Live Webinar

COVID-19 and the Potential Impact on Canadian and Global Anti Financial Crimes Monitoring Programs

Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | 12 pm – 1pm (PST) (Lunch Hour) •
Cost: Complimentary

About the webinar

The impact of COVID-19 is real and banks, regulators and industry at large are discussing an increase in financial crime due to market disruptions, reduced staff, remote work and other factors. In an industry that already struggles with more than 95% false positives, the effect of the pandemic can further deteriorate the productivity of the existing AML systems resulting in the potential for massive alert backlogs. The crisis may also introduce newer means and methods for criminals to launder money such as setting up fake charities or crowd funding accounts.

Join as we discuss trends in Canada and around the world and learn how Analytics can help you control and react to these new realities while taking costs out of their AML compliance operations.

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About the Experts


Beth Herron
Americas Team Lead, Fraud and Security Intelligence Division, SAS

Beth Herron is responsible for providing domain expertise in the development, enablement and implementation of Anti-Money Laundering solutions worldwide at SAS. Herron leads a team of subject matter experts who support tier 1 and 2 financial institutions with AML, CDD, and CTR analytic solutions. Prior to joining SAS, she worked within the financial intelligence unit of a top 5 global financial institution. Her experience includes the strategy and transformation of customer risk assessment, fraud and AML system integration, and data management.

Herron holds a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology. She is accredited as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently serves on the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter Board. 


Amith Satheesh
Global Lead, AML Analytics, Fraud and Security Intelligence, SAS

Amith Satheesh is a Financial crimes professional who focuses on using advanced analytics (AI/ML) and industry best practices to help financial institutions effectively fight complex financial crimes. As the Global Lead for AML Analytics at SAS, he focuses on making the AI/ML journey a reality for SAS AML customers globally. He was previously a director for a top 5 US bank in the Wholesale banking financial crimes analytics team, where he spearheaded the rollout of a front-line monitoring program.

Satheesh also worked at a top risk advisory firm helping clients in scenario development and optimization, AML model validation, false-positive reduction, AML program remediation, AML lookbacks, sanctions screening optimization, trade-based money laundering and brokerage surveillance. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.


Ryan Pedwell
Co-Chair ACAMS, Operational Risk Manager Coast Capital Savings

Ryan Pedwell is the Co-Chair of the ACAMS Vancouver Chapter board and has been involved with ACAMS and the board for over 10 years. Ryan works at Coast Capital Savings, a federal credit union, as the Senior Manager Financial Crime Compliance, where his primary focus is on the implementation and oversight of the financial crime risk management program across the enterprise including Fraud mitigation, AMLATF and Customer Due Diligence. Ryan has over a decade of experience working across the financial industry in both domestic and international organizations working both in Canada and oversees in Asia Pacific. 


Amanda Holden
National Executive, Fraud & Security Intelligence, SAS

Amanda is a technology, fraud and operations leader with 25+ years’ experience in financial services and a focus on data, analytics and operational excellence. Amanda is a proven leader and facilitator of business-technology strategies and partnerships.  

In her current role as a National Executive for Fraud & Security Intelligence for SAS, Amanda is responsible for driving business development and go to market strategies for SAS Fraud and AML products and services. As a leader and evangelist, Amanda is focused on finding solutions to customers’ financial crimes, loss and AML problems. She is passionate about data & analytics and the role they play in reducing financial crimes in Canada

Amanda is the Executive Sponsor for the SAS Women in Analytics Network and a longtime supporter of empowering girls and women in STEM programs. She is a mother of one son and is proud to call herself a “geek” - rarely far from the many tools, technologies and gadgets that she enjoys in life and in business. 

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