TCAE is excited to invite Joni Brennan, President of Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) and Eugenio (Gene) DiMira, Chief Identify Officer of The AML Shop to share their insights on the topic ‘Digital Identity 2.0’. Joni and Gene will discuss how Digital Identification tools and networks are reducing friction, cost and risks. As part of the webinar, they will also guide on how to select the right tools, their impact on financial crime and how compliance professionals can be ready for innovation.


  • Understand Canada’s place on its journey to deliver digital first processes
  • Learn about the laws, standards and frameworks that provide the ability to trust identity online
  • Familiarize with toolsets used in financial institutes to leverage digital ID verification


Joni Brennan | President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

As President of DIACC, Joni builds on nearly 20 years of experience in digital identity innovations and standards development. She helps DIACC to fulfil its vision of unlocking interoperability of public and private sector capabilities through the establishment of an identity trust framework that will grow Canada’s economy. Joni builds impactful relationships and formalizes strategic partnerships between organizations.

In addition to her DIACC leadership, Joni also serves as co-Chair of Working Group 1 of the Standards Council of Canada’s Data Governance Standardization Collaboration and co-Chair of CANARIE’s Trust and Identity Advisory Committee. Joni also participates on the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) Advisory Board.

She has participated in committees and initiatives around the world including OECD-ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS- SSTC, ISO SC27 WG5, and she has testified before the US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Security and Privacy (ONC HITSP). Joni is recognized as a One World Identity top 100 global influencers of identity.

Eugenio (Gene) DiMira | Chief Identity Officer, The AML Shop

Gene is The AML Shop’s Chief Identify Officer and delivers a “digital-first” philosophy by creating a balanced hub where digital ID and AML initiatives connect as an expert shopper for clients and industry insider for technology firms. As one of Canada’s leading voices in the anti-money laundering (AML) industry and digital identification space, Gene has spanned much of his career designing, implementing and sustaining AML/ATF programs digital identity programs nationally and internationally.

Gene started his career running the systems, operations and compliance controls for financial planning firms offering securities, banking and insurance products. His compliance focus progressed with Manulife, where he most recently served as the Head of Global Compliance AML/ATF program, responsible for the program design, relationships with AML vendors and working with Industry peers to respond to government and FATF consultations for both AML and identity.

He currently volunteers in the following capacities: Chair, IIROC CCLS AML Working Group; Co-chair, DIACC Outreach Expert Committee; Member, Sovrin Foundation Compliance and Inclusive finance working group; Member, International Institute of Finance’s Digital Trust initiative.


Souzan Esmaili, Compliance & AML Consultant | Founder, TCAE

Souzan Esmaili has over 15 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.

In Toronto, she worked with one of the international banks and covered their 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).

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