Upcoming Summer 2020 Events

  • 18 Jun 2020
  • 17 Sep 2020
  • Webinars



It has been three whole months since COVID-19 took over our lives and changed how we do everything! The virus brought to a sudden halt all events and gatherings and, as a result, effectively ended our 2019-2020 luncheon series.

We are still very dedicated to bringing value and education opportunities to our members and have some exciting news!

First of all, in light of the impact to our schedule and on our members' budgets, we are extending all base memberships through to June 2021. If you are currently a member, your only costs will be for any actual events you might attend. If you are not currently an active member, you will soon be able to sign up at zero cost for this year. Please note that membership fees will apply at renewal in the summer of 2021 so be sure to allocate that in your budgets.

Secondly, We are proud to announce an amazing collaboration with other AFP/TMAC organizations across Canada and are pleased to offer, free of charge, a number of upcoming webinar events and presentations. I'd like to give a big shout out to AFP chapters in VancouverCalgaryOttawa, and Montreal as well as TMAC Toronto who have all come together to support treasury events and education in this time. We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a long lasting and strong national presence. 

Thirdly, The AFP Edmonton AGM and elections will be held in the autumn. We are looking for a number of people to join the board and to bring fresh energy and ideas and to support our collaboration with the other Canadian chapters. If you have an interest in leadership and want to help strengthen the Treasury and Finance Community in Edmonton, we want you. Interested parties can email info@afpedmonton.com to get the process started.

We have also lined up Todd Hirsch of ATB to kick off our season in September. We hope to have this event live, but will host it as a webinar if conditions do not allow for a luncheon.

Finally, a full rundown of exciting upcoming events!

Event 1 - Operational Excellence - June 18th, 2020 

AFP Montreal is hosting Professor Jean Harvey, who will speak on Operational Excellence. 

Register at: https://www.afp-montreal.ca/en/upcoming-events

The presentation will touch on fundamental themes and basic principles, including: 1) Organizational culture, 2) Change management, 3) Rigour, 4) The method, 5) Agility, 6) Experimentation, and 7) Double loop learning.

Event 2 - What Treasury Learned from COVID-19 - June 22nd, 2020 

TMAC Toronto and Kryiba will host a Treasury Panel – 2020 Hindsight: What Treasury Learned from COVID-19.

With the initial shock of COVID-19 in our rearview mirror, Treasury groups across the country are reflecting on the lessons of this crisis. Join us for a panel discussion with corporate practitioners as they shed light on lessons learned and how they’re prepared to weather a potential second wave.

Register at: https://info.kyriba.com/wbn/what-treasury-learned-from-covid19

Event 3 - SWIFT Update - Week of July 13th, 2020

You are invited to a free conference on July 15th, 2020 at 12:30 pm.

Registering required. Please register here.

The SWIFT team will present selected topics that target both Corporate and Financial institutions representatives in order to improve their understanding on the tools offered by this global organization as well as update regarding ongoing initiatives.

Presented by AFP Montreal and in collaboration with other Canadian chapters


Raymond Cho

Maria Tolia Christopher Ritz


Raymond Cho
Ray Cho leads the North American Business Development team at SWIFT, which includes coverage of corporates, financial institutions, and partners.  

Prior to SWIFT, Ray oversaw strategic initiatives for the Chief Commercial Credit Officer at Capital One.  While at HSBC, he managed the US Regional Bank Client Coverage team within the Financial Institutions Group where he had oversight for strategy, credit, and risk management.  Ray has also managed client portfolios at Standard Chartered Bank and has held a variety of transaction banking and finance roles in the banking industry. Ray holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BS from Binghamton University.

Maria Tolia
Maria Tolia is a Regional Account Manager in SWIFT's North America Business Development team with responsibility for building and maintaining relationships with corporate customers and strategic partners.  

Maria joined SWIFT in 2014 and has held a number of roles in Business Development working with clients across the Americas and UK region.  Prior to joining SWIFT, Maria was an International Banker at several financial institutions in Latin America with responsibility for banking, credit, and relationships with Fortune 500 companies, high net worth individuals, and regulators in numerous jurisdictions.  Maria earned her BA in International Relations and a Diplomate in Financial Risk Management from the Universidad de Panama.

Christopher Ritz
Christopher Ritz is a Regional Account Manager at SWIFT with a focus on corporate clients. 

Most recently, he was a Customer Engineer where he worked with clients to consult and design technical solutions while resolving complex technical inquiries. Prior to SWIFT, Christopher was a Systems Administrator for Unisys Federal where he managed a data center, built servers, and maintained a demonstration center as well as a test lab.  Christopher holds a Bachelor's Degree from George Mason University and is currently working towards his MBA at Western Governors University.

Register at: https://www.afp-montreal.ca/en/upcoming-events

Event 4 - Bloomberg and Credit Risk - Time TBD

As a consequence of the earnings upheaval caused by the pandemic, corporations have focused more resources to understand the heightened credit risk with their vendors and clients.

Bloomberg has modeled a real time understanding of how to think about this risk and have an expert speaker on the topic.  With the ongoing uncertainty in credit markets and corporates finding it essential to have rigorous real time credit analytics by their side to navigate these markets, we think it could be timely to consider.

Register at: Details and Link coming soon

Event 5 - Todd Hirsch, VP and Chief Economist, ATB

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Todd will speak on the state of the economy and share his insights into what is occurring in Alberta! Details will follow closer to the event.

Register at: Details and Link coming soon


Dustin Meyer

President, AFP Edmonton
On behalf of the AFP Edmonton Board of Directors

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