Who are Canada’s top 40 social influencers in finance, innovation and risk? Our exclusive 2017 list ranks the individuals whose insights drive ideas and promote change.
We’re revving the innovation engine in Toronto for this year’s Financial and Risk Summit on December 4 2017.
The event will focus on how artificial intelligence, digital identity, enterprise risk, and big data are increasingly influential, and what that means for the future.
So where better than this summit to launch our ranking of Canada’s most influential social media thought-leaders in finance, innovation and risk management.
Through their use of innovative and disruptive media, these leading 40 individuals contribute to the growth and vibrancy of this fast-moving sector.
Who are the top 40 social influencers in Canada?
The list covers a wide range of roles, sectors and skill-sets, and includes business leaders, media professionals, analysts, and practitioners. They are all active on social media and well respected within their field.Among the leading social influencers identified are:
- Nick Bilodeau (@FinMKTG) — One of the top 10 most followed fintech influencers on Twitter, Nick leads marketing for insurance at Amex Canada.
- John Boscariol (@tradelawyer) — Between NAFTA and the TPP, international trade is all over the Canadian news. John addresses the issues of bribery, anti-corruption, economic sanctions, export controls and national security.
- Diane Kazarian (@DianeKazarian) — An influential voice in how digitech is influencing financial services, the PwC Canada national leader is a former recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.
- James Cohen (@JamesCohen82) — Interim-Executive Director of Transparency International Canada and an international anti-corruption, development, and security professional with a decade of experience bridging policy and practice.
- Christine Duhaime (@cduhaime) — Lawyer and founder of Digital Finance Institute, a think tank for fintech and AI. She’s consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 women in fintech.
- Anu Sood (@sood_anu) — A trusted voice in regtech, including data analytics, audit management, transaction monitoring, and AML.
How was the list compiled and ranked?
To produce the social influencers list, we worked with a team of analysts at Onalytica and OST Marketing — both specialists in social media — to create a list of almost 300 influencers in the sector.
This initial list was based on four key metrics, largely using Twitter data:
- Impressions: How many times their posts appeared in social streams.
- Relevance: How closely they are associated with an agreed list of keywords.
- Resonance: How much their posts are engaged with.
- Reach: How many people their posts reach.
The list was then sorted according to Topical Engagement, which is a combination of Relevance (number of on-topic posts) and Resonance (normalized engagement score), and which enabled us to produce our final standings and identify the top 40.
The top 40 social influencers will be recognized at the Toronto Financial and Risk Summit on December 4.
The summit will include a Reuters Newsmaker interview with Professor Geoffrey Hinton, who is considered by many to be the father of deep learning.
He will discuss how AI is being used today by internet companies, such as Google and Facebook, and in a wide variety of other industries.
There will also be an opportunity to engage in peer networking, share best practices, and gain insight into how others are addressing the challenges and opportunities that finance and risk professionals face every day.
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