2023 Fighting Crime with Big Data Speakers and Panelists


Professor Kevin Yousie 

Kevin Yousie


Conference Co-Chair
Associate Professor Teaching Stream, Chair of the IMI BIGDataAIHUB Competition.


Read Professor Kevin Yousie's bio here.


Professor Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA

Irene Wiecek

Conference Co-Chair
Professor, Director of the MMPA Program and the IMI BIGDataAIHUB.


Irene M. Wiecek, FCPA, FCA, is a Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto, Institute for Management & Innovation with a cross appointment to the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. She is the Director of the CPA-accredited Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program. In 2018, she founded and currently directs the BIGDataAIHUB at the Institute for Management & Innovation.


Irene has co-authored numerous books and publications including eight editions of the text Intermediate Accounting (by Kieso et al) for which she is one of two Canadian co-authors on the Canadian edition. Irene’s interests lie in the area of International Financial Reporting Standards, integration in accounting education and, more recently, sustainability, big data/data analytics and emerging technologies including blockchain and artificial intelligence. Irene was a member of the CPA profession’s Foresight Working Group on Reimaging the Accounting Profession and is currently a member of the related CPA Data Governance Committee. In 2019, she was appointed to the CPA Canada Competency Map Task Force, which took a blank sheet approach to redefining the competencies for the accounting profession. The new Competency Map (CM2.0) was released March 1, 2022.


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Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

EVP, Financial Crime Risk Management, Scotiabank.


Stuart Davis has more than 30 years’ experience working with global financial institutions in the US and Canada, and is currently serving as the Executive Vice President and Group Chief AML Officer for Scotiabank’s Financial Crimes Risk Management division. He has spent more than half of his career as financial crimes risk professional, running anti-money laundering (AML), sanctions and fraud programs, as well as associated data, analytics and technology. Mr. Davis is also an ardent supporter of human rights and, since 2015, has championed financial institutions in the fight against human trafficking and online child sexual exploitation. In 2020, he helped launch Project Shadow: a public-private partnership co-led by Scotiabank to detect and disrupt illicit financial flows from online child exploitation in Canada. Mr. Davis chairs the Canadian Banker’s Association sub-committee on AML, Money Laundering Specialists Group (MLSG), co-chairs Canada’s Department of Finance’s Advisory Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ACMLTF), and is a member of WeProtect’s policy board. In 2021, Mr. Davis joined the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, in an effort to increase the effectiveness of the financial crime risk regime, globally.


Founder/Board Chair, The Knoble


Ian Mitchell is a 25-year fraud fighter and founder of The Knoble, a non-profit with the mission to unite the financial crimes industry to protect vulnerable populations and fight Human Crime (trafficking, scams, child exploitation, and elder abuse). Ian is also the co-founder of Mission Omega, a mission-driven fraud services company that helps the financial industry enhance anti-fraud programs, defenses, and controls.


Ian is also a singer-songwriter who regularly shares his passion for living a life of purpose through music, speaking, and advocating for the fight against human crime and fraud. 

Director, Office of the COO, FCRM, Scotiabank


Director of Stakeholder Relations & Partnerships, The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking


Ashley works at The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking (“The Centre”), a national charity dedicated to ending human trafficking in Canada, and the operator of the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline. In her role as The Centre’s Director of Stakeholder Relations, Ashley works to enhance cross-sectoral collaboration by developing strategic anti-trafficking partnerships with frontline delivery partners, survivor leaders, governments, police, anti-trafficking advocates and private sector companies. She works with a dedicated team to leverage collective knowledge and expertise from the anti-trafficking field to inform the Centre's advocacy efforts, external partnerships, strategic engagement activities and hotline operations.

