Canadian Compliance Group
Canadian Compliance Group

Our People

We strongly believe that compliance is a profession and we recognize the importance of hands-on compliance experience.  However, times have changed and the compliance challenges faced by institutions are new and unique.  Therefore, we also believe that a variety of skills are needed to address our new environment.

 

In launching Canadian Compliance Group, we made sure that we have a strong pool of talent available to assist with your compliance projects.  So, whether you only require the guidance and assistance of our founder or whether your project requires additional resources, we are ready to help.

 

As we grow, we will update our website to introduce you to some of the individuals who have joined our team.  

John Jason - President Canadian Compliance Group Inc.

 

John’s entire career has been devoted to the regulation of financial institutions, most recently with an emphasis on compliance practices and processes.  A lawyer by training, early in his career, John worked at the Canadian Department of Finance where he served as chief of a special task force that was established to conduct the first major review of Canada’s financial services legislation in 60 years.  In 1992, he returned to private practice in Toronto and was a partner in two leading law firms where his practice focused on regulatory matters.  He continued to provide advice to the Department and was heavily involved in the 2001 update to the federal legislation.  In 2009, John was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for BMO Financial group with global accountability for the compliance function.  John’s primary responsibility was to develop a road map for meeting the heighten expectations for compliance following the financial crisis of 2008.  He developed a plan that was approved by the Board of Directors in 2011.

 

In 2011, John founded Canadian Compliance Group to assist other institutions to meet the same challenges that BMO had been facing.  He was particularly interested in the potential for technology to reduce the burden of the new normal.  In 2012, a partnership was formed with Resolver Inc. to adapt their market leading ERC technology specifically to support regulatory compliance in the financial services industry.  Over two dozen institutions now use the Resolver RCM solution to support their programs, including some of the largest institutions in the world.  John also continues to follow closely the development of new regulations and is Counsel at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, a leading Canadian law firm.

 

OSFI experience

 

  • Served as a standing member of the OSFI External Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2009 to advise OSFI on the publication of regulatory rulings, advisories and other industry notices

 

  • Retained by OSFI to conduct a review of certain contractual obligations as part of a dispute involving the adequacy of the company’s reserves and capital

 

  • Conducted internal training seminars for OSFI regulation section

 

  • Retained by Department of Finance to work with the Department and OSFI on its legislative response to the 2008 financial crisis

 

  • Advised Department of Finance and OSFI working group on the 2001 major update to the federal financial services legislation and related regulations

 

  • Seconded to Joint Department of Finance/OSFI task force responsible for 1992 major revision to federal financial services legislation and related regulations

 

  • Appointed agent of the Attorney General from 1992 to 2009 to advise Department of Finance and OSFI on various matters relating to the regulation of the financial services sector

 

  • As Chief Compliance Officer acted as BMO’s OSFI liaison for compliance, AML and regulatory matters

 

  • Numerous private sector retainers over a 20 year period advising on OSFI matters

 

 

Amanda Cohen - Compliance Application Manager


Amanda has been with Canadian Compliance Group since 2015. She is the Compliance Application Manager, working with customers to ensure their ongoing success and adoption of best practices in the compliance space. Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from McMaster University and an Honours degree in Political Studies and History from Queen’s University.

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