Financial Services and Insurance Symposium

The evolution of innovation…

in the digital enterprise

Stop Thinking about Innovation, come and

  • Discover

  • Capitalize

  • Innovate

The Financial Services and Insurance Symposium, the 3rd Industry Symposium of the series. This is a unique gathering organized by the NextBlue Alliance whose primary objective is to help you build your ladder to AI.

Keynote Speakers

  • Montreal has the assets necessary for the development of Fintech


    Ernst & Young

    Sébastien is a Partner in the Advisory Services practice at EY with over 22 years of experience in IT and management consulting. He leads the IT Advisory practices in Montreal, where he specializes in innovation and digital services. Sébastien is an active keynote speaker in the Montreal community on various emerging topics such as AI, FinTech, Innovation, Robotic Process Automation and Advanced Analytics. He is the author of the 2017 study Accelerating development in Montréal’s FinTech ecosystem. Sébastien has also led the establishment of EY’s new innovation center in Montreal, which will be part of EY’s global wavepace network.

  • Say goodbye to good old financial services


    Pascal Bédard

    Economist, speaker, trainer and consultant,
    HEC Montreal and ESG UQAM

    Business economist, consultant, speaker, business trainer and teacher at HEC Montréal and ESG UQAM, where he won the 2016 prize for excellence in teaching for his numerous courses in finance and economics. Mr. Bédard is also a private consultant, speaker, corporate trainer and on-line currency trading trainer, and a former economist with the Bank of Canada. "Top writer" in finance and economics on, his articles are widely read and shared by his audience.

  • Navigating disruptive times - Reports from the field

    Félix Martineau

    Global Business Services,
    IBM Canada

    Felix aspires to bridge the gap between “business” and “technology”, helping business leaders understand and realize the full potential of technology as a competitive advantage to create new markets and drive growth. At IBM, Felix sells consulting engagements primarily to clients in Banking and Insurance. His favorite part of his job is when he has the opportunity to explain emmerging technology to non-technical audiences. In a previous life, he was a regular collaborator on live TV at MusiquePlus for 10 years.

  • Ladder to AI : Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

    Alexandre Lanoue

    Executive – Client Innovation,
    SIA Innovations Inc.

    A partner at SIA Innovations Inc. for almost 10 years, Alexandre holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke. Alexandre helps organizations adopt new technologies, modernize their operations and improve their collaboration with both their clients and their employees. It helps organizations take advantage of the opportunity to become a digital enterprise.

Meet & Greet Roundtables


Come and discuss your business initiatives with experts ...
and leave with innovative ideas for creating Cognitive & Cloud initiatives



3:30 pm
Doors open
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Keynote Speakers
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Roundtables, Cocktails and Canapés
Times Supper Club

997 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H3C 1G6