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Who Are We?
Transformationists.  
Our multi-discipline syndicate of experts are uniquely qualified to tackle the  difficult aspects of creating real value through transformation. 
WHAT DO WE DO?
We help companies transform their way of thinking, change their footprint in the marketplace or disrupt into a new market. 
WHO ARE WE?
We're a syndicate of Transformationists with deep expertise and knowledge in the Fintech space.

Our goal is to connect you from what's now, to what's next. 
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OUR TEAM 
Chief Business Officer

TYLER ANDERSON

Tyler brings a wealth of experience to innovative enterprises. He has spearheaded and grown multiple startups, built products that redefine how people influence governments, and lead a team to make Canada’s top political website thrive in its most successful year. Tyler has a Major in Finance from Dalhousie University, Canadian Securities Designation, Certificate in Finance and Accounting from Grenoble École de Management in France and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Email:tanderson@fintechgrowthsyndicate.com

Phone:+1 (613) 854 6949

Innovation Lead

SURINDERJIT BHATTI

Surinderjit brings in a vast FinTech experience ranging from venture capital industry to financial innovation lab. In her previous role, she launched an online lending platform for a major financial institution in India. She has also worked as a Senior FinTech Research Analyst, tracking financial technology startups around the world. She holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Commerce from University of Delhi, India. At present, she is pursuing her second masters degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.
Special Operations

GARY BRITTON

Gary is in charge of special projects as well as keeping the office running in harmony with nature and making employee candy appear (and disappear). Gary has a background in sales and marketing and was a stay at home dad, so he is a nurturer and can quote Chaucer and Elvis. He is passionate about the FGS innovation process and showing corporate incumbents how to buy in-to the process.

 
Chief Executive Officer

SUE BRITTON

As CEO & Founder of FGS, Sue is passionate about working with all sizes of companies in FinTech to help them accelerate growth and innovate new business techniques. Sue was Head of Innovation for D+H (now Finastra), SVP and GM of a startup business unit she created for Broadridge that grew to $40 Million in revenue in 24 months, and has spent 25 years in various corporate executive positions and new startup roles.

 
Innovation Manager

MELISSA BRYANTON

Melissa Bryanton is our Innovation Manager. Her experience includes pursuit management, driving process, and internal stakeholder alignment. Melissa joins us from Deloitte where she worked in the National Sales Office, and is going to help our team efficiently and consistently execute the FGS innovation process with our clients.”
Research Analyst

RACHEL CORVINELLI

As an Analyst, Rachel is dedicated to providing support to the FinTech Growth Syndicate team. Through her role, she has had the opportunity to engage with a number of FinTech start ups and incumbents, and has contributed to the upkeep of FinTech databases for both FGS and respective clients. Rachel is a graduate from Queen’s University, and has recently been admitted to a Graduate program at Schulich School of Business at York University.
VP, Delivery & Customer Success

HARVEY DAWSON

Harvey is an experienced management consultant and professional services delivery leader.   He has worked in public and private practices, formerly as a Principal at Deloitte, Doane Raymond and Atos Origin, and in large ISVs where Harvey also was VP of Professional services at Compuware, Dynatrace and recently at Aurea Software. Harvey hails from University of Toronto, and has previously attained PMP, CMC, CISP designations as well as various technical accreditations.

 
Creative Director

STEVEN DEMELO

Steve studied illustration and design at Sheridan College. Steve’s background focuses on providing clients with up-to-date marketing tactics, coordinating with multi-faceted designers to execute tailored digital and print media campaigns, as well as providing professional design and marketing services to proprietors and industry leaders. Combining his agency and consulting experience, he has serviced a wide range of private and public sector clients across a global network. Sectors that he has designed and executed strategies for include; pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, financial services, energy, broadcasting, transportation, health care, post-secondary, government and municipal.

Product Manager

NOORIN DEVANI

Brings a wealth of experience working across two continents in operations, relationship management and product development. Her experiences span working in both a large multinational corporation as well as small high-growth startups. Prior to FGS, Noorin developed and managed digital assets for a small manufacturing operation including digital product development and online marketing campaigns. At RBC Noorin managed a book of business and developed strong client relationships that helped scale a de novo operation rapidly. Noorin is a digital native with certification in digital product management with a bachelors of science from University of Toronto.  

