Series Three, Episode One: D&I – Forget ‘why’ and move onto ‘how’ (Recorded live)

Posted on October 3, 2018

This episode was recorded live at the Women in Payments Conference in Toronto on Thursday 27th September, 2018. Our host Julia Streets was joined by: Rania Llewellyn, Executive Vice President of Global Business Payments, Suzan Denoncourt, Managing Director of Ingenico Group Canada, and Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Canada. Topics discussed included: how to make D&I a business imperative, why diversity is not a zero sum game, the existence of conscious biases, the importance of hard metrics and accountability, whether some organisations are overcomplicating the problem, and reasons to be optimistic about the future.

Rania Llewellyn

As Executive Vice President, Rania oversees the holistic payments infrastructure strategy for the Bank, defining a global payments governance and operating model, and establishing and overseeing the execution of key initiatives for global business payments. Rania is also accountable for Global Transaction Banking, now Global Business Payments Products and Services, Sales, as well as Correspondent Banking.

Rania joined Scotiabank in 1994 where she has held progressively senior roles across Commercial Banking, Roynat Capital, Retail Banking and Corporate Banking, and most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Transaction Banking, Products & Services (now Global Business Payments).

In 2014, Rania was chosen by The Institute of International Finance for their inaugural Future Leaders Group, which recognizes young leaders within the financial industry and fosters ties between rising stars from different regions and backgrounds.

Rania holds a Bachelor of Commerce, MBA and honorary doctorate from Saint Mary’s University.

You can follow Scotiabank on Twitter @ScotiabankGBM.

Suzan Denoncourt

A payments industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience spanning business development, operations and finance, Ms. Denoncourt currently serves as Managing Director responsible for all aspects of the Canadian operation. Prior to this role, she held the position of VP Sales & Business Development where she achieved consistent growth through both traditional and strategic channels with a focus on driving innovation.

Prior to joining Ingenico, Ms. Denoncourt spent 7 years in an executive role at Maxwell Technology where she secured strategic contracts and built the operational structure to support new business. During her tenure at Marleau Lemire Inc, she was part of the most innovative research team of its kind, contributing to its #1 ranking in 1994.

Perfectly fluent in both English and French, Ms. Denoncourt holds an MBA from Concordia University and a BA from McGill University. In addition to serving in an advisory capacity on various industry boards, she is Chair of the ACT Canada board, Advisor for Women in Payments Canada as well as Chair of the Global Mentorship Council. She was acknowledged by PaymentsSource as a 2017 Honouree for Most Influential Women in Payments.

You can follow Ingenico Group on Twitter @ingenico.

Tanya van Biesen

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Canada. She is responsible for leading Catalyst’s growth in Canada and shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion with Supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments.

Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and speaks English, French, and Dutch.

You can follow Tanya on Twitter @TanyavanB.