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Blockchain: Insights & Perspectives

September 19, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Blockchain has seen 2,500-plus patent filings and over US$1.4 billion in investments in just three years. At least 24 countries are investing in it, and more than 50 corporations have joined consortia around it. While Blockchain is not quite ready for primetime, it is getting closer to its breakout moment every day. The academic hypotheses of five years ago are steadily becoming a reality.


Even with this enormous momentum, Blockchain is still largely misunderstood and has challenges to overcome. In Deloitte’s 2017 Global Corporate Treasury Survey, 54% of Treasurers surveyed consider themselves still in an early education phase when it comes to Blockchain and how it could work for them. In addition, the regulatory environment around Blockchain is uncertain, standards are only just starting to be developed, formal legal frameworks do not yet exist as well as cyber-implications all present challenges that stand in the way of large-scale implementation.


So what is it about Blockchain? Why should you invest your time and energy to further understand Blockchain and its application to your world?


This session will take you on a journey to engage in these questions, enhance your understanding of Blockchain concepts in a practical way and examine why Blockchain is challenging and re-shaping many of the assumptions underlying today’s business models. Featuring insights and perspectives from Deloitte’s Treasury Risk Advisory team join us for an engaging look at how Finance and Treasury teams can leverage Blockchain to lower costs, improve process efficiencies and streamline transactions in their respective industries through exploration of Finance and Treasury-specific use-cases.

Speaker: Trent Gall - National Practice Leader, Commodity & Treasury Risk Advisory Services - Deloitte LLP

Trent Gall has over 30 years of industry and consulting experience focusing primarily within the energy industry on how technology can better enable the business. He brings a broad range of insights in emerging technologies, business process enablement, controls, IT strategy, technology selection and implementation as well as mergers and acquisitions. More recently Trent has been focusing on how digital technologies like Blockchain, Robot Process Automation (RPA) and IoT sensors will impact and drive required transformations and new risk governance across organizations. Mr. Gall is an accomplished speaker having presented at many industry and internal conferences/workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 1999, Mr. Gall spent nine years in industry, leading a wide variety of business-focused projects for TransCanada Pipelines/TransCanada Energy Marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Management Information from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

Speaker: Brent M. Morgan, CFA - Partner, Commodity Risk & Treasury Advisory - Deloitte LLP

Brent is a Partner in the Canadian Risk Advisory practice with focus on Treasury Advisory. With over 18 years of industry and consulting experience, Mr. Morgan brings a broad range of insights across Treasury Risk Management and Governance, Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM), Risk and Credit business processes, controls and solutions, having worked with global corporate, commodity and financial services clients. He has led teams specializing in treasury diagnostic and transformation reviews, commodity strategy development, principal risk management assessments, energy and treasury trade-floor transformations, treasury and commodity transacting, hedging strategies, corporate risk management policy and procedure development, business continuity planning and treasury and trading risk management systems. Skilled in integrating risks across an organization, Brent has worked closely with executive management teams to define corporate strategy and approaches to risk appetite. Brent has also been involved in Merger & Acquisition projects in the area of due diligence and leading company integration specifically in the area of trading and marketing.

Brent is an accomplished speaker having presented at many industry and internal conferences on the topic of corporate risk management. Brent has enhanced his verbal and written communication skills during his career in which he has presented to executive management, Audit Committees and Corporate Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Brent was a Director and led the KPMG’s Financial Risk Management practice working in both Canada and the US. Brent was responsible for developing the business stream across Canada and worked closely with the US practice. Brent also spent a number of years in industry leading treasury and risk management organizations.

Speaker: Brent Gacek - Manager, Treasury Advisory - Deloitte LLP

Brent is a Manager in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice, specializing in Treasury and Commodity Risk. Brent is an established business leader and innovator with over 18 years of experience in Treasury, Finance, Audit and Management Consulting for best-in-class organizations in a number of industry sectors including Energy, Aviation, Hospitality, Advertising & Marketing and Real Estate. Brent has held a wide range of leadership roles in Treasury and Finance responsible and accountable for risk management programs, and setting financial objectives and performance targets for organizations with extensive experience in finance management, front, middle and back office roles, project management and treasury technology including interface management, Treasury Management and ERP systems. With an influential executive presence and a passion for all things digital, Brent’s diversity of skills combining vision with business and technical acumen has enabled him to innovate and transform Finance and Treasury teams in Canada and in the U.S., creating value through strengthening balance sheets, improving free cash flow, business process improvement and enhancements of governance, risk and control structures.

Most recently, Brent has been involved in helping to cultivate and promote innovation cultures at organizations using digital technologies including Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation. Brent is an accomplished speaker and has presented on the topic of Blockchain, most recently for AFP Vancouver in early 2018.


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September 19, 2018
11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Fairmont Palliser Hotel
139 9th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2M3 Canada
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(403) 262-1234
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