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2021 Virtual Conference

Revisit the
11th Annual Conference
on Canadian Securities Lending

Held virtually on June 9th & 10th, 2021, from 11 am – 2 pm EST
  • Two-day virtual conference via interactive video feed
  • 1 keynote speaker each day
  • 2 panels each day

Keynote Speakers Benjamin Tal, Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist and American Journalist, Business Author and Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, Bethany McLean, well known for her writing on the Enron scandal and the 2008 Financial Crisis.

Panels discuss the evolution of Securities Lending, the highs and lows of 2020 and the increasing role of technology across the industry; opportunities, challenges and the future state.

Q&A sessions with in-depth discussions on ESGCryptocurrencies and SPAC’s, featuring:

  • Don D’Eramo, President CASLA, Managing Director and Global Head of Securities Finance at RBC Investor & Treasury Services
  • Andrew Dyson, Chief Executive Officer at The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)
  • Brian Mosoff, Chief Executive Officer at Ether Capital
  • Derek Euale, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Investment Management at Accelerate Financial Technologies


Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
11:00 AMESG Fireside Chat
12:00 PMKeynote Speaker – Benjamin Tal
Economic Update
1:00 PMThe Evolution of Stock Loan
Securities Lending from past to future – How we’ve improved and where we see ourselves over the next few decades. This panel will be covering a variety of topics from trading transparency, relationship management, and the question on all our minds – what is the future of stock loan.
2:00 PMWomen in Securities Finance
Sounds of Power by Vivian Barclay
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
11:00 AMTechnology Panel
In-depth discussions on technology changes, new innovation, and the future of technology systems in the securities lending world
12:00 PMCrypto with Brian Mosoff
Brian Mosoff and Stefan Papich will dive into the crypto world discussing topics such as crypto use in the real world, regulatory concerns, market impacts and ESG / sustainability issues. Stay tuned!
12:30 PMSPAC Talk with Derek Euale
1:00 PMKeynote Speaker – Bethany McLean
Lessons from 25 years of Business Gone Wrong?

Added session: Women in Securities Finance

Wednesday, June 9th
2:00 pm EST
Featured Keynote Address: Sounds of Power, Vivian Barclay, General Manager, Warner Chappell Music Canada
Moderated by: Leah Keenliside, National Bank

Sponsored by:

If you have already registered for the main conference, please ensure you also register for the Women in Securities Finance session by clicking on the register button above.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping make the
11th Annual Canadian Securities Lending Conference possible.


Thursday, November 5, 2020

12 pm – 3 pm EST

The Canadian Securities Lending Association invites you to a special live-streamed virtual event. This complimentary program features leading industry experts discussing the latest opportunities and trends within securities lending in Canada.


Alberto RodriguezDirector | RepoTD Securities
Amin NathooPrincipal Portfolio ManagerAnson Funds
Benjamin TalManaging Director Deputy Chief EconomistCIBC
Brian TinneyAssociate Portfolio ManagerRP Investment Advisors
Jessica Clark BarrowExecutive Vice President and Client Team LeadWaratah Capital Advisors
John LoyndManaging Director, Equity Finance | Global Equity ProductsBMO Global Markets
Lauren SennoNorth America Head of Secured Funding Sales 
Mike FraserManaging Director, Equity FinanceRBC Capital Markets
Richard SutherlandManaging Director, Head of North American Equities 
Robert DiasManaging Director, Head of Collateral Management Funding | Global Banking Markets
Sean McNultyPrincipal and Co-Founder 
Stephen NovoExecutive Director | Prime Services Group – Securities LendingCIBC Capital Markets


12pm – 1pm:
Economic Update
CASLA is happy to welcome Benjamin Tal, Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC, to share his thoughts and anecdotes on the current state of the economy.

1pm – 2pm:
Government, Regulation, and Funding Desks – Making it Work
This consortium of financing specialists will compare and contrast the 2008 Financial Crisis versus the 2020 Pandemic while contemplating the role of government and market reaction. The group will also discuss the treatment of equities with respect to NSFR, liquidity metrics, and the regulatory landscape.

