March 2018

TD's Layer 6: The Future of Banking

11:30am-1:30pm | Marriot Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

In every industry, the adoption of AI is on the rise. Strides have been made across sectors to use it to anticipate customer needs and to improve the customer experience. TD's recent acquisition of Layer 6, a global leader in AI, aims to marry the power of data, advanced analytics and AI to drive innovation and deliver personalized experiences to customers at every interaction point. How will Layer 6 enhance TD's business model? Who will benefit? Join us to discuss AI in the future of banking.

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TD's Layer 6: The Future of Banking

Michael Rhodes

Group Head, Innovation, Technology and Shared Services
TD Bank Group

Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes is the Group Head, Innovation, Technology and Shared Services, TD Bank Group as of November 1, 2017.

Prior to this role, Michael was the Head of Consumer Bank and Wealth Management at TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. In this position, Michael and the broader team helped drive industry leading growth, three JD Power wins for Customer Experience, and substantially improved employee engagement. Michael joined TD in 2011 to lead the North American Credit Card and Merchant Services business, where he helped guide significant growth in our cards and payments business. TD's card business is now the largest in Canada (from the smallest of the top 5) and among the top issuers in North America.

Prior to joining TD, Michael held a variety of roles within the payments and banking sector, including CEO of a portfolio company backed by a top-tier private equity fund, GTCR; and, CEO of MBNA Europe Bank Limited, where he expanded the business into the largest card issuer in Europe, and doubled profits.
His experience in the financial services industry spans more than 25 years and includes senior leadership roles at Bank of America and MBNA America Bank. He has worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Canada. Michael began his career as an engineer where he worked for Failure Analysis Associates, the world's leading forensic engineering consulting firm.

Michael is active in supporting several important social causes. Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware and the Board of Visitors for the Engineering School at Duke University. Prior community boards include the Chair of the United Way of Delaware, a member of the Board for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Christiana Care Health Systems, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; and Winterthur Garden Museum and Library.

Michael earned his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an engineering degree from Duke University. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware.

Rita Trichur

Financial Services Editor & Business Columnist
The Globe and Mail & Report on Business Magazine

Rita Trichur

Rita Trichur is an award-winning journalist. She is the Financial Services Editor for The Globe and Mail and a Canadian business columnist for the Report on Business Magazine. Rita returned to Globe in July 2016 after spending about 2 ½ years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s Canada bureau. She primarily covered domestic banks and insurance companies from Toronto, but also wrote a variety of other stories about Canada for the U.S. newspaper.

Prior to WSJ, Rita spent more than three years at the Globe, initially working as a general assignment reporter in the Report on Business before covering the telecom beat. Rita has also covered financial services and economics for the Toronto Star, and has held various roles at the Canadian Press and the Ottawa Sun. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science and a M.A. in Canadian Studies – both from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Tomi Poutanen

Chief AI Officer, Technology
TD Bank Group

Tomi Poutanen

Tomi is Chief AI Officer, Technology, TD Bank Group. Tomi co-founded and was Co-CEO of Layer 6 prior to its acquisition by TD.

Tomi previously co-founded Milq (with Jordan Jacobs) and is a serial tech entrepreneur with exits to Microsoft and Yahoo! The technology acquired by Microsoft is used for Azure’s cloud storage, while the technology acquired by Yahoo!’s was deployed in the search ranking algorithm of Bing and Yahoo Web Search. While at Yahoo!, Tomi led Search internationally, built a novel $200M search advertising program, Paid Inclusion, and launched Yahoo! Answers.

Tomi is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a founding Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, the World’s leading AI venture accelerator.

Tomi holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, and both an MSc in Computer Engineering and an MBA from University of Toronto.

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