain Lead, Accenture
Jaime Leverton, CEO, Hut 8 Mining

The 2021 Top Women in FinTech & Blockchain Honourees

Hilary Carter, VP Research, The Linux Foundation

Ann Connelly, Faculty, Singularity University

Elena Sinelnikov, Founder, Cryptochicks

Amy ter Haar, Lawyer and entrepreneur

Ly Nguyen, Blockchain Capability Lead, Accenture 

Christine Day, CIO/CTO, Questrade

Lina Ismail, CEO, The Catherine Wheel

Bonny Murray, Partner, Blakes

Ellis Odynn, Executive Director, Digital Finance Institute

Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director, Innovation Strategy and Blockchain Lead, Accenture

Amber Scott, Founder, CEO & Chief AML Ninja

Hanna Zaidi, Director, Wealthsimple

Michele Romanow, President, Clearbanc

Tanya Woods, General Counsel, Hut 8 Mining Corp