ACAMS Launches Inaugural Canadian AML & Financial Crime Prevention Conference in Toronto Two-day gathering features high-level keynote speakers, in-depth coverage on AML and financial crime prevention topics

MIAMI, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) will launch its first-ever AML & Financial Crime Conference in Canada on May 9-10, 2013.  This extensive training and networking event will feature two high-level keynote speakers, several real-life case studies to bring context to regulatory and legal demands, as well as an in-depth analysis of topics across a wide spectrum of financial crime prevention issues.

John J. Byrne, CAMS, Executive Vice President at ACAMS, says of the conference, "Canada has long been an under-served region in the AML community and we are thrilled to expand our presence in this great country.  We aim to connect AML thought leaders in a way that is engaging, informative, and goes beyond money laundering issues to encompass a wide range of financial crimes."  Byrne goes on to say, "Our goal is not just to educate attendees, but also to equip them with the tools to connect relevant laws, regulations and guidance in a pragmatic format."

The conference will kick off with the Honorable Gerry Weiner, Advisor at Pace Law Firm and the former Secretary of State of Canada and Minister of Immigration of Canada. Weiner will offer insight on how Canadian financial institutions should best handle Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and what controls should be in place to deal with drug-related corruption.  Plus, Weiner will share information on the 419 advanced letter scams and similar frauds with ties to Canada. 

"The caliber of speakers that has been assembled for this conference underscores the value and significance of the event.  With executive-level presenters across various industries and government agencies—including some of the world's largest banks—the aim is to bring together authoritative voices from both the public and private sectors," said Karim Rajwami, CAMS, Vice President and Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Royal Bank of Canada, and Co-Chair of ACAMS Canada Conference Task Force. "ACAMS' relationship with such high-quality experts, including our keynote speakers, the Honorable Gerry Weiner and David Walmsley, provides attendees a unique perspective and critical insight into this challenging and ever-changing AML/financial crime world."

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About the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®)

ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML and financial crime professionals from a wide range of industries with extensive resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement. Its CAMS certification is the most widely recognized AML certification among compliance professionals worldwide. Visit for more information.

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