Fintech Panel | A Discussion on Disruption in Financial Services

Thursday, April 27th @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


1128 Homer St., Vancouver


$45 CAD

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It’s a well known fact that today’s digital landscape is forcing traditional businesses to pivot in order to stay relevant and integrated in the everyday habits of both individuals and businesses.


This is particularly evident in banking, where we are seeing a shift in the way that we interact with currency, from saving to borrowing to investing. Consequently, more and more fintech startups are emerging to fill consumer needs, which is changing the financial industry and encouraging traditional banks to innovate.


Join expert panelists to discuss the rise of fintech, the integration of new and innovative technologies within financial services, and the future of digital finance.



Topics of Discussion


  • The evolution of fintech - uncovering the opportunities

  • How fintech is disrupting the traditional banking model

  • How can fintech startups and banks work together?

  • The importance of user-centric thinking when designing customer experience

  • How do banks leverage customer insight?

  • How businesses can make the most of fintech services

  • Overview of RegTech, Digital Identity, and Security & Privacy

  • The future of fintech



What You’ll Get


    • An intimate discussion with leaders in the tech and financial industry

    • A BrainStation notebook and pen for note-taking purposes

    • Snacks and refreshments




*Event is non-refundable and non-transferable.


A lifelong entrepreneur, Kevin Sandhu started his first business at the age of 11, taught himself to code at 14 and he’s been a startup junkie ever since. He enrolled in university on an engineering scholarship at the peak of the "dot-com boom" and completed degrees in finance and math. After a decade-long career on Bay Street, working in investment banking and private equity, Kevin was once again bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. He founded Grow in 2014, driven by the vision to reinvent banking using data and technology.


Michael Gokturk is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Payfirma. With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Michael has acted as Lead Advisor to a number of startup and emerging companies, each with diverse business models and management. Committed to bridging the gap between how consumers want to pay for goods and services with the merchants they shop at, Payfirma was the first to deploy mobile payments in Canada and the first true multi-channel payment platform offering merchants over 7 ways to get paid from their customers.

Ian Crosby is the 30-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Bench, a design-focused tech company that is leading the charge toward automating the bookkeeping process, while operating as North America’s largest bookkeeping service for small businesses. Bench offers a combination of custom-built software and professional online bookkeepers to organize the financials of small businesses. The company employs 275 brilliant humans (and a few dogs) and has raised $33 million in funding since its launch in 2013.


Daniel Eberhard is the Co-founder and CEO of Koho, which offers Millennials a no-fee, modern, mobile account. Daniel and his team built Koho for two reasons: banks shouldn’t profit from fees — hidden or otherwise — and because technology can financially empower people to live better lives. Prior to Koho, Daniel was a co-founder of KineticorRenewables, a wind energy company acquired by Algonquin Power (TSX:AQN).

This panel will be moderated by Praveen Varshney.

Praveen is the Director of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based merchant banking, venture capital and corporate advisory services firm; they focus on financing and building companies in a variety of sectors, includng mining, real estate, and technology. Praveen holds several director positions as well as advisory roles to various publicly traded companies and is the Co-founder of Mogo.