TCAE is thrilled to announce the inaugural Knowledge Series Roundtable, focusing on different themes each month and featuring a panel of industry experts and thought leaders to answer questions the supporters have posed during the Knowledge Series session or other burning questions that they have in relation to the set theme.

We are so excited for this first-ever Knowledge Series Roundtable with the theme of “Financial Crime Compliance” sponsored by MNP who have been avid supporters of TCAE since its inception. It is because of support such as this that TCAE is able to continue putting on these exciting events!


Bob Kapur, AML/ATF Consultant | Financial Crime Fighter

Bob Kapur is an independent AML/ATF consultant, with over 20 years of experience in the industry.

For most of this time, he was the Deputy Chief AML Officer at a Big 5 Canadian bank, and was responsible for all aspects of the global AML, ATF, and Sanctions program, including policy development, risk assessments, investigations, effectiveness testing, training, enhanced due diligence and high-risk client management, and board and regulatory reporting.

He was also the bank’s representative on numerous industry and government committees and was the private-sector leader of Project Guardian, the public-private initiative with FINTRAC that targets illegal fentanyl trafficking.

Having left the bank last year, Bob is now available for consulting engagements with any organization that is looking to enhance its AML/ATF and Sanctions program, including in preparing for the upcoming regulatory changes.

Jennifer Ford-Smith CFE, CAMS, CFCS | Fincrime Prevention Enthusiast Investigator, Educator, Speaker

Jennifer has almost two decades’ experience in financial crime investigations, fraud analysis and anti-money laundering measures. Her experience has focused on residential mortgage fraud, enterprise fraud risk assessments and transnational transaction monitoring projects.

Jennifer has worked with Canada’s Big Banks and mid-size mortgage lenders performing financial crime investigations, managing bilingual compliance teams and leading transaction monitoring projects with more than 100 investigators across Canada.

Further, Jennifer has managed international fraud investigations involving everything from gold bullion to standard Canadian and US financial products, confidential corporate security investigations, and extensive organized crime investigations involving the laundering of funds utilizing residential mortgages as a money-laundering tool.

Recently, Jennifer started the FinCrime Investigator Youtube channel and, during the COVID pandemic, created a virtual FinCrime meeting space for professionals with global attendance.

Joseph Iuso, Senior Executive & Consultant | KYC2020

Joseph is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and Consultant with more than 30 years of success across the IT,AML compliance, banking, financial services, e-commerce, digital currency, and identity industries. He has leveraged his extensive experience in support of the financial services and retail payments sectors to ensure optimal ROI. Mr. Iuso holds and has held many leadership positions at companies including KYC2020, Payment Source, Bitbuy Technologies, UseMyServices, TEKchand LLC, ACHreturnsRX, RBC, JAWZ, CIBC, Interac, and IBM.

Joseph holds a Computer Systems Technology degree from Mohawk College as well as numerous certifications in Project Management, Technology, and AML Compliance. As a volunteer, he currently sits on the Canadian MSB Association board as the Executive Director and Director of Technology for friends of HMCS Haida. In the past, he has held board positions with the Canadian MSB Association (Former Chairman and founding member), the Canadian Tandem Users Group, and the Canadian Association of Compaq Users, and various other technology and spiritual not-for-profit charities and associations. Joseph firmly believes in freely giving back to the community that has provided and continues to provide him with so much support.

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 DubaiFinancial 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.

Souzan holds an MBA from the American University of Sharjah, a Post Graduate Diploma in GRC from Manchester Business School (UK), a Certified Anti Money Launder Specialist (CAMS) and FinTech Program certificate from Oxford University (UK).


Maryam Habib | Manager, External Investigative Reporting

Maryam Habib brings over 10 years of compliance experience and was previously employed with one of the leading banks in Pakistan as a Team Lead-AML. After coming to Canada 7 years ago Maryam began working with an international financial institution where she is currently employed as a Manager External Investigative Reporting overseeing AML Investigations. Maryam holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and is a CAMS candidate.