Canadian Lenders Summit

Canadian Lenders Summit is the largest event for lenders in the country.

Join over 500 fintech lenders, banks, credit unions, tech vendors, portfolio providers and government leaders in Toronto this November 16th. Please contact regarding speaker opportunities as well as sponsorship.

Notes from the President:

Welcome. The Lenders Summit will be split into two parts.

  1. The morning will focus on the tools necessary to advance the lending sector: cross-industry partnerships, M&A, raising capital, payment, collection, fraud and credit risk.
  2. The afternoon will focus on deep dives into each lending vertical:  automotive, mortgage, SMB, consumer and BNPL. We end with a discussion on the need for advancing DE&I across the lending ecosystem.

There is ample time for coffee meetups. Stay tuned for our network app. Thank you to all our sponsors. We are so very appreciative of your support.

See you on November 16th, Gary



7:30 - 8:45

Morning Brew

8:45 - 9:00

President’s Welcome

  • Gary Schwartz

    President & CEO

    Canadian Lenders Association

9:00 - 9:45

David & Goliath

Fintech & Bank Partnerships: Partnerships are promising to radically transform the financial sector and benefit those currently underbanked or completely underserved by traditional financial models. Join leading technology, regulation, finance and impact experts as they discuss potential applications and predicted outcomes for the immediate and long term success of this new wave of technology.

9:45 - 10:30

Raising in a Downturn

Capital and M&A: Is 2023 the right time to put aside conventional thinking about M&A and take a fresh look at our industry. Can we assume that any company will simply be “not for sale” over the next few years. Which companies will experience difficulty? Which parts of which businesses would tempt you? How can you put together creative deals?

10:30 - 11:00

The Need for Speed

Payment & Collection: The Canadian financial sector is changing on all fronts. Key to the adoption of new services is increased speed, convenience and embedded features for both lenders and borrowers. Lenders should implement best practices in their disbursement and collections strategies by capitalizing on RTP solutions which can help lower costs and enable higher consumer satisfaction. This panel explores why lenders should be taking advantage of faster payments options to keep pace with today’s evolving consumer expectations.

11:00 - 11:30

Network Break

11:30 - 11:45

Decisioning in a Downturn

Hyper-Personalization: The need to deliver personalized customer experiences are not only critical to advancing your digital transformation journey, but to prepare you to nimbly respond to market changes. Prescriptive analytics and digital decisioning are key to early identification and treatment of at-risk consumers. FICO will present examples of how industry leaders are increasing customer loyalty even as economic conditions deteriorate.

  • Matt Stanley

    Decision Sciences Segment Leader


11:45 - 12:30

Who’s There? Data, Data, Data.

Fraud & Credit Risk: How do lenders optimize their onboarding experience without making sacrifices on identity verification and decisioning? This panel will take a look at Canada’s unique regulatory compliance requirements when it comes to KYC, IDV, and AML as well as technology and best practices that can be leveraged to drive a faster and safer acquisition.

12:30 - 1:30

Business Lunch

1:30 - 2:00

The Impact of Fintech on Auto Finance

Automotive: How fintech is transforming the auto finance experience – from buyer to dealer to lender. Understand the role that data plays in accelerating originations as well as derisking the underwriting and verification process. This panel brings together Canadian auto credit and technology leaders for a deep dive into the fintech industry.

2:00 - 2:30

Mortgage Lenders who Embrace Fintech

Mortgage: As rates move, is mortgage industry in Canada embracing fintech as a strategy? We will discuss trends and concerns for the mortgage sector and provide recommendations on how technology and innovative business practices can drive growth in your mortgage portfolio in the next 2 years.

2:30 - 3:00

Financial Inclusion: Innovations in Consumer Lending

Consumer: Explore how technological advances are increasingly reducing the cost of servicing unbanked and thin file customers. In this panel, we discuss alternative and smart data that will unlock services for new to Canada and the credit building population.

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Schmooze

3:30 - 4:00

SMB: Mom & Pop Borrower Post-COVID

Small Business: Join us as we look at what SMB lending looks like in 2023, and how the pandemic has helped unlock the key to digital transformation. Hear from our experts panelists about: What the impact of the pandemic has had on economic conditions and how it’s driving the continued need for digital transformation. How leveraging APIs can open new distribution channels and accelerate the continuous delivery of innovation.

4:00 - 4:30

BNPL & The New Wallet

Buy Now Pay Later: Point of sale finance has taken Canada by storm. This instalment payment tool is revolutionizing the shopping experience across nearly every industry. Join us for an online panel where we discuss technology trends and best practices for this growing industry with lending BNPL executives representing fintechs through to banks and commercial and consumer sectors.

4:30 - 5:00

DE&I: Changing Fintech for Good

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The CLA is proud to host the DE&I in Fintech Roundtable. We believe that the industry needs to apply the same innovative thinking and commitment to solving the problem of DE&I as we do with our products and services. We need to make a conscious effort to change the balance of visible inequity in the sector with the entrepreneurial vigor we use to build our companies. Learn more about how to build an authentic climate of inclusion at this panel.

5:00 - 6:00

Can I buy you a beer?

5:15 - 6:00

2023 Leaders-in-Lending Award Photo

Step-and-repeat photos for all the award nominees. And group photo on stage.



Nov 16th 2022


7:30am – 6:00 pm


MaRS Discovery District
101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

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