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Canadian RegTech Association Welcomes New Board Member

TORONTO, October 4, 2023 – The Canadian Regulatory Technology Association (CRTA) is pleased to welcome to the CRTA Board of Directors its newest member, Charlene Sebastian. She has served the association as a strategic advisor and active volunteer since July 2021; and replaces Matt Fowler as board Vice President.

The CRTA brings together all stakeholders in the Canadian RegTech ecosystem – including regulators, regulated entities and technology firms – to facilitate dialogue, raise standards, and promote growth and innovation. As a neutral party, the CRTA seeks to support the use of technology to make compliance easier, and more efficient and effective.

CRTA founder and Board Chair Donna Bales said, “Charlene brings over 15 years of regulatory technology delivery within the Canadian financial services landscape having held senior roles at some of Canada’s largest banks. As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Minerva, an AML compliance provider, she is well positioned to compliment the skills and knowledge of the existing board, with a focus on thought leadership and member engagement.” She added, “We look forward to Charlene’s fresh perspective and energy as we continue to expand the breadth of our program activities.”

Charlene joins current CRTA board President, Paul Childerhose and founder Donna Bales.

For more, please see the information below and visit the CRTA website:

Media Contact: Donna Bales – / 647-530-8380

The Canadian Regulatory Technology Association

The CRTA is a not-for-profit organization focused on solving regulatory challenges through collaborative efforts among key RegTech stakeholders: regulated entities, technology vendors, regulatory bodies, government, and professional service providers. The goal is to facilitate dialogue, raise standards, and promote growth and innovation within the Canadian RegTech ecosystem. The organization endeavours to solve regulatory challenges through collaborative discussion and engagement in proof-of-concept initiatives.

Meet our new Board Member

Board Member: Charlene Sebastian

Charlene is a technology delivery expert with a focus on AI, big data, and digital regulatory transformation. With years of experience working with leading enterprise banks like RBC, TD Bank, BMO, and CIBC, she is a sought-after consultant and mentor known for her results-driven approach. A recognized thought leader, Charlene frequently speaks on topics like leadership and innovation and has contributed to both academic and professional forums. She serves as a Strategic Advisor for the Canadian RegTech Association, where she brings her expertise and energy to a variety of projects aimed at tackling financial crime through technology.


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