2pm – 3pm:
Buy Side Perspectives in a Pandemic
Join us as our panel of experts examine how COVID-19 has impacted the Canadian hedge fund industry, and how it has adapted. What headwinds has the pandemic created for the industry, and what opportunities have opened up? Our panelists will deliberate whether they have seen changes to stock loan as a result of the pandemic, and how they think the industry has had to pivot towards any changes.

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(Windsor Ballroom at the King Edward) 8:00 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – Keynote Speaker; Camilla Sutton, MBA, CFA, President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets
8:30 AM – Networking
8:50 AM – End of session
Benjamin Tal, Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC
Moderator: Peter Boffo – Managing Director, TD Securities
10:45 – 11:05 AMCOFFEE BREAK 
Moderator: Michael McAuley – Managing Director and Global Head of Product Strategy, BNY Mellon Markets
Moderator: Michael McAuley – Managing Director and Global Head of Product Strategy, BNY Mellon Markets
12:15 – 1:45 PMLUNCH 
1:45 – 2:05 PMCANNABIS IN 2019
Tamy Chen – Equity Research Analyst, BMO Capital Markets
Moderator: Andrew Thornhill – Managing Director, Equity Finance, RBC Capital Markets
3:00 – 3:20 PMCOFFEE 
Right Honourable Stephen Harper
4:30 – 6:00 PMRECEPTION 

*Please note that, while every effort will be made to present the program as advertised, speakers, topics and timing are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.


Right Honourable Stephen Harper

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper led Canada through the world’s most complex geopolitical, economic and security challenges as the country’s 22nd Prime Minister for nearly ten years. During his tenure in the world’s top forums such as the G-7 and G-20, NATO, and the United Nations, Mr. Harper was known for a frank, assertive leadership style defined by principled diplomacy, disciplined economic policy, a strong stance on international peace and security, and passionate defence of freedom and human dignity.

Mr. Harper created the modern Conservative Party of Canada, won three successive national elections, and was the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Canada’s founding Prime Minister in 1891. Under his watch, Canada emerged from the 2008 economic crisis faster and stronger than its peers. Among his many accomplishments in office, Mr. Harper brought federal taxes to their lowest level in 50 years, balanced the budget while making investments in health care and infrastructure, overhauled the criminal justice system, and expanded Canada’s international trade network tenfold. On the international stage Prime Minister Harper undertook a principled foreign policy working closely with Canada’s G7 and other partners and stood staunchly by besieged allies Israel and Ukraine. An economist by training, Mr. Harper helped shape financial reform frameworks at the G-20 table, implemented a sustainable approach to fiscal stimulus, and led the call for open markets founded pragmatic, growth-oriented economic policy.

Today, Mr. Harper is Chairman and CEO of Harper & Associates, a global strategic advisory firm. He is also the recent author of “Right Here Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption” and a frequent speaker on geo-political trends, populism, and business. Mr. Harper also Chairs the International Democrat Union, the global alliance of conservative political parties, and the Friends of Israel Initiative, a global association of former high-office holders who defend Israel’s right to self-determination, security and democracy.

Women in Securities Finance Session

A Women in Securities Finance session is being held in the Windsor Ballroom, on the lower level in the King Edward Hotel prior to the main CASLA conference start. All CASLA Conference delegates are welcome to attend, Women in Securities Finance: State of the Union – Diversity in Canadian Finance.

8:00 AM – Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – Keynote address; Camilla Sutton, MBA, CFA, President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets
8:30 AM – Networking
8:50 AM – End of session

Registration is NOT required for this session


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Thank you for attending our 8th Annual CASLA Conference on Securities Lending at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. See article here.

The 2018 conference program featured industry experts discussing recent trends in the Canadian securities lending market.   The 2018 distinguished panelists discussed the following key topics:

  • Securities Finance Regulatory & Funding
  • Alternative Investments
  • Industry Leaders’ Discussion

Speakers for 2018

Morning Speakers:

  • ECONOMIC FORECAST by Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist – CIBC World Markets Inc.
  • SECURITIES LENDING MARKET UPDATE by Samuel Pierson, Director of Securities Finance – IHS Markit

Benjamin Tal

Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC World Markets Inc.

