March 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Message from CEO

Dear friends, colleagues, and TC associates, 

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Toronto Centre as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary year! In honour of such, I am excited to share with you the programs and projects we have planned. We just wrapped up our well-received webinar on  FinTech, RegTech and SupTech and registrations are underway for our international programs. We also have an executive panel on cyber security planned for the upcoming IMF/WB Spring Meetings and are in the works of launching our first regional program on technology risk supervision in Armenia.


International Programs

Core Curriculum Certificate Course
Toronto, Canada - April 29 - May 11

Our two-week Certificate Course will be returning this spring in Toronto with the key objective of providing a comprehensive core curriculum to financial supervisors and regulators everywhere. The course will address the latest supervisory issues and cover the basic principles and practices of regulation. Find out more 



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Summer Flagship Programs in Toronto 

This is the 18th year that we are organizing our flagship international programs in Toronto and we are happy to announce that we have a packed roster of highly experienced speakers lined up for each one: 

International Program for Banking Supervisors  

Tackling New Supervisory
CHallenges: From Fintech
to Resiolution

June 3-8

International Program for Securities Regulators

New Frontiers in Regulation
and Supervision: Keeping
Regulation and Supervision
in Step with Innovation

July 8-13

International Program for Insurance and Pensions Supervisors 

Implications of Technology
for Insurance, Pensions,
and their Supervisors

July 15-20



Executive Panel

Cyber Security: Managing the Breach
Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group

Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Venue: IMF Building, Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660 - 1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431

The changing nature of cyber risk is driven by evolving technology, which can lead to new or 
increased vulnerabilities for financial institutions and their clients. Recognizing the threat from cyber risks
and the critical need to enhance financial institutions' resilience to those risks, authorities across
the globe have taken regulatory and supervisory measures designed to mitigate and manage cyber risk.
Our panel will discuss existing regulations, guidance and supervisory practices applied by governments
and what needs to be done to create cyber-resilient financial systems.

If interested, please contact Ms. Demet Canakci (


Regional Program

Technology Risk Supervision
Dilijan, Armenia - April 16 - 20

In partnership with the Central Bank of Armenia, this program is designed  to impart a comprehensive perspective on the origin and drivers of various information technology (IT) risks as well as the identification, assessment and supervision of these IT risks.  Find out more


Snapshot of TC


February 7

Webinar on "FinTech, RegTech and SupTech: What They Mean for Financial Supervision"


February 28

Toronto Centre's Response to Canada's 2018 Federal Budget 


February 26 - March 2

Regional Program on 
Digital Financial Inclusion Supervision
in Lusaka, Zambia


March 8 - International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day and our ongoing commitment to building the knowledge and skills of female supervisors and regulators, we launched the 2018 TC IWD Scholarships for Female Registrants from ODA Countries. Scholarships were valued at US$500. The promotion lasted from Feb. 26 to Mar. 9. 



Tribute to Michael A. Mackenzie

Toronto Centre cofounder Michael A. Macknzie passed away February 13, 2018. Michael was appointed the first federal Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) Canada in 1987. After retiring in 1994, he became a consultant to the World Bank and an executive-in-residence at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. Working with OSFI and the World Bank, Michael helped envisage an organization to build the leadership capacities of senior financial supervisors worldwide. At Schulich, he hosted the early organizational meetings of what was to become Toronto Centre. He worked with the World Bank's Canadian Executive Director's office to secure seed funding, helped attract fellow heads of supervisory agencies from around the world to the cause, and participated in the delivery of early Toronto Centre programs. Michael's many contributions to Toronto Centre will always be fondly remembered and appreciated.



Babak Abbaszadeh
President and CEO
Toronto Centre
Global Leadership in FInancial Supervision

200 - 2 Toronto Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2B5
Phone: (416) 943-9300 | Fax: (416) 943-4800 | Email:

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