 
Human Resources Partner

JUANITA GLEDHILL

Juanita holds an Honours B.A. in English and Political Science from McMaster University, Certification in Human Resources Management from Mohawk College and received her CHRP designation in January 2004 and her CHRL designation in 2014. Juanita is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) for community service. In February 2004, Juanita was awarded the Ross A. Hennigar Memorial Award by the Human Resources Professional Association, in recognition of her academic, career and community service achievements in the field of Human Resources. Her experience includes operational and executive leadership in public sector organizations, Information Technology firms, and community social and health services.
VP, Strategy & Operations

JEFF HINDLE

Prior to joining FGS, Jeff was Managing Director of the FinTech cluster at MaRS Discovery District where he led MaRS through the fastest growth cycle in its 10 year history. Jeff’s 25 years of leadership experience spans three startups and five Fortune 100 firms in the communications, technology and financial service industries. His management responsibilities have crossed 30 countries, covering marketing, segment management, product development, information security, application development, manufacturing, service delivery and strategic planning.

VP, Innovation & Growth

LINA ISMAIL

Lina has spent her career working with fintech companies in Canada and Europe defining the vision and strategic direction through product innovation, marketing and cultural transformation.  Lina has propelled the growth of the business and enabled the development of solutions that have transcended the status quo. She believes that by challenging boundaries and broadening perspectives, you are able to harness the full potential and talents of people, which in turn will help achieve the best possible solutions.
Business Growth Lead

CAROLINE JIANG

Caroline is a maximizer helps startups to discover the growth opportunity beneath the complex surface and stretch it towards excellence. She specializes in optimizing customer experience, digital marketing, operations, and business development for growth-oriented businesses. She has worked in diversified industries including venture consulting, financial services, automotive, and chemical industry, in Canada, China and Europe. She holds an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, focusing on Marketing and Innovation, a master from University of Nottingham UK and and a bachelor degree in Biosciences from Shanghai Jiaotong University. 
Sr. Research Analyst

PIERRE JOYAL

Pierre Joyal is a knowledge and information management consultant with extensive expertise in taxonomy, classification, pre/post coordinated indexing, electronic record/document management, planning and evaluation, and e-business applications, leveraging more than 25 years of experience gained while working in various roles at the Canadian House of Commons. Through his consulting practice Pierre has worked with industry leaders in financial services, energy, charitable organizations, and publishers. Pierre holds a post graduate degree in knowledge management from the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Business School and undergraduate degrees in Project Management and Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. Pierre is fluent in French and English.
UI/UX Analyst

RON KIELSTRA

As an UX designer with both a liberal arts and engineering background, Ron is fascinated by the different ways that people think about and solve problems, and uses these observations to build user-first products. Ron previously worked in the media, tech, and health care industries, before discovering a passion for creating retail experiences that use tech to remove barriers.

 
Innovation Lead

SAM MENARD

A driven consumer technology digital executive with 15+ years experience in both Canadian and international roles. As Head of the Apple App Store, the world’s largest apps marketplace, he was responsible for the launch and team build covering 90 emerging markets with 3B+ potential customers, in the process gaining global experience working with hundreds of exciting startups and large enterprise organizations. Living overseas gave him the opportunity to build and lead diverse teams in multiple countries, including the UAE and Russia. As a leader he brings years of experience in strategic planning and execution, along with product and business development. When not working, he coaches his 2 girls in hockey as well as playing himself, and tries to keep up with his training plan in his Runkeeper app.
Innovation Lead

RAMY NASSAR

Ramy is a Toronto-based engineer, designer and maker. Ramy leads Strategy and Design teams, working directly with end-users to create innovative and differentiated customer experiences, based on user insights and advanced data analytics. With a background in computer engineering, Ramy has straddled technical, design, and business-oriented roles, ranging from grassroots startups to some of Canada’s most influential brands.
Marketing Analyst

FRUZAN NIJRABI

Fruzan is a marketing analyst specialising in the Canadian FinTech environment at FGS. In 2016, Fruzan discovered the world of FinTech by participating in the VISA Future of Banking Challenge at the Mobey Day conference and winning the first place prize. Fruzan recently completed a Master of Science (MSc) in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester, UK with distinction and has a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Honours Degree in Marketing from York University, Canada.
Head of Social

JAY PALTER

Jay is a digital business strategist, specializing in the strategic use of social influencer networks to build online visibility and enhance brand reputations in B2B settings. He works with businesses and individuals by helping practice professionals, executives and owners to cultivate productive business relationships with established influencers in their industry.

