TBLP046 | Alexander Peh: Be Willing to Listen

Alexander Peh, a passionate technology focused FinTech leader, with international experience in the payments, digital commerce, software development and media industries.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, educated in Melbourne, Australia and with stints in Africa, South East Asia, and Europe, Alexander currently serves as Vice President of Innovation at RBC.

Before RBC, he led Market Development and Mobile for PayPal Inc based in Canada and the UK.

An active startup advisor and entrepreneur mentor, he sits on Advisory Boards at the MaRS Discovery District and The BC Tech Association.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • What brought Alex from Kuala Lumpur, Australia, UK, to finally Canada
  • How he adjusts when he moves organizations
  • What it means to live by the “open, honest, and direct” mantra that
  • Why he looks at life in 2-3 year chunks now

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP045 | Diane Kazarian: Leadership Is About Others

Diane Kazarian is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area and National Financial Services Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) which includes Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Management, Insurance, Real Estate and Private Equity sectors in all lines of business (audit, tax and advisory). She is also PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader.

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Diane specializes in the banking sector in the development and monitoring of legal and reputational risk policies, procedures and processes, regulatory compliance and credit risk management processes. She has extensive experience of IFRS, US GAAP and SEC rules and regulations.

In 2013, she was a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA and CPA, and is fluent in Armenian. She speaks at a variety of client events, and teaches courses aimed at the directors’ community at the Rotman School of Management and frequently interacts with the press on emerging issues in Financial Services. Diane often speaks and is an active participant and advocate of Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the Board of Bryant University and Kingsway College School.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Diane believes you have to focus for 3-5 years before moving on
  • How she supports the growth of women leaders in the organization
  • What it takes to learn about new opportunities in the company
  • What she does when moving onto new roles and opportunities

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TBLP007 | Eva Wong: Advancing Women Tech Leaders

My guest on this episode is Eva Wong. Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a Canadian fintech lender that offers personal loans, free credit scores, and personalized product recommendations.

Eva’s career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF, Maple Leaf Foods, UNDP and Oliver Wyman. She has studied or worked in the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

She was named one of “9 Canadian Women Changing The Game” by Elle Canada magazine, one of “30 Women in Canadian Tech Worth Following” by BetaKit and a finalist for “Fintech Woman of the Year” by LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech.

Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business. She enjoys food blogs and baking projects with her two kids.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How her organization is providing FREE credit scores to all Canadians
  • Credit card debt, 30-40% of Canadians carry a balance every month
  • Take your credit scoreOne of the largest cellular phone equipment (hint: your LTE data streams go through their equipment)
  • What she learned by traveling with Mayor John Tory on a business Trade mission to the UK
  • What she learned about going to her first FinTech conference
  • Why she has decided to be more visible on women entrepreneur panels
  • Her thoughts on building awareness for an exclusive workplace
  • Creating a proper job description that identifies with everyone (aka “ninjas”)
  • How she got to run a startup without any technology or entrepreneurship background

As mentioned, to get your credit score for free, click the link below (sorry, only available in Canada, at this point)

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