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 ensured 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 team 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 - Founder Canadian Compliance Group Inc.

 

Before passing away in 2019, John’s entire career was 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 heightened 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.  

 

OSFI experience

 

John Jason wrote and designed the structure for all the frameworks currently offered by Canadian Compliance Group Inc. He had an extensive knowledge of the regulatory world, as well as, a deep understanding of the OSFI regulations. 

 

  • 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 - Director of GRC Products

 

Amanda has been with Canadian Compliance Group since 2015. She is the Director of GRC Products, managing the foundational applications within the compliance product division. 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.

Gabriela Dominguez - Regulatory Compliance Specialist

 

Gabriela has been with the Canadian Compliance Group since 2018. She is the Regulatory Compliance Specialist/Legal Ops Coordinator, working with customers to ensure their ongoing success and adoption of best practices in the compliance space. Gabriela has BA degree in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Society from Concordia University.

 

 

 

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. 

 

Throughout his career, John closely followed the development of new regulations and built a strong foundation for CCG. When John was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, through his relationship as Counsel at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, he began transitioning his role to the experts at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. After John's passing in 2019, CCG has been able to carry on seamlessly with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP providing content and acting as a strategic partner to Resolver and CCG.

 

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a Canadian law firm focused on serving the transaction, advocacy, and advisory needs of the country’s most dynamic business sectors. Cassels has experience at business law practice for multi-national organizations – across the street and around the world –, and are consistently cited as market leaders by such authorities as Chambers, Lexpert, and Best Lawyers.

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