Ashley holds membership on a variety of national networks and committees including the Airbnb Trust and Safety Advisory Coalition, Truckers Against Trafficking Canada Committee and Project Recover Oversight Committee. Ashley is also the alumnus of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Ashley holds a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from York University

Regional Director, FINTRAC (Regulator)


Nathalie Martineau is the Regional Director for FINTRAC’s Toronto Office and Major Reporters since November 2020. She oversees the delivery of FINTRAC’s compliance activities for financial entities, money services businesses and securities dealers in the central region. She manages relationships with several provincial and federal regulators, and oversees bilateral information exchange with foreign supervisory authorities for the banking sector in Canada. In this role, she supports the Centre’s public-private partnership and modernization efforts. Prior to joining FINTRAC, Nathalie was a Manager in the Culture and Conduct Risk Division at OSFI, where she led a team responsible for AML/ATF supervision of Federally Regulated Financial Institutions. During her time at OSFI, she participated as a member of the Canadian Delegation to the FATF and worked as a short-term expert for the International Monetary Fund, providing technical assistance in AML/ATF supervision to countries in West Africa. Nathalie came to the public service with 8 years of experience working in financial crimes operations for Schedule I and II banks in Canada.

Director & Head, AI and Machine Learning, FCRM, Scotiabank


Carrie Chai is currently Director & Head, Financial Crime Risk Management Models and Analytics at Scotiabank under Gail Towne. She manages a team developing advanced AI and Machine Learning models. Prior to this role, Carrie spent 6 years in credit risk management building credit risk models and IFRS 9 credit loss and provision models. Carrie holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business and a PhD of Management Science and Engineering from Tianjin University in China. She is a CFA charterholder.

Special Investigation Unit Projects, FCRM, Scotiabank       


Nunzio joined Scotiabank in June of 2019, leading the Special Investigations Unit and is responsible for overseeing investigative operations related to major investigations, transaction monitoring and Public Private Partnership Initiatives.  He is a subject matter expert in Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse Material.  Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mr. Tramontozzi spent 31 years with the Toronto Police Service rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant.  He created and led the first Human Trafficking Enforcement Team with the Toronto Police and has an extensive investigative background regarding firearm, drug and human trafficking and other major criminal offences. 


Mr. Tramontozzi was part of the Project Protect team that created the first ever Public Private Partnership to combat human trafficking.  He was instrumental in assisting with the launch of Project Shadow, an initiative to combat child exploitation and child sexual abuse material.  Mr. Tramontozzi was the recipient of a Toronto Police Service Commendation for his efforts in launching Project Protect.


Mr. Tramontozzi has successfully completed the ACAMS and ManchesterCF certification for, money laundering.

Director, Product Lead - Fraud Detection & Management, Verafin Inc.


Amir leads the product development teams within Verafin that help financial institutions protect their customers against financial crimes such as elder abuse, payments fraud, identify theft, and scams. Development teams within Amir’s unit use the latest big data technologies and innovative approaches including AI and Machine Learning to build analytics models to detect and prevent fraudulent activities.

He joined Verafin in 2017 after getting his master’s degree in computer science. Prior to becoming a crime fighter with Verafin, he has been leading software development teams for over 6 years, mainly in the robotics domain and his teams won many awards in international RoboCup competitions.

Principal and Practice Leader. The AML Shop.


Matt is an internationally recognized expert in anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing and sanctions compliance, and leads the advisory practice team at The AML Shop. He has been assisting governments and financial services companies to assess and reduce financial crime and related regulatory risks for fifteen years.

Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has been inducted as a Fellow of CPA Ontario, is certified as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator, and accredited as an Anti-Money Laundering Professional, and Certified in Financial Forensics.

Matthew has been qualified as an expert witness in forensic accounting and money laundering, has testified before Senate committees, Parliamentary Committees and the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into money laundering.

Vice President, Global Head of Financial Crime Risk Management Models & Analytics, Western Alliance Bancorporation


Gail Towne is currently Vice President and Global Head of FCRM Modeling & Analytics at Scotiabank under Stuart Davis, with over 20 years of AML model building and analytical experience. Gail is a mathematician & statistician by training, has a keen interest in data and building statistical models. Her team at Scotiabank is responsible for all aspects of global AML analytics, modeling, Human Trafficking models, and ongoing monitoring/reporting.