Ellis Odynn

Ellis is Executive Director of Canada’s only think tank for financial technology and leads its artificial intelligence initiatives. Her work has led to projects with Google, Audi, Visa and more. She has led a financial crime unit and is a global speaker, including at the FATF on risks of Bitcoin.

What makes you a Risky Woman?

The combination of experience in financial risk management and practical application in the world of mitigating suspicious transactions as well as my commitment to share knowledge with my counterparts.

Name your top 3 achievements

  1. Being invited to present at the FATF just out of university on the complex financial crime areas;
  2. Awarded the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada;
  3. Awarded the KPMG Future Leader Award.

What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career?

Electing to lead a financial crime unit in a new evolving area of digital currencies which involved pressurized learning on the job in real time.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a PADI certified search and rescue diver, qualified to rescue and recover humans from disasters in the deep sea.

What is the best quality for successful leaders in Risk?

To be thorough, and meticulous on risk mitigation cases.

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Risky Women Toronto: Championing Innovation with Ellis Odynn

Canada’s first Chief AI Officer, Ellis Odynn, on how she is approaching partnerships at Digital Finance Institute and impact of technology on compliance and risk


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