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KPMG Asset Management Forum

An exclusive executive level event designed to provide the insights and tools needed to execute on your strategies.

21 September 2016, 9:00AM - 6:00PM, EST Toronto, Canada

Today’s Asset Management industry is facing a number of changes, from regulatory and tax developments to new innovative digital technologies and platforms technologies and social media platforms; to what the typical investor looks like and the type of products/services offered. In order for a fund company to best achieve its goals it requires a progressive strategy, solid teamwork and strong execution.

KPMG Asset Management Forum – Break Away: Lead transformation, lead change, will provide you with the insights and tools needed for you to execute on your strategies. Topics to be covered include regulatory and tax updates, considerations for cyber security risks, and details on how new digital innovations can bring both opportunities and risks.

Additionally, we will also be highlighting the results of our Canadian Asset Management Risk and Opportunities Survey, and taking a look at the art of the possible - a future into Asset Management.

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8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:25 Welcome and opening remarks
9:25 - 10:00 Asset management risk and opportunities survey results - with James Loewen (National Asset Management Leader, KPMG LLP)
10:00 - 10:40

Investing in the future: Art of the possible - with Peter Hayes (National Alternative Investment Leader, KPMG LLP), Vincent Roy [PDF 74 KB] (Managing Director, Scientific Active Equity, BlackRock Canada), Randy Cass (CEO/Founder, Nest Wealth), Romain Marguet (VP, Alternative Investments, Capital Markets Products, Richardson GMP Limited) and Mikael Johnson (Partner, KPMG New York)

Significant megatrends are playing out that will have profound impact on financial world – this panel will discuss what the asset management industry could look like in the year 2030. Dramatic shifts to demographics, the rapid pace of technological change and ever changing social/behavioral/ethical factors will have a big impact on the products, distribution and all other aspects of the industry.

10:40 - 11:00 Networking break
11:00 - 12:00

Tax Policy Landscape in Canada - (sponsored by PMAC and CETFA) – with Justin Kutyan (Partner, Tax Litigation & Dispute Resolution, KPMG Law), Siobhan Monaghan (Senior Partner, KPMG Law), Zahra Nurmohamed (Partner, KPMG Law), and Rob Evershed (Principal, Prospectus Associates), and Greg Wiebe (Partner, KPMG)

Our session will explore the tax policies environment and how this is being interpreted and applied by the CRA in administering the act and how it is impacting the asset management industry. Our panelist will also explore what tax policies are the focus of the liberal government including strategies for engaging government in tax policy discussions.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00

Digitization across the industry - with Lian Zerafa (National ITA Financial Services and Banking Leader), Chris Jackson [PDF 83 KB] (Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President, IT & Operations, AGF Investments Inc.), and Nadine Chakar [PDF 137 KB] (SVP, Global Head of Operations & Data Management, Investment Division, Manulife Asset Management)

Digitization has become the latest transformation buzzword in financial services and pertains to using technology to simplify operations and improve the customer and user experience from front to back office. It encompasses everything from digital/mobile/pad devices through to using robotic process automation for back office simplification, and of course platform and data rationalization. Digitization is driving transformation projects in banking, insurance and capital markets, and is just starting to get some traction in asset management. In capital markets, for example, digitization is often being driven by the need to improve risk management and back office operations especially with the never-ending stream of regulatory changes. This panel will talk about the opportunities for digitization and the risks of maintaining the status quo.

2:00 - 2:20 Networking break
2:20 - 3:20

Tax trends, issues, and opportunites in asset management - with Joseph Micallef (National Asset Management Tax Leader, KPLG LLP), Thomas C. Lee (Vice President Taxation, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.), Sandra Pereira (Executive Vice President, Head of Global Tax, Tricon Capital Group), and Theo Heldman (Vice President, Fund Tax Strategy & Compliance, Invesco Canada Ltd.)

Our Discussion will explore how global issues are impacting the tax operating model and why tax is no longer an adjunct function, but is becoming fully integrated part of the firm’s operations. In addition we will explore how technology is making more and better data available in order to minimize tax risk and maximize results.

3:20 - 4:00

Global, U.S. and Canadian economic outlook - with Brian DePratto (Economist, TD Bank Group)

From Trump to Brexit, negative interest rates and the path of monetary policy, global uncertainty remains elevated. This session will look at how this uncertainty is affecting the global economy, and how the outlook for economic growth has evolved.

4:00 - 4:50

Canadian regulatory landscape panel - with Genevieve Leong (Partner, Risk Consulting, KPMG LLP), Robyn Mendelson (Vice-President, Legal at Fidelity Investments), John Mountain [PDF 56.0 KB] (Director, Investment Funds and Structured Products, Ontario Securities Commission) and Garth Foster (Partner, Fasken Martineau)

4:50 - 5:00 Closing remarks
5:00 Networking reception at Katana

This event is invitation only. To request an invitation please contact

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