His business experience spans over two decades, during which he has held a variety of leadership positions in financial services, software development and marketing.

Jay is a sought-after public speaker at industry conferences and events. He is a columnist in a variety of publications, including Advisor.ca and The Globe and Mail, on the topic of social networking strategies for business professionals. He also publishes an annual list of top Fintech influencers that is widely respected as the most authoritative in the industry, along with a wide variety of other sector-specific influencer lists.

 
Finance Manager

TRACY PLOURDE

Tracy brings her broad range of accounting skills and experience to the FGS team. She obtained a BA at Wilfrid Laurier University, earned her CGA designation and is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Tracy started her career in public practice, specializing in small-to-medium business clients. From there, she moved on to private industry in the roles of controller and manager of finance. Tracy brings more than 15 years of accounting experience and expertise to her work at FGS.
Chief Pug Officer

PUMBAH

Pumbah brings 2 years of living experience to FGS and their clients. Whether it is the park or in the car Pumbah has always challenged digital transformation. After Pumbah’s early life Instagram fame, he moved to a stunt with Canadian Tire testing products. You can now find Pumbah managing the FGS Special Operations team from home.

UI/UX Analyst

KRISHAN PUVITHARAN

Krishan is an UX designer and researcher who has a passion for innovation. By putting the user first, Krishan helps designs customer experiences that are based on user testing and validation. He plans to use his knowledge and skills to help the innovation process at FGS and provide great services to customers.
VP, Innovation & Growth

CAROL RICHARDSON

For Carol, it’s all about the customer. As a customer experience practitioner, Carol works with companies of all sizes, across various industries, to achieve customer-driven growth and bottom line success. She is recognized for her ability to align company goals with customer needs to uncover hidden insights to develop and deliver impactful customer programs that promote customer retention, value delivered, and loyalty. Carol held leadership roles spanning the customer lifecycle for industry leaders such as Adobe, SAP, Irdeto, Finastra as well as some of the most innovative technology start-ups. 

Graphic Designer

PREETI SHAH

Preeti is a graphic designer at Fintech Growth Syndicate, passionate about creating design solutions that are functional and aesthetically appealing. She has a background in digital design and studied UX design at Centennial college. She likes to explore creative ways to communicate ideas and brands through visuals and also loves to observe the ongoing trends in the visual and UI design space, that inspires her own design work.

Data Analyst

JOHNNY TAN

Johnny Tan is our Data Analyst. He just graduated from Ryerson with a Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Economics, Minor in Finance. In the past he worked at TD and is going to be helping FGS build out our Maple Database and help our clients track and engage with their ecosystem.
Innovation Lead

RYAN WILSON

Ryan brings 20 years of digital innovation experience, from the early.com days in the 90’s launching portals and digital customer experiences for a number of Canadian media conglomerates, to living through the app frenzy at the turn of the millennium creating both native and hybrid apps. Having worked in banking, brokerage and personal finance as well as the pension world Ryan has a diverse FI background and has been a signifiant driving force for a number of organizations. Most recently driving innovation at Canada’s first co-creation innovation lab for the future of insurance.
INDUSTRY BEST PANEL 
We give our clients exclusive and direct access to some of the most accomplished professionals in a broad range of fields. Our panel is composed of long-time industry leaders, thinkers, and innovators who have all carved their own unique paths to success. 
FINTECH, CORPORATE & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, & CAPITAL MARKETS EXPERT

AMAR AHLUWALIA

Collaborative business leader with extensive experience within financial services, across: banking, fintech, asset management, capital markets, advisory, strategy, and corporate development. Amar is an innovative thinker that creates unique and viable solutions for businesses.  He has a successful track record in raising capital, launching new products, institutional sales, M&A, developing and executing corporate strategy. Product/domain specialties include: online lending, fixed income & alternative asset data, credit investing, and operating model strategy. Amar pushes boundaries to find new and better ways to get things done.  Amar currently leads business development and capital markets for OnDeck Capital (NYSE:ONDK) in Canada. Prior to joining OnDeck, Amar has held senior roles of increasing responsibility across the buy side and sell side. Amar began his career at BMO Capital Markets and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from York University.

