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Summary

Depth of experience in the financial services industry and a strong track record of performance as business lead in capital markets technology domain. Key areas of focus have been business transformation via technology solutions, product development and management, application design and build, data analysis, business process engineering and operations automation

Financial product knowledge: Interest Rate Swaps, Fixed Income products (Bonds and Repos), Equity Options, Equity Swaps, Structured Notes

Business software skills: MS Powerpoint, MS Visio, MS Excel, MS Word

Programming skills: SQL, Visual Basic, Python, Java

Recent Technology Certificate Courses

  • MIT Fintech: Future Commerce Course in Technology Entrepreneurship- Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (completed 2017)
  • Programming in Python - University of Michigan via  Coursera.org (completed 2015)
  • Introduction to Database Management Systems - University of Colorado via Coursera.Org (completed 2016)
  • Programming in Java specialization - University of California,San Diego via Coursera.Org (towards completion)

Professional Accomplishments

Jun 2014Present
FIRST DERIVATIVES PLC. Toronto,ON

Senior Consultant

Delivering a variety of capital markets technology projects within the CIBC Global Derivatives and Strategic Risk Technology team. Working on core trading/risk platforms for derivative products and implementing a variety of projects including application builds, front end platform enhancements, data migration projects, client notifications & settlements initiatives, downstream data provisioning, regulatory initiatives and operational automation 

Project Portfolio:

  • Product Manager for build & delivery of key reporting system called Hedge Effectiveness Module 
  • Business-Technology lead for identifying technology strategy for CIBC's structured notes business
  • Business-Technology lead for delivery of IRS mandated 871(m) reg. project impacting the Equity derivatives business
  • Business-Technology lead for T+2  notifications and settlements initiative for equity derivatives business 
  • Business-Technology lead for IIROC client attribute provisioning and remediation initiative
  • Business-Technology lead for structured notes issuance workflow automation 
  • Business-Technology analyst for data migration of structured notes and fixed income products 
  • Business-Technology analyst for implementation of variation margin trade netting rules with the clearinghouse
  • Business-Technology analyst for collateral management initiative through use of securities collateral 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading business requirements gathering efforts; ensuring accuracy and completeness 
  • Liaising with front office, finance, risk, regulatory and settlement groups
  • Overseeing design, development and implementation for the above initiatives
  • Overseeing development and execution of test cases during unit, integration and business testing
  • Managing delivery by ensuring timely coordination between business, development and testing teams
  • Creating analysis tools and tactical solutions using visual basic and SQL 
  • Creating key project artifacts such as architecture diagrams, process flows and decision trees 
Jan 2012May 2014
CAPITAL MARKETS COMPANY (CAPCO) Toronto, ON

Consultant

Over two and a half years at Capco, I was involved in five different projects at large Canadian and U.S financial institutions.  During this time; I had progressive roles in business analysis, strategy, process optimization and technology delivery in Wealth Management, Capital Markets and Retail banking areas 

Project Portfolio:

  • Major credit card conversion program for 750,000 acquired customers with loyalty points at TD bank
  • Major credit card acquisition program at TD bank (MBNA)
  • Strategic project to identify cost reduction opportunities through process automation at a large U.S insurance company (Fidelity National Financing)
  • Strategic project at BMO Capital Markets  to analyze capital markets middle office reconciliation processes across systems/product groups and developing a comprehensive view of the current state to address gaps within the processes using a phased implementation plan 
  • Strategic project at TD Wealth to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that outlined a series of well-defined technology change initiatives across business units that had top line impact to the LOB

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyzing business requirements using analysis of cross organizational business data 
  • Creating financial models to substantiate business cases for strategic proposals
  • Managing work-stream and project activities through effective communications with various stakeholders
  • Presenting project artifacts such as system and data architecture diagrams, process flows and strategic proposals for executive decision making
  • Managing development activities by translating business requirements into solution specifications
  • Applying strategic thinking and thought leadership to develop key recommendations for businesses based on business analysis, current state assessment and industry best practices 

Sep 2010May 2011
ROYAL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT INC. Toronto, ON

Analyst – Closed End Funds Arbitrage Trading

As analyst for a closed end fund arbitrage portfolio valued at 25 million dollars, I was responsible for researching new opportunities for investment, modeling of current and target investments, technical analysis and creation of proxy portfolios to ensure minimization of error in Net Asset Value estimates

Achievements:

  • Generated a ROI of 6.5% over a reporting cycle during which I independently managed the portfolio
  • Produced automation of internal data reports to generate information for P&L risk management
  • Increased portfolio size by 7% by realizing new trading opportunities within the investment mandate
Sep 2007Sep 2010
RBC GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT  Toronto,ON

Institutional Funds Analyst

This role presented a great opportunity to learn about the operations side of the Asset Management business through interactions with risk management & compliance, trading and portfolio management areas and it is where I developed my passion for financial markets

Education

Investment Certifications

Sep 2014Present
Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

CFA Level II Candidate

Three level course to Chartered Financial Analyst designation

Feb 2011Apr 2011
Investment Banking Institute 

Investment Banking Course

Intensive 4-week financial modeling and valuation training program

Sep 2006Sep 2006
Canadian Securities Institute 

Canadian Securities Course

Introductory course in Financial securities