Mr. Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk.

Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Mr. Tal not only contributes to the conversation but also frequently sets the agenda.

He has close to 20 years of experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations and governments on economic and financial issues.

National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is also a frequent lecturer in the economic programs of various Canadian universities.

Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a member of board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and a board member of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Samuel Pierson

Sam has over nine years of experience in the financial services industry, of which he has focused six years on the securities lending industry. He was a member of the Data Explorers team in NYC, which joined IHS Markit through acquisition in 2012. His previous experience includes risk operations at Partner Fund Management and analyst at Q Capital Management. Sam holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado.

Afternoon Speakers:

  • GUEST SPEAKER: Steve Patterson – Host of CBC’c Debaters | Award-Winning Comedian
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brian Mulroney – Former Prime Minister of Canada

Steve Patterson

Host of CBC’s The Debaters |Host of HGTV’s I Wrecked My House

A mainstay on CBC and HGTV, comedian Steve Patterson has been described as “part Jon Stewart, part Robin Williams.” He adapts to any crowd he faces using his arsenal of wit, sarcasm, and even song. Insistent on always doing his homework, Patterson treats audiences to one-of-a-kind performances that leave them wanting more. As such, he is a sought-after emcee, who is quick on his feet and quick to bring “fun” to any situation.

A household name in Canada as host of CBC Radio’s hit comedy show The Debaters, (now in its tenth season with over 750,000 weekly listeners) Patterson’s quick-wit and authoritative tone expertly anchors comedians’ arguments into a rollicking unpredictable but always hilarious ride every week. His lightning-quick off-the-cuff and endearing personality are also showcased on HGTV Canada’s show I Wrecked My House, where his hosting has already earned him a nomination for a 2015 Canadian Screen Award.

A professional stand-up comedian since 1997, Patterson is immediately recognizable to serious comedy fans through numerous national and international television specials including four Just for Laugh galas.  In 2010 his performance there earned him a Gemini nomination, and caused host Steve Martin to exclaim, “If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”  That would have certainly been the highlight of his comedy career had he not returned to Just For Laughs in 2012, to be featured on the now infamous “Muppets Gala” where he was introduced by his childhood idol, Kermit the Frog.

Named “Best Male Stand-up Comedian” at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2011 and 2013, Patterson also earned a nomination in 2015 for his national theatre one-man show and accompanying album called “This Is Not Debatable”.

Patterson’s long-list of repeat clients as either featured performer or Master of Ceremonies includes CBC’s Short Film Face-Off (host 2011-present); The Canadian Screen Awards; the Canadian Olympic Committee; The CFA (Certified Financial Analyst’s) society; Investor’s Group, Comic Vision; Boys and Girls Clubs; Tree Canada; Toronto International Film Festival and many others.

Insistent on always doing his homework, Steve treats each audience to one-of-a-kind performances with consistently fresh, current and never crass material that makes those who book him glad they did.

Brian Mulroney

In September 1984, Brian Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative party to the largest victory in Canadian history, becoming Canada’s eighteenth Prime Minister. He was re-elected with a majority government four years later thereby becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so in 100 years. He resigned in June 1993, having served almost nine years as Prime Minister.

His government introduced bold new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty. Prime Minister Mulroney’s government also introduced a series of privatizations, a low inflation policy, historic tax reform, extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies that continue to be the basis of Canada’s impressive economic performance today.

Mr. Mulroney also served as Co-Chairman of the United Nations World Summit for Children and his government played leading roles in the campaign against apartheid in South Africa, the creation of Le Sommet de la Francophonie and the Gulf War.

Mr. Mulroney was born in Baie Comeau, Quebec in 1939, one of six children. His father, Benedict, was an electrician with the Quebec North Shore Paper Company. Mr. Mulroney graduated from St. Thomas College high school, Chatham, N.B., received his honours undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S., and a law degree from Université Laval in Quebec City.

