DEI in Fintech Roundtable

David Cooper


Irina Sobol

NorthLake Financial

Randeep Purewal

Divercial Group

Tarique Khan


‘Shep’ DS Sheppard

EQ Bank

Sarah Sheikh


Elizabeth Wood

CMI Financial Group

Kate Henderson

Newton Connectivity Systems

Kathy Mitchell-Stares


Rosa Hoffmann

Decisioning IT

Denise Heffron


Dean Velentzas

Canadian Lenders Association

Lily Cook

Canadian Lenders Association

DEI Fintech ( is a group of fintech-forward associations working together internationally to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the sector. The initiative is chaired by Elizabeth Wood and managed by Dean Velentzas. We will be launching in November 2021. Please contact for more information.


The business case for diversity in FinTech is clear: inclusive companies are better able to attract talent, tap into new markets and create innovative products. Financial services companies are seeing an average 2-4% revenue growth per 1% increase in diversity. The industry needs to apply the same innovative thinking and commitment to solving the problem of DEI as we do with our products and services. We need to make a concerted and conscious effort to change the balance of visible inequity in the sector with the entrepreneur vigor that we build our companies to transform the financial industry.


Often DEI activity and policy is developed in corporate silos. The goal of this group is to provide a safe forum for representatives from fintech companies across the ecosystem to share learning and best practices.