TCAE is excited to invite John O’Neill, SVP of Silent Eight to share his expertise on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in detecting financial crime. 2020 has been a remarkable and unprecedented year across many industries. This is especially true for financial services, particularly for those of us working in financial crime and regulatory compliance. With soaring cases of cybercrime and fraud, the recent FinCEN papers leak, and an already record-breaking amount of AML fines, the need for enhanced compliance solutions is clear. This session will provide an overview of the global landscape of financial crime in 2020, particularly amidst the COVID pandemic. Using case studies to provide real-world examples, the session will address how AI offers a viable solution to confront current challenges and safeguard the global financial marketplace.


  • Understanding key trends and stats related to financial crime in 2020
  • Understanding the impact of financial crime on banks and FIs
  • Learn basics about AI and, specifically, how AI is leveraged to fight financial crime
  • Q&A


John O’Neill, Senior Vice President | Silent Eight

John O’Neill received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, modeling big data sets on supercomputers. He’s worked in the tech industry in Chicago for the last 25 years, primarily in the field of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. His first novel, The Robots of Gotham, was released in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin under the name Todd McAulty.


Souzan Esmaili, Founder | TCAE

Souzan Esmaili has over 14 years of international experience in consultancy and training with a focus on Regulatory Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and RegTech. She worked for various financial institutions and consultancies in Dubai and Toronto.

She is currently working with one of the international banks in Toronto and covering the Anti-Bribery and Corruption program for Canada and Latin America.

Prior to moving to Canada, Souzan worked as a senior consultant and assisted her clients to understand their compliance needs, advised on meeting regulatory requirements and managed a multitude of remediation projects. She has acted as the Compliance Officer and MLRO for a number of firms regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and advised extensively on matters related to Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).

In October 2019, Souzan created Toronto Compliance and AML Events (TCAE) with a passion to help the AML and Compliance professionals to connect and inform them of relevant events based in Toronto. In March 2020, Souzan launched The Knowledge Series where she brings international industry experts and thought leaders to share their knowledge and experience with the AML and Compliance professionals around the world.