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Women of Influence Spotlight Series – The New Age of Business

On September 18th we tapped into two thought leaders who revealed the key insights every business owner needs to know in order to remain relevant in this new age of business. As SVP of Innovation and Insights at Scotiabank, Kristal Au-Yong has a unique perspective on the relationship between digitization and the economy, which she leveraged in leading the global modernization of Scotiabank’s retail and small business risk technology. Elaine Kunda is the Founder of Disruption Ventures, a VC Fund Investing in early stage Women founded companies. Elaine has over 20 years experience building companies and teams, and utilizes that experience to help the companies in her portfolio.

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Our Keynote Speakers

Meet Kristal Au-Yong

Meet Kristal Au-Yong

Kristal brings over 16 years of experience and has led many international, large-scale transformational projects. Her career has been in the financial industry, specializing in risk management, global transaction banking, and financial regulations.

In her current role as SVP Innovation & Insights, Kristal is responsible for responding to the needs of the market by partnering across Scotiabank to accelerate strategic priorities powered by Analytics, applying customer insights and intelligence to business models, as well as diving external FinTech partnerships. Prior to this, Kristal led the global modernization of the Bank’s retail and small business risk technology. She also has significant experience building strategic relationships with external regulators and vendor partners.

Prior to Scotiabank, Kristal worked for the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada and IBM. Kristal is a passionate Board member of DAREarts, a foundation that is focused on building leadership skills through arts for marginalized youth.

Meet Elaine Kunda

Meet Elaine Kunda

A serial entrepreneur Elaine has successfully built teams and realigned business strategies for over 15 years. She recently launched Disruption Ventures, a Venture Capital fund that invests in female founded and managed companies. This was a natural progression for Elaine as she has spent the past 6 years consulting and advising start-ups and early stage companies, helping them reach their goals and access financing. Prior to consulting, she was CEO of B5Media. The company was sold to Alloy Digital in April 2012. Elaine was also the CEO of Ziplocal which was sold to Canpages in 2009.

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