 
INSURANCE, PENSION, & FINANCIAL ADVICE EXPERT

SIMON CHAN

Simon is currently President BAL Consulting, a boutique consulting firm which corporations and start ups with innovation and strategy. He was most recently the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Manulife Financial where he was responsible for strategic planning and development for the Insurance and Investment businesses as well as leading the digital solutions, advisor experience and regulatory and public affairs teams.

He has worked in the financial services industry for 20 years and has a diverse background in banking, investment management, and group pension/benefits where he has held a variety of senior positions in strategy, product, business development, operations, and project management.

Simon holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University is a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and PMP (Project Management Professional). Simon is currently involved in a number of roles in the Kitchener Waterloo tech ecosystem which includes acting as a corporate engagement specialist at the Accelerator Centre and a leadership coach at Communitech.

COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST / TROUBLESHOOTER

JACQUI D’EON

Jacqui is sought out for her ability to grasp the subtle and broader implications of a situation through listening and insightful probing. She gets to the core of issues and identifies the most impactful solutions, all with a sense of humour. Before starting JAd’E Communications, she was the Chief Communications Officer for Deloitte Canada for 10 years and enjoyed a 20-year career with P&G. She is a registered professional engineer, is accredited with the International Association of Business Communicators and was honoured with the designation, Master Communicator, in 2008.

 
Creative Marketing Expert

SAMANTHA DENHAM

Lightbulb Marketing is led by industry-veteran Samantha Denham. With over two decades of marketing communications expertise in the financial services, she brings a keenly analytical and strategic view to all that she does. She has deep expertise in all facets of marketing communications from strategic planning to tactical execution. Deep expertise in business development, writing, sales engagement, product launches and overall project execution in the financial services industries globally (Canada, US, UK, Germany and Hong Kong). She began her career in Hong Kong, with clients such as Credit Suisse Private Banking, learning about the unique needs of the Asian financial services industry and Chinese investors. She then moved to Toronto, Canada, where she broadened her knowledge by working for a variety of companies, gaining in-depth understanding of the unique marketing and communication needs of large organizations, boutique companies and start-ups.“Results are what matter,” says Samantha. “Creating award-winning marketing material is all very well but if it doesn’t bring the sales results that our clients need, it’s irrelevant. Here at Lightbulb, we start with strategy first – ensuring everything we do is infused with a holistic viewpoint that encompasses our clients overall vision and objectives.”
EXPERIENCED SALES & MARKETING LEADER

GARY FEARNALL

Veteran in penetrating new markets, launching new products and partnering with vendors and customers. Gary brings deep experience in leading the launch of disruptive digital initiatives in the finance, media and entertainment industries. Recognized for continually exceeding goals, as well as establishing, and implementing the business vision. Over 20 years experience in digital including social media, ecommerce, mobile and online lending. Gary is proud to have worked for many wonderful companies including LinkedIn, Rogers, Bell Media, Cineplex and OnDeck Capital. He currently serves on a volunteer basis with the Canadian Lending Association and the Canadian Professional Sales Association.

BRAND ENGINEER

PHILIPPE GARNEAU

Philippe’s work, is launching and stewarding disruptive brands. Philippe co-brand-engineered the first ING DIRECT on the planet and creative directed the brand for over 13 years in Canada and in the U.S. He positioned, named and launched Intact Insurance, Canada’s largest home and auto insurer as well as Borrowell.com. Other brands Philippe has helped engineer include FundThrough, Zag Bank, Veriday, Horizn, finn.ai., D+H, Portage and the Canadian fintech awards.

DIGITAL BANKING & CREDIT CARD EXPERT

SCOTT LAPSTRA

Scott is recognized as an innovative Digital Banking and Credit Card Executive offering extensive Financial Services experience for nearly 20 years. He has expertise in launching and managing credit card and digital payments businesses with a bottom-line focus and a track record of establishing and growing new ventures. Scott built and launched Tangerine Bank’s credit card business in 2015, prior to that was Head of Strategy & Emerging Payments for MasterCard.

PROJECT PORTFOLIO DELIVERY EXPERT

ANDREAS ZAPLETAL

Andreas is a project portfolio delivery expert across multiple industries. Andreas helps get the most out of your team while translating ideas into reality and delivering on your organization’s vision and strategy.

Andreas brings best practices in agile and traditional delivery to organizations, including delivery of solutions at scale.  He has worked with small startups to some of the most recognized institutions, such as Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Transamerica Life, Aegon, and The Loyalty Group (Air Miles).”

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