He practised law in Montreal and served as President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada before entering politics by becoming Party Leader in 1983 and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 1983 and re-elected in 1984 and 1988. Upon resigning, Mr. Mulroney rejoined the Montreal law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright as Senior Partner. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quebecor nc. (Montreal), and serves as a director of The Blackstone Group L.P. (New York) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (New Jersey). He also serves as chairman of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation (Toronto), and is a member of the advisory group of Lion Capital LLP (London). Mr. Mulroney is also a Trustee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the International Advisory Board of HEC Montréal.

Mr. Mulroney has been awarded Canada’s highest honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, has been made a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He has also received the highest recognition from the following governments for his leadership in vital matters affecting their nations:

  • Haiti – Grand-Croix de l’Ordre national Honneur et Mérite (1994)
  • Ukraine – Order of Kniaz (King) Yaroslav the Wise, First Class (2007)
  • Japan – Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2011)
  • South Africa – Supreme Companion of O.R. Tambo (Gold) (2015)
  • France – Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur (2016)

Mr. Mulroney also has received honorary degrees and awards from universities and other governments at home and abroad.

In 2000, the McGill University North American Studies Institute determined that Mr. Mulroney had the best economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II. In 2003, the Institute for Research on Public Policy placed Mr. Mulroney 2nd in a ranking of the best prime ministers of the previous 50 years. In 2006, a panel of Canada’s leading environmental groups determined that Mr. Mulroney was “The Greenest Prime Minister in history.” In 2007, Mr. Mulroney’s autobiography, Memoirs, became Canada’s #1 national best seller and was described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the finest and most comprehensive memoir of any Prime Minister in Canadian history”. In 2009, a survey conducted by The Hill Times selected Mr. Mulroney as “the most admired” former Prime Minister of Canada. In 1973, he married Mila Pivnicki and they have four children: Caroline (1974), Benedict (1976), Mark (1979) and Nicolas (1985).

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The 2018 conference program featured industry experts discussing recent trends in the Canadian securities lending market. The 2018 distinguished panelists discussed the following key topics:
Securities Finance Regulatory & Funding
Alternative Investments
Industry Leaders’ Discussion




The 2017 program featured leading industry experts discussing the latest opportunities and trends in the securities lending market:
Economic forecast
Securities lending market update
Industry leaders’ panel
Regulation panel
Securities finance funding panel
Alternative investments panel




CASLA Conference 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

The Canadian Securities Lending Association (CASLA) hosted our 6th Annual Conference on Canadian Securities Lending on Thursday, June 2, 2016.



CASLA Conference 2015

Conference Agenda
Conference Attendee list
Securities Lending Market Update
Regulatory Update
Regulatory Headwinds

CASLA Conference 2014

Conference Agenda
Conference Attendee List
Securities Lending Market Update
Tax/Regulatory Update
Hedge Fund Panel
Fixed Income
Correction to the Tax/Regulatory Update presented on May 8, 2014

Re: Notice 2014-33 (May 2, 2014) and relief granted by the IRS regarding pre-existing accounts.

During the presentation it was stated that Notice 2014-33 treats accounts opened on or after July 1, 2014 and before December 31, 2015 as “pre-existing accounts”. The stated date of December 31, 2015 was incorrect and should be January 1, 2015.

Correction to the Tax/Regulatory Update presented on May 8, 2014

Re: Notice 2014-33 (May 2, 2014) and relief granted by the IRS regarding pre-existing accounts.

During the presentation it was stated that Notice 2014-33 treats accounts opened on or after July 1, 2014 and before December 31, 2015 as “pre-existing accounts”. The stated date of December 31, 2015 was incorrect and should be January 1, 2015.

CASLA Conference 2013

Regulatory Update Panel
Securities Lending in Canada – Legal, Regulatory and Tax Issues
Securities Lending Market Update
Timothy Smith, SunGard’s Astec Analytics
Fixed Income CCP Initiative
Fixed Income Panel Discussion

Securities Lending Market Update
Melissa Gow, Data Explorers
International Update
Reeve Serman, RBC Investor Services
Tax and Regulatory Part 1 & Part 2
Chair, Christopher Steeves, Fasken Martineau
Margaret Grottenthaler, Stikeman Elliott
Rom Watson, Ropes & Gray
William Young, State Street