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Insight Series: OBIC on the Advantages of Open Banking for SME's and Government
For the eighth episode of the Open Banking Initiative Canada, Senator Deacon and Michelle Beyo (CEO at Finavator INC) sit down with Payments Canada and the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) of the UK to discuss the benefits of open banking for SMEs and government. Joined by Anne Butler, Chief External Relations & Legal Officers at Payments Canada, and Simon Lyons, Head of Ecosystem Engagement at OBIE, this episode explores the advantages of an open banking framework for governments and SMEs.
Webinar: A Diverse Path to Prosperity for all Canadians
Co-sponsored by Senators Colin Deacon, Rosemary Moodie and Daniel Christmas, this webinar featured expert panelists Shahrzard Rafati (Founder & CEO of BroadBand TV [BBTV]), Chief Terry Paul (Chief & CEO of Membertou in Unama'ki) and Wes Hall (Founder, Black North Initiative & Kingsdale Advisors), who discussed how Canada can systematically address racism and embrace all forms of diversity in order to achieve prosperity and economic recovery. Click on the link to watch this event.
Chamber Statement: Addressing Systemic Racism in Canada
In a response to the Government of Canada's acknowledgement that "for too many Canadians, systemic racism is a lived reality" and its commitment to addressing systemic racism in Canada, Senator Deacon highlights a path forward for the Senate to demonstrate leadership in this regard. Focusing on the three central points that: systemic racism is an undeniable historical and current reality in Canada that can only be addressed through direct and explicit action; that, as our institutions become systemically diverse and inclusive, powerful social and economic opportunities will be unlocked for all Canadians, and; that the Senate of Canada has a constitutional responsibility to fight racism and demonstrate leadership on this front. Click here for his full speech.
(File) Op-Ed: "Ethical AI can unlock social and economic opportunity for Canada", The Hill Times
In this Hill Times piece, Senator Deacon explores the social and economic opportunities for building Canada-made ethical, systemically inclusive AI solutions. Click here to read more.
Criminal Code: Motion in Amendment Adopted, February 11, 2021.
Debate on Senator Jaffer's motion on Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).
Criminal Code: Motion in Amendment Adopted, February 10, 2021.
Debate on Senator Wallin's motion on Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).
Insight Series: OBIC on Government
In this seventh episode of Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon and host Michelle Beyo (CEO of Finavator INC.) sat down with the Competition Bureau of Canada and the Competition and Markets Authority of the UK to discuss the benefits of open banking for consumers and businesses. They were joined by expert panelists Leila Wright (Associate Deputy Commissioner at the Competition Bureau of Canada) and Dr. Bill Roberts (Head of Open Banking at the UK Competition and Markets Authority). The panel explored the opportunities open banking can provide for consumers and businesses, how open banking can catalyze competition in both Canada and the UK, and the role that government plays in accelerating those processes.
(File) Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Accelerating the Entrepreneurial Potential of Black Canadians
In the first iteration of a series of informative papers, The Office of Senator Colin Deacon explores the best available practices to accelerate the economic potential of Black Canadians. Following engagements with several entrepreneurs, executive leaders and community members, we have gathered insights and information to support the thesis that the entrepreneurial potential of Black Canadians has been limited by several factors. In this paper we focus on highlighting existing gaps, emerging programs across the country that are exemplar, and areas of opportunity that could be further explored by entrepreneurs, community leaders, corporate executives and governments. This paper assesses the current state of Black entrepreneurship in Canada, emerging initiatives, and promising areas of focus for the future.
Insight Series: OBIC on Digital ID
In this sixth episode of Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon, host Michelle Beyo (CEO of Finavator INC.), and expert panelists Kashmera Self (AVP, Strategy & Emerging Solutions Delivery at Interac Corp) and David Birch (Leader of 15Mb Ltd. and commentator on Digital Financial Services) focus in on discussions of consent, Digital ID, and how open banking can offer solutions to issues of financial marginalization.
What Makes a Leader? Senator Colin Deacon speaks with Sara Mazhar of Valeyo
Senator Deacon speaks with Sara Mazhar, Vice President of Technology and Professional Services at Valeyo, to discuss his leadership styles, advice to building new leaders and leadership, diversity and inclusion, motivation during the pandemic, and plans and attributes for success. Click here to hear their full discussion.