All other media appearances, news, and updates from Senator Colin Deacon can be found below.
Insight Series: OBIC on Open Banking Drives Strong Cybersecurity Through APIs
In this tenth episode of the Open Banking Initiative Canada (OBIC) Open Banking Insight Series, Senator Colin Deacon and Michelle Beyo (OBIC Board Member and CEO of Finavator INC) sit down with Joseph Lau (Chief Information Security Officer at Sagard Holdings and Portage Ventures), and Alan Osborne (Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at PaySafe Group). In this episode, Open Banking Drives Strong Cybersecurity Through APIs, the panel explored the importance of cybersecurity for all companies and how an Open Banking framework will help to drive strong cybersecurity for the whole ecosystem through APIs. To watch their full discussion, click here.
The Hill Times: Working group struck to review Red Chamber’s opaque environmental policy
In this latest article by Laura Ryckewaert of The Hill Times, Senator Deacon discusses the newly appointed Working Group on Environment and Sustainability, established by the Senate's Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration Committee on May 27th. The Working Group is tasked with reviewing the Senate's environmental policy and presenting short-, medium-, and long-term actionable goals to make a difference in the Senate's commitment to sustainability and leadership. To read more of this discussion, click here.
Report Release — Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Accelerating the Entrepreneurial Potential of Black Canadians
The report, Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Barriers Facing Black Entrepreneurs in Canada, commissioned by the African Canadian Senate Group and Senator Colin Deacon and powered by Abacus Data, found that systemic barriers to growth and success face Black Canadian entrepreneurs. Of the 342 Black entrepreneurs surveyed, 76% reported that their race makes it harder to succeed as an entrepreneur. Access to capital, funding, financing, or sales was the top stated challenged for Black entrepreneurs as well, with 75% reporting that if they needed to find $10,000 to support their business, it would be difficult for them to do so. To read more of this report's important insights, click here.
Nouveau Sondage — Entrepreneuriat Inclusif: Examen des Obstacles Auxquels se Heurtent Entrepreneurs Noirs du Canada
Les résultats complets d'un sondage important portant sur l'entrepreneuriat noir, réalisé par la firme Abacus Data à la demande du Groupe Canado-Africain du Sénat et du sénateur Colin Deacon, en collaboration avec douze importantes organisations dirigées par des membres de la communauté noire, ont été dévoilés aujourd'hui. Cliquer ici pour examiner toutes les réponses des 342 entrepreneurs noirs sondés d'un océan à l'autre qui a révélé que le racisme systémique, l'accès à du capital et l'absence d'un réseau d'affaires représentent les principales barrières à la croissance et à la pérennité des entreprises dirigées par des Noirs. Découvrir tous les aperçus ici.
Webinar: Payments Modernization & Open Banking, Smith School of Business: Queen's University
Join Senator Deacon and the panel at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University to discuss the consumer benefits of open banking and a modernized payments system, including increased industry competition, lower costs and the potential for product and service innovation. Click here to watch this important discussion.
CIO Strategy Council: Data Portability and Control — International Lessons for an Emerging Priority in Canada
Senator Colin Deacon moderates this CIO Strategy Council panel on the topic of data portability, alongside esteemed panelists: Imran Gulamhuseinwala (Implementation Trustee for Open Banking Ltd, United Kingdom), Inge Graef (Associate Professor of Competition Law at Tilburg University), Kate Charlet (Director for Data Governance, Google (Data Transfer Project)), and Micky Tripathi (National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Click here to watch the full discussion.
Insight Series: OBIC on Why Consumers Benefit from Open Finance
In the ninth episode of the Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon and Finavator INC CEO Michelle Beyo discuss why Canadian and United Kingdom consumers benefit from open finance, or consumer directed finance. Joined by Judith Robertson, Commissioner for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), and Faith Reynolds, the Independent Consumer Representative for the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE), the panel explored how open banking can provide consumers in Canada and the UK with greater access to new and innovative products and services to help them meet their financial needs and goals.
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 to hear his full speech.