Connecting Industry Problems With Machine Learning Startup Innovations

October 26, 2016

DoubleTree Downtown Toronto

Produced by

Machine Learning

Fintech Conference


Janet Ecker


Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Janet L. Ecker is President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a growing public-private partnership dedicated to building Toronto as an international financial services centre. With government and industry support, she has also established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage the sector’s global reputation for stability, as well as the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education to capitalize on the region’s talent advantages. The Centre has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a best practice in collaborative public-private partnerships. In 2014, TFSA lead Canada’s successful bid to become the Americas’ trading hub for the Chinese currency.


Ms. Ecker was formerly the Minister of Finance for Ontario, Canada’s largest province and was also the first woman to actually deliver a budget in the province. During her political career, Ms. Ecker also delivered significant public policy reforms as Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Before entering public life, Ms. Ecker was the Director of Policy for the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the doctors’ regulatory body, the first non-physician to hold the role.


She currently sits on a number of boards and agencies and is also a member of the Ontario Finance Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel, the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets and C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council. A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she received the “Excellence in Leadership” award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation in 2014, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service in 2012 and was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International in 2010. She also received one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. Ms. Ecker is also one of